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…
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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

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
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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
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Carol Simon and Brayden Otto

Picture of Carol Simon. She is a heavyset woman with brown curly hair and fair skin; she is wearing a pink fuzzy scarf. Brayden is a young boy with red hair and fair skin, wearing a collared orange shirt.Name: Carol Simon.
Age at death: 48.
Disability: Unspecified skin condition.

Name: Brayden Robert-Emil Otto.
Age at death: 7.
Disability: Unspecified disability.

Died: November 20, 2016.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.

Details:
Carol and her grandson Brayden were killed by her son, who strangled them and then slit their throats to make sure they were dead. Later, the killer claimed that he had done it as a “mercy killing”, because Carol was ill and wasn’t getting better and because Brayden was disabled.

Carol was an outgoing nurse who liked learning. Brayden was an elementary school student remembered for his big smile.

Perpetrator: Heath Allen Otto (Carol’s son, Brayden’s uncle), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Man told police he wanted to put mother, nephew out of their misery
7-year-old homicide victim was South Dakota suspect’s nephew
Name released of 7-year-old killed in double homicide
Accused killer makes amazing claim
Child in double killing also related to suspect
Child’s name released in double homicide
Brayden Otto, 7
Guestbook for Brayden Robert-Emil Otto
Brayden Otto’s Obituary
Carol L. Simon, 48
Monsters Among Us: Heath Otto charged with killing his mother, Carol Simon and a his 7-year-old nephew, Brayden Robert-Emil Otto

Henrietta Belcher

No PhotoName: Henrietta “Retta” Green Belcher.
Died: November 5, 2016; bodies found November 15, 2016.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Inman, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Stroke; communication impaired; chronic illness.

Details:
Retta was a homemaker whose husband William “Eddie” Belcher, an associate pastor, had retired to care for her after she had a stroke. The couple had five children and fourteen grandchildren.

Eddie and Retta were shot to death by their son, their bodies left in the house for ten days until a relative called police to ask for a welfare check.

Their killer claims that he shot his parents because his father asked him to do it. Whether or not Eddie Belcher asked to be killed, Retta Belcher, unable to speak because of her stroke, could not have made such a request for herself.

Perpetrator: Stephen Linwood Belcher (son), charged with two counts of murder.

Source:
Attorney: Stephen Belcher’s parents asked son to kill them
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Community ‘shocked’ at son confessing to killing parents
Deputies arrest son in parents’ killing after wife calls 911
Deputies: Son confessed to murdering parents in SC
Eddie and Rhetta Belcher’s Obituary
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Man confesses to killing parents, directs deputies to bodies, authorities say
SC Deputies: Son confessed to murdering parents
SC man charged with killing his parents
Sheriff’s Office: Man, 38, confesses to killing parents
Son confessed to murdering parents in Inman say Spartanburg Co. deputies
South Carolina deputies investigating after son admits to killing parents
South Carolina father begged son to shoot him, attorney says
South Carolina man who shot dead his parents claims his father begged him to shoot them

Earl Coleman

No PhotoName: Earl Coleman.
Died: September 12, 2016.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Jackson, Mississipi, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness, paralysis, wheelchair user.

Details:
Earl was murdered by his daughter, who poured boiling water over him. After nine days in the hospital, he died from his severe burns.

Perpetrator: Diane Coleman (Daughter), charged with murder.

Source:
Woman charged with killing father with boiling water
Woman Charged With Murder After Pouring Boiling Water Over Her Paralyzed Elderly Father
Jackson woman charged in murder of disabled father
Daughter charged with murder after allegedly burning father with boiling water
Woman Charged With Father’s Murder
Woman charged with killing elderly father with boiling water

Margaret Shelton

No PhotoName: Margaret “Pat” Patricia Shelton.
Died: August 31, 2016.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Disability: Early-stage Alzheimer’s.

Details:
Pat’s son smothered her with duct tape and his hand and broke the neck of the family dog. Then he turned himself in.

Pat was known by her neighbors for her friendly demeanor. She liked to do yard work and would mow their lawns for them.

Perpetrator: Kenneth Baker (Son), charged with murder.

Source:
Man arrested for murdering elderly mother inside Fort Worth home
Fort Worth man who called police accused of killing his mother
Margaret Shelton Obituary
Elderly woman killed by son in her Fort Worth home
Fort Worth man said he suffocated mother with duct tape, then snapped barking dog’s neck, police say

Rietje Willms

Photo of Rietje Willms, an elder woman. She has short white hair and fair skin, and is wearing a black turtleneck and white jacket. Her expression is solemn, and she is squinting slightly into the sun.Name: Rietje Willms.
Died: June 12, 2016.
Age at death: 80.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Rietje was the widow of a successful plumber and real estate dealer. She had inherited his money, and one of her four sons wanted it. When he saw that Rietje was getting dementia, he manipulated her into making him her sole heir. Then he locked her away in his house and neglected her; another of her sons said that sometimes, when he walked by the house, he could hear her in the house, crying to be let out. Rietje was eventually found dead of dehydration, a victim of neglect.

Perpetrator: Hans W. (Son), his girlfriend Susan, and a paid caregiver.

Source:
Son held in senile mother’s death; Fight over inheritance alleged
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Vermoorde moeder over verdachte zoon: ‘We kunnen goed opschieten hoor’
‘Bejaarde vrouw vermoord om de erfenis’ – AT5: de nieuwszender van Amsterdam en omgeving
Bizarre moord om erfenis
Moord om de erfenis
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Gertrud Sigman

No PhotoName: Gertrud “Trudy” Sigman.
Died: May 7, 2016.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Orange Park, Florida, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
Gertrud, whom everyone called Trudy, was a retired professional ballet dancer who had graduated from the Vienna Conservatory. She liked to cook and garden.

Trudy was beaten and strangled to death by her son.

Perpetrator: Lawrence Sigman (Son).

Source:
Death investigation underway in wake of domestic dispute
Clay County Sheriff’s Office closes case as murder-suicide
Obituary | Trudy Sigman of Orange Park, Florida

Jack May

No Photo
Name: Jack May.
Died: April 16, 2016.
Age at death: 89.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lecanto, Florida, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user.

Details:
Jack’s son shot him in the back as he sat in his wheelchair.

Perpetrator: James May (Son), charged with second-degree murder.

Source: James May is accused of fatally shooting his 89-year-old father inside their Lecanto home