Janene Devine

Photo of Janene Devine, a middle-aged white woman with short brown hair.Name: Janene Devine.
Died: April 16, 2007.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Janene’s husband, a registered nurse, did not want anyone else to help his wife. He refused placement at a care home for her, and even rejected an offer of free installation of a wheelchair ramp so that she could get out of the house, preferring to carry her instead. Then he neglected her so badly that she died from infected bedsores and starvation.

Perpetrator: Andrew Devine (Husband), pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 6 months to 1 year.

Source:
Dead Mother ‘Looked Like A Skeleton’
Andrew Devine jailed over death of wife Janene, who suffered multiple sclerosis and weighed 30kg at her death
“Filthy and infested with vermin”
Man refused help for wife with MS

Robert McClancy

Photo of a gravestone. It reads: Robert J McClancy. Corporal, US Marine Corps. Vietnam. Oct. 20, 1949. May 15, 2006. "Irish" is Guarding Heaven."Name: Robert McClancy.
Died: May 15, 2006.
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Monroe, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: PTSD.

Details:
Robert’s wife and her lover poisoned him with the medication he’d been prescribed for PTSD and staged it as a suicide. Then they married and collected his veteran’s pension.

Robert was a Vietnam war veteran who still met regularly with his military friends.

Perpetrator: Martha Kaczmarczyk (Wife), convicted of murder, sentenced to 50 years; Chuck Kaczmarczyk, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, sentenced to 25 years.

Source: Fake 9/11 First Responder Killed Her Husband for His Real VA Check

Charles Kaczmarczyk, 59, pleads guilty to 2006 murder

Evelyn Joel

Photo of Evelyn Joel. She is a middle-aged woman with graying dark-brown hair and glasses.Name: Evelyn Joel.
Died: January 7, 2006.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Enniscorthy, Ireland.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Evelyn’s family neglected her care. By the time she was hospitalized with multiple infected bedsores, she was too weak to recover when she caught pneumonia.

Perpetrator: Eleanor Joel (Daughter) and Jonathan Costen (Daughter’s husband), convicted of manslaughter; given two-year suspended sentence; sentence overturned.

Source:
Couple will not face retrial over death of MS sufferer
Court quashes couple’s convictions for killing Evelyn Joel
Couple who left MS sufferer, Evelyn Joel, to die in her own filth receive suspended sentence
Ma neglect killer walk free from court
Appeal by couple convicted of letting MS sufferer die with ‘maggots in her infected bedsores’

Jason Ritzert

Photo of Jason Ritzert, an adult man wearing a headband and casual clothes and sitting on a dirt bike. He has a tattoo on his right arm.Name: Jason Ritzert.
Died: November 10, 2005.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Jason’s roommates, who often abused him under the pretext of “punishing” him, set him on fire and then left his severe burns untreated for days before strangling him.

Perpetrator: Timothy Caldwell, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison; Melissa Adams, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, sentenced to 30-60 years; Russell Lee Hilliard, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, sentenced to 20-40 years.

Source: Butler pair held in ‘bizarre’ killing of roommate

Donna Spadea

No PhotoName: Donna Spadea.
Died: June 26, 2005.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Along with several other intellectually disabled adults, Donna was imprisoned, starved, drugged, and beaten by Linda Weston, who acted as her Social Security payee so that she could steal Donna’s money. Donna died after two months of captivity while she was imprisoned in a tiny laundry room, and toxicology testing revealed that she had been poisoned with the drugs Linda had regularly mixed into her food.

Perpetrator: Linda Weston (Caretaker), multiple charges, life sentence; Gregory Thomas, Jean McIntosh, Eddie Wright, and Nicklaus Woodard.

Source: “Basement of horrors” indictment brings light to 2008 Norfolk death

Patrick Markcrow

No PhotoName: Patrick Markcrow.
Died: March 29, 2005.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK.
Disability: Down syndrome; autism.

Details:
Patrick’s mother drugged him and then suffocated him with a plastic bag.

Perpetrator: Wendolyn Markcrow (Mother); pled guilty to manslaughter; given a 2-year suspended sentence.

Source: Mother who killed son with Down’s syndrome gets suspended sentence

James Orr

Photo of James Orr. He is an adult man, smiling at the camera.Name: James Orr.
Died: May 14, 2003.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Little Elm, Denton County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user (from childhood injury).

Details:
James’s wife set their house on fire, knowing he would burn to death. She intended to collect his life insurance.

Perpetrator: Rhonda Orr (Wife), sentenced to 88 years in prison.

Source: Rhonda Orr