Alexandru Radita

Photo of Alexandru Radita.Name: Alexandru Radita.
Died: May 7, 2013.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Alexandru was neglected and confined to his room, and treatment for his diabetes was withheld. He died of a bacterial infection he could not fight because he was so badly malnourished.

Perpetrator: Emil and Rodica Radita (Parents), both convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life.

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Isabella Wiens

Photo of Isabella Wiens.Name: Isabella Wiens.
Died: March 16, 2013.
Age at death: 21 months.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Disability: Developmentally delayed. Removed from her mother absent any evidence of abuse, because her mother is learning disabled.

Isabella died while in foster care. The autopsy showed evidence of abuse, including a swollen brain and healing fractures, but her cause of death is listed as undetermined.

Perpetrator: Child and Family Services, B.C. possibly Isabella’s foster parents.

Source: B.C. mother sues province after infant daughter dies in foster care; ; Coroner’s Report

Lynda Riopel

No PhotoName: Lynda Riopel.
Died: January 24, 2013.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada.
Disability: Muscular dystrophy.

Lynda’s husband stabbed her to death.

Perpetrator: Michael Sabourin (Husband); pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to 13 years to life.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

BA was beaten and starved by her sister and sister’s husband. Eventually she died from a blow to the head, weighing 65 pounds.

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.

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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.

Marie-Nicole was shot by her husband.

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

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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.

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

Perpetrator: Jeffrey Bostick (Father).

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