Meghan Scully

Photo of Meghan Scully, a woman with curly chin-length dark blonde hair and pale skin. She has green eyes and is wearing make-up and smiling slightly.Name: Meghan Scully.
Died: November 25, 2017.
Age at death: 38.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Unspecified disability.

Details:
Meghan and her mother, 68-year-old Mary, were shot and killed by her father in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Robert Scully (Father).

Source:
Police: Spotsylvania Co. Man Killed Wife, Daughter, Himself
Autopsy shows Spotsylvania man killed wife and daughter before killing himself, police say
Meghan Scully, age 38

Wade Denton

No PhotoName: Wade Denton.
Died: November 19, 2017 (Body found, died several months previously).
Age at death: 49.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Blind, diabetic.

Details:
Wade’s estranged wife had promised to make sure he had food and water in the trailer where he lived after she moved out. Instead, she left him alone there with his two dogs, without food or running water, and without a phone to call for help, and spent his Social Security checks. Wade’s body was found months later alongside the bodies of the dogs. His cause of death is undetermined, but homicide charges are possible.

Perpetrator: Jennifer Denton (Estranged wife), charged with neglect by caretaker, financial exploitation of a disabled person by caretaker and animal cruelty.

Source:
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Stillwater woman arrested after husband’s decaying body discovered inside mobile home
Stillwater woman arrested in discovery of decaying body
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Sana Iqbal

Photo of Sana Iqbal, a young woman with light skin and wavy dark-brown hair. She is wearing a big pair of sunglasses, a colorful blue and yellow scarf, and a jacket. The photo is taken outdoors.Name: Sana Iqbal.
Died: October 24, 2017.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Narsingi, Hyderabad, India.
Disability: Depression.

Details:
Sana and her husband were involved in a car accident, in which she died. Her death was initially categorized as accidental, but her family demanded that the authorities investigate further. Sana had told them about her abusive husband, saying she feared for her life, and warned them that if she died, it would be murder. Repeated complaints of domestic abuse had been largely ignored.

Finally the authorities arrested Sana’s husband. It is likely that he hit her on the head with something heavy before ramming the car into a concrete divider.

Sana was a biker who made a cross-country journey to raise awareness about depression and suicide.

Perpetrator: Abdul Nadeem (Husband), charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Source:
Who was Sana Iqbal, the girl biker who died recently?
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Susana Lopez

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Name: Susana Lopez.
Died: October 24, 2017.
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Paramus, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder.

Details:
Susana lived with her son, who had a history of violence. Eventually he slashed her throat with a box cutter.

Perpetrator: Jesus Lopez (Son), charged with murder and desecration of human remains.

Source:
22 psych ward visits for man who cops say slit mom’s throat, ‘fell through legal cracks’
Son killed his mother with boxcutter, left her body in garage, authorities say

Jeya Pichamuthu

Photo of Jeya Pichamuthu, a woman with tan skin and long, wavy black hair. She has a bindi on her forehead.Name: Jeya Pichamuthu.
Died: October 6, 2017.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Mutiara Rini, Malaysia.
Disability: Kidney disease.

Details:
Jeya’s husband strangled her and her two children because he could not pay for treatment for her kidney disease.

Jeya had a son, Sharveen Pubalan, age 14, and a daughter, Krishaa Priteena, age 9. They were also strangled by her husband, who then hung himself.

Perpetrator: Publan Retnam (Husband).

Source:
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Death of four in a family is murder-suicide; case closed – police

Vanessa Danielson

Photo of Vanessa Danielson, a woman with fair skin and blonde hair, wearing a white knit cap. The photo is somewhat blurry and backlit.Name: Vanessa Danielson.
Died: September 28, 2017.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Vanessa’s boyfriend poured gasoline all over her and set her on fire. She managed to escape the house and run into the yard, where a neighbor rushed to her side, put out the fire, and held her hand while they waited for the ambulance. Vanessa died later that day at the hospital.

Perpetrator: Wyndale Fayson (Boyfriend), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
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Donita Elliott

Photo of Donita Elliott, a middle-aged woman with fair skin and very long dark-brown hair, wearing glasses, a white sweater, and a gold necklace. She is smiling broadly at the camera.Name: Donita Elliott.
Died: August 8, 2017.
Age at death: 47.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder.

Details:
Donita was shot by her husband, who claimed he had done it in self-defense because she had bipolar disorder and was coming at him with a knife. Later on, a recording on his cell phone recording proved that he had shot her, refused to help as he watched her die, and planted the knife himself.

She was a devout Presbyterian and avid cook who loved cats and kittens.

Perpetrator: Patrick Elliott (Husband), charged with murder.

Source:
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M.

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Name: “M” (Unknown).
Died: August 4, 2017.
Age at death: 50.
Cause of death: Involuntary euthanasia.
Location: UK.
Disability: Huntington’s disease, minimally conscious state.

Details:
This woman, only known as “M.”, was in a minimally conscious state due to advanced Huntington’s disease. Her mother and the doctors at her hospital decided that she would be better off dead, so they removed her feeding tube and M. died of starvation and dehydration. Responding to this case, a judge ruled that in the future, families and doctors of UK patients in minimally conscious states can remove their feeding tubes, causing them to die, without having to obtain permission by court order.

Perpetrator: Her mother; doctors at her hospital.

Source:
UK Judge Rules Starving Minimally Conscious Patients to Death Does Not Always Need Court Approval
Court decision no longer required in right-to-die cases, judge rules
‘Landmark’ ruling on end-of-life care
Right-to-die cases no longer need court approval after landmark ruling

Shannon Cooper

Photo of Shannon Cooper, a heavyset woman with pale skin and long light brown hair.Name: Shannon Michelle Barrett-Cooper.
Died: July 25, 2017.
Age at death: 40.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Childhood leukemia, paraplegic.

Details:
Shannon’s fiance moved her into his house and isolated her from her family; then he neglected and starved her. He kept her in filthy conditions and didn’t get her medical help when she needed it. She died when her extensive bedsores caused blood poisoning.

Perpetrator: Gary Marple (Fiance), charged with criminal negligence.

Source:
Murfreesboro man charged with negligence in fiancee’s death
Shannon Michelle Cooper’s Obituary

Dadirai Mashonga

No PhotoName: Dadirai Mashonga.
Died: July 13, 2017.
Age at death: 40.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Magunje, Zimbabwe.
Disability: Deaf.

Details:
When a local businessman offered him $4000 for a human head to use for a ritual, Dadirai’s brother waited until she was alone, killed her with an axe, and decapitated her.

Perpetrator: Robert Tazvireva and Samuel Mashonga (Brother), charged with murder.

Source:
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