8/28/2017

*(Multiple people), (Dozens to hundreds)
(Died Every year, Age Elder)
Cause of death: Thalaikoothal (Traditional murder or assisted suicide of the elderly)
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Disability: Elder disabled
Perpetrator: Family members
Source: Thalaikoothal

Thomas, George L.
(Died August 22, 2007, Age 65)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Disability: Leg injury, chronic pain
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Police seek info on cold case of murdered Madison man

*Stewart, Diane
(Died June 25, 2010, Age 47)
Cause of death: Under investigation; presumed to be SUDEP until her husband killed his next fiance.
Location: Bassingbourn, England, UK
Disability: Epilepsy
Perpetrator: Ian Stewart (Husband)
Source: Investigation into Helen Bailey killer Ian Stewart’s first wife’s death supported by family

!Call, Emily Jean
(Died April 18, 2012, Age 32)
Cause of death: Suicide (Denied mental health care in jail, denied supervision)
Location: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Depression, drug addiction, history of suicide attempts
Perpetrator: Wilkes County Jail staff
Source: 51 NC jail inmates have died in past five years after poor supervision from jailers

*Ritchey, Herman Jr.
(Died October 24, 2012, Age 70)
Cause of death: Fatal neglect (Starvation)
Location: Mio, Michigan, USA
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease
Perpetrator: Rachel Bruce (Daughter) and Carl Bruce (Son-in-law)
Source: Oscoda County woman charged alongside husband with murder in father’s death

!Reed, Adam Kenneth
(Died November 7, 2012, Age 30)
Cause of death: Suicide; inadequate supervision despite obvious suicidal ideation
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Suicidal crisis
Perpetrator: Staff at North Bay District Jail
Source: Canada’s jailhouse secret: Legally innocent prisoners are dying

Jackson, Terry
(Died May 21, 2013, Age 69)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Stabbed; along with nondisabled brother, while working at church food pantry)
Location: Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Disability: “Special needs”
Perpetrator: Richard Burgin Jr.
Source: No death penalty for Huntsville church food pantry killer who stabbed elderly brothers to death

*McFarland, Gabriel
(Died April 22, 2014, Age 4 months)
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse (Shaken baby)
Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Disability: Deaf in one ear
Perpetrator: Drew James Weehler-Smith (Birth father)
Source: Lesbian couple win $3.25m after adopted baby is killed by birth dad

*Watkins, Jessica
(Died May 4, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled, stabbed)
Location: Newport, Wales, UK
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Kristopher Mitchell (Boyfriend)
Source: Woman murdered by her boyfriend had been strangled by him a month before

!Rana, Vicky
(Died November 15, 2014, Age 27)
Cause of death: Death in police custody; torture suspected
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Disability: Epilepsy
Perpetrator: ACP Reema Munshi, VJ Gadhvi, NJ Chaudhari, and Bharatbhai (Police)
Source: 4 cops booked for murder

Ricketts, Catherine
(Died December 31, 2014, Age 70)
Cause of death: Died in house fire. Negligence; unsafe electric wheelchair caused a fire
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
Source: Wheelchair caused fire and Pittsburgh woman’s death, lawsuit says

+Nguyen, Jacklyn
(Died June 10, 2015, Age 2)
Cause of death: Fatal abuse (Beaten)
Location: Los Banos, California, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Vincent Hoai Do
Source: Murder charge in death of disabled 2-year-old

Duggie, John
(Died July 2, 2015, Age 50)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Hameen Edwards (Roommate at Arbour Hospital)
Source: DA: Boston hospital never informed police after patient’s fatal beating

*Corbett, Jason
(Died August 2, 2015, Age 39)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten with a baseball bat and a brick)
Location: Abbotts Creek, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Depression, thyroid disease
Perpetrator: Molly Martens (Wife) and Thomas Martens (Father-in-law)
Source: Martens facing 20-25 years in jail for murder

*Ludwick, Melisha K. Mosier
(Died August 11, 2015 (Body found); died July 2015, Age 38)
Cause of death: Murder (Choked, dismembered)
Location: Hilham, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Unspecified; attended special education classes, received disability benefits; under the care of a psychiatrist
Perpetrator: Edward Walsh
Source: Eight testify in Celina murder trial

*Hove-Becker, Johanna
(Died October 8, 2015, Age 32)
Cause of death: Possible murder (Drugged, pushed out a window)
Location: Mons, Belgium
Disability: History of mental illness
Perpetrator: Craig R. Becker (Husband)
Source: War Hero Claims Navy Abandoned Him, Others Cry Murder

*Decker, Ezra
(Died February 3, 2016, Age 6)
Cause of death: Fatal abuse (Beating; head trauma)
Location: Staunton, Virginia, USA
Disability: ADHD, bed-wetting, speech impediment
Perpetrator: Steven T. Decker (Father)
Source: At murder trial, witness says Decker’s son’s injuries ‘didn’t fit with story’

Burkhart, Anna B.
(Died March 6, 2016, Age 90)
Cause of death: Neglect (Sepsis; untended bedsores)
Location: Oradell, New Jersey, USA
Disability: Mobility impaired due to broken hip
Perpetrator: Staff at Oradell Health Care Center
Source: Woman developed fatal bedsore while in nursing home’s care, suit claims

Cornish, Mary
(Died March 6, 2016, Age 83)
Cause of death: Negligence (Fall; improperly used lift, untrained staff)
Location: Jersey, UK
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Staff at Oak Ward, Rosewood House
Source: Changes introduced in States residential home following patient’s death

!Short, Victoria Christine
(Died September 7, 2016, Age 28)
Cause of death: Suicide by hanging (Taken off suicide watch despite history of suicide attempts, obvious suicidal crisis)
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Drug addiction, suicidal crisis
Perpetrator: Davie County Jail staff
Source: They got sick or hurt in jail, but died elsewhere. So no one investigated.

!Coppin, Khiel
(Died November 12, 2016, Age 18)
Cause of death: Police shooting (Suicide by cop; holding a hairbrush)
Location: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Suicidal crisis
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Man, 18, Is Fatally Shot by Police in Brooklyn

!Turner, Richard
(Died November 16, 2016, Age 54)
Cause of death: Death in police custody; restraint
Location: Campustown, Illinois, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Police
Source: No charges in death of Campustown panhandler

!Brito, Erickson Gomez
(Died November 19, 2016, Age 21)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Addiction, depression
Perpetrator: Jennifer Garcia and Andris Bisogno (Police officers)
Source: Emotionally disturbed man’s kin to file $20M suit against NYC, cops who fatally shot him after he hit them with baton

!Whidden, Ricky
(Died December 31, 2016, Age 46)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Loxahatchee groves
Disability: mental illness
Perpetrator: Justin Rigney (Police)
Source: Deputy shooting draws new scrutiny after lawyer obtains video of encounter

!Owens, James
(Died January 3, 2017, Age 63)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Police
Source: When insanity can get you killed

*Mahaffey, Sophia
(Died January 4, 2017, Age 19 months)
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse
Location: Cottonwood Heights, Utah, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Jake Don Jensen (Mother’s boyfriend)
Source: Man charged in 2016 death of disabled 19-month-old girl

*Allen, Karen
(Died January 6, 2017, Age 74)
Cause of death: Neglect (Pulmonary embolism, secondary to immobility/starvation/dehydration)
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Harold Earl Allen (Husband)
Source: Deputies: Florida man starved wife who weighed 68 pounds at death

+Robinson, Brandon
(Died January 10, 2017, Age 19)
Cause of death: Murder (Slashed with machete; dumped in the river)
Location: Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Brian Thompson
Source: Man accused of machete killing in Charleston pleads not guilty to murder charge

!Caveness, Todd Lamont
(Died February 5, 2017, Age 40)
Cause of death: Medical neglect (Starvation due to untreated self-neglect while in jail)
Location: Wilson, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder, anxiety thoughts, paranoia
Perpetrator: Wilson County Jail staff
Source: They got sick or hurt in jail, but died elsewhere. So no one investigated.

*Billingham, Tina
(Died February 6, 2017, Age 54)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Rowley Regis, England, UK
Disability: Depression
Perpetrator: Ronald Cooke (Partner)
Source: ‘Murdered’ Sandwell mother could have killed herself, court told

Norcross-Wilkins, Jane
(Died February 8, 2017, Age 55)
Cause of death: Medical malpractice; breast cancer “treated” by naturopath
Location: Point Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand
Disability: Breast cancer (Recurrent)
Perpetrator: A naturopathic physician
Source: Naturopathy under microscope after cancer sufferers speak from under shadow of death

!Burton, Justin Andrew
(Died February 10, 2017, Age 25)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Vancouver, Washington, USA
Disability: Severe mental illness
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Police shootings: When a crisis turns deadly

Power, James “Jimmy”
(Died April 3, 2017, Age 66)
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest; made to wait 2+ hours at A&E without treatment, due to staffing shortage/neglect
Location: Waterford, Ireland
Disability: Severe asthma
Perpetrator: Staff at University Hospital Waterford
Source: I still send him texts’ – Heartbroken daughter of man who died in A&E after ‘two-hour wait’

Crothers, Clarence
(Died July 4, 2017, Age 62)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Disability: Spinal cord injury
Perpetrator: Jeffrey Charles Halicki
Source: Abbotsford man charged with 2nd degree murder of Clarence Crothers

*Mouw, Todd
(Died July 8, 2017, Age 53)
Cause of death: Pneumonia from lack of trach care. Home health aide was fired by Medicaid program; unable to find new one; health deteriorated.
Location: Orange City, Iowa, USA
Disability: Ventilator-dependent quadriplegic
Perpetrator: Amerigroup
Source: A Medicaid patient lost the care he’d received for 20 years. 3 months later, he was dead.

Kadodani, Tomio
(Died July 31, 2017, Age 80)
Cause of death: Choked while eating dinner; suspicious death (Unreported)
Location: Takayama, Gifu, Japan
Disability: Elder nursing home resident
Perpetrator: A male employee, early 30s, working at Soreiyu nursing care facility
Source: Police find bruising in probe of deaths, injuries at Gifu nursing care facility

Davis, Helen
(Died August 3, 2017, Age 70)
Cause of death: Murder (Throat slashed)
Location: Decatur, Georgia, USA
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease
Perpetrator: Mark Ramos
Source: Cops: Man tied up, killed 70-year-old DeKalb woman who had Alzheimer’s

Martinez, Roy Franklin
(Died August 3, 2017, Age 48)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: South Bend, Indiana, USA
Disability: Physical and mental disability
Perpetrator: Kennedy Kafatia (Group home staff)
Source: South Bend man charged in death of group home resident

Tanana, Hassan
(Died August 3, 2017, Age 31)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Inkster, Michigan, USA
Disability: Mentally handicapped
Perpetrator: John Wilson
Source: Detroit’s Most Wanted: John Wilson wanted for killing handicapped man

Campbell, Edward Albert II
(Died August 4, 2017, Age 39)
Cause of death: Shooting
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Disability: Wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Man, 39, in wheelchair found shot to death

*+Lackie, Savannah
(Died August 4, 2017, Age 16)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Ozark County, Missouri, USA
Disability: Autism, depression, ADHD
Perpetrator: Rebecca Ruud (Birth mother)
Source: The Latest: Minnesota Mom of Slain Girl Says Family Grieving

Bruner, Wes
(Died August 5, 2017, Age 40)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot, house set on fire)
Location: Newton, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Unspecified; disabled veteran
Perpetrator: Lennon Riley Henderson
Source: Teen charged with murder in shooting death of Marine

*(Female, (Unknown)
(Died August 6, 2017, Age 5)
Cause of death: Fatal abuse (Beating)
Location: Jahra, Kuwait
Disability: Special needs
Perpetrator: Mother and mother’s boyfriend
Source: Mom, boyfriend deny murder intent in five-year-old’s death

Ishimoto, Kinko
(Died August 6, 2017, Age 93)
Cause of death: Fractured skull (Beaten)
Location: Takayama, Gifu, Japan
Disability: Elder nursing home resident
Perpetrator: A male employee, early 30s, working at Soreiyu nursing care facility
Source: Police find bruising in probe of deaths, injuries at Gifu nursing care facility

Lucero, Jeremy
(Died August 16, 2017, Age 36)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Pueblo, Colorado, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Disabled Pueblo man dies weeks after vicious attack with baseball bat, was sticking up for girl

*Cabalzar, Ursula
(Died August 8, 2017, Age 68)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Gunshot)
Location: Santa Clara, California, USA
Disability: Killer believed she had dementia
Perpetrator: Michael Reyer (Husband)
Source: Santa Clara murder-suicide: Mental decline cited as motive for killing

*Elliott, Donita
(Died August 8, 2017, Age 47)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: Patrick Elliott
Source: Patrick Elliott in letter to church: ‘Unfortunately, my choice included her death’

Thompson, Curtis
(Died August 8, 2017, Age 73)
Cause of death: Suspicious death
Location: Frederick, Oklahoma, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Authorities probing death of local disabled man in Frederick

Komisarchik, Isaak
(Died August 10, 2017, Age 85)
Cause of death: Negligence (Trapped in unserviced elevator; repeated alarm calls unanswered)
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: MEI Total Elevator Solutions
Source: Missing Elderly Man Found Dead in Elevator Nearly a Month After Pressing Emergency Alarm Twice

Wamakala, Patricia
(Died August 10, 2017, Age 29)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Boatle village, Botswana
Disability: None; ally (Beaten to death by jealous boyfriend for escorting a disabled elderly woman home)
Perpetrator: Ketsile Onneile Mmokolodi (Boyfriend)
Source: Senseless murder

Buriro, Atta Mohammad
(Died August 11, 2017, Age 32)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot after being accused of blasphemy)
Location: Tando Adam Khan, Pakistan
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Two unnamed killers
Source: Tando Adam man with intellectual disability killed on accusation of blasphemy

!Carlyle, Tyreas
(Died August 11, 2017, Age 31)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Mobility impaired from previous shooting
Perpetrator: Philadelphia police
Source: Family grieves for handicapped man killed by Philly cops

*Cohen, Leah
(Died August 11, 2017, Age 66)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: London, England, UK
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Joshua Cohen (Son)
Source: Brick Lane bagel tycoon’s son ‘murdered mother and sister in north London home’

Nakae, Sachiko
(Died August 12, 2017, Age 87)
Cause of death: Broken rib, punctured lung (Beaten)
Location: Takayama, Gifu, Japan
Disability: Elder nursing home resident
Perpetrator: A male employee, early 30s, working at Soreiyu nursing care facility
Source: Police find bruising in probe of deaths, injuries at Gifu nursing care facility

Kurmi, Vijay
(Died August 12, 2017, Age 62)
Cause of death: Neglect (Inadequate treatment despite obviously serious condition)
Location: Kolkata, India
Disability: Kidney disease requiring dialysis
Perpetrator: Poddar Hospital staff
Source: Kolkata’s BP Poddar Hospital, nursing home deaths trigger trouble

*Nelson, Vivian
(Died August 13, 2017, Age 94)
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting)
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Disability: Wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Leslie Charles Nelson (Son)
Source: CCPD: Woman, 94, found shot dead in wheelchair; son arrested

Schwartz, Kingsley Elizabeth
(Died August 14, 2017, Age 9 months)
Cause of death: Fatal abuse (Shaken baby)
Location: Ida, Michigan, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Justin C. Davis (Babysitter)
Source: Prosecutors add murder charges to abuse case

Bennett, Adam
(Died August 18, 2017, Age 91)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating; punctured lung, broken ribs, lacerated kidney)
Location: Marietta, Georgia, USA
Disability: Elder nursing home resident
Perpetrator: London Terrel (Staff at Sunrise Assisted Living Center)
Source: Cobb Man Arrested In Beating Death Of 91-Year-Old Patient In Nursing Home

Handrahan, Daniel
(Died August 18, 2017, Age 46)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: East Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Canada
Disability: PTSD; veteran
Perpetrator: Unnamed 17-year-old
Source: Teenage boy held in death of 46-year-old man, Nova Scotia police say

Seranza, Serafina
(Died August 19, 2017, Age 51)
Cause of death: Accidental fire (Denied housing; forced to squat in an unheated basement; died in resulting fire)
Location: Cosenza, Italy
Disability: Mentally disabled
Perpetrator: Cosenza city authorities
Source: Library fire in southern Italy causes three deaths and destruction of priceless Renaissance books

Noce, Antonio
(Died August 19, 2017, Age 54)
Cause of death: Accidental fire (Denied housing; forced to squat in an unheated basement; died in resulting fire)
Location: Cosenza, Italy
Disability: Mentally disabled
Perpetrator: Cosenza city authorities
Source: Library fire in southern Italy causes three deaths and destruction of priceless Renaissance books

Golia, Roberto
(Died August 19, 2017, Age 34)
Cause of death: Accidental fire (Denied housing; forced to squat in an unheated basement; died in resulting fire)
Location: Cosenza, Italy
Disability: Mentally disabled
Perpetrator: Cosenza city authorities
Source: Library fire in southern Italy causes three deaths and destruction of priceless Renaissance books

*(n/a), Rookiya
(Died August 25, 2017, Age 5 months)
Cause of death: Murder (Drowned)
Location: Amruthanagar, Andhra, India
Disability: Hydrocephalus
Perpetrator: Shaik Fatima (Mother)
Source: Too poor to afford her medical care, Andhra mother kills her own baby girl

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