In the Cornfield – Robert Shaw (8 March 1956- 12 October 1973)

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.


About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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3 Responses to In the Cornfield – Robert Shaw (8 March 1956- 12 October 1973)

  1. Kathy Hagan says:

    Wasn’t Shaw Baby (can’t remember his real name) killed the following year in a car accident on 31 E going toward the lake? Mrs. Shaw was a wonderful lady.

    • Gclee says:

      Shaw Baby was named Jimmy Ray. He was involved in a car accident a few days before Christmas on 31-E. He did not die at the time of the accident. but lay in a coma for about two years. Poor Lera Belle really did have a hard time about her boys. About that accident, I plan to post what I have at some point. Still doing research on the other victims in the crash. There was a couple of fatalities, and it looks like everyone in the car was related. Very tragic. The fatalities were just children.

      • Kathy Hagan says:

        Lanika Osbourne was one that died. I can’t remember if she was 15 or 16. She lived on Franks Mill Rd. behind us. (I think they call it Glenview Dr. all the way out now.

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