Donna Spadea

No PhotoName: Donna Spadea.
Died: June 26, 2005.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Along with several other intellectually disabled adults, Donna was imprisoned, starved, drugged, and beaten by Linda Weston, who acted as her Social Security payee so that she could steal Donna’s money. Donna died after two months of captivity while she was imprisoned in a tiny laundry room, and toxicology testing revealed that she had been poisoned with the drugs Linda had regularly mixed into her food.

Perpetrator: Linda Weston (Caretaker), multiple charges, life sentence; Gregory Thomas, Jean McIntosh, Eddie Wright, and Nicklaus Woodard.

Source: “Basement of horrors” indictment brings light to 2008 Norfolk death

Patrick Markcrow

No PhotoName: Patrick Markcrow.
Died: March 29, 2005.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK.
Disability: Down syndrome; autism.

Details:
Patrick’s mother drugged him and then suffocated him with a plastic bag.

Perpetrator: Wendolyn Markcrow (Mother); pled guilty to manslaughter; given a 2-year suspended sentence.

Source: Mother who killed son with Down’s syndrome gets suspended sentence

Karen Dreager

No PhotoName: Karen Elizabeth Dreager.
Died: August 31, 2004.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Karen was neglected by her family. She died of starvation, weighing 50 pounds, down from 200 pounds, covered in severe and untreated bedsores.

Perpetrator: Paul McMahon (Brother-in-law), charged with first-degree murder; Debra McMahon (Adoptive sister), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to 15 years; and Kimberly McMahon (Niece), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
History of euthanasia in Canada
The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities:
Murder charges for family in Oak Ridge starvation case
Family charged in starvation of kin
Woman Starved to Death
Family Charged in Starving Disabled Woman

James Orr

Photo of James Orr. He is an adult man, smiling at the camera.Name: James Orr.
Died: May 14, 2003.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Little Elm, Denton County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user (from childhood injury).

Details:
James’s wife set their house on fire, knowing he would burn to death. She intended to collect his life insurance.

Perpetrator: Rhonda Orr (Wife), sentenced to 88 years in prison.

Source: Rhonda Orr

David Leath

Portrait of David Leath. He is a middle-aged man with curly brown hair and beard and light skin; he is wearing a striped shirt.Name: David Leath.
Died: March 13, 2003.
Age at death: 57.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
David’s wife drugged him, shot him, and then staged the scene to try to make it look like a suicide. She claimed he was despondent over his recent diagnosis of early dementia. However, evidence pointed to murder and she was arrested.

David Leath was a retired barber.

Perpetrator: Raynella Dossett Leath (Wife), charged with first-degree murder. Her first trial ended in a hung jury; her second trial was a conviction but was overturned; her third trial is ongoing. She is also suspected of the murder of Ed Dosset, her first husband.

Source:
Jury selection in accused black widow case underway
Testimony begins for woman accused of killing both of her husbands
Knox medical examiner calls death ‘homicide’ in accused black widow trial

Eric Bland

No PhotoName: Eric Bland.
Died: February 24, 2003.
Age at death: 38.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Rialto, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Eric’s sister and her boyfriend starved him to death.

Perpetrator: Delores Johnson (Sister); sentenced to 15 years to life. Willie Brown (Sister’s boyfriend); sentenced to 18 years.

Source: Rialto woman sentenced in kin’s death

Andy and Michael Scott

Photo of Andy and Michael Scott, two men. There are balloons in the background.Name: Andy Byron Scott.
Age at death: 41.

Name: Michael Randy Scott.
Age at death: 42.

Died: June 8, 2002.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Spalding County, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Huntington’s disease.

Details:
Andy and Michael’s mother went to their nursing home and shot them.

Perpetrator: Carol Carr (Mother), pleaded guilty to assisted suicide, sentenced to 5 years in prison.

(There is no evidence that the two men ever asked their mother to help them commit suicide; she seems to have been the one who decided they should not live any longer. –Ed.)

Source: Carol Carr