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Serial Killers: Gwendolyn Gail Graham and Catherine May Wood “The Lethal Lovers”

remember-the-victims

Alpine Manor

Victims
Belle Burkhard, 74
Marguerite Chambers, 60 [1/18/1987]
Edith Cook, 97 [4/7/1987]
Myrtle Luce, 95
Mae Mason, 79

Murder Suspect Waves Extradition
Former aide charged in more deaths
Nursing Home Murder Trial Begins at Grand Rapids
Murder jury seated
Aide killed 5, ex-lover testifies
Patients said killed for ’emotional release’
Former aide reportedly ‘joked’ about slayings
Murder plot ‘was a lie’
Murder plot ‘too bizarre to make up’
Aide found guilty
Guilty in murder
Aide gets life for elderly murders
Former aide given life for killing 5 at care home
Nursing home slayer gets life with no parle
Former aide pleads in nursing home deaths
Murder Sentence
Nursing home aide sentenced in death case
Murderpedia: Catherine May Wood
Murderpedia: Gwendolyn Gail Graham
Wikipedia: Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood
Alpine Manor killer up for parole
Parole denied for Alpine Manor killer
Catherine Wood’s pen pal ad (against the rules ad, too)

Books
Forever and Five Days
Skeletons in the Closet: Stories from the County Morgue

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Sins: Michigan Wolverines
Cathy Wood and Gwen Graham: The Lethal Lovers, Part One
Cathy Wood and Gwen Graham: The Lethal Lovers, Part Two
Wicked Attraction: Our Little Secret
Snapped: Killer Couples: Gwendolyn Graham and Catherine Wood

Defendants
Catherine May Wood – pled guilty, sentenced to 20-40 years in prison
Gwendolyn Gail Graham – convicted, sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Catherine Wood jail mug CatherineWood2

Federal:

Name: CATHERINE MAY WOOD
Register#: 0523-45
Age-Race-Sex: 51-White-F
Release Date: 06-06-2021
Location: Tallahassee FCI
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
501 CAPITAL CIRCLE, NE
TALLAHASSEE, FL 32301
Phone: 850-878-2173
Fax: 850-671-6105
E-mail address2: TAL/EXECASSISTANT@BOP.GOV

State:

MDOC Number: 204315
SID Number: 1462916P
Name: CATHERINE MAY WOOD
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Female
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 270 lbs.
Date of Birth: 03/07/1962 (51)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner – Released to mental health or criminal justice agency (02/01/1990)
Earliest Release Date: 03/02/2005
Assigned Location: United States Prison
Maximum Discharge Date: 06/06/2021
Security Level: IV

PRISON SENTENCES

ACTIVE

Sentence 1
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 20 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: 40 years 0 months
Court File#: 8846882FC
Date of Offense: 04/06/1987
County: Kent Date of Sentence: 10/11/1989
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 2
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree – Conspiracy
Minimum Sentence: 20 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: 40 years 0 months
Court File#: 8846882FC
Date of Offense: 01/18/1987
County: Kent
Date of Sentence: 10/11/1989
Conviction Type: Plea

INMATE INFORMATION

Gwendolyn Graham jail mug SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

MDOC Number: 206096
SID Number: 1469773H
Name: GWENDOLYN GAIL GRAHAM
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Female
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green
Height: 5′ 3″
Weight: 130 lbs.
Date of Birth: 08/06/1963 (49)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Huron Valley Complex/Women’s
Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: II

ALIASES MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
GWEN GAIL GRAHAM
None

PRISON SENTENCES

ACTIVE

Sentence 1
Offense: Homicide – Murder First Degree-Premeditated – Conspiracy
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316A
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 89-47802-FC
Date of Offense: 04/07/1987
County: Kent
Date of Sentence: 11/02/1989
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 2
Offense: Homicide – Murder First Degree-Premeditated
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316A
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 89-47802-FC
Date of Offense: 04/07/1987
County: Kent
Date of Sentence: 11/02/1989
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 3
Offense: Homicide – Murder First Degree-Premeditated
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316A
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 89-47802-FC
Date of Offense: 04/07/1987
County: Kent
Date of Sentence: 11/02/1989
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 4
Offense: Homicide – Murder First Degree-Premeditated
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316A
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 89-47802-FC
Date of Offense: 04/07/1987
County: Kent
Date of Sentence: 11/02/1989
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 5
Offense: Homicide – Murder First Degree-Premeditated
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316A
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 89-47802-FC
Date of Offense: 04/07/1987
County: Kent
Date of Sentence: 11/02/1989
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 6
Offense: Homicide – Murder First Degree-Premeditated
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316A
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 8947802-FC
Date of Offense: 04/07/1987
County: Kent
Date of Sentence: 11/02/1989
Conviction Type: Jury

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One Response

  1. There used to comic strip years ago, called “Mutt and Jeff.” One guy was real little, and the other guy was real big. That’s like it was with these 2. Gwendolyn Graham was 5’3″, 130 lbs., and Catherine Wood was 6’0″, 270 lbs. That’s a strange combination. Anyway, like a guy once told me – “There’s no such thing as a good nursing home.” I’d rather die at home an invalid than end up in one of those places.

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