Olga Law

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Name: Olga Law.
Died: March 6, 2002.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Thames, New Zealand.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
Olga’s husband drugged her with sleeping pills, bludgeoned her with a hammer, and then smothered her.

Perpetrator: Rex Arthur Law (Husband), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 18 months in prison, with the possibility of applying for home confinement.

Source: Wife killer sealed his deed with a kiss
The Queen v Rex Arthur Law

Lilian Gill

Photo of Lilian Gill, a toddler girl with light skin and dark hair.Name: Lilian Leilani Gill.
Died: March 1, 2002.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA.
Disability: Mother claimed she was autistic.

Details:
Lillian was killed by her mother, who then claimed that Lilian had been sent to a special school to be treated for her autism. Lilian was later found buried in the backyard.

Perpetrator: Sharon Michelle Gill (Adoptive mother).

Source: Woman tells of burying daughter

Shirley Harrison

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Name: Shirley Harrison.
Died: December 31, 2001.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Details:
Shirley was hospitalized after a recent stroke; her husband shot her as she lay in the hospital bed.

Perpetrator: Thomas Harrison (Husband), pleaded guilty to murder.

Source: From ‘mercy killing’ to ‘domestic violence’: Shirley Harrison, the Chicago Media and Not Dead Yet

Johnny Churchi

No PhotoName: Johnny Churchi.
Died: October 10, 2001.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Johnny’s mother strangled him.

Perpetrator: Jadwiga Miskiewicz (Mother); charged with first-degree murder; sentenced to time in a psychiatric hospital.

Source: School Struggles To Come To Grips With Johnny’s Death

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)

Chelsea Craig

Photo of Chelsea Craig, a teenage girl.Name: Chelsea Craig.
Died: March 19, 2001.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada.
Disability: Rett syndrome.

Details:
Chelsea was poisoned by her mother with a mix of prescription drugs.

Perpetrator: Rachel Capra Craig (Mother). Found not guilty because of a mental disorder; committed suicide in July 2002.

Source: Rachel Capra CRAIG

Gabriel Britt

Portrait photo of Gabriel Britt, a young boy.Name: Gabriel Britt.
Died: March 3, 2001.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: St. George, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Gabriel was suffocated by his father, who put his body in a pond and tried to pretend that Gabriel had accidentally drowned.

Perpetrator: Terrence Britt (Father); sentenced to four years. Renee Britt (Mother); mistrial, no conviction.

Source: (8-9-01) Gabriel Britt’s death now ruled a homicide

Florence Simpson

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Name: Florence Majorie Simpson.
Died: October 3, 2000.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Howick, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
Florence’s son strangled her with the cord to her morphine pump.

Perpetrator: Christopher Simpson (Son), charged with murder.

Source:
Doctor charged with strangling mother
Strangled mum full of morphine
The New Zealand Herald
Mercy Killing

Meridee Reynolds

A gravestone reading, "Meridee Kay Reynolds. Everlasting peace."Name: Meridee “Kay” Reynolds.
Died: September 9, 2000.
Age at death: 40.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Vancouver, Washington, USA.
Disability: Mobility impairment; sleep disorder.

Details:
Meridee’s friend and caregiver shot her, and claimed she had done it “to end the pain”.

Perpetrator: Melanie McDonald (Caregiver), pleaded guilty to murder, 8-30 years.

Source: Caregiver Accused of Murder

James Cummings Jr.

No PhotoName: James Joseph Cummings Jr.
Died: November 16, 1999.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Autism; Stroke.

Details:
James was stabbed to death by his father, who went to the care facility where he was staying and killed him with a kitchen knife to the heart.

Perpetrator: James Cummings Sr. (Father). Sentenced to five years in prison.

Source: Father Admits Killing Autistic Son