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.
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.
James Edward Wood has been listed on Killer.Cloud since July of 2017 and was last updated 4 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia, is a sexual attraction or sexual act involving corpses. Serial Killer Necrophiliacs have been known to have sex with the body of their victim(s).
Torture is when someone puts another person in pain. This pain may be physical or psychological. Tourturers touture their victims.
Stalking means following someone secretly to watch them. Serial Killer Stalkers stalk victims prior to killing them.
|Name:||James Edward Wood|
|Victims:||1 - 12|
|Years Active:||1976 - 1993|
|Ages Active:||28/29 - 45/46|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1947 - 2004|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♐ Sagittarius |
Nov 22 - Dec 22
|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|
|D.O.B.:||Dec 9, 1947|
|Birth Location:||Louisiana, US|
|Birth Order:||1st of 1|
|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|
|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|
|Highest School:||11 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||no degree received|
|Arrested:||Jul 6, 1993 (Age 45)|
|Convicted:||Jan 14, 1994 (Age 46)|
|Prison Location:||the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US|
|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|
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.
|Dec 09 1947||James Edward Wood was born in Louisiana, US. #19471209|
|Dec 09 1967|
|James Edward Wood started his serial killing spree. #1976|
|Dec 09 1977|
|Dec 09 1987|
|Oct 31 1992|
| 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.
|James Edward Wood ended his serial killing spree. #1993|
|Jul 06 1993|
|James Edward Wood arrested. #19930706|
|Jan 14 1994|
|James Edward Wood was convictedand sentenced to death at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US. #19940114|
|Jul 25 1995|
| appeal rejected #19950725 |
Location: Idaho, US
Sixth district judge rejects Wood’s appeal.
|Dec 09 1997|
|Oct 09 1998|
| appeal rejected #19981009 |
Location: Idaho State Supreme Court, Idaho, US
Idaho State Supreme Court rejects Wood’s appeal
|Dec 22 1998|
| 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|
| appeal rejected #19990516 |
Location: U.S. Supreme Court, US
U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Wood’s appeal.
|Feb 01 2004|
|James Edward Wooddied.cause of death:natural causesat the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Kuna, Idaho, US. #20040201|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as James Edward Wood (1976-1993).
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|problems in school||TRUE||221|
|sex with body||TRUE||430|
|living with children||FALSE||268|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|father drug abuse||FALSE||192|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|teased in school||FALSE||218|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||323|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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|1548869473||The Unknown War of Edward...||James Pontolillo||James Edward Wood||1|
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