How to Read Memorial Entries

Entry Structures

Each individual entry is structured like this:

  • Name of victim and any alternate names they have.
  • Date of death, if known; or if not, the date the body was found.
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Location
  • Disabilit(ies)
  • Details of the circumstances of death.
  • Perpetrator of the crime.
  • Source: Links to news sources that the entry information was pulled from.

Additional Notes/Explanations

  • A question mark accompanies approximate dates and ages.
  • Death types in this order of precedence:
    • Contract killing: Perpetrator paid or convinced a third party to do the killing.
    • Murder-suicide: Murder, combined with completed suicide by the perpetrator.
    • Murder: Killing with intent.
    • Abuse: Fatal abuse with intent to harm.
    • Neglect: Fatal neglect.
    • Medical neglect: Lack of, or inappropriate, medical treatment resulting in death.
  • “Unknown” or “Unsolved” cause of death are homicides where the precise mechanism of death is not determined.
  • Multiple murder; multiple murder-suicide: Multiple victims within a short period of time; at least one victim was disabled.
  • No limitation on locations; however, searches were carried out in English. It is likely that non-English-speaking countries are underrepresented.
  • Not all perpetrators were convicted of a crime; some were charged but not convicted, others never charged. Sentences for filicide convictions range from suspended sentence or community service to the death penalty.