From the Glasgow Times, dated October 18, 1973:
“Barren County Coroner Bob Hunt is awaiting the findings of an autopsy report before ruling on the cause of death of a 17 year old Glasgow youth. Robert Shaw was found dead in a cornfield northeast of Gorin Park around 6 pm Friday (10/12/1973) according to authorities. Police have theorized that the youth died as a result of inhaling a household food spray (PAM) and an investigation continued today according to Major Clifton Duncan. Statements were expected to be taken from 3 juveniles, police said.
“Shaw was born March 8, 1956, the son of Arthur Shaw and Lera Isenberg, who currently reside at 307 West Water Street. In addition to his parents, he is survived by 4 sisters: Mrs. Juanita Coulter, Rte. 7; Mrs. James Marrs, Indianapolis; Mrs. James Elmore, Nashville; Ruth Ann Shaw at home; 5 brothers – Jimmy Shaw, Morris Shaw, and Jerry Shaw, all at home; Billy Shaw, Glasgow; and Thomas Shaw of Virginia. Funeral services were held at 2 pm Monday (Oct. 15, 1973) at the AF Crow and Son Funeral Home with burial in the Defevers Cemetery.”
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This death and the murder several years before of his brother, James Stewart Shaw, was a devastating blow to this family. My grandmother was for many years neighbors with Lera Belle Shaw, the mother of these boys. She was always sweet to me and my numerous cousins, and it breaks my heart to think this tragedy remained in her heart for the rest of her life.