Vickie Balogh

Photo of Vickie Balogh, a middle-aged woman wearing a pink silk blouse. Her skin is fair, but her face is flushed; she wears glasses and her straight brown hair is cut to shoulder length.Name: Vickie Balogh.
Died: October 23, 2016.
Age at death: 57.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Trenton, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Ataxia.

Vickie starved to death, emaciated and with severe bedsores, because her sons did not care for her.

Perpetrator: Gabriel V. Balogh (Son) and Grant C. Balogh (Son); both charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, and abuse of a vulnerable adult.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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).

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Jack May

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Name: Jack May.
Died: April 16, 2016.
Age at death: 89.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lecanto, Florida, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user.

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

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

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Maria Branco

Photo of Maria Branco. She is an elderly woman with short white hair, and fair skin. She is wearing glasses and a white blouse, squinting slightly into the sun.Name: Maria Branco.
Died: April 13, 2016.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: Elderly disabled; mobility impaired.

Maria and her three children lived together. She and her two daughters Lucy and Filomena, both intellectually disabled, depended on her third child, a son, to care for them. However, he habitually beat and neglected Maria and her daughters.

When Maria was taken to the hospital with injuries from a severe beating, police arrested her son and went to her house to check on her daughters. They were locked into the house and tried desperately to get out to the police officers; when police got the door open, they found both women neglected and battered but alive.

After four days in the hospital, Maria died from sepsis due to her infected bedsores, complicated by starvation and injuries from beatings. Her daughters survived, but are reported to be “in poor condition” as of July 2016.

Perpetrator: Antonio M. Branco (Son), charged with murder, assault and battery upon a person with a disability, and two counts of neglect of a person with a disability.

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Priscilla Edwards

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Name: Priscilla Edwards.
Died: February 21, 2016.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: London, England, UK.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, partial deafness.

Priscilla tried to make a cup of tea for her daughter, but she was too frail. Her daughter said she didn’t want the tea; then she strangled Priscilla with a scarf.

Priscilla’s daughter had a history of violence against her and against her own daughter.

Perpetrator: Regina Edwards (Daughter), found guilty of manslaughter, sentenced to 10 years at a secure mental institution.

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Jeffrey Rak

No PhotoName: Jeffrey Alan Rak.
Died: February 14, 2016.
Age at death: 58.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Burlington Township, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Alcoholism, epilepsy, COPD, heart disease, cirrhosis, chronic illness.

Jeffrey was beaten to death by his son.

Perpetrator: Daniel Rak (Son), charged with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated domestic battery.

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