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Forever and Five Days
     

Forever and Five Days

by Lowell Cauffiel
 

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Here is the dramatic story of Catherine Wood, a suburban wife and mother, and Gwendolyn Graham, her lesbian lover, two nurse's aides at the Alpine Manor nursing home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who smothered five helpless patients to death. Photo insert.

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Here is the dramatic story of Catherine Wood, a suburban wife and mother, and Gwendolyn Graham, her lesbian lover, two nurse's aides at the Alpine Manor nursing home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who smothered five helpless patients to death. Photo insert.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cauffiel makes an auspicious debut in the true-crime genre with this sensitive and searching story of the murders of nursing home patients by aides at a home in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1987. Photos. (July)
Library Journal - Library Journal
An account of how two nursing home aides murdered six patients. The drama and intrigue that led up to the murders reached a fever pitch with lesbian affairs, threesomes, partner cheating, drunkenness, drugs, and wild, violent parties. One woman, Cathy Wood, seemed to be at the center of this orgy of excess, apparently masterminding the murders and manipulating her lover, Gwen Graham, into carrying them out. However, courtoom testimony over who was in control remains unclear. Cauffiel has dug deeply and presents a penetrating look into the lives of the accused. He also paints a harsh picture of an indifferent nursing home administration that ignored complaints about the insubordination of the two women by a supervisor who tried to have them assigned to different shifts. An even sadder portrait emerges of patients trying vainly to warn the staff that they were being assaulted and threatened. In a final twist, the question lingers whether any murders were actually committed or whether this was a mind game being played out by a severely disturbed individual. Recommended for larger true crime collections.-- Lois Walker, formerly with Winthrop Coll. Lib., Rock Hill, S.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786022274
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
829,419
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.60(d)

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