Name: Geraldine Joyce Chandler.
Died: October 12, 2015.
Age at death: 84.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Cleves, Ohio, USA.
Disability: “Functionally impaired”.
Geraldine’s caregivers caused her death; police reports are unclear how, but apparently they restrained or locked her up and failed to provide for her needs.
Perpetrator: Kimberly Taggart (Caregiver), charged with abduction, involuntary manslaughter, and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person; John Reid (Caregiver), charged with abduction, involuntary manslaughter, failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, and having weapons while under disability.
Source: 2 indicted in abduction, death of woman, 84
Name: Steven Reis.
Died: Body found September 6, 2015; died January 2015.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Unsolved.
Location: Dayton, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Disabled veteran; depression, PTSD, diabetes.
Steven’s cause of death is still under investigation, but his body was found buried in his basement; he had been dead for about nine months. His caregiver had been using his credit cards and stealing his retirement payments.
Steven Reis was an Air Force veteran.
Perpetrator: Christy Russell (Caregiver), charged with tampering with evidence and credit card fraud.
Source: Woman charged $30,000 on dead man’s credit cards, police say
Name: Sharon R. Johnson.
Died: August 27, 2015.
Age at death: 65.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fairview, Mississippi, USA.
Sharon was stabbed to death by her caregiver.
Perpetrator: Jimmy Carpenter (Caregiver; same address; charged with murder).
Source: Stabbing suspect charged with murder
Name: George Philip Carter.
Died: May 15, 2015.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Spanaway, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism, developmental disability.
Philip’s caregiver neglected him; he died of infected bedsores because instead of taking him to a doctor, his caregiver stuffed the bedsores with paper towels.
Perpetrator: Larry John Lee (Unlicensed caregiver), convicted of second-degree murder, sentenced to 18 years.
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Name: Annie Ee Yu Lian.
Died: April 13, 2015.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Disability: Intellectual disability.
Annie lived with a friend and her husband. She worked as a waitress.
Her caregivers took her salary, repeatedly beat her, and did not seek medical care when she was obviously dying. She died from a fat embolism, a clump of fat that tore loose from her injuries and clogged a critical blood vessel. She had a ruptured stomach and many broken bones from eight months of torture.
Perpetrator: Tan Hui Zhen (Housemate), pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt, sentenced to 16-and-a-half years in jail; Pua Hak Chuan (Housemates), pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt, sentenced to 14 years in jail and 14 strokes of the cane. Neither could be charged with murder because they “did not intend to kill” Annie, and because she died of a fat embolism, which is a rare medical complication.
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Name: Arthur “Gary” Pelham.
Died: January 5, 2015.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Jonesboro, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia.
Gary’s caregiver locked him outside the house during a January ice storm and would not let him back inside. In ten hours, he was dead.
Mr. Pelham was a military veteran.
Perpetrator: Dale El Smith (Paid caregiver), convicted of murder, sentenced to life.
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Name: William Collins.
Died: December 27, 2014.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; Elderly; wheelchair user.
William was beaten to death by the couple he was living with, and who were caring for him. He died of head injuries and a broken neck. Mr. Collins was the third elderly tenant to die while living with them; apparently, the couple used the vulnerability of the elderly disabled to steal their tenants’ assets under the guise of caring for them.
Perpetrator: Judith Marc (Caregiver), pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, sentenced to 15-40 years; William Mayo (Caregiver).
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Caregiver sentenced to 15 to 40 years in elderly man’s death
Name: Maria Fuentes.
Died: November 14, 2014.
Age at death: Adult.
Cause of death: Abuse (Beaten).
Location: Houston, Texas, USA.
Disability: “Physically and mentally disabled”.
Maria was beaten to death by her caregiver.
Perpetrator: Patrici Devonne Reader (Caregiver), charged with murder.
Source: Autopsy reveals disabled patient suffered ‘painful’ death at hands of caregiver
Name: Dane William Hathman; also spelled “Dayne”.
Died: August 28, 2014.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fulton, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.
Dayne was shot to death by his live-in babysitter.
Perpetrator: Scottie A. Willet (Family friend; caregiver); charged with murder.
Source: Slain 6-year-old loved to play, give hugs
Name: Shirley Beck.
Died: June 26, 2014.
Age at death: 39.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Unspecified mental disability (received disability payments); abuse survivor.
Shirley lived in a non-traditional relationship, as a “house slave” to her BDSM mistress and their housemates. Her mistress helped her manage her finances, which she could not do on her own, but Shirley was the one who did the chores.
Typically, such relationships involve a lot of trust on both sides; crucially, the “slave” role is voluntary, and any injury is superficial. However, Shirley’s mistress betrayed her trust. Instead of pretending to hold Shirley captive, she actually imprisoned Shirley; rather than staging a “safe, sane, consensual” BDSM scene, she and her housemates inflicted a severe, hours-long beating with a metal rod. Shirley died of her injuries.
Shirley loved feeding birds.
Perpetrator: Cynthia Dianne Skipper (Partner), negligent homicide and kidnapping, 25 years; Derek M. Vicchitto (Housemate), facilitation of second-degree murder and kidnapping, 25 years; Matthew Lee Reynolds (Housemate), first-degree murder and kidnapping, life in prison; Alphonso Richardson (Housemate), first-degree murder and kidnapping, life plus 25 years.
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