Susana Lopez

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Name: Susana Lopez.
Died: October 24, 2017.
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Paramus, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder.

Susana lived with her son, who had a history of violence. Eventually he slashed her throat with a box cutter.

Perpetrator: Jesus Lopez (Son), charged with murder and desecration of human remains.

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Shakira Hicks

Photo of Shakira Hicks. She has dark-brown skin and bushy dark-brown hair. She is smiling at the camera, showing large front teeth.Name: Shakira Hicks.
Died: June 3, 2017.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

As she sat in her wheelchair, Shakira’s brother doused her with rubbing alcohol and set her on fire. She died of her injuries.

Perpetrator: Nasif Salaam Hibbler (Brother), charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

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Harold Nolan

No PhotoName: Harold Nolan.
Died: October 24, 2016.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Elderly disabled.

Convinced she was going to be jailed for fraud, Harold’s ex-wife stabbed him to death to prevent him from being sent to a nursing home.

Perpetrator: Renee Louise Nolan (Ex-wife), charged with murder, found not guilty by reason of mental impairment because she was suffering depression and “a pathological level of exhaustion”. Sent to secure hospital for 25 years.

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Dominic Elkins

Photo of Dominic Elkins. He is a small boy with fair skin and blond hair. He is holding a toy in a plastic package.Name: Dominic Elkins.
Died: August 31, 2013.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Logan, Iowa, USA.
Disability: “Severe behavioral, developmental, and psychiatric issues”.

Dominic’s foster brother hit him on the head with a brick, then drowned him.

Perpetrator: Cody Metzker-Madsen (Foster brother), charged with murder, ruled not guilty by reason of insanity, currently in state custody. The Iowa Appeal Board settled a lawsuit and paid Dominic’s birth mother $175,000.

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Constance Johnston

No PhotoName: Constance Johnston.
Died: February 19, 2013.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Richland, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

When Constance began showing signs of early dementia, her grandson took it as evidence that she was evil and stabbed her fatally in the back.

She was a pastor’s wife with 10 grandchildren.

Perpetrator: Levi Staver (Grandson), pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder, sentenced to 10 to 20 years.

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Gertrudes Alwardt

Photo of the gravestone of Gertrudes Alwardt. It reads, "Alwardt, Theodore R, Gertrudes G.", and gives birth and death dates for both.Name: Gertrudes Marcaida “Gigi” Alwardt.
Died: July 2, 2012.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: East Poultney, Vermont, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness (elderly disabled).

Gigi was bludgeoned to death by her son, who struck her head against the table and then beat her with a wine bottle. Initially he claimed she had fallen; then he said he had done it because he thought she was possessed. In reducing the charge from murder to manslaughter, the judge noted that the killer was mentally ill and was “stressed” by caring for Gigi, whose health had been failing.

She had worked as a secretary for the Phillippine government, and had traveled the world during her lifetime. She enjoyed reading.

Perpetrator: Roderick Geronimo (Adoptive son), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 8-15 years in prison.

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Ian Carmichael

Photo of Ian Carmichael, a boy with fair skin and short brown hair. He is wearing a red sweater with a sports logo on it, and a necklace of steel-gray beads. He is smiling for the camera.Name: Ian Carmichael.
Died: July 31, 2004.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: London, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Epilepsy, dyslexia, developmental delay.

Convinced that he was ridding his family of an “intolerable burden”, Ian’s father took him to a hotel room, where he poisoned and then strangled him to death.

Ian competed in BMX bike racing. He left behind his older sister Gillian.

The crime was initially presented by the media as a “mercy killing”. Later on, Ian’s father blamed the antidepressants he was taking.

Perpetrator: David Carmichael (Father), charged with first-degree murder, ruled not guilty by reason of mental disorder; hospitalized for four years; absolute discharge in December 2009.

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