Subject of Wyoming true crime book dies in custody

Alice Uden (courtesy of the Wyoming Department of Corrections); Alice & Gerald cover (courtesy of Prometheus Books)

CASPER, Wyo. —  Alice Louise Uden, a Wyoming inmate, died from “chronic health issues,” according to a statement from the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

A DOC statement says that Uden died on June 12, 2019, at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  

Uden had been incarcerated in a female medical unit at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington, Wyoming.   She was transferred to the Scottsbluff hospital on June 11, 2019.   

Article continues below...

The deceased was the subject of a recent true crime book by Wyoming-born, Texas-based author Ron Franscell.

The book, Alice & Gerald, is about a couple who, according to Franscell, “individually and together, murdered at least four people—probably five, as the book reveals—then eluded arrest for almost 40 years.”

Several of the events surrounding the case happened in Wyoming.

She was convicted of killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned mine, where it remained for many years.

Uden was sentenced on August 25, 2014 by Laramie County District Court Judge Steven K. Sharpe. 

She was serving a life sentence for 2nd Degree Murder. 

 She had married Gerald Uden previous to her conviction. Gerald Uden was himself convicted of killing his own spouse and two her two sons in a separate attack, in Wyoming in the 1980s.

The DOC says that Alice Uden was born on March 8, 1939, in Denver, Colorado

As per DOC policy an autopsy has been ordered.