Joseph and Nacuma Conant

No PhotoName: Joseph Conant.
Age at death: 11.
Disability: Autism.

Name: Nacuma Conant.
Age at death: 33.
Disability: Mentally disabled.

Died: July 7, 2011.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Wheatland, Wyoming, USA.

Details:
Joseph and Nacuma were both killed by Joseph’s father, Nacuma’s brother, in a mass shooting that also claimed the lives of Everett Conant, 18, and Charles Conant, 13, both Joseph’s brothers.

Perpetrator: Everett E. Conant III; pleaded no contest to murder; sentenced to five consecutive life sentences without parole.

Source: Joseph Conant and family

Zain and Faryaal Akhter

No PhotoName: Zain Syed Akhter.
Died: July 19, 2010.
Age at death: 5.
Disability: Autism.

Name: Faryaal Rashid Akhter.
Died: July 20, 2010.
Age at death: 2.
Disability: Developmental delay; her mother thought she also had autism.

Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA.

Details:
Zain and Faryaal’s mother tried to make them drink bathroom cleaner; when they wouldn’t do it, she strangled them.

Perpetrator: Saiqa Akhter (Mother), not guilty by reason of insanity; hospitalized.

Source: Zain and Faryaal Akhter

Manuel Reyes and Rita Morales

Photo of Manuel Reyes. He has tan skin and gray hair, and is wearing a blue sweater and white shirt.Name: Manuel Reyes.
Age at death: 85.
Disability: Double amputee (Legs).

Photo of Rita Morales. She is an elderly woman with gray hair and light-brown skin, wearing a brown collared shirt.Name: Rita Morales.
Age at death: 87.
Disability: Elderly disabled.

Location: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Died: April 30, 2010.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.

Details:
Manuel and Rita were both killed by their caregiver, who was Rita’s son and Manuel’s nephew. They were bludgeoned to death with a hammer; Rita was also stabbed.

Perpetrator: Arthur Reyes Morales (Son, Nephew), pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Source:
Judge finds Canoga Park man was sane when he killed his elderly mother, uncle
Hammer killer sane when he murdered 87-year-old mom, 85-year-old double-amputee uncle
Manuel Reyes, 85
Rita Morales, 87

Jimmy Phillips

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Name: James “Jimmy” Phillips.
Died: January 11, 2010.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Gulf Hills, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Paraplegic.

Details:
Jimmy and his wife Joanne, 70, were both killed by their son in a double murder-suicide. Jimmy was shot four times in the face; Joanne was beaten to death.

They left behind one surviving daughter.

Perpetrator: Sammy Phillips (Son).

Source:
He killed his parents then took his own life. Neighbors want their property cleared.
Jackson County Sheriff: Alcohol, drugs factor in double homicide-suicide case in St. Martin
Murder/suicide case to be sent to grand jury

Michelle Thomson

Photo of Michelle Thomson, a teenage girl with wavy brown hair, wearing a striped shirt.Name: Michelle Thomson.
Died: March 5, 2008.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Buckhaven, Fife, Scotland.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Michelle and her little brother Ryan were stabbed to death by her father.

Perpetrator: Rab Thomson (Father).

Source: Mother tells of agony after disabled daughter, 25, and son, 7, are brutally murdered by ex-husband bent on revenge

Daniel Benoit

Photo of Daniel Benoit, a little boy in a formal shirt and tie.Name: Daniel Christopher Benoit.
Died: June 25, 2007.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Fayetteville, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Fragile X (Disputed).

Details:
Daniel’s father suffocated him in a murder-suicide. He also killed Daniel’s mother, Nancy.

Daniel might not have had Fragile X; a family member reported that he did not, but the media widely reported Daniel’s Fragile X as having been the stressor that drove his father to kill him.

Perpetrator: Chris Benoit (Father).

Source: Christopher Michael BENOIT
Chris Benoit double-murder and suicide – Wikipedia
The tragic family secret Benoit kept from the world
Attorney: Couple argued over care of mentally retarded 7-year-old son
Sandra Toffoloni talks about her sister’s murder at the hands of Chris Benoit
SON’S DISABILITY SUGGESTED AS FACTOR IN BENOIT MURDER-SUICIDE
Chris Benoit Conspiracy Theories Debunked: What Really Happened?

Jasmine and Minnet Bowman

Portrait photo of Minnet and Jasmine Bowman. They are young girls with their hair in braids and barrettes, smiling at the camera.
Minnet Bowman, left, and Jasmine Bowman.

Name: Jasmine Nicole Bowman.
Age at death: 7.

Name: Minnet Cecelia Bowman.
Age at death: 9.

Died: May 2006.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Montgomery County, Maryland, USA.
Disability: Unspecified “special needs”.

Details:
Both Jasmine and Minnet were smothered by their adoptive mother. She then put their bodies in a freezer and continued to collect the subsidies she got for adopting special-needs children.

Perpetrator: Renee Bowman (Adoptive mother), murder, sentenced to 2 life terms plus 75 years without parole.

Source: Renee Bowman

Carol Bareis

Funeral plaque to Carol and John Bareis and Cheryl Williams.Name: Carol Bareis.
Died: June 17, 2004.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA.
Disability: Partial paralysis, wheelchair user.

Details:
The morning after Carol and her daughter Cheryl Williams had an argument with Carol’s granddaughter, their bodies were found in their trailer by a neighbor; they had been stabbed to death.

The neighbor, an undocumented immigrant, did not tell the police what he had seen. He eventually came under suspicion for murder and was convicted and sentenced. However, years later, Innocence Project advocates pushed for further review of the evidence. It turned out that Carol’s granddaughter had also left bloodstains at the crime scene–and had confessed to the crime. The initial conviction has been overturned and a new trial is planned.

Perpetrator: Samantha Lee Williams (Granddaughter); confessed to crime, under suspicion.

Source:
Murders of Cheryl Williams and Carol Bareis
Florida Wrestles With the Death Penalty, One Case at a Time
Support Mounts for Death Row Inmate’s Innocence
Man who killed 2 in Seminole seeks new trial
Florida Supreme Court overturns death sentence conviction in double homicide
As state hastens executions, doubt cast on guilt of death row inmate
Florida death row inmate’s appeal wins backing from former prosecutors
New DNA Testing Reveals Florida Death Row Inmate’s Innocence
Carol Ann Bareis and Cheryl Ann Williams’s Obituary on Orlando Sentinel
Carol Bareis (1935 – 2004) – Find A Grave Memorial
Altamonte Springs cook sent to death row hopes new DNA clears him

Andy and Michael Scott

Photo of Andy and Michael Scott, two men. There are balloons in the background.Name: Andy Byron Scott.
Age at death: 41.

Name: Michael Randy Scott.
Age at death: 42.

Died: June 8, 2002.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Spalding County, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Huntington’s disease.

Details:
Andy and Michael’s mother went to their nursing home and shot them.

Perpetrator: Carol Carr (Mother), pleaded guilty to assisted suicide, sentenced to 5 years in prison.

(There is no evidence that the two men ever asked their mother to help them commit suicide; she seems to have been the one who decided they should not live any longer. –Ed.)

Source: Carol Carr