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Frederick G. WOOD





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Personal confrontations
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: 1942 / 1960
Date of birth: 1912
Victims profile: John E. Lowman / Frederick Sess and John Rescigno
Method of murder: Beating with a bottle - Stabbing with knife
Location: Elmira/Astoria, New York, USA
Status: Sentenced to 20-years-to-life in 1943. Paroled in June 1960. Sentenced to death in 1962. Executed by electrocution at Sing Sing Prison on March 21, 1963

2 Men Murdered In July 1960

The Queens Gazette

As the Independence Day holiday came to an end, two elderly Astoria men, Frederick Sess and John Rescigno were found dead—one with his throat cut, the other with his head bashed in—in the beer bottle-littered basement apartment they shared on Hoyt Avenue.

Two macabre notes were found there. One said, "How do you like these two murders? O-O-O. I’m sorry." The other said "The people in the parole board are intel eat"(intelligent?). The case was listed as a possible homicide or murder-suicide.

On July 6, the Star-Journal reported that Frederick Wood, a convicted murderer who had been paroled only a month earlier and then arrested in Manhattan for parole violation, had confessed to the Astoria murders. Wood was paroled in June after serving 17 years of a 20-years-to-life sentence for the murder of John E. Lowman in Elmira in 1942.

Wood bashed in Lowman’s head with a broken bottle, mutilated the body with a knife and then tried to hide the remains under a divan in the home of his girlfriend, where the attack occurred. Similarities between Wood’s crime and the Astoria murders led the authorities to Wood as a suspect. Wood was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on July 26.

Why was Frederick Wood paroled? Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered the state Parole Board Chairman Russell G. Oswald to submit a complete report on the handling of Wood’s case. Oswald admitted that "I guess you’d just have to say we made a mistake on this one. I say that with a lot of heartbreak." The state Parole Board put a temporary ban on parole for prisoners convicted of homicide or serious sex crimes until parole procedures could be revised.



MO: Beat male victims to death in personal confrontations.

DISPOSITION: Life term on one count, 1942 (paroled 1960); condemned on two counts, 1962 (executed by electrocution, 1963).

Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers - Hunting Humans



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