James Smith

No PhotoName: James Smith.
Died: February 1, 2017.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: San Diego, California, USA.
Disability: TBI from car accident; wheelchair user.

Details:
James was shot by his wife in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Candace Smith (Wife).

Source:
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Wife, Husband Killed in Murder-Suicide Shooting ID’d

Erin Leinweber

Portrait photo of Erin Leinweber, a young woman with long light-brown hair, fair skin, and brown eyes. She is wearing a blouse and is smiling with her lips shut.Name: Erin Leinweber.
Died: January 30, 2017.
Age at death: 58.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wheaton, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis, lupus, brain aneurysm.

Details:
Erin was recently divorced from her husband, who had a history of abusing her. Her husband returned to her home and killed her by stabbing and suffocating her.

Perpetrator: Lee Leinweber (ex-husband), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: Ex-husband charged with murder in death of Wheaton woman: officials

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:
17-year-old arrested after killing autistic brother with baseball bat, sword
17-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Autistic Brother With Bat And Sword
Carroll County murder victim was suspect’s autistic brother; Bat, sword were weapons
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Arkansas teen pleads innocent in brother’s death
Juvenile, for now, pleads not guilty in death of autistic brother
Murder suspect identified: Enters ‘not guilty’ plea in brother’s slaying
Carroll County teen pleads not guilty to capital murder, other charges

Marilyn Miller

Photo of Marilyn Miller, a woman with short white hair and fair skin, photographed outdoors.Name: Marilyn Miller.
Died: January 14, 2017.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Waterloo, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness.

Details:
Marilyn’s husband took her to the park, where he shot her before killing himself. Friends said he might have done it because he didn’t want them to go to a nursing home.

Perpetrator: Neil Miller (Husband).

Source:
Murder-Suicide couple wanted to avoid nursing home
Autopsies: Iowa murder-suicide couple suffered health issues
Autopsies confirm murder-suicide in park deaths of couple

Barbara Martone

Photo of Barbara Martone. She is a woman with auburn hair and fair skin, wearig pink lipstick and nail polish, gold earrings, and a black and gray blouse.Name: Barbara Martone.
Died: January 9, 2017.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Wayne, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness (Cancer); disabled elder.

Details:
Barbara’s husband shot her in a murder-suicide.

She was retired from her job fundraising for Easter Seals; she had two sons, a grandson, and a granddaughter. She liked lobster dinners, dancing, gambling at Atlantic City, and crossword puzzles. She always carried photos of her children and grandchildren, and would show them to anyone she met.

Perpetrator: Daniel Martone (Husband).

Source:
Few answers in murder/suicide of Wayne couple
Barbara Martone’s Obituary on The Record
Health problems plagued couple prior to shooting deaths
Wayne Man, 80, Kills Self, 81-Year-Old Wife In Murder-Suicide: Prosecutor

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
Perleen June Bode, 66
Bremerton police arrest man in death of 67-year-old woman

Theresa Smothers

No PhotoName: Theresa Smothers.
Died: December 31, 2016.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
When a hospice worker visited Theresa for the first time, she saw obvious signs that her daughter had been neglecting her and called for an ambulance. Theresa was taken to the hospital with starvation, dehydration, and infected bedsores; two days later, she died. She weighed 71 pounds; she had been fed just one packet of applesauce per day.

Perpetrator: Judy Smothers (Daughter), charged with second-degree murder and elder abuse.

Source:
Elderly Woman Dies from Extreme Neglect, But It’s Her Daughter’s Excuse That Tops Everything…
Victim of suspected elderly abuse dies
87-year-old woman, suspected victim of abuse, dies
Missouri woman accused in death of mother, 87
87-year-old woman, suspected victim of abuse, dies after authorities remove her from daughter’s home
Woman charged with murder, elder abuse in mother’s death
Poplar Bluff woman pleads not guilty to murder after her mother died of malnourishment

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

Danny Fernandez

No PhotoName: Danny Fernandez.
Died: December 11, 2016.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Springfield, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
Danny was beaten to death by his stepdaughter.

Perpetrator: Christina Mathews (Stepdaughter), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Springfield woman facing multiple first-degree murder charges
Springfield Woman Accused of Beating Disabled Step-Father to Death
Woman Charged With Stepfather’s Murder
Money alleged motive for murder
Springfield woman charged with murder in stepfather’s death
Danny Fernandez’s Obituary

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
Alaska artist Riba DeWilde shot and killed in Tok; son in custody
Artist Riba DeWilde Murdered; Emergency Fundraiser Planned