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:
Charges: Man doused ex in gas as she slept, then set her on fire
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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:
Patrick Elliott in letter to church: ‘My choice included her death’
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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

Pernell Robinson

Photo of Pernell Robinson, a man with medium-brown skin and dark brown eyes. His graying dark hair is cut very short. He has a stubbly mustache and is smiling slightly.Name: Pernell Robinson.
Died: July 15, 2017.
Age at death: 49.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Daytona beach, Florida, USA.
Disability: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.

Details:
Pernell had been subjected to abuse by his caregiver for years. Hospitalized for his injuries, he told police that his caregiver had beaten him, but later retracted his statement and went back to live with her. Eventually, she took out a life insurance policy on him and beat him to death.

Perpetrator: Diane Reid (Caregiver), charged with murder.

Source:
Police: Disabled man’s death ‘suspicious’
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Caregiver charged in murder of Daytona Beach man

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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Peggy Schroeder

Photo of Peggy Schroeder, a middle-aged woman with wavy brown hair, fair skin, and glasses.Name: Peggy Schroeder.
Died: July 8, 2017.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Morrison, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Deaf.

Details:
Peggy was shot to death by her teenage daughter. Her daughter and her friend then set the house on fire to hide the crime.

She was a faithful churchgoer and avid gardener.

Perpetrator: Anna Schroeder (Adopted daughter), charged with first-degree murder, concealing a homicidal death, and arson; Rachel Helm (daughter’s girlfriend), charged with concealing a homicidal death and arson.

Source:
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Shakira Hicks

Photo of Shakira Hicks. She has dark-brown skin and bushy dark-brown hair. She is smiling at the camera, showing large front teeth.Name: Shakira Hicks.
Died: June 3, 2017.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
As she sat in her wheelchair, Shakira’s brother doused her with rubbing alcohol and set her on fire. She died of her injuries.

Perpetrator: Nasif Salaam Hibbler (Brother), charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Source:
Milwaukee man accused of setting sister with cerebral palsy on fire
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Man accused of setting wheelchair-bound sister on fire
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Man Allegedly Set Sister In Wheelchair On Fire

Lorraine Smith

Photo of Lorraine Smith. She is a woman with light skin and straight brown hair cut to chin-length with bangs. She is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a blue silk turtleneck blouse and some blue beads.Name: Lorraine Gladys Smith, née Shiel.
Died: May 17, 2017.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: “Serious medical issues”.

Details:
Lorraine was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

She was a mother of one who enjoyed sewing and collecting Kewpie dolls.

Perpetrator: Edward Smith (Husband).

Source:
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Lorraine Smith Obituary

Kathy Smith

No PhotoName: Kathy Smith.
Died: May 13, 2017.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Olean, New York, USA.
Disability: Arthritis, emphysema.

Details:
Kathy’s husband stabbed her to death.

Perpetrator: Edward J. Smith Jr. (Husband), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Edward Smith’s daughter says mental illness led to murder
911 call played at Olean man’s hearing: ‘I murdered my wife’
Man charged with murdering wife in Olean House released from hospital, held without bail
Olean man accused of stabbing wife to death indicted on multiple counts
Olean man accused of murdering his wife
Police – Husband in Olean calls 911 after murdering his wife
Kathy Smith Obituary
Olean Man Accused of Murdering Wife Appears in City Court

Li Mouyi

No PhotoName: Li Mouyi.
Died: May 9, 2017.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Guangzhou, China.
Disability: Cerebral palsy (Quadriplegic, non-verbal).

Details:
Li’s mother thought he would have a tough life after she died; so she killed him by drugging him with sleeping pills and then strangling him.

She had other options, but rejected them all. Li could also have gone to stay with his older brother, but his mother didn’t want to burden her other son. And he was eligible for admission to a welfare home, but she preferred to kill him because she did not think they could care for him as well as she did.

Perpetrator: Ms. Huang (Mother), found guilty of intentional homicide, given a three-year suspended sentence.

Source:
Chinese Court Spares 83-Year-Old Woman Who Strangled Her Disabled Son
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Chinese court shows 83-year-old woman mercy for killing disabled son
Chinese woman who killed her disabled son forgiven by court, praised on Weibo
‘Salute to mother’s love’: Woman praised on Weibo for killing disabled son