Michele Wood is a homicide detective in Illinois, and currently the only female on her team working homicide in the city.
She previously worked in the Special Victims Unit focusing on Domestic Violence, and in the Violent Crimes Unit handling Homicides, Gangs, and Sex Crimes. She has over 300 arrests and 40 department awards.
Wood's specialized training is in Blood Spatter, Crime Scene protection and processing, Evidence Collection, and Homicide Interviews/Interrogations.
Q&A with Michele
What made you decide to be a part of Dead Again?
Two words - Joe Schillaci. I was a fan of his on First 48, and wanted to be part of this project.
How has your experience in Homicide helped you to reinvestigate these cases?
I work these cases exactly like I work my cases back home. I treat the crime scene as active, and I use the same interview and interrogation skills as I do back home.
What do you think is your best quality as an investigator?
I'm persistent, focused and detail oriented. Plus I have a great memory.
What role do you play on the Dead Again team?
I'm the skeptic.
Being a homicide detective seems like a difficult job. Have you ever had an experience that helped to make the hard work worthwhile?
Every single time I'm able to charge someone with murder, that makes it worth it. Seeing their faces when they find out they're gonna have to pay for what they did.
What inspired you to become a detective?
I've wanted to be a homicide detective for as long as I can remember. I'm inquisitive by nature, and have always loved true crime - novels and television.
How do you unwind and de-stress?
I love hanging out at home with my husband (and best friend!) Erick and my two little pugs Humbug and Bella. I also work out every day. It helps to release pent up energy.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Between working and filming, I don't have a lot of spare time, but if I do get a rare moment, I really just love doing nothing.
Who inspires you?
My supervisor at work, who is a total "honey badger" - and that's why I love him. He recognized my drive and passion and gave me the opportunity to work homicides.
Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents?
My co-workers say I'm really good at imitating people.
What makes you laugh?
What do you think will surprise people to learn about you?
Before I was a police officer, I was a flight attendant. Get your own damn peanuts.