2000

*Bouwer, Annette
(Died January 5, 2000, Age 47)
Cause of death: Poisoned
Location: New Zealand
Disability: Chronic kidney disease
Perpetrator: Colin Bouwer (Husband)
Source: Colin Bouwer

*Boss, Timothy
(Died February 23, 2000, Age 10)
Cause of death: Murder (Drugged and beaten)
Location: Remsen, Iowa, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Donald Boss Jr. (Adoptive father) and Lisa Boss (Adoptive mother)
Source: Timothy Boss

+Wright, Willie
(Died March 4, 2000, Age 15)
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Southwest Mental Health Center staff
Source: Willie Wright

*Beebe, Joseph
(Died March 17, 2000, Age 8)
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse
Location: Tarkington Prairie, Texas, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome
Perpetrator: Edith and Brian Beebe (Adoptive parents), Justin Martin (Stepbrother)
Source: WHO’S TO BLAME FOR Joseph’s DEATH?

*Okonski, Cora
(Died April 16, 2000 (Last seen); body never found, Age 23)
Cause of death: Unknown homicide
Location: Tama, Iowa, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder, ADHD
Perpetrator: Tait Purk (Fiance)
Source: Cara Okonski feared for her life, friend testifies in murder trial

Newmaker, Candace
(Died April 18, 2000, Age 10)
Cause of death: Suffocated during “rebirthing” therapy
Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder
Perpetrator: Connell Watkins, Julie Ponder (Unlicensed Therapists)
Source: Candace Newmaker

*+Malphus, Justin
(Died April 19, 2000, Age 5)
Cause of death: Murder (Drowning; head injury)
Location: Savannah, Georgia, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Joyce Malphus (Mother)
Source: Justin Malphus

+!Champion, Calvin
(Died April 30, 2000, Age 32)
Cause of death: Killed by police during restraint
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Autism, developmental delay
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Calvin Champion

Faith, Debbie Lynn
(Died 6/20/2000 (Body found); disappeared summer 1994, Age 15)
Cause of death: Murder (Bludgeoned; rape/murder)
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Disability: Spina bifida
Perpetrator: John Edward Robinson Sr. (Serial killer)
Source: Murderpedia: John Edward Robinson Sr.

Suggs, Curtis
(Died June 30, 2000, Age 68)
Cause of death: Medical malpractice (denied needed medical treatment)
Location: Washington DC, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy, Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Group home staff
Source: D.C. Jury Awards $2.9 Million Against City For Negligent Care of Mentally Disabled Man

*+Graham, Shane
(Died July 1, 2000, Age 10)
Cause of death: Unknown. Missing; presumed dead
Location: Florida, USA
Disability: Down syndrome, autism, sickle-cell anemia
Perpetrator: Judith Leekin (Adoptive mother)
Source: Shane Graham

*Mochrie, Bethan
(Died July 1, 2000, Age 10)
Cause of death: Murder (Bludgeoned to death)
Location: Barry, Wales, UK
Disability: Physically disabled
Perpetrator: Robert Mochrie (Father)
Source: Robert MOCHRIE

!Smith, Shannon
(Died July 24, 2000, Age 27)
Cause of death: Police shooting; shot when he drove away after forgetting to pay for gas
Location: Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Disability: Mentally disabled
Perpetrator: Jeffrey Gabor (Police officer)
Source: Illinois policeman faces murder charge

Ponting, Brett
(Died August 7, 2000, Age 33)
Cause of death: Negligence (Left alone in bath; drowned)
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Disability: “Profoundly disabled”
Perpetrator: Group home staff
Source: Mother of drowning victim says new disability death shows ‘system still failing’

!Vass, Otto
(Died August 9, 2000, Age 55)
Cause of death: Death in police custody; after restraint; possible fat embolism or excited delirium
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Witnesses say police beat man who died at store

*Bogey, Grace Lee
(Died September 2, 2000, Age 3)
Cause of death: Fatal abuse (Beaten)
Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Disability: Spina bifida
Perpetrator: Veronica Bogey (Adoptive mother), Terry/Teri Bogey (Adoptive grandparent)
Source: Grace Lee Bogey (Gracielo Cano)

*Reynolds, Meridee
(Died September 9, 2000, Age 40)
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting)
Location: Vancouver, Washington, USA
Disability: Mobility impairment; sleep disorder
Perpetrator: Melanie McDonald (Caregiver)
Source: Caregiver Accused of Murder

Neff, William
(Died September 11, 2000, Age 83)
Cause of death: Murder (Stomping)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease
Perpetrator: Heidi Tenzer (Personal care aide)
Source: Bucks caregiver found guilty of murder

*Boucher, Alex
(Died September 25, 2000, Age 3)
Cause of death: Asphyxia; lethal physical abuse
Location: New Port Richey, Florida, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy, medical problems
Perpetrator: James Curtis (Adoptive father)
Source: Alex Charles Boucher

*Simpson, Florence Majorie
(Died October 3, 2000, Age 81)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled with the cord of her morphine pump)
Location: Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
Disability: Terminal cancer
Perpetrator: Christopher Simpson (Son)
Source: Doctor charged with strangling mother

!Vincent, Mark LeRoy
(Died November 21, 2000, Age 39)
Cause of death: Police shooting (Armed with a knife, history of violence, taser unsuccessful)
Location: Central Point, Oregon, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Two police officers
Source: Deputies kill knife-wielding mental patient

*Visco, Eva
(Died December 26, 2000, Age 74)
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting)
Location: Deltona, Florida, USA
Disability: Chronic illness; frail elder
Perpetrator: Leo Visco (Husband)
Source: Visco Describes Killing Wife