Katherine Lavoie

Lavoie, KatherineName: Katherine Lavoie.
Died: December 30, 2014.
Age at death: 49.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: New Hampshire, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder.

Details:
Katherine had attempted suicide, but survived and was hospitalized in critical condition. Her husband then walked into the hospital, shot her in the head, and killed himself.

Perpetrator: Mark Lavoie (Husband).

Source: New Hampshire ‘double suicide’ wife’s death ruled homicide

Georgianne Woolum

Photo of Georgianne Woolum.Name: Georgianne Woolum.
Died: December 3, 2014.
Age at death: 90.
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide (Shooting).
Location: Keller, Texas, USA.
Disability: Stroke, congestive heart failure, colectomy.

Details:
Georgianne’s husband shot her in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Joe Woolum (Husband).

Source: Murder-Suicide At Keller Living Center

Jean Adams

Portrait photo of a middle-aged woman with short, permed brown hair.Name: Jean Carol Adams, née Hoeldtke.
Died: November 3, 2014.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Waco, Texas, USA.
Disability: Leukemia.

Details:
Jean’s husband fatally shot her.

From Jean’s obituary: “She enjoyed spending time with her friends, crocheting, gardening, refinishing antique furniture and decorating her home… she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.”

Perpetrator: Alvin Ray Adams Jr. (Husband), charged with murder; died before trial.

Source:
Texas husband shot, killed 77-year-old ill wife in possible mercy killing: police
Man charged with murder for “mercy killing” of elderly wife dies
Waco Tribune obituary: Adams, Jean Carol

Betty Rowland

Portrait photo of Betty Rowland.Name: Betty Rowland.
Died: October 31, 2014.
Age at death: 86.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Stroke; used a wheelchair.

Details:
Betty’s husband killed her because he “didn’t want them to be a burden on the family”.

Perpetrator: Donald M. Rowland (Husband); pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to 5 years of probation.

Source: 88-year-old man gets suspended prison sentence, probation for wife’s death

Joann Canfield

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Name: Joann Canfield.
Died: October 26, 2014.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Alameda, California, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Joann’s husband took her home from her nursing home and, after a failed attempt to poison her with sleeping pills, shot her in the head.

Perpetrator: Jerry “J.C.” Canfield (Husband), charged with murder.

Source: He Shot His Wife and Confessed — Why Neighbors Are Coming to His Defense

Kim and Fletcher Hunt

Sepia-tone portrait photo of a woman and three children, a boy and two girls. They are smiling at the camera.

Name: Kim Hunt.
Died: September 9, 2014.
Age at death: 41.
Disability: Traumatic brain injury (from car accident), causing hemiplegia and personality changes.

Name: Fletcher Hunt.
Age at death: 10.
Disability: ADHD.

Died: September 9, 2014.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Lockhart, New South Wales, Australia.

Other victims: Mia (8 years) and Phoebe (6 years).

Details:
Kim’s husband shot her and her three children before committing suicide.

Before her car accident, Kim had been an intensive-care nurse. Now unable to do the physical work of nursing, Kim was planning to return to work as a nursing administrator instead.

Fletcher liked Australian rules football and riding his motorbike.

Perpetrator: Geoff Hunt (Husband, father).

Source: ‘He may have simply just snapped’: Disability worker breaks down as she describes Kim Hunt’s violent rages after a car crash left her with brain injuries before her husband shot his family dead
Hunt family inquest findings

Joan, Francis, and Mary Stack

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Name: Joan Stack.
Age at death: 82.
Disability: Terminal cancer, arthritis.

Name: Mary Stack.
Age at death: 57.
Disability: Autism.

Name: Francis “Frankie” Stack Jr.
Age at death: 48.
Disability: Autism; sciatica.

Died: August 30, 2014.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Details:
Joan Stack and her children, Mary and Francis Jr., were shot by her husband, their father, in a murder-suicide.

Joan Stack was a deeply religious Catholic homemaker known for keeping the house tidy and making dinner every night.

Frankie and Mary lived in group homes. Frankie was non-verbal, but Mary could say a few words.

Mary was a fan of action movies, and liked to look at magazines, especially magazines with photos of babies in them.

Perpetrator: Francis Stack Sr (Father, husband).

Source: Mary Stack and Francis Stack Jr.
Four Bodies in Elmhurst

Albert Franklin

No PhotoName: Albert Franklin.
Died: Sometime after July 28, 2014.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Flint, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Albert was neglected by his girlfriend and her niece. He had a feeding tube because of an obstruction in his throat, but they refused to use it, so Albert starved until he weighed only 52 pounds. He was hospitalized in July 2014, in septic shock from untreated bedsores, and died there.

Perpetrator: Alice Bitters (Girlfriend), ruled not competent to stand trial and institutionalized; Melissa Bardoni (Girlfriend’s niece), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Source:
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Woman pleads guilty to murder in elder abuse case

Shirley Beck

Photo of Shirley Beck. She is a woman with long blonde hair and pale skin; she is wearing a colorful sweater.Name: Shirley Beck.
Died: June 26, 2014.
Age at death: 39.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Unspecified mental disability (received disability payments); abuse survivor.

Details:
Shirley lived in a non-traditional relationship, as a “house slave” to her BDSM mistress and their housemates. Her mistress helped her manage her finances, which she could not do on her own, but Shirley was the one who did the chores.

Typically, such relationships involve a lot of trust on both sides; crucially, the “slave” role is voluntary, and any injury is superficial. However, Shirley’s mistress betrayed her trust. Instead of pretending to hold Shirley captive, she actually imprisoned Shirley; rather than staging a “safe, sane, consensual” BDSM scene, she and her housemates inflicted a severe, hours-long beating with a metal rod. Shirley died of her injuries.

Shirley loved feeding birds.

Perpetrator: Cynthia Dianne Skipper (Partner), negligent homicide and kidnapping, 25 years; Derek M. Vicchitto (Housemate), facilitation of second-degree murder and kidnapping, 25 years; Matthew Lee Reynolds (Housemate), first-degree murder and kidnapping, life in prison; Alphonso Richardson (Housemate), first-degree murder and kidnapping, life plus 25 years.

Source:
Jury to get ‘house slave’ slaying case Thursday
Defense: Slain ‘house slave’ wanted beatings
Four on trial in ‘house slave’ slaying
From wife and mother to ‘slave’ to murder victim
The Last Four Hours of Shirley Beck’s Life – Kate Kinsey (NSFW)
3 sentenced in BDSM slaying