Case 260

The Alpine Manor Murders

*** Content warning: Elder abuse ***

The Director of Nursing at the Alpine Manor Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was thrilled when Catherine Wood and Gwen Graham joined their team of nursing aides in the mid 1980s. They were hard working, enthusiastic and well-liked.

But soon after they started, some residents of Alpine Manor began telling the staff that their lives were in peril. When those same residents began to pass away, their deaths were put down to natural causes. Was it old age that killed these residents? Or was there a more sinister explanation?



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Forever and Five Days – Lowell Cauffiel



Killings of elderly said to be ‘for fun’ – Detroit Free Press

‘She could do it again’: Alpine Manor killer released from prison – 

Alpine Manor Nursing Home killer granted parole –

Nursing home investigation pains family – Associated Press

Ex-nurses aide convicted of 5 murders – Associated Press

Care givers? – Lansing State Journal

Nursing home deaths called difficult to prove as murder – Detroit Free Press

Ex-nurses aide gets 20-40 year sentence – Associated Press



Alpine Manor victims families will fight to keep killer in prison – WoodTV8



Adult abuse and neglect

Michigan Legislature – Section 333.21720a

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