Name: Joy Martin.
Died: May 28, 1999.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wanganui, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.
As she lay dying of cancer, Joy’s daughter injected her with a lethal dose of morphine.
After Joy was dead, her daughter wrote a book about killing her mother and was arrested.
Joy’s portrait on this memorial comes from the cover of her daughter’s book. It includes only half her face because on the book’s cover, her daughter used photo manipulation to combine half her face with half of Joy’s. In keeping with my policy of giving the killer as little publicity as possible, the daughter’s part of that image has been cropped out. –Editor
Perpetrator: Lesley Martin (Daughter), convicted of attempted murder; sentenced to 15 months, released after serving half her sentence.
Source: Lesley Martin jailed for 15 months
Name: Janet Cunningham.
Disability: Head injury from car accident.
Age at death: 43.
Name: Dorothy Cunningham.
Age at death: 62.
Died: September 8, 1992.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Farmingham, Utah, USA.
Dorothy and Janet were hacked to death with a hatchet.
Perpetrator: Ronald Cunningham (Janet’s father and Dorothy’s husband). Incompetent to stand trial; charges dropped.
Source: Davis to drop murder counts against man in mental facility
Name: John Muir.
Died: November 6, 1985.
Age at death: 65.
Cause of death: Contract killing.
Location: Aptos, California, USA.
Disability: Partial paralysis from polio.
John was stabbed to death. His wife, who had married him only three months before, most likely paid two men to kill him. She had been the caregiver for his deceased first wife, and the two had recently separated.
John was a retired IBM executive.
Perpetrator: Richard Vance Richardson (hired killer), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to15 years to life. Clinton Lee Burns, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Charlene Richardson (Stepdaughter), charged with accessory to murder, sentenced to 6 months in jail. Barbara Muir (Wife), charged with accessory to murder, sentenced to 6 months in jail.
Source: Man who killed IBM executive in Aptos in 1985 denied parole
Name: Emily Gilbert.
Died: March 4, 1985.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis.
Emily’s husband killed her by shooting her in the head.
She loved tailored clothes and traveling, and was the mother of one daughter.
Perpetrator: Roswell Gilbert (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 25 years; granted clemency and released after 5 years. Received $50,000 for the rights to his story.
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