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Forever and Five Days by Lowell Cauffiel
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Forever and Five Days

by Lowell Cauffiel

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Good true crime about murders in a nursing home and the lesbian scene in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tells what happened but doesnt really give new insight into the case. It tries to imply more happened than what the facts are but in the end, it doesnt follow through with new facts. Some characters are well realized but others seem included just because they had to be although they were very important to the case. Recommended but dont expect too much beyond the facts of the case. ( )
  djgreg40 | Aug 22, 2010 |
Have read this many times. Took place about 30 minutes from where I live, and know one of the girls involved with the persons who committed the crime. This is a good author, enjoy reading his true crime. Doesn't add a lot of info that doesn't pertain to story line. ( )
  neily2007 | Jul 28, 2009 |
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Cathy was the lively one--the bleached-blonde star of the nurses' aides' lunchroom--the one who enjoyed scripting an ever-changing soap opera from the lives of the nursing-home staff. Gwen was the pug-nosed newcomer with a little girl's dependency and desire to please: she doted on Cathy, and was honored to be chosen as her lover. They turned a respected Michigan nursing home into their playground for frivolous games and practical jokes. Then Cathy got worried that Gwen was cheating on her, so she suggested a love pact that would bind them together "forever and five days." Gwen carried out her wishes, and smothered five patients in their beds. It's a story with a large cast of characters--the employees of the nursing home, the individual patients and their loving families, the outsiders who wondered and worried. Lowell Cauffiel does a good job of letting us into their lives, and into the world of make-believe that allowed these murders to go unnoticed for so long.

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In a small-town retirement home, two nurses make a bloody pact Outside the dining hall of the Alpine Manor nursing home, there is a sign that reads, "This is Grand Rapids, Michigan," a reminder for those who can no longer trust their own minds. For months, Cathy Wood has fed these residents, bathed them, and even moistened their eyes with artificial tears. To her, they live in a state worse than death-and she has decided to relieve them of their pain. Wood and her lover, Gwen Graham, make a pact to kill those whom they were hired to care for. No one notices when an elderly person dies a quiet death, but as these two slip deeper into their plan, the terrible secret becomes unbearable. Lowell Cauffiel's account of the Alpine Manor murders is a chilling saga of true crime and the twisted lengths to which some will go in pursuit of justice.… (more)

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