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Gordon 'Woody' Mower speaks out in prison interview on 1996 murder of parents

By JOLEEN FERRIS

AUBURN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Gordon 'Woody' Mower has spent nearly half his life behind the walls of maximum security prisons for the 1996 murder of his parents, Gordon Sr and Susan Mower.

On Tuesday, he spoke out about that night - why he killed and why, in his opinion, he should not be the only person serving time for their murder.

Mower was 18 years old when the media last saw him. On Tuesday, August 9, 2011, the 34-year-old walked into a room at Auburn prison for an interview with WKTV unrestrained, with only one correction officer present.

Mower talked about prison life at Attica, where he was serving life for his parents' 1996 murder until his transfer this Spring to Auburn.

"Here it kinda' cut the distance in half, so that's why I asked to come here," Mower said. "I really didn't want to leave Attica. I just got used to it. Once you got used to the tear gas and the blood and everything, you're good"

Mower talked about a heated argument with his parents in the parking lot of Sangertown Square Mall the night they were murdered back in 1996.

"I guess there was enough of a disturbance that someone called the New Hartford Police Department," Mower said. "I mean, dad beat the hell out of me"

Throughout the interview, Mower alternated between calling his dad, Gordon Sr, a "big teddy bear," and outlining in vivid and disturbing detail abuse that he claims his maternal grandmother suffered at his father's hand.

Woody Mower said he has regrets, but killing his mother is not one of them.

"I'm not going to say what I did was right, but I'm not going to say what I did was wrong, either," he said. "That was a filthy, nasty, whore, that's all that was."

"She not only ruined my life, but dad's as well," Mower continued. "Dad didn't even have a life with that whore around. She was...she's just unexplainable. I mean, the numerous affairs, the abortions she had, the list just grows and grows and grows."

Mower says he wants to speak out now because he wants to see the man he claims actually killed his father held accountable.

He also has regrets of pleading guilty instead of telling a court his side of the story, claiming he was just a kid, rushed into admitting guilt by a self-serving attorney who he says deceived him, and who he says cared more about his own interests than Mower's legal rights.

"He even admitted to the family 'I could be disbarred for this,'" Mower said.

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