Scott Olsen

No PhotoName: Scott Olsen.
Died: December 7, 2003.
Age at death: 29.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Blind and quadriplegic after brain injury.

Details:
Scott’s sister deliberately starved him to death.

Perpetrator: Kimberly Loebig (Sister); pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter; sentenced to 60 days in prison.

Source: Sis Charged In Brother Starve Case

Angelica Auriemma

No PhotoName: Angelica Auriemma.
Died: December 5, 2003.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Soon after Angelica was diagnosed with autism, her mother tried to electrocute her; when that didn’t work, she drowned her in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Ioanna Auriemma (Mother); convicted of manslaughter; served three years in prison.

Source: Autistic Brooklyn Woman Is Drowned at Home

Dale Bartolome

No PhotoName: Dale Bartolome.
Died: July 29, 2002.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide.
Location: Mission Viejo, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Dale’s father shot him and then killed himself in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Delfin Bartolome (Father); committed suicide.

Source: Stress Pushed Man to Kill Son, Himself, Family Says

Matthew Sutton

No PhotoName: Matthew Sutton.
Died: April 22, 2001.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Leonay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Trisomy 13

Details:
Matthew was given a fatal dose of sedative before he was smothered by his parents, who claimed it was “euthanasia”.

Perpetrator: Margaret and Raymond Sutton (Parents). Convicted of manslaughter; served no jail time.

Source: Double death of parents who killed their son Matthew Sutton
Regina v Raymond Douglas Sutton; Regina v Margaret Ellen Sutton [2007] NSWSC 295 (4 April 2007)

Jim Helm

No PhotoName: Jim Helm.
Died: November 8, 1998.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Nelson, New Zealand.
Disability: Down syndrome, Autism.

Details: Jim’s mother killed him and herself because she was afraid of what would happen to him if she died.

Perpetrator: Nancy Helm (Mother).

Source: Jim Helm died at the hands of a loving mother who despaired of his future.

Orachanee Anderson

No PhotoName: Orachanee Anderson.
Died: January 15, 1998.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Orachanee’s stepfather and mother beat and starved her to death.

Perpetrator: John Hester, Sr. (Stepfather), found guilty of murder, death sentence, commuted to life in prison; Peggy Anderson (Mother), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Source: Father guilty in death of disabled stepchild
Death Penalty archive

Brenda Thomas

A gravestone reading, Brenda Kay Thomas. July 3, 1972 to April 9, 1996. Here lies an angel.Name: Brenda Kay Thomas.
Died: April 9, 1996.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Abuse/Neglect.
Location: Sand Springs, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Brenda’s mother abused and starved her; she died of a combination of head injury and pneumonia when her 36-pound body finally succumbed to her mother’s mistreatment.

Perpetrator: Eva Nell Thomas (Mother), charged with manslaughter.

Source: Woman Held in Daughter’s Death

Basma Rafay

Black-and-white photo of Basma Rafay, a young woman.Name: Basma Rafay
Died: July 13, 1994.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Multiple Murder.
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Basma was bludgeoned to death by her brother and his friend. They also killed her parents, Tariq and Sultana Rafay.

Perpetrator: Atif Rafay (Brother), Sebastian Burns (Brother’s friend). Both were convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Source: The Rafay Family Murders

Randy Busby and Elwin Caler

Family portrait photo of Twila, Elwin, and Randy, two young men flanking their mother.Name: Elwin Caler.
Age at death: 22.

Name: Randy Busby.
Age at death: 20.

Died: December 31, 1993.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Gray County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Randy and Elwin were stabbed to death by their mother’s live-in boyfriend. He also killed Twila Busby, their mother.

Perpetrator: Henry Skinner (Mother’s boyfriend), convicted of murder, sentenced to death.

Source: Henry Watkins SKINNER

Carrie Day

No PhotoName: Carrie Day.
Died: January 9, 1992.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Ironwood, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Carrie’s mother starved her, often punishing her by forcing her to watch the family eat while Carrie went hungry. She died of pneumonia, her 65-pound body unable to fight the infection.

Perpetrator: Urselyne Day (Adoptive mother), charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Source: Woman accused of starving mentally retarded daughter to death