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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Donald Nieman

No PhotoName: Donald Robert Edward Otto Nieman.
Died: December 27, 2015.
Age at death: 89.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Macomb Township, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Donald’s son beat and strangled him to death.

Perpetrator: Gregory Lynn Nieman (Son), convicted of first-degree murder.

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Yasuko Uechi

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Name: Yasuko Uechi.
Died: December 18, 2015.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kihocho, Japan.
Disability: Unspecified physical disability.

For some time, Yasuko had been asking her son to buy her a powered wheelchair; eventually she bought one for herself. Yasuko’s son, angry she had bought a wheelchair he said he couldn’t afford, suffocated her to death.

Perpetrator: Norio Uechi; arrested for murder.

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Richard Brichacek

Photo of Richard Brichacek. He is an elder wearing a black T-shirt. He has fair skin with some age spots, and is bald with a bushy white mustache and beard. There is a beer bottle with a straw in it on the table in front of him.Name: Richard Brichacek.
Died: December 12, 2015.
Age at death: 63.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Euclid, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Details: Richard’s family neglected him, leaving him lying in bed and not taking him to medical appointments. He died of multiple organ failure caused by starvation and infected bedsores, weighing 93 pounds at death.

Debora Brichacek (Wife), pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and failure to provide for a functionally impaired person, sentenced to seven years in prison.
Brian Brichacek (Son), pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault, sentenced to 18 months probation.
Wendi Brichacek (Daughter), pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault, sentenced to 12 months probation.
Debbie Brichacek (Daughter), pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault, sentenced to 12 months probation.

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Violet Barker

No PhotoName: Violet Barker.
Died: December 9, 2015.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Boynton Beach, Florida, USA.
Disability: Mobility impaired; used walker.

Violet’s son left her alone in her room. She usually used a walker to get around her home, but her son didn’t check on her when she didn’t come out to eat. Only weeks later did he report her death, which medical examiners determined had been from starvation.

Perpetrator: Robert C. Hart (Son), charged with aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person or disabled adult.

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Vincent Apilado

Photograph of Vincent Apilado, an older man in a suit and tie. He has dark brown, graying hair and olive-toned skin.Name: Vincent Apilado.
Died: November 28, 2015.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: El Paso, Texas, USA.
Disability: Parkinson’s disease, dementia.

Vincent was shot and killed by his son, who had a history of violence against both his parents.

Vincent loved music and was a talented violinist; he played racquetball and was a devout Catholic. He worked as a college professor at Arizona State and chair of finance and real estate at the University of Texas.

Perpetrator: Steven Apilado (Son), convicted of murder, sentenced to 80 years.

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Yoki Fujita

No PhotoName: Yoki Fujita.
Died: November 23, 2015.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder/Murder-suicide.
Location: Saitama, Japan.
Disability: Dementia.

Ms. Fujita’s husband was scheduled for surgery on his neck, and was worried that he would no longer be able to care for her. He had been approved for public assistance, but rejected elderly-care services.

Just before he was due for the surgery, Ms. Fujita’s husband talked to her daughter, explained that he wanted to kill his wife and commit suicide, and asked her to help him. She agreed, drove them both to the river, and drowned them.

Perpetrator: Atsuko Namikata (Daughter), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 4 years; Yoshihide Fujita (Husband), committed suicide.

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Gloria Reilly

No PhotoName: Gloria Reilly.
Died: November 13, 2015.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Geraldton, West Australia, Australia.
Disability: Chronic heart and lung disease.

Even though he knew Gloria’s fragile health made her more vulnerable to such an attack, Gloria’s son pushed her down and choked her. He claims to have let go of her when she said she couldn’t breathe and then left; but when he returned two hours later, she was dead.

Perpetrator: Damian Reilly (Son), pleaded guilty to endangering the life of his mother; sentenced to one year in jail, given credit for time served and released.

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