PLATTSBURGH — A new film on how Robert F. Garrow Sr. terrorized the Adirondacks is coming to the Strand Center Theatre.
The independent movie “Garrow” will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, for one night only.
“Garrow” was produced and directed by Lori Kelly-Bailey of Lincoln Pond, who also released the mining drama “Mineville” in 2012.
After its regional theatrical run, “Garrow” will be available on DVD from Amazon.com and other sites. The film had its regional premiere showing in Gloversville.
Garrow is played by Jay Alan Christianson, who has appeared on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The Sopranos,” and Garrow’s wife, Ellen, by Terri Garber of the soap opera “As the World Turns.”
“This film is a dark and dramatic re-creation of the life and crimes of Robert Francis Garrow, and the twisted trail of torture that he executed upon his innocent victims,” Kelly-Bailey said in a news release.
“Garrow was a serial rapist and murderer whose reign of terror paralyzed the North Country. Born in Mineville in 1936, Garrow’s childhood was an endless cycle of unimaginable horror: beatings, sexual abuse, bestiality and bloodshed.”
In July 1973, Garrow killed four campers and hikers and was on the run in the Adirondack wilderness for 12 days.
“As an adult, he would become a sadomasochist, rapist and serial killer,” Kelly-Bailey said. “The exact number of his victims to this day remains uncertain.
"A knife-wielding psychopath who could charm his victims before carving them to death, Robert Garrow was clever and cunning. He was able to manipulate the law, fake his own paralysis, and escape from prison.”
He was captured after being shot by Conservation Officer Hilary LeBlanc in Moriah’s Witherbee hamlet, convicted at trial and sentenced to 25 years to life.
Because he was claiming partial paralysis, Garrow was eventually lodged in the elderly and disabled section at Fishkill State Correctional Facility.
After his son, Robert Garrow Jr., smuggled him a gun at the bottom of a bucket of fried chicken during visiting hours, the killer escaped on Sept. 8, 1978.
He hid outside the prison for three days then died in a gun battle with search team members just as they were about to disband for the day.
Many local residents have roles in the film, which was shot on location in the Adirondacks.
Tickets are $20, and the Strand Center for the Arts member discount applies. The price for all tickets increases $5 on the day of the show.
For tickets and more information, call 518-563-1604, Ext. 105, or visit www.strandcenter.org.