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.

Details:
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.

Details:
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
Senior citizen found murdered in Gamdevi

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.

Details:
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

Lindsey Alvarez

No PhotoName: Lindsey Angela Alvarez.
Died: August 4, 2009.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Lindsey was poisoned with a large amount of salt, and her body showed signs of battered child syndrome.

Perpetrator: Unknown; under investigation; probably a family member.

Source: Lindsey Angela Alvarez

Peggy Mehrman

Black and white photo of Peggy Mehrman, an elderly woman.Name: Peggy Albury Mehrman.
Died: May 28, 2008.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA.
Disability: A “debilitating neuromuscular disease”.

Details:
Peggy was poisoned over several months with overdoses of her own medication by a neighbor who had moved in with her as her caregiver.

Perpetrator: Jana Porter Mallory (Caregiver/Neighbor), second-degree murder and elderly abuse, 30 years.

Source: Jana Porter MALLORY

Brandon Williams

Photo of Brandon Williams, a young boy, in front of a brightly colored alphabet mural.Name: Brandon Williams.
Died: March 22, 2007.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Pima County, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Brandon died after regular abuse by his mother and two of her housemates. He had been beaten and poisoned with overdoses of Tylenol.

Perpetrator: Diane Marsh (Mother), child abuse and negligent homicide, 10 years; Mark Moss (Housemate), failing to report child abuse, charges dropped; Flower Thompson (Housemate), murder, 10 years.

Source: Brandon Thomas Williams

Jason Ritzert

Photo of Jason Ritzert, an adult man wearing a headband and casual clothes and sitting on a dirt bike. He has a tattoo on his right arm.Name: Jason Ritzert.
Died: November 10, 2005.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Jason’s roommates, who often abused him under the pretext of “punishing” him, set him on fire and then left his severe burns untreated for days before strangling him.

Perpetrator: Timothy Caldwell, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison; Melissa Adams, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, sentenced to 30-60 years; Russell Lee Hilliard, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, sentenced to 20-40 years.

Source: Butler pair held in ‘bizarre’ killing of roommate

Donna Spadea

No PhotoName: Donna Spadea.
Died: June 26, 2005.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Along with several other intellectually disabled adults, Donna was imprisoned, starved, drugged, and beaten by Linda Weston, who acted as her Social Security payee so that she could steal Donna’s money. Donna died after two months of captivity while she was imprisoned in a tiny laundry room, and toxicology testing revealed that she had been poisoned with the drugs Linda had regularly mixed into her food.

Perpetrator: Linda Weston (Caretaker), multiple charges, life sentence; Gregory Thomas, Jean McIntosh, Eddie Wright, and Nicklaus Woodard.

Source: “Basement of horrors” indictment brings light to 2008 Norfolk death

Daniel Thomas

Photo of Daniel Thomas, a baby with dark hair and eyes.Name: Daniel Thomas.
Died: October 13, 2003.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Asthma, speech delay, allergies, eczema.

Details:
Daniel was abused by his babysitter, and his mother allowed the abuse. How he died is not known because his body was not found for several years, but the coroner suggested he might have been killed through strangulation, drowning, or a head injury.

Perpetrator: Mandy Martyn (Babysitter) and Donna Thomas (Mother). No charges.

Source: Coroner finds babysitter Mandy Martyn killed toddler Daniel Thomas —but also blames his mother Donna Thomas for doing nothing to help the boy
Cackling babysitter Mandy Martyn denies killing toddler Daniel Thomas, gives reporters a spray

Meridee Reynolds

A gravestone reading, "Meridee Kay Reynolds. Everlasting peace."Name: Meridee “Kay” Reynolds.
Died: September 9, 2000.
Age at death: 40.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Vancouver, Washington, USA.
Disability: Mobility impairment; sleep disorder.

Details:
Meridee’s friend and caregiver shot her, and claimed she had done it “to end the pain”.

Perpetrator: Melanie McDonald (Caregiver), pleaded guilty to murder, 8-30 years.

Source: Caregiver Accused of Murder