Michael Bruce Ross
authentic deathrow shirt worn
on his final day before he was executed
Michael Bruce Ross
(July 26, 1959 – May 13, 2005)
Was an American serial killer, also known as "The Roadside Strangler".
In 2005, at the age of 45, he was executed by the state of Connecticut for four murders he committed, he eventually confessed to eight during the time frame of his killings. It was the first execution in Connecticut since 1960.
Born on a chicken farm in Putnam, Connecticut, on July 26, 1959, Ross was the oldest of four children. His young life was horrific as his mentally unstable mother beat all four of her children without reprieve.
It has been said that a young Ross was sexually abused by a teenage uncle who later committed suicide. In spite of his troubled youth, Ross excelled in school and eventually studied at Cornell University. As a sophomore at Cornell, Ross found trouble when he began stalking female students on campus.
As a senior, he committed his first rape and murder. Over the next three years, he would rape and murder eight women. Called 'The Roadside Strangler' (because of where the bodies of his victims were dumped), Ross was finally caught when after the last murder, witnesses claimed that the victim was last seen getting into a blue Toyota. Police investigators eventually got to Ross, who owned a car matching that description, and during the interrogation, Ross kept dropping subtle hints that he was their man. Once in custody he confessed to all eight murders.
He was put to death by lethal injection on May 13, 2005.
This underwear shirt was worn under his prison sweater on Deathrow before his execution in 2005 by the State of Connecticut. This was sent to his fiance Susan Powers after Michael's execution by prison staff just like Michael asked. She kept it all this time and recently parted with it. We can clearly see dark sweat marks left on the shirt from that day...
*this item is a murder auction