Alex Santiago

No PhotoName: Alex Santiago.
Died: January 17, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Berryville, Arkansas, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Alex had already survived one murder attempt by his brother, who had locked him in a gasoline-drenched bedroom and lit a match. Alex was airlifted to a hospital, where he spent three days before going home. Eight months later, his brother finally succeeded in killing him by bludgeoning him with a baseball bat and stabbing him with a sword.

Perpetrator: Joseph Santiago (Brother), charged with attempted murder, murder, and arson.

Source:
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Perleen Bode

Photo of Perleen Bode. She is a young woman with fair skin and dark curly hair; she is wearing an old-fashioned navy blue dress with white trim.Name: Perleen June Bode.
Died: January 4, 2017.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bremerton, Washington, USA.
Disability: Chronic lung disease, congestive heart failure.

Details:
Perleen was an extrovert who liked cars and spending time with her friends. She was retired from a government job, and had two sons and four grandchildren.

After Perleen’s husband died, she found a new boyfriend who became her caretaker. Her boyfriend abused her for a long time until finally killing her; she died of a broken neck from manual strangulation.

Perpetrator: Richard Raul Heller (Boyfriend), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Caretaker, boyfriend charged in woman’s death from January
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Bremerton police arrest man in death of 67-year-old woman

Phyllis Mansfield

Portrait photo of Phyllis Mansfield, a middle-aged woman with short, permed blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. She wears a pink blouse with white collar.Name: Phyllis Baccus Mansfield.
Died: December 14, 2016.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Phyllis’s husband killed her by shooting her in the head and chest. He told police he had done it because he didn’t want to put her in a nursing home. A grand jury refused to indict him for first-degree murder, but some time later another agreed to indict for second-degree murder instead.

Perpetrator: Samuel Frank Mansfield (Husband); charged with second-degree murder

Source:
Mansfield released after grand jury fails to indict on murder charge
Phyllis Mansfield
Grand jury decides not to indict NC man in wife’s shooting death
Mansfield indicted in wife’s death

Riba Dewilde

Photo of Riba DeWilde. She is a woman with brown hair, fair skin, and large glasses. She is wearing a large hiking backpack and smiling.Name: Riba Dewilde.
Died: November 26, 2016.
Age at death: 51.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Tok, Alaska, USA.
Disability: Mental illness.

Details:

Photo of "Athabaskan Male Doll with Accessories", artwork by Riba Dewilde. The doll is made of wood, bark, fur, and antler. It is dressed in traditional clothing, sitting in a canoe and holding a fishing spear.

Riba was an artist who would go out hunting and trapping to gather materials for her art.

Riba’s son shot her with a hunting rifle.

 

Perpetrator: Eli Simpson (Son), charged with first- and second-degree murder.

Source: 21-year-old Tok man faces murder charges in Alaska artist’s death
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John Owings

Photo of John Owings against a background of leaves. He is a fair-skinned older man with graying hair and mustache. He has sunglasses propped up on his head.Name: John “Johnny Asia” W. Owings.
Died: November 19, 2016.
Age at death: 65.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Phoenicia, New York, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness, including Lyme disease.

Details:
Johnny’s wife poisoned him with prescription medication in a glass of wine.

He was a talented guitar player.

Perpetrator: Solane H. Verraine (Wife), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Friends of Phoenicia couple shocked by murder charge
Phoenicia woman charged with murder after death in Route 214 apartment
Facebook: Johnny Asia
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Andrea Spina

No PhotoName: Andrea Spina.
Died: November 7, 2016.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Vespolate, Novara, Italy.
Disability: Autism, epilepsy.

Details:
Andrea’s father took him out of the institution where he lived; then, when Andrea was asleep, his father strangled him.

Perpetrator: Pietro Spina (Father), charged with murder.

Source:
Man kills disabled son, attempts suicide
The family drama in Vespolate: father kills disabled child and attempted suicide
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Dramma a Vespolate: “Non riusciamo a darci spiegazioni del gesto di Pietro”
Il dramma di Vespolate: “Pietro voleva farla finita, ma nessuno immaginava uccidesse il figlio”

Patricia Swink

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Name: Patricia Diane Swink.
Died: November 2, 2016.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hickory, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Unspecified disability & vision impairment.

Details:
Patricia was killed by her niece and her niece’s son, who then proceeded to steal her car.

Perpetrator: Micky Lee Swink (Niece’s son), charged with first-degree murder and car theft; Tina Louise Swink (Niece), charged with first-degree murder; and Richard Lee Deal, accessory after the fact.

Source:
Three charged in murder of 66-year-old disabled woman
Hickory woman found dead in home, Police treat case as murder
Mother, son arrested in death of handicap woman
Relatives among three charged in killing of Hickory woman
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Grace Packer

Photo of Grace Packer. She is a teenage girl with fair skin and straight brown hair. She is wearing hoop earrings, black-rimmed glasses, and a white flowered shirt.Name: Grace Anastasia Packer.
Died: July 11, 2016 (Reported missing); October 31, 2016 (Body found).
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Quakertown, Pennsylvania, USA; Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Learning disability; mother claimed emotional/behavioral.

Details:
Grace and her twelve-year-old brother were both adopted into the same family. Her favorite colors were purple and light pink, and she loved flowers. She liked to help the special-needs students at her school.

When Grace disappeared, her mother said that she had stolen money and run away; then she did her best to stymie the police investigation and kept cashing Grace’s disability checks. Eventually, she brought out a forged letter she said was from Grace; the letter apologized for “being a burden”.

Grace’s body was found months later; she had been murdered. Grace had been beaten, poisoned, and raped by her mother’s boyfriend before finally being choked to death. Her body was dismembered and the parts scattered. Her mother watched and assisted in the killing.

Her mother said she had “behavioral problems” and an “emotional disorder” in order to portray Grace as an emotionally disturbed runaway, and she received disability payments to care for Grace as an adopted disabled child.

Perpetrator: Sara Packer (Adoptive mother); Jacob Sullivan (Mother’s boyfriend). Both charged with criminal homicide, rape, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and other charges.

Source:
Ex-foster kids claim abuse was routine
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Missing teen found dead, mother charged in disappearance
Missing Montco teen found dead, dismembered in Luzerne County; mom ID’d as ‘person of interest’
Missing Pa. teen was found dismembered; adoptive mom called “person of interest”
Missing teen’s dismembered remains found, mom charged in disappearance
DAs: Missing Montco teen slain; mother ‘of interest’
Missing Abington teen found dead
Dismembered teen’s stepmum arrested
Missing Abington teen’s dismembered remains found
Abington police seek info on missing teen
Mother’s boyfriend charged in murder of Abington teen
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Mom, boyfriend charged in Pennsylvania teen girl’s dismemberment death
Police: Mom helps boyfriend rape, kill, dismember her daughter
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Mother and her boyfriend charged in murder of Pa. teen
Mom, boyfriend charged in teenage girl’s dismemberment death
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Bucks DA: Rape, murder of Grace Packer ‘heinous,’ ‘depraved’
Jacob Sullivan Criminal Complaint
Facebook: In Memory of Grace Packer
READ: Police criminal complaint against Grace Packer’s mother for alleged child endangerment
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Mom accused in teen’s dismemberment was child welfare worker
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Police Search Home of 3rd POI in Teen Girl’s Murder
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For birth mother, Grace Packer homicide is second heartbreak
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Sirajubai

No PhotoName: Sirajubai “Vaijanti”.
Died: October 8, 2016.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wadgaon-Gujar, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Chronic illness.

Details:
Sirajubai’s boyfriend grew tired of her chronic illness, so he burned her to death and threw her body into a well.

She was the mother of three daughters and a son, and stepmother to two sons and a daughter.

Perpetrator: Hariprasad Yadav (Boyfriend), arrested.

Source: Irked by her chronic illness, man kills paramour

Muhammad Wahab

No PhotoName: Muhammad Azwan Wahab.
Died: October 2, 2016.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Baling, Malaysia.
Disability: Paralyzed.

Details:
Muhammad and his aunt, 54-year-old Rokiah Abdullah, were killed by his brother.

Perpetrator: Azman Wahab (Brother), charged with murder.

Source: Man accused of killing disabled brother, aunt in Baling denied bail