Manuel Reyes and Rita Morales

Photo of Manuel Reyes. He has tan skin and gray hair, and is wearing a blue sweater and white shirt.Name: Manuel Reyes.
Age at death: 85.
Disability: Double amputee (Legs).

Photo of Rita Morales. She is an elderly woman with gray hair and light-brown skin, wearing a brown collared shirt.Name: Rita Morales.
Age at death: 87.
Disability: Elderly disabled.

Location: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Died: April 30, 2010.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.

Details:
Manuel and Rita were both killed by their caregiver, who was Rita’s son and Manuel’s nephew. They were bludgeoned to death with a hammer; Rita was also stabbed.

Perpetrator: Arthur Reyes Morales (Son, Nephew), pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Source:
Judge finds Canoga Park man was sane when he killed his elderly mother, uncle
Hammer killer sane when he murdered 87-year-old mom, 85-year-old double-amputee uncle
Manuel Reyes, 85
Rita Morales, 87

Jimmy Phillips

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Name: James “Jimmy” Phillips.
Died: January 11, 2010.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Gulf Hills, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Paraplegic.

Details:
Jimmy and his wife Joanne, 70, were both killed by their son in a double murder-suicide. Jimmy was shot four times in the face; Joanne was beaten to death.

They left behind one surviving daughter.

Perpetrator: Sammy Phillips (Son).

Source:
He killed his parents then took his own life. Neighbors want their property cleared.
Jackson County Sheriff: Alcohol, drugs factor in double homicide-suicide case in St. Martin
Murder/suicide case to be sent to grand jury

Cynthia Burns

No PhotoName: Cynthia Burns.
Died: April 27, 2009.
Age at death: 58.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Wylie, Texas, USA.
Disability: Paralysis due to stroke.

Details:
Cynthia’s daughter and son-in-law denied her food and medical care. She died of pneumonia, her body too weak from neglect to survive the illness.

Perpetrator: Christina Gaines (Daughter), knowingly causing serious bodily injury to a disabled person, 12 years; Gary Gaines, recklessly causing serious bodily injury to a disabled person, 6 months in jail and community service.

Source: Wylie woman gets 12 years for mother’s death in ‘extraordinarily terrible’ neglect case

Pamela Hall

Photo of Pamela Hall, a middle-aged woman with curly black hair, wearing a blue shirt.Name: Pamela Camille Hall.
Died: April 11, 2009.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Figsboro, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Spinal cord injury.

Details:
Pamela was stabbed to death by her son-in-law.

Perpetrator: James Cleveland Miller (Son-in-law) pled guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life.

Source: Miller pleads guilty to murder in death of his mother-in-law

Elsie Crutchley

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Name: Elsie Patricia Crutchley.
Died: February 5, 2007.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Taumarunui, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal stomach cancer.

Details:
Elsie was poisoned by her son, with an overdose of painkillers and anxiolytics. She was dead within hours.

Perpetrator: Ian Crutchley (Son); convicted of attempted murder, given probation and community service.

Source: Man who tried to kill mother avoids jail term

Evelyn Joel

Photo of Evelyn Joel. She is a middle-aged woman with graying dark-brown hair and glasses.Name: Evelyn Joel.
Died: January 7, 2006.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Enniscorthy, Ireland.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Evelyn’s family neglected her care. By the time she was hospitalized with multiple infected bedsores, she was too weak to recover when she caught pneumonia.

Perpetrator: Eleanor Joel (Daughter) and Jonathan Costen (Daughter’s husband), convicted of manslaughter; given two-year suspended sentence; sentence overturned.

Source:
Couple will not face retrial over death of MS sufferer
Court quashes couple’s convictions for killing Evelyn Joel
Couple who left MS sufferer, Evelyn Joel, to die in her own filth receive suspended sentence
Ma neglect killer walk free from court
Appeal by couple convicted of letting MS sufferer die with ‘maggots in her infected bedsores’

Grace Parkes

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Name: Grace Winifred Parkes.
Died: January 16, 2005.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Sydney, Australia.
Disability: Diabetes, hypertension, Paget’s disease, Bells palsy, glaucoma, goitre, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Details:
Grace’s son bludgeoned her to death.

Perpetrator: Phillip Raymond Parkes (Son).

Source: Regina v Phillip Raymond Parkes [2006] NSWSC 331

Mary Sawyer

A gravestone reading, Sawyer, Mary and Charles, together forever.Name: Mary Esther Sawyer.
Died: June 21, 2004.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Mary’s daughter checked her out of her nursing home, took her home, drugged her, and suffocated her with a pillow.

Perpetrator: Rita Ann Sawyer (Daughter), convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison.

Source: U.S. court rejects plea for new trial by midstate doctor convicted of killing mom

Florence Simpson

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Name: Florence Majorie Simpson.
Died: October 3, 2000.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Howick, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
Florence’s son strangled her with the cord to her morphine pump.

Perpetrator: Christopher Simpson (Son), charged with murder.

Source:
Doctor charged with strangling mother
Strangled mum full of morphine
The New Zealand Herald
Mercy Killing

Joy Martin

Photo of Joy Martin, an elderly woman with light skin and straight gray hair. The photo shows only the left half of the face.Name: Joy Martin.
Died: May 28, 1999.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wanganui, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
As she lay dying of cancer, Joy’s daughter injected her with a lethal dose of morphine.

After Joy was dead, her daughter wrote a book about killing her mother and was arrested.

Joy’s portrait on this memorial comes from the cover of her daughter’s book. It includes only half her face because on the book’s cover, her daughter used photo manipulation to combine half her face with half of Joy’s. In keeping with my policy of giving the killer as little publicity as possible, the daughter’s part of that image has been cropped out. –Editor

Perpetrator: Lesley Martin (Daughter), convicted of attempted murder; sentenced to 15 months, released after serving half her sentence.

Source: Lesley Martin jailed for 15 months