“Everybody has a right to defend themselves. That’s what I did. These were violent, violent rapes, and the other ones I had to beg for my life.”
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Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood
These lovers worked together at the Alpine Nursing Home, where they killed five women in the 1980’s.
They met while working at the nursing home. They first started using asphyxiation during sex, and then Graham brought up killing. They used the murders as a game, picking victims whose names would spell out the word “murder”. Graham would suffocate the women while Wood kept a lookout. Graham would also keep souvenirs from her victims. She picked women that had Alzheimer’s and would be physically unable to put up a fight.
The couple actually bragged to coworkers about killing these women, and no one took them seriously. They used the souvenirs to relive the murders.
When Graham tried to make Wood actually kill a victim herself, to prove her love, Wood refused and the couple broke up. Wood left the nursing home. She had told her ex-husband about the murders and he reported them to the police in 1988, which led to an investigation.
When Graham was arrested in 1989, she insisted that her claims that she had killed the women were only a joke, to freak out her coworkers. But she was convicted of five murders and given five life sentences. Wood was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.
Victims of Aileen Wuornos:
- Richard Mallory, age 51—November 30, 1989—Electronics store owner in Clearwater, Florida. Wuornos’ first victim was a convicted rapist whom she claimed to have killed in self-defense. Two days later, a Volusia County, Florida, Deputy Sheriff found Mallory’s abandoned vehicle. On December 13, Mallory’s body was found several miles away in a wooded area. He had been shot several times, but two bullets to the left lung were found to have been the cause of death. It was on this murder that Wuornos would eventually be condemned.
- David Spears, age 43—Construction worker in Winter Garden, Florida. On June 1, 1990, his nude body was found along Highway 19 in Citrus County, Florida. He had been shot six times.
- Charles Carskaddon, age 40—May 31, 1990—Part-time rodeo worker. On June 6, 1990, his body was found in Pasco County, Florida. He had been shot nine times with a small-caliber weapon.
- Peter Siems, age 65—In June 1990, Siems left Jupiter, Florida, for New Jersey. On July 4, 1990, his car was found in Orange Springs, Florida. Moore and Wuornos were seen abandoning the car, and Wuornos’ palm print was found on the interior door handle. His body was never found.
- Troy Burress, age 50—Sausage salesman from Ocala, Florida. On July 31, 1990, he was reported missing. On August 4, 1990, his body was found in a wooded area along State Road 19 inMarion County, Florida. He had been shot twice.
- Charles “Dick” Humphreys, age 56—September 11, 1990—Retired U.S. Air Force Major, former State Child Abuse Investigator, and former Chief of Police. On September 12, 1990, his body was found in Marion County, Florida. He was fully clothed and had been shot six times in the head and torso. His car was found in Suwannee County, Florida.
- Walter Jeno Antonio, age 62—Police Reservist. On November 19, 1990, Antonio’s nearly nude body was found near a remote logging road in Dixie County, Florida. He had been shot four times. Five days later, his car was found in Brevard County, Florida.