Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood

One of the many things that I love about American Horror Story is that the creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk always take the “inspiration” from events that really happened.

As you might know I’ve studied forensic psychology and I have a “thing” for serial killers, not in a morbid way but more in a psychological way, if that makes sense… I hope it does. So, when I watch characters that are based upon real serial killers I’m just very happy. You can also imagine that my favourite episode during American Horror Story: Hotel was The Devil’s Night.

Anyway, yesterday I watched the second episode of the new season of American Horror Story and, of course, two characters are very similiar to two serial killers who really existed. I’m talking about the two nurses Miranda and Bridget, whose story (in the series they are sisters) and modus operandi remind the ones of Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood.

Gwendolyn and Cathy were lovers and used to work at Alpine Manor, a nursing home in Walker, Michigan.

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Their initial plan was to spell the word MURDER with the first letter in the last name of each victim, but the plan failed. According to Wood’s account, in January 1987, Graham entered the room of a woman who had Alzheimer’s disease and smothered her with a wash cloth as Wood acted as her lookout. The woman was too incapacitated to fight back, and thus became the pair’s first victim. The woman’s death appeared to be natural, so an autopsy wasn’t performed.

Over the next few months, four more Alpine Manor patients were murdered by Graham, Wood alleged. Many of the victims, whose ages ranged from 65 to 97, were incapacitated and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Wood testified that the couple turned the selection of victims into a game, first trying to choose their victims by their initials to spell M-U-R-D-E. They soon abandoned the spelling plan, but the murders continued as Graham tried to prove the love that she had for Wood, they began counting each murder as a “day,” as in the phrase, “I will love you for forever and a day.” A poem by Wood to Graham, and introduced in the trial, concluded, “You’ll be mine forever and five days.” However, Wood and Graham parted ways soon after, Wood, feeling guilty, told her ex-husband about the murders, and soon, the police were informed.

Graham received five life sentences for the five murders and conspiracy to commit murder in 1989. To this day, she is serving her sentence in the Huron Valley Correctional Complex. Wood received a sentenced based on her guilty plea of one charge of conspiracy to commit murder and one charge of second-degree murder. She received 40 years, and is currently eligible for parole. She is in the Federal Correction Institution serving her sentence.

 

However, author Lowell Cauffield, who wrote about their story in the true-crime novel “Forever and Five Days,” believes that Wood was the real killer. It’s speculated that Wood framed Graham after Graham left her for another woman.

I’m really looking forward to watching the rest of the series as I’m sure there will be some unusual twists along the story. Who knows what’s waiting for us?! Plenty of blood for sure!

Elle. x

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Serial killers, witches and more!

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Hey peeps! It’s been ages since my last post and I’m terribly sorry for that, but lately my life has become insane, in a positive way! October and November are going to be two wicked months, so I won’t be posting a lot. Great thing is that on November you’ll be able to see a huge news here on The Weirdo. Seriously, I can’t wait for it!

In the meantime I picked some interesting documentaries that I found on YouTube (who would have thought?!) for your eyes pleasure!

So, grab a cuppa or some pop corn and click on whatever link that might floats your boat!

Serial Killers – Profiling a Criminal Minds: https://youtu.be/-VRkcQD6K6A

A Very British Witchcraft: https://youtu.be/k2Pb_FQR0r0

Mental – A History of the Madhouse: https://youtu.be/oswUssXzFlY

Hidden Killers of the Victorian Home (just because I’m obsessed with the Victorian Era): https://youtu.be/Sy7iUoWi_-U

The Secret World Last Exorcism: https://youtu.be/sixItlJ9b0k

Origin of the Vampire: https://youtu.be/OdwR6sskHv0

Tarot Cards: https://youtu.be/LIqwpwZJlMo

These are going to keep you busy for a while.

Remember that on October there will be the usual Halloween countdown on The Weirdo Facebook page. I’m sure you don’t want to miss that! 🎃

Elle. x

 

Letters from a killer: An Interview.

Dear Mr. Gacy is a film based on the book The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the mind of the Serial Killer, it depicts the very long correspondence Jason Moss had with John Wayne Gacy. For his university thesis Jason Moss started a correspondence with the most famous serial killer: Ramirez, Dahmer and Manson to name a few and while writing to  them he adopted the role of disciple, admirer, surrogate, or potential victim in order to gain their attention. Moss forged the strongest relationship with Gacy but as he felt psychologically manipulated he started to suffer from depression and in June 2006 he  died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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But, how does it feel like to have a correspondence with a serial killer? If I would write to a serial killer it would be Jeffrey Dahmer or Aileen Wuornos but as we know they’re both dead. Luckily for me (and the rest of us) I’ve got the chance to reach Andrea, a very kind girl who lives in London and who has been in corrispondence with Dennis Nilsen, a famous serial killer, from over a year. I asked her a few questions about this “experience” so that she can shed a light on this topic.

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Jack The Ripper: A Recap.

This is going to be the longest post ever! I’ve tried to keep it short but as you might imagine there’s always a lot to say about the most famous serial killer: Jack the Ripper. So, sit tight, grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Five murders are known to have been committed by the Ripper, but two others were once thought to have been his work as well. Emma Smith, who lived in Spitalfields, was attacked in the early hours of 3 April 1888. She said she had been assaulted by four men, but could or would not identify them. She died the next day.

Four months later, the body of Martha Tabram was found on a staircase, her throat and stomach had been stabbed with something sharp like a bayonet. Earlier that night, she and another prostitute had been seen in the company of two soldiers, they were then arrested but the second prostitute failed (or refused) to identify either her own or the other woman’s partner.

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Dr. H.H. Holmes

In 1893 Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) opened the “Worlds Fair Hotel”, a massive three-storey block long structure, known locally as “The Castle”. However it also had another purpose; the murder of women and hiding their bodies.

Using a series of different contractors, Holmes constructed a labyrinthine agglomeration of rooms, secret passages, false doors, stairways to nowhere and other traps and murder devices, but it was in the basement that he would perform dissections and other gruesome “works”

So, does this story sound familiar? Well, if you’re watching American Horror Story: Hotel you might find a huge “resemblance” to James Patrick March. This character built the Cortez Hotel in the same way, as a grisly and scary maze from which none of his victims can escape.

Are you watching the series? What’s your opinion about it? As always, let me know in the comment!

Elle. x