Photo of an Indian woman wearing a white headscarf.Name: Shabhana.
Died: June 23, 2019.
Age at death: Adult.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Narol, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Disability: Unspecified.

Shabhana’s husband bludgeoned her to death. Her family suspects him of killing two of his previous wives as well and reports that he used to suspect her of having an affair.

Shabhana was the oldest of three sisters.

Perpetrator: Abdul Razak Shaikh (Husband), charged with murder.

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Eiichiro Kumazawa

Formal photo of a young, unsmiling Japanese man.Name: Eiichiro Kumazawa.
Died: June 1, 2019.
Age at death: 44.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Tokyo, Japan.
Disability: Developmental disability, hikikomori.

Eiichiro’s father stabbed him to death. He claimed self-defense, but Eiichiro had 36 stab wounds, while his father was barely scratched.

Perpetrator: Hideaki Kumazawa (Father), convicted of murder, sentenced to 6 years.

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Esther Wavinya

No PhotoName: Esther Wavinya (aka Esther Wavinya Mwathi, aka Esther Kavinya).
Died: May 15, 2019.
Age at death: 37.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kalama, Machakos County, Kenya.
Disability: Unspecified; used crutches.

Esther, who lived in her own apartment in a compound with her relatives, was raped and murdered by four of her relatives. She may have been murdered because of a dispute between her and her in-laws over some property.

Perpetrator: Eunice Wambua, Danson Wambua, David Wambua and Sam Mwangangi (Family members), charged with murder.

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Tika Young

Photo of a young woman with bushy brown hair, leaning against a car, wearing a printed camo T-shirt.Name: Tika Young.
Died: March 30, 2019.
Age at death: 37.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Blue Ridge, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Chronic back pain, arthritis.

Tika’s housemate bludgeoned her to death with a side table and then tried to hide her body. He claimed that she had asked him to hit her and he knew she meant that he wanted her to kill her because of her chronic pain, but her family said that Tika didn’t want to die and her pain wasn’t severe so that story didn’t make sense. Her killer impersonated her on Facebook for weeks after the murder, but her family noticed something was wrong and asked for a welfare check.

Perpetrator: Patrick Nagel (Housemate), charged with murder.

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Kashaiah P

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Name: Kashaiah P.
Died: March 20, 2019.
Age at death: 40.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Disability: Physical disability.

Kashaiah’s wife was having an affair. She and her boyfriend conspired to kill Kashaiah; they got him drunk and strangled him in the middle of the night, then tried to make it look like a suicide.

He worked as a watchman.

Perpetrator: P Nagalaxmi (Wife) and K Saidulu (Wife’s boyfriend), arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Theresa Bagwell

Portrait of a middle-aged, short-haired woman in a polka-dot dress.Name: Theresa Bagwell.
Died: February 6, 2019.
Age at death: 58.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lakewood, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Terminal brain cancer.

Theresa’s husband shot her.

She loved fishing, the outdoors, and early-morning walks; she had her X-ray technician certification, but her career was in food service.

Perpetrator: Bruce Bagwell, convicted of first-degree murder.

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Chun Li

No PhotoName: Chun Li.
Died: February 4, 2019.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Yulin, Shaanxi Province, China.
Disability: Polio; intellectual disability, mobility impaired.

Chun Li lived with her father until a woman approached them, saying her 65-year-old father wanted to marry Ms. Li, because of burial customs in Shaanxi Province, where they lived.

Tradition says that a person cannot rest in peace unless they are buried with a spouse. People who die single may be buried with paper dolls; the wealthy can afford to buy the body of an unidentified person in order to bury their relatives with a posthumously-married “spouse.”

The man’s daughter decided against purchasing someone’s bones because that was a crime and decided to approach Chun Li’s father instead.  When Chun Li’s father agreed to marry her to a 65-year-old man, the agreement was that Liantang Zhu would care for her, and after he died, her daughter-in-law and grandson would care for her. When she died a natural death, she would be buried next to him as his spouse, to allow him to rest in peace. They agreed to pay a bride price, and Chun Li was forced to marry him.

Four years later, Liantang Zhu had grown worried that if he died first, she might not be buried with him because she was disabled. So he decided that Chun Li should die first: He set his house on fire, killing Ms. Li.

Perpetrator: Liantang Zhu (Husband), arrested; confessed to murder.

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Heidi Winchester

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Name: Heidi Anne Winchester.
Died: January 30, 2019.
Age at death: 50.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Heidi’s husband killed her with a box cutter.

During her fight with rectal cancer, Heidi formed a group called Annie’s Cancer Club, where she and other people with cancer could support each other.

Perpetrator: Michael Winchester (Husband), charged with murder.

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Tina Stimmell

Name: Tina Marie Stimmell.
Died: January 29, 2019.
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mohave Valley, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Kidney failure.

Tina was the mother of three children. She was also caring for three grandchildren.

Tina’s husband shot her as she slept. He claimed it was a mercy killing.

Perpetrator: James Manker (Husband), convicted of second-degree murder, sentenced to 13 years in prison.

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Keith Theriot

Photo of a middle-aged man with a gray beard, wearing a camo baseball cap.Name: Keith Theriot.
Died: January 26, 2019.
Age at death: 50.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Ascension Parish, Louisiana, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; disabled veteran.

Keith played the guitar.

Keith had kicked his son out of his trailer, so the son went to live with his girlfriend. Two weeks later, he killed his girlfriend, her father, and her younger brother; then he drove to his parents’ house and shot Keith and his wife Elizabeth. Keith survived long enough to tell police that it was his son who had shot him.

Perpetrator: Dakota Theriot (Son), charged with murder.

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