- Category : Passions-Criminal-Perpetrator-Homicide-serial
- Type : GP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Upheaval 1
- Birth Year: 1954
- Birthday: 28. March
- Birthplace: Washington, USA - Dist of Columbia
- Category: Passions-Criminal-Perpetrator-Homicide-serial
- Profile: 5-1
- Type: Pure Generator
- Inc.Cross: Upheaval 1
- Definition: Double Split - Large
- Variables: BRL-MLL
- 1762 Acceptance
- 4253 Maturation
- 2838 Struggle
- 3254 Transformation
Arthur Frederick Goode, III (March 28, 1954, Hyattsville, Maryland - April 5, 1984, Starke, Florida) was a convicted child murderer who was electrocuted in Florida in 1984.
Goode, who was borderline mentally retarded, began to show the behavior of a pedophile in his teenage years and got into trouble with the law early, but was always released when his parents deposited bail. In mid-1975, after several reprobations of child abuse (among those the molestation of a boy of 9 years and one of 11 years), Goode was sentenced to five years of probation under the condition of psychological treatment at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Baltimore. Goode admitted himself to the treatment for several months but then left the institution and journeyed to St. James City, Florida where his parents had moved.
On March 5, 1976, Goode committed the murder for which he was to be executed. In Fort Myers, he happened upon 9 year old Jason VerDow, lured him into the woods, abused and then strangled him. Then he traveled back to Baltimore where he abducted 10 year old Billy Arthes and took him to Washington, D.C.. There he met 11 year old Kenneth Dawson and took both boys with him on a bus trip to Falls Church, Virginia, where he murdered Dawson with Arthes being present. Goode was apprehended by the police after a woman had recognized Billy Arthes (who had since been reported as kidnapped but was physically unharmed on Goode's arrest). On being arrested, Goode told the officers: "You can't do nothing to me. I'm sick."
A jury in Maryland found him sane and guilty of murder and gave him a life sentence. Hereafter, he also received a trial in Florida, for the murder of Jason VerDow. He was permitted to conduct his own defense and was sentenced to death on March 21, 1977.
One month before his death, Goode was interviewed by John Waters for the Baltimore City Paper. Goode admitted to being a pedophile and to slaying the two boys, but saw his actions as some kind of "protest against society". He also said that if pedophiles were punished less strictly, they wouldn't need to hide by murdering their victims. Goode was said to be one of the most hated men on Florida's death row. He wrote countless letters to school teachers, children seeking for pen pals, and also to the parents of the boys he murdered, boasting his crimes. He had a fixation with the child actor Ricky Schroder, and during an interview on the eve of his execution, he was asked if he had any last request. With a smile, he answered, "Yes, I want Ricky Schroder to sit on my lap when I am strapped into the electric chair." During the interview, he joked with reporters and had no remorse for the killing of the young boy.
For his last meal, Goode had steak, corn, broccoli and cookies. He also reportedly requested to have intercourse with a little boy for the last time. Arthur Goode was killed by electrocution on April 5, 1984. His last words were: "I have remorse for the two boys I murdered. But it's hard for me to show it."