Dana Sue Gray (born December 6, 1957) is an American serial killer who murdered three elderly women in 1994. She was caught after her fourth victim survived and identified her. Gray says she committed these murders to support her spending habits. She is now imprisoned in the California Women's Prison in Chowchilla.
As a young girl, Dana flew into fits of violence at school and was suspended multiple times for creating some incriminating letters. Then, she began acting out these violent acts to get money and purchase some sweets for herself. But she would also get into multiple arguments with Beverly Arnett after being disciplined.
She described her mother as a former beauty queen as well as an aggressive woman who would look for a fight. As she grew to the age of 14, Dana worked as a nurse after watching other nurses treat her mother's breast cancer. After Beverly's death in the 1970's, Dana had no choice but to move out of the house when her stepmother found stolen prescription drugs.
The alcoholism and drugs were used to cope with the depression during 2 miscarriages and the loss of her job. She didn't want to abort her 2 children because to her, being a mother is an important responsibility.
Forensic psychiatrists also say she killed elderly women as surrogates to take out her hatred for her mother on them.
- Norma Davis, February 16, 1994 (stabbed with two knives)
- June Roberts, February 28, 1994 (strangled and beaten)
- Dorinda Hawkins, March 10, 1994 (survived)
- Dora Beebe, March 16, 1994