Dominic Diehl

A gravestone. It reads: Andrew Joseph Diehl. July 20, 1973 to October 29, 1986. Your life was not lived in vain, my son. Inset: A poor-quality black-and-white newspaper photo of a dark-skinned boy in a white T-shirt.Name: Dominic J. “Andrew” Diehl.
Died: October 29, 1986.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Child abuse survivor; emotionally disturbed.

Details:
Andrew died of head injuries inflicted by his adoptive father; he was tied to the floor of the family bus and severely beaten.

Andrew liked to read Western novels.

Perpetrator: Michael Diehl (Adoptive father), first-degree murder, 41 years; Karen Diehl (Adoptive mother), manslaughter, 31 years.

Source: Dominick J. (Andrew) Diehl

Linda Helton

A gravestone. It reads: Linda Sue Helton, July 29, 1940 to January 6, 1986. At rest.Name: Linda Sue Helton.
Died: January 6, 1986.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Precott, Arkansas, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Linda was shot by her mother, who called it a “mercy killing”.

Perpetrator: Esther Helton (Mother); charged with murder.

Source: Woman Charged In Death Of Mentally Retarded Daughter

John Muir

No PhotoName: John Muir.
Died: November 6, 1985.
Age at death: 65.
Cause of death: Contract killing.
Location: Aptos, California, USA.
Disability: Partial paralysis from polio.

Details:
John was stabbed to death. His wife, who had married him only three months before, most likely paid two men to kill him. She had been the caregiver for his deceased first wife, and the two had recently separated.

John was a retired IBM executive.

Perpetrator: Richard Vance Richardson (hired killer), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to15 years to life. Clinton Lee Burns, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Charlene Richardson (Stepdaughter), charged with accessory to murder, sentenced to 6 months in jail. Barbara Muir (Wife), charged with accessory to murder, sentenced to 6 months in jail.

Source: Man who killed IBM executive in Aptos in 1985 denied parole

Tara Kelly

No PhotoName: Tara Kelly.
Died: September 15, 1985.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Rochester, New York, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
While her mother’s boyfriend was babysitting Tara, he killed her by hitting, kicking, and suffocating her.

Perpetrator: Thomas Osburn (Mother’s boyfriend), second-degree murder, 20 years to life.

Source: Man Sentenced in Death of Retarded Girl

Cory Watts

No PhotoName: Cory Watts.
Died: July 10, 1985.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Head injury from motorcycle accident.

Details:
After Cory’s mother lost a $10-million lawsuit against the company that made the helmet Cory had been wearing during his motorcycle accident, she went home, shot Cory to death, and killed herself.

Perpetrator: Cordelia Watts (Mother).

Source: Lawsuit Lost, Mother Kills Son

John Robles

No PhotoName: John Robles.
Died: January 19, 1985.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: El Cajon, California, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
John had spent time in foster care, but was returned to his mother. In the end, he was smothered by his mother, who had gotten away with killing his brother Matthew five years before. John’s death was thought to be natural until his mother went to the police and confessed to both murders.

Perpetrator: Debra Sue Robles (Mother); confessed to murder; sentenced to 30 years to life.

Source: An American Tragedy: Mother Kills 2 Children as System Fails

Paula Riffe

A gravestone reading, Little one. Paula Eloise Riffe. September 4, 1942 to December 17, 1984.Name: Paula Eloise Riffe.
Died: December 17, 1984.
Age at death: 42.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Paula’s father killed her in a murder-suicide because he didn’t know what would happen to her after he died.

Perpetrator: Paul Riffe (Father).

Source: Paula Eloise Riffe, Misplaced Mercy

Louise Brown

No PhotoName: Louise Brown.
Died: May 28, 1984.
Age at death: 14 days.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: London, England, UK.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Louise’s father told police that Louise had been in the family car when it was stolen. When the truth emerged, it was found that Louise had been killed by her father because he could not accept her disability, and her uncle had helped get rid of the body.

Perpetrator: Paul Brown (Father), manslaughter, 5 years; Ian Brown (Uncle), 9 months in jail.

Source: Killer Dad Jailed for Murder of Brother; Daughter was first victim.

(Baby Boy) McKay

No PhotoName: Baby McKay (Never named).
Died: June 18, 1983.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Harvey, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Trisomy 13 (Possibly).

Details:
When Baby McKay’s father saw his son’s cleft palate and webbed fingers and had it explained that the baby might have Trisomy 13, he bashed the infant’s head against the delivery room floor, killing him.

Perpetrator: Daniel McKay (Father). Charged with murder. Case dismissed after two hung juries.

Source: Case Dismissed in Slaying of Deformed Baby

Piotr Grabowski

Photo of Piotr Grabowski.Name: Piotr Grabowski.
Died: Unspecified; killers sentenced in 2014 “after a lengthy trial”.
Age at death: 31.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Osztyn, Poland.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
Piotr’s wife lured him into a park, where her two boyfriends were waiting to beat him to death.

Perpetrator: Joanna Grabowski (Wife); sentenced to 25 years. Jacek Pawlak and Lukasz Kaminski (Wife’s boyfriends), sentenced to life.

Source: Wife rewarded two men who murdered her wheelchair-bound husband by having a threesome immediately after they killed him