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Gwendolyn & Catherine May is the true story of a serial killer couple told through the eyes of an investigative reporter in the midst of the late 1980’s. The “Lethal Lovers”, as they were later known, committed their murders in the Alpine Manor nursing home in Walker, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids. This film depicts the narrative of how multiple murders went unknown and unpunished until the threads of a torrid love affair went terribly awry.
Journalist Lowell Cauffiel relates his investigation into the dark past of Gwendolyn Graham and Catherine May Wood through a series of flashbacks which illustrate the ill-fated union of two troubled nurse’s aids who met by fate and fell in love, with fatal consequences for those they were sworn to help.
As the tale unfolds, the first murder is portrayed as an insurance policy for Wood who was afraid that Graham would leave her for another woman. Graham did, in fact, begin dating another female nursing aide at Alpine Manor and eventually moved to Texas with the woman to work in a hospital taking care of infants. Once caught and tried, Graham maintained her innocence, and testified that the alleged murders were part of an elaborate mind game by Wood. Graham recounts her side of the story to the jury, journalist and audience in blood chilling detail.
Alternatively, the story takes an unexpected twist when detectives for the Walker Police Department extensively questioned Wood in a series of lengthy interviews. The telling interrogations were prompted by information offered by Wood’s ex-husband, whom she had told about the murders after the nasty breakup of Wood and Graham. Wood claimed that it was Graham who planned and carried out the killings while she served as a lookout and distracted supervisors. Wood narrates her side of the story in similar disturbing detachment.
Several victims’ remains would be discovered from both accounts, but who was truly the mastermind?
Both sides are articulated in horrifying detail with both convincingly narrated by Cauffiel without prejudice. Not until the very end of the movie will either side be determined as the truth. And even then, can you ever really believe the recollections of a psychopathic murderer?
Gwendolyn & Catherine May is a Tarantinoesk tale of murder, love and deceit represented with Oliver Stone-like direction portraying the unmistakable horror that can only be realized by a true story ripped from the headlines of the crazy eighties.