Arthur Gary Bishop was born in 1951 and was raised by devout Mormom parents. He excelled at school and was ranked an Eagle Scout. After graduation from high school he served as a teenage missonary in the Philippines.Â By all account he seemed to be a “normal” teenager.
By the time he reached his mid-20′s he had become addicted to child pornography. He was excommunicated in 1978 after embezzling almost $10,000 from his employer and took on the new name of Roger Downs. He moved into an apartment complex in Salt Lake City. Once settled in, he joined the Big Brother Program in order to gain access to young boys.
In 1979 he progressed from molestation to murder. He lured a 4 year old neighbor into his apartment where he began to fondle the boy. When the child started to cry and scream he hit the child with a hammer and drowned him. He stuffed the body in a box and carried it to his car. He even passed the child’s mother who was frantically searching for her boy.
In November of 1980, Bishop killed an 11 year old boy after luring the boy into his apartment with the promise of buying his old roller skates. Other victims included a 4 year old who was snatched from a super marker in October of 1981 and a 6 year old who was taken from a play ground in 1983.
He was finally caught in July of 1983 after killing a 13 year old who he was scheduled to chaperone on a camping trip. After a six week trial in 1984, Bishop was convicted of 5 counts of Capital Murder and put to death by lethal injection.