Nicholas Dean

Photo of Nicholas Dean, a boy with dark hair and light-brown skin, sitting in a wheelchair in front of an electric keyboard. He is wearing glasses and a striped shirt.Name: Nicholas Dean.
Died: March 1, 2017.
Age at death: 31.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bakersfield, California, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Nicholas was drugged, then strangled to death while he was home alone with his adoptive sister and her boyfriend.

He is the second homicide victim in his family. His older brother Jonathan was murdered by their adoptive father in 2014.

Perpetrator: Jessica Dean (Adoptive sister), Michael Hernandez (Sister’s boyfriend), under investigation.

Source:
Eyewitness News tip line prompts murder investigation
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Jeffrey Franklin

Photo of Jeffrey Franklin, a teenage boy wearing a baseball cap. His ears stick out and his skin is fair. He is smiling.Name: Jeffrey “JR” Franklin.
Died: March 1, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Guilford, New York, USA.
Disability: Deaf; autism; developmental delay; mobility impaired.

Details:
Jeffrey had been adopted when he was about nine or ten years old.

Jeffrey’s adoptive parents killed him. Then they burned down their trailer to try to hide the evidence.

Perpetrator: Heather Franklin (Adoptive mother) and Ernest Franklin (Adoptive father), both charged with second-degree murder, arson, and tampering with evidence.

Source:
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Avis Addison

No PhotoName: Avis Addison.
Died: February 22, 2017.
Age at death: 88.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: St. Merryn, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Avis was murdered by her husband.

Perpetrator: Douglas Addison (Husband).

Source:
Douglas Addison has been charged with the murder of his wife in quiet Cornish village of St Merryn
Man, 88, charged with murder of his 88-year-old wife

Jocelyne Lizotte

Photo of Jocelyne Lizotte, a middle-aged woman with graying light-brown hair cut to chin length. She is leaning her head against her hand, smiling, and wearing a flower-print shirt.Name: Jocelyne Lizotte.
Died: February 20, 2017.
Age at death: 60.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, mobility impairment (Wheelchair user).

Details:
Jocelyne’s husband had applied for her to have euthanasia. However, because she had dementia and was not competent to make that decision, they were denied. Undeterred, Jocelyne’s husband killed her by smothering her with a pillow.

Perpetrator: Michael Cadotte (Husband), charged with second-degree murder, out on bail.

Source:
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Death of dementia patient revives debate over assisted suicide
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Man charged with nursing home murder made cryptic Facebook post
Man arrested in death of woman at seniors’ residence
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Suspect in controversial murder of Alzheimer’s patient seeks bail
Montreal man accused in death of wife with Alzheimer’s disease granted bail
A murder case over assisted dying divides Quebec

Brandon Strauss

Photo of Brandon Strauss. He is a teenage boy with fair skin. He is wearing a striped polo shirt and his hair is hidden under his bulky helmet. He is leaning on something off to the right of the picture.Name: Brandon Strauss.
Died: February 20, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome, epilepsy, autism.

Details:
Brandon’s parents burned him over about 10% of his body. He suffered second-and third-degree burns, which were left untreated for several days before his parents poisoned him with his own medication.

Perpetrator: Yolanda Strauss (Adoptive mother), charged with murder and abuse of a vulnerable person; Ross Strauss (Adoptive father), charged with murder and abuse of a vulnerable person.

Source:
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Walter Clark

Photo of Walter Clark. He has brown skin; he is wearing a black hat and a red collared shirt.Name: Walter Mack Clark.
Died: February 17, 2017.
Age at death: 63.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Washington DC, USA.
Disability: Diabetes, partial amputation of foot, chronic illness.

Details:
Walter was beaten to death by his girlfriend with a baseball bat.

He was a retired cook.

Perpetrator: Thomasine Bennett (Girlfriend), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: Woman, 76, Who Beat Boyfriend, 63, to Death With Bat Was Tired of Loving Him, Police Say
Woman, 76, Beat Boyfriend, 63, to Death With Bat: Police
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Erwin Drake

No PhotoName: Erwin Emerson Drake.
Died: February 12, 2017.
Age at death: 93.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Florence, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Blindness, dementia, mobility impairment.

Details:
Erwin was shot by his ex-wife, who first claimed that he had threatened her, then claimed it had been a mercy-killing because of his dementia.

Perpetrator: Carolyn Stickley (Ex-wife), charged with murder.

Source:
Ex-wife claimed self-defense, then mercy killing after shooting 93-year-old Florence man, court records show
Florence woman charged in killing of 93-year-old ex-husband
Quail Creek woman held in Oregon murder

Robert Jones

No PhotoName: Robert Jones.
Died: February 8, 2017.
Age at death: 61.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Fetal alcohol syndrome.

Details:
Robert was beaten to death by his niece.

Perpetrator: Tynisha Hall (Niece).

Source:
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Samuel Murrell

No PhotoName: Samuel Murrell.
Died: February 2, 2017.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Frail elderly.

Details:
Samuel was murdered by his nephew, who stabbed and strangled him.

Perpetrator: Greg Shields (Nephew), charged with murder and tampering with evidence.

Source:
Multiple injuries lead to death of man in murder case
Samuel Murrell Obituary – Bowling Green, Kentucky

Erin Leinweber

Portrait photo of Erin Leinweber, a young woman with long light-brown hair, fair skin, and brown eyes. She is wearing a blouse and is smiling with her lips shut.Name: Erin Leinweber.
Died: January 30, 2017.
Age at death: 58.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wheaton, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis, lupus, brain aneurysm.

Details:
Erin was recently divorced from her husband, who had a history of abusing her. Her husband returned to her home and killed her by stabbing and suffocating her.

Perpetrator: Lee Leinweber (ex-husband), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: Ex-husband charged with murder in death of Wheaton woman: officials