William Collins

No PhotoName: 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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Maria Fuentes

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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

Dane Hathman

Photo of Dane Hathman, swinging on a swing.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

Shirley Beck

Photo of Shirley Beck. She is a woman with long blonde hair and pale skin; she is wearing a colorful sweater.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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Michael Sudkamp

Photo of Michael Sudkamp, a middle-aged man.Name: Michael Sudkamp.
Died: December 24, 2013.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Kingman, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Multiple disabilities; “Health issues”.

Michael was beaten to death by his roommate.

Perpetrator: Robert John Adkins (Roommate and caregiver), second-degree murder and vulnerable adult abuse, sentenced to 20 years.

Source: Kingman caregiver arrested in death of patient

Susan Walter

Photo of Susan Walter.Name: Susan Margaret Walter.
Died: March 2, 2013.
Age at death: 47.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Covington, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Susan was beaten to death by her caregiver.

Perpetrator: Cornelius Richardson-Bethea (Caregiver), convicted of malice murder and abuse of a disabled adult, sentenced to life without parole.

Source: Mentally challenged Newton woman found beaten to death

Barbara Rabins

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Name: Barbara Rabins.
Died: August 18, 2011.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Ross, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, stroke.

Barbara’s caregivers neglected her and stole her trust fund money. When she died, she was underweight, dehydrated, and covered in bedsores.

Perpetrator: John Tedesco and Tina Tedesco, friends of the family, charged with third-degree murder; initially pled guilty, but revoked the plea; convicted of third-degree murder, sentenced to 15 1/4 – 30 1/2 years in prison.

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Amanda Cooper

Photo of Amanda Cooper, a girl in a fancy dark red dress and hairbow. She is smiling and holding up her hand in a peace sign.Name: Amanda Cooper.
Died: November 27, 2010.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Unknown; homicide.
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability, leukodystrophy.

Amanda was found unresponsive in her home by paramedics. She had been sexually assaulted, and died soon thereafter. At the time she was found dead, Amanda’s case was under active supervision by child protective services.

Perpetrator: Unsolved. Amanda’s death was likely caused by a family member, but there is a security hold on the case and no information is being released.

Source: Amanda Cooper, 10 [Updated]

Ila Gandhi

No PhotoName: Ila Harjivandas Gandhi.
Died: November 15, 2010.
Age at death: 62.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Schizophrenia.

Ila’s sister-in-law paid their servant to kill Ila and her mother. Her mother survived the attack, but Ila died from stab wounds.

Perpetrator: Ramchandra Ganpat Gomane (Servant) and Rupal Gandhi (Daughter-in-law; caregiver). Acquitted.

Source: Sister-in-law gave supari to murder 62-yr-old in Mumbai
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Jeffrey Bishop

No PhotoName: Jeffrey Bishop.
Died: Late August 2010.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Unknown; was receiving disability checks.

Jeffrey was staying with a couple who were supposed to care for him in exchange for receiving his disability checks. Instead, they killed him and continued cashing the checks.

Perpetrator: Dennis Mitchell and Heather Lynn Baringer (Caregivers).

Source: Two charged with murder after body found wrapped in bags in basement