Arthur Pelham

Photo of Arthur Pelham.Name: Arthur “Gary” Pelham.
Died: January 5, 2015.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Jonesboro, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia.

Gary’s caregiver locked him outside the house during a January ice storm and would not let him back inside. In ten hours, he was dead.

Mr. Pelham was a military veteran.

Perpetrator: Dale El Smith (Paid caregiver), convicted of murder, sentenced to life.

Ex-caregiver gets life for murder in freezing death of man
Murder conviction stands for woman who left veteran outside to freeze
Murder conviction upheld for woman who let veteran freeze to death

Barbara Beam

No PhotoName: Barbara Anne Beam.
Died: January 2, 2015.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Greeneville, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Mobility impairment.

Barbara’s caregivers left her sitting in her chair for six months, without moving her or cleaning her. Finally Barbara died from a blood clot, caused by sitting still for so long, that lodged in her lungs. She also had a severe untreated kidney infection.

Perpetrator: Carole Howell (Sister), charged with neglect; David Howell (Nephew), charged with neglect.

Source: Woman charged in death of her sister who sat in chair for 6 months, warrants say

Hope Ruller

Grainy newspaper photo of a woman in an old-fashioned dress and hat; she looks to be in her twenties and is smiling.Name: Hope Beverly Ruller, née Carr.
Died: Body found December 29, 2014; died October 2013.
Age at death: 93.
Cause of death: Unknown suspicious death.
Location: Gloversville, New York, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; elderly disabled.

Hope lived in a duplex, downstairs from her daughter, who was supposed to be caring for her. However, instead her daughter isolated her and kept her from seeing family members or getting medical care.

When Hope died, her daughter did not report the death and continued cashing her mother’s disability checks for more than a year, assuring her family that she was “fine” and even cashing a check sent as a Christmas present. Eventually, Hope’s son grew suspicious and asked police for a welfare check; they found her body.

Hope’s cause of death can never be determined because her body was left in a bed for 14 months after she died. Police could only say that her death was considered suspicious.

Perpetrator: Mary Kerstig (Daughter), pleaded guilty to larceny, improper disposal of a body, and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or disabled person; sentenced to 6 months in jail, 5 years probation, and community service.

Upstate New York Woman Admits to Keeping Mother’s Corpse for More Than a Year To Collect Government Checks
Hope Beverly Carr Ruller

William Collins

No PhotoName: William Collins.
Died: December 27, 2014.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; Elderly; wheelchair user.

William was beaten to death by the couple he was living with, and who were caring for him. He died of head injuries and a broken neck. Mr. Collins was the third elderly tenant to die while living with them; apparently, the couple used the vulnerability of the elderly disabled to steal their tenants’ assets under the guise of caring for them.

Perpetrator: Judith Marc (Caregiver), pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, sentenced to 15-40 years; William Mayo (Caregiver).

Source: Coolbaugh Twp. caregiver faces murder charge
Caretaker pleads guilty to murder in death of 92-year-old
Caregiver sentenced to 15 to 40 years in elderly man’s death

Georgianne Woolum

Photo of Georgianne Woolum.Name: Georgianne Woolum.
Died: December 3, 2014.
Age at death: 90.
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide (Shooting).
Location: Keller, Texas, USA.
Disability: Stroke, congestive heart failure, colectomy.

Georgianne’s husband shot her in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Joe Woolum (Husband).

Source: Murder-Suicide At Keller Living Center

Agnes Caviston

Photo of an elderly woman with gray hair and pale skin, lying back against a pillow and smiling slightly. She is wearing a hospital gown.Name: Agnes Caviston.
Died: November 15, 2014.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Dementia, bedbound.

Agnes’s son bludgeoned her head with an IV stand, killing her. He then set the house on fire.

Perpetrator: Robert Caviston (Son), charged with murder and arson.

Source: Medical examiner describes condition of elderly woman’s body at son’s murder trial

Jean Adams

Portrait photo of a middle-aged woman with short, permed brown hair.Name: Jean Carol Adams, née Hoeldtke.
Died: November 3, 2014.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Waco, Texas, USA.
Disability: Leukemia.

Jean’s husband fatally shot her.

From Jean’s obituary: “She enjoyed spending time with her friends, crocheting, gardening, refinishing antique furniture and decorating her home… she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.”

Perpetrator: Alvin Ray Adams Jr. (Husband), charged with murder; died before trial.

Texas husband shot, killed 77-year-old ill wife in possible mercy killing: police
Man charged with murder for “mercy killing” of elderly wife dies
Waco Tribune obituary: Adams, Jean Carol

Betty Rowland

Portrait photo of Betty Rowland.Name: Betty Rowland.
Died: October 31, 2014.
Age at death: 86.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Stroke; used a wheelchair.

Betty’s husband killed her because he “didn’t want them to be a burden on the family”.

Perpetrator: Donald M. Rowland (Husband); pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to 5 years of probation.

Source: 88-year-old man gets suspended prison sentence, probation for wife’s death

Joann Canfield

No Photo
Name: Joann Canfield.
Died: October 26, 2014.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Alameda, California, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Joann’s husband took her home from her nursing home and, after a failed attempt to poison her with sleeping pills, shot her in the head.

Perpetrator: Jerry “J.C.” Canfield (Husband), charged with murder.

Source: He Shot His Wife and Confessed — Why Neighbors Are Coming to His Defense

Bessie Looney

No PhotoName: Bessie Looney.
Died: September 29, 2014.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Baton Rouge, USA.
Disability: Dementia, heart disease, wheelchair user.

Bessie’s daughter and granddaughter neglected her; she died of starvation and untreated bedsores.

Perpetrator: Joleslie Looney (daughter) and Lauren Looney (granddaughter); both charged with manslaughter.

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Daughter faces trial in death of bedsore-ridden mother, 82