Rebecca Benight

Photo of Rebecca Benight. She is a middle-aged woman with short curly brown hair, fair skin, and brown-rimmed glasses. She is smiling at the camera.Name: Rebecca Benight.
Died: January 30, 2017.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Dementia, stroke, heart disease, depression.

Details:
Rebecca’s husband took her out of the care facility where she lived, took her home, and poisoned her with an overdose of prescription drugs. Her husband attempted suicide, too, leaving a note that he was killing himself to avoid being charged with murder; but he survived the attempt and was arrested.

Perpetrator: Philip Benight (Husband), charged with causing or aiding suicide.

Source:
Man waives hearing in charges of aiding wife’s death
Rebecca Benight Obituary – Conestoga, Pennsylvania
Lancaster County man charged for taking wife from care facility, attempting suicide
Wife dies days after suicide attempt with husband, fundraising campaign for legal fees launched
Wife in assisted suicide case dies; husband declines comment

Sonia Riang

Photo of Sonia Riang, an African-American woman with medium-brown skin and curly black hair. She is wearing a flannel jacket and smiling.Name: Sonia Riang.
Died: December 25, 2016.
Age at death: 45.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Clinton Township, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Mobility impaired; used wheelchair and cane.

Details:
Sonia was stabbed to death by her daughter on Christmas day.

Perpetrator: Delilah Evans (Daughter), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Teen Arrested Monday in Connection With Christmas Day Murder
Daughter arrested in fatal stabbing of disabled mother in Clinton Township
Clinton Township teen may be arraigned in mother’s death
Daughter Arrested in Christmas Day Murder of Disabled Mother
17-year-old charged in murder of disabled mother
17-year-old daughter arraigned in mother’s stabbing death on Christmas
17-Year-Old Girl Charged With Murder In Mother’s Fatal Stabbing Christmas Day
Clinton Township Girl Arraigned In Mother’s Death
Teen arraigned in disabled mother’s stabbing death
Teen charged with murder in stabbing death of mother
17-Year-Old Girl Murders Mom On Christmas Day, But Family Upset About Murder Charges

Tianna Kirchner

Photo of Tianna Kirchner. She is a baby girl with brown hair and fair skin, wearing a pink and white dress.Name: Tianna Kirchner.
Died: October 29, 2016 (Body found); died about 4 years previously.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Everett, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
How Tianna died is not known, because her family has given several different explanations of why Tianna died.

What is known is that Tianna’s body was found stuffed into a concrete-filled storage container four years later.

Perpetrator: Her mother and stepfather (Under investigation).

Source:
Parents Under Investigation After Missing 4-Year-Old’s Remains Found Encased in Concrete
Body of 4-year-old girl found in plastic tub in Everett; she’s been dead several years
Child’s body found in plastic storage bin in Everett
4-Year-Old Girl’s Corpse Hidden For Four Years
Timeline surrounding death of child found in storage bin
Grandmother wants answers after grandchild’s remains found in Everett
Body of 4-year-old girl missing for years found encased in concrete in storage container

Cindy Enger

Photo of Cindy Enger. She is a woman with pale skin and brown hair, wearing large glasses and a red sweater.Name: Cindy Enger.
Died: January 24, 2016.
Age at death: 51.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Depression, mother of autistic child.

Details:
Cindy’s ex-boyfriend shot her to death. He claims he did it at her request because she was depressed, and that there was a video of her saying that she had wanted to commit suicide; but police are still looking for that video.

Perpetrator: Joseph D’Arcy Schluter (Ex-boyfriend, friend), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Murder accused says he helped ‘depressed’ ex-girlfriend die to fulfil her videotaped wish
Ex-husband relieved after murder charge laid in death of Cindy Enger
Carstairs man charged with murder of Cindy Enger
Carstairs man charged with murder of Calgary mother Cindy Enger
Cindy Enger – Sunday, January 24th, 2016
Man accused in Cranston homicide tells police victim wanted him to kill her

Gracie Buss

Photo of Gracie Buss, a small girl with fair skin, dark brown eyes, and black hair. She is smiling.Name: Gracie Buss.
Died: June 3, 2015.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Waterloo, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
When her boyfriend beat little Gracie Buss to death, Gracie’s mother told the police that Gracie’s seizures had made her fall down the stairs.

Perpetrator: Chad Little (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment leading to death; Kristi Buss (Mother), charged with child endangerment leading to death.

Source: No bond reduction for mom held in child death case
Waterloo man charged with death of 4-year-old girl
What happened to Gracie Buss?
Gracie Buss’s family searching for answers one month later

Elizabeth Knowles

Photo of Elizabeth Knowles. She has pale skin, chin-length curly brown hair, and blue eyes. She is smiling slightly. She is wearing a pink sleeveless shirt and a silver necklace.Name: Elizabeth Joy Knowles.
Died: April 22, 2010.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kallangur, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Chronic illness, mobility impairment (Wheelchair user).

Details:
Elizabeth’s husband set their house on fire and left her inside, knowing she could not get out; she died of smoke inhalation. Less than a day later, her husband put in an insurance claim on the house.

Perpetrator: David Maxwell Knowles (Husband), charged with murder.

Source:
Man charged with murdering disabled wife in fire to claim insurance
ELIZABETH JOY KNOWLES (#54-2010)
Motive sought for ‘suspicious’ fatal house fire
Husband charged six years later

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