James Edward Wood

James Godwin

  Active for 18 years
(1976-1993) in United States

1

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

12

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  10. 15 Timeline Events
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  13. 7 Books About James Edward Wood
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James Edward Wood (born James Godwin) an American serial killer and rapist also known as James Godwin. Wood was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for the kidnapping, dismemberment and murder of an 11-year-old newspaper delivery girl in Pocatello, Idaho. He was arrested in 1993 and later led authorities to the body that had been thrown into the Snake River in Idaho Falls. Wood would kidnap, rape molest, commit acts of necrophilia on the body and dismember the corpse of his victims. He has been suspected of multiple rapes, robberies and dozens of murders. In 2004, James Edward Wood died from a heart attack at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho.

James Edward Wood Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer James Edward Wood (aka) James Godwin, was active for 18 years between 1976-1993, known to have ( 1 confirmed / 12 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States.

James Edward Wood was born on December 9th 1947 in Louisiana, US. He was raised by both parents until (Age 2), his mother and step-father until (Age 8), his Uncle Gene and Aunt Mildred Wood until (Age 14), ward of state until (Age 17), his biological father until adulthood. He was raised as a only child and had no siblings. His father, an unnamed man who was incarcerated, James (Age 2). After his fathers release he worked selling and installing chain fences. His mother, Hazel Godwin died in a potato processing plant fire, James (Age 8). During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems. James Edward Wood was sexually, physically, and psychologically abused at some point of his life.

He completed 11 years of school, no degree received. He married Angie Bell in 1967, divorced re-married Angie Bell in 1974, divorced. He had three children, two sons and one daughter.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He was known to abuse alcohol.

In 1976 (Age 28/29) James Edward Wood started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, commit acts of necrophilia, torture, stalk, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. James Edward Wood used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. At the time of his crimes he was living with his cousin Dave Haggard.

He was arrested on July 6th 1993 (Age 45), convicted on January 14th 1994 (Age 46), sentenced to death at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US.

James Edward Wood died on February 1st 2004 (Age 56), cause of death: natural causes at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US.

Profile Completeness: 96%
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James Edward Wood has been listed on Killer.Cloud since July of 2017 and was last updated 1 week ago.

James Edward Wood a known:

James Edward Wood
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-06-10 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: James Edward Wood
Nickname: James Godwin
Victims: 1 - 12
Years Active: 1976 - 1993
Ages Active: 28/29 - 45/46
Active Countries: United States
Life Span: 1947 - 2004
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Sexual Preference: heterosexual, homosexual after prison
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Nov 22 - Dec 22
Birth Month: December
Marital Status: married Angie Bell in 1967, divorced re-married Angie Bell in 1974, divorced
Children: three children, two sons and one daughter
Living With: his cousin Dave Haggard
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Dec 9, 1947
Birth Location: Louisiana, US
Birth Order: 1st of 1
Siblings: no siblings
Rasied By: both parents until (Age 2), his mother and step-father until (Age 8), his Uncle Gene and Aunt Mildred Wood until (Age 14), ward of state until (Age 17), his biological father until adulthood
Birth Category: only child
Mother: Hazel Godwin died in a potato processing plant fire, James (Age 8)
Father: an unnamed man who was incarcerated, James (Age 2). After his fathers release he worked selling and installing chain fences

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 11 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
Arrested: Jul 6, 1993 (Age 45)
Convicted: Jan 14, 1994 (Age 46)
Sentence: death
Prison Location: the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: Feb 1, 2004 (Age 56)
Cause of Death: natural causes
Death Location: the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
15 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
James Edward Wood

The 15 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer James Edward Wood. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Dec 09 1947James Edward Wood was born in Louisiana, US.  #19471209
Dec 09 1967
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1976
(Age 28/29)
James Edward Wood started his serial killing spree. #1976
Dec 09 1977
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Dec 09 1987
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Oct 31 1992
(Age 44)
moves to Pocatello, Idaho #19921031
Location: Pocatello, Idaho, US

James arrives at his cousin’s, Dave Haggard, and asks for a place to live. Haggard agrees to let him stay until he could get back on his feet.

1993
(Age 45/46)
James Edward Wood ended his serial killing spree. #1993
Jul 06 1993
(Age 45)
James Edward Wood arrested. #19930706
Jan 14 1994
(Age 46)
James Edward Wood was convicted and sentenced to death at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US.  #19940114
Jul 25 1995
(Age 47)
appeal rejected #19950725
Location: Idaho, US

Sixth district judge rejects Wood’s appeal.

Dec 09 1997
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Oct 09 1998
(Age 50)
appeal rejected #19981009
Location: Idaho State Supreme Court, Idaho, US

Idaho State Supreme Court rejects Wood’s appeal

Dec 22 1998
(Age 51)
stay of execution #19981222
Location: Idaho, US

Supreme Court justice O’Connor signed a stay of execution until Wood’s death sentence appeal could be heard by the entire U.S Supreme Court.

May 16 1999
(Age 51)
appeal rejected #19990516
Location: U.S. Supreme Court, US

U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Wood’s appeal.

Feb 01 2004
(Age 56)
James Edward Wood died. cause of death: natural causes at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US. #20040201
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Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
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problems in school TRUE 214
physically abused TRUE 221
psychologically abused TRUE 215
sexually abused TRUE 217
alcohol abuse TRUE 218
previous crimes TRUE 356
previous jail TRUE 340
previous prision TRUE 326
used weapon TRUE 432
used gun TRUE 431
rape TRUE 428
torture TRUE 406
stalk TRUE 400
sex with body TRUE 411
mutilated TRUE 424
robbed TRUE 405
living with children FALSE 259
suicide FALSE 211
killed in prison FALSE 205
father drug abuse FALSE 187
mother drug abuse FALSE 190
teased in school FALSE 212
physically defect FALSE 290
speach defect FALSE 290
head injury FALSE 289
psychologist FALSE 249
forensic hospital FALSE 248
previous killed FALSE 205
kill at killers home FALSE 309
kill at victims home FALSE 312
blindfold FALSE 350
bound FALSE 388
strangle FALSE 422
ate part of body FALSE 432
drank blood FALSE 422
posed body FALSE 350
totem body part FALSE 349
totem personal item FALSE 341


Books that Mention James Edward Wood

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Mother's Milk
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Eye of the Beast
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Shaping an American institution
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7 Books that mention Serial Killer
James Edward Wood

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1250206553 Mother's Milk 1
1938803507 Eye of the Beast 1
0252010515 Shaping an American insti... 1
0313256047 Church and State in the M... 1
0313256039 Church and State in Histo... 1
1548869473 The Unknown War of Edward... 1
1543915590 Good Night James Wood-the... 1
External References
  1. Juan Ignacio Blanco, James Edward WOOD on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  2. Jessica Weber, Heather Wells, James Edward Wood on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  3. Rebecca Boone, Idaho death-row killer dies in prison on www.deseretnews.com, Retrieved on Jun 10, 2019.
Internal References

James Edward Wood is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

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  2. #52 of 52 [ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Stalkers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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  4. #58 of 58 [ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Necrophiliacs sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #64 of 644 [ Page 5 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  6. #86 of 86 [ Page 6 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #292 of 293 [ Page 20 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #321 of 321 [ Page 22 ] of American Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #625 of 644 [ Page 42 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  10. #643 of 644 [ Page 43 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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