Alpine Manor Nursing Home killer granted parole

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the two former nurse's aides convicted in the Alpine Manor Nursing Home murders has been granted parole and is set to be released later this month.

Catherine Wood, now 57, has served 29 years of her 20- to 40-year sentence in the 1987 murders.

Relatives of one of the five Alpine Manor murder victims told 24 Hour News 8 they plan to fight her Oct. 24 release. They plan to file an appeal in Kent County Circuit Court.

"This woman should not be out until the last day on her 40-year sentence," said John Engman, the son-in-law of victim Mae Mason. "That's my viewpoint, if only because she's dangerous to society."

Mason, 79, was one of five patients suffocated at Alpine Manor.

"In her sleep, in the nursing home, in the middle of the night," Engman said.

"She did not deserve this sort of death," he continued. "None of those people did. They lived good lives and expected people would take care of them until they died of natural causes."

Wood and her lover Gwendolyn Graham were both nurse's aides at Alpine Manor in Walker.

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