Lucie Goudreau

A gravestone for the Langelier family, reading in part, "Lucie Goudreau, nee Langelier, 1959-2012." The inscription is carved onto the base of the headstone, implying that it was an unexpected addition that would not fit onto the main headstone.Name: Lucie Goudreau.
Died: November 27, 2012.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Lucie was diagnosed with progressive MS in her thirties, and when she eventually needed care, her husband helped her. But he died of cancer, and Lucie’s care was left to her son, who routinely mistreated her.

Lucie’s son took out several life insurance policies on his mother, then lit her bed on fire and left her to die in the blaze, knowing her mobility impairment would keep her from escaping on her own. When asked why he had done it, he said he “needed the money”.

Perpetrator: Rene Goudreau (Son), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: Man lit fire to kill MS-stricken mother: Crown

Richard Oland

Photo of Richard Oland. He is a middle-aged white man wearing a suit and glasses.Name: Richard “Dick” Oland.
Died: July 7, 2011.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed, bludgeoned).
Location: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Disability: Asperger syndrome.

Details:
Dick was bludgeoned to death by his son.

He was a businessman who studied genealogy as a hobby.

Perpetrator: Dennis Oland (Son), convicted of second-degree murder, sentenced to 10 years to life.

Source:
Dennis Oland’s mother, Connie, shares ‘living hell’
Murder of Richard Oland
Dennis Oland gets life in prison for killing father, Richard Oland

Cynara Ali

Photo of Cynara Ali. She is a young woman with brown skin and short dark brown hair, leaning against a blue blanket.Name: Cynara Ali.
Died: February 21, 2011.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Cynara’s mother called emergency services, claiming that masked intruders had killed her daughter. In reality, she had smothered Cynara with a pillow and staged the home invasion to cover up the crime. Cynara was rushed to the hospital where she died two days later.

16-year-old Cynara was a recent immigrant from Trinidad to Canada. She had been in Canada only a month before her mother killed her.

Perpetrator: Cindy Ann Sherry Ali (Mother), convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to 25 years to life.

Source:
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Betty Anne Gagnon

Photo of Betty Anne Gagnon, a middle-aged woman with short brown hair.Name: Betty Anne “BA” Gagnon.
Died: November 20, 2009.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse/neglect.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
BA was beaten and starved by her sister and sister’s husband. Eventually she died from a blow to the head.

Perpetrator: Denise Scriven (Sister) and Michael Scriven (Brother-in-law) were convicted of “failing to provide the necessities of life” and sentenced to 20-month jail terms.

Source: Betty Anne Gagnon’s caregivers get jail terms in death

Marie-Nicole Rainville

Black and white photo of Marie-Nicole Rainville, a middle-aged woman.Name: Marie-Nicole Rainville.
Died: November 12, 2009.
Age at death: 71.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Quebec City, Canada.
Disability: Stroke.

Details:
Marie-Nicole was shot by her husband.

Perpetrator: Jacques Delisle (Husband), first-degree murder, sentenced to life without parole.

Source: ‘Destroyed, but not guilty,’ says judge accused of murdering his wife
Bail denied for ex-judge waiting for ministerial review of murder conviction

Jeremy Bostick

Black and white portrait photo of Jeremy Bostick, a young boy.Name: Jeremy Bostick.
Died: September 27, 2009.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Jeremy’s father gassed himself and his son with carbon monoxide.

Perpetrator: Jeffrey Bostick (Father).

Source: Jeremy Bostick
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Jamie Hawley

Photo of a balding man with light skin and a mustache.Name: Jamie Hawley.
Died: May 26, 2008.
Age at death: 41.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Brockville, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

Details:
Jamie was neglected by his brother. Because he used a wheelchair, Jamie’s brother was able to confine him to the second floor of their home, which had no wheelchair ramps.

While his brother collected his disability checks, Jamie died of starvation, pneumonia, and infected bedsores.

Perpetrator: Jerry Hawley (Brother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 20 years.

Source:
Inquest to begin Dec. 7 into disabled man’s starvation death
Ontario man gets 20 years for starving disabled brother to death

Courtney Wise

No PhotoName: Courtney Wise.
Died: February 18, 2008.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Courtney’s mother neglected and starved her to death.

Perpetrator: Astrid Hueller (Mother), pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 6 years in jail, minus double time served, for a total of five years.

Source: Mother gets six years for daughter’s death

B. L. (Male)

No PhotoName: “B. L.”, male.
Died: November 26, 2005.
Age at death: 13 months.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Developmental delay.

Details:
B. L. died of shaken baby syndrome, caused by his foster father.

Perpetrator: His foster father; pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to five years, paroled within 2 years.

Source: Learning from a sad, short life