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

Reese Baulne

Gravestone of Reese Baulne. It reads: Baulne, Reese (Buddy), 1967-2001, loved and remembered.Name: Reese Darren Baulne (sometimes spelled “Reece”).
Died: December 30, 2001.
Age at death: 34.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Reese’s parents filled their motor home with carbon monoxide, killing themselves and Reese in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Maurice Baulne (Father) and Belva Baulne (Mother).

Source:
History of euthanasia in Canada
Tracy Latimer is dead because her father is a murderer
Couple’s suicide note reveals struggle to care for son
BC COUPLE MURDER DISABLED SON AND COMMIT SUICIDE
Reese Darren Baulne (1967-2001) – Find A Grave

Meridee Reynolds

A gravestone reading, "Meridee Kay Reynolds. Everlasting peace."Name: Meridee “Kay” Reynolds.
Died: September 9, 2000.
Age at death: 40.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Vancouver, Washington, USA.
Disability: Mobility impairment; sleep disorder.

Details:
Meridee’s friend and caregiver shot her, and claimed she had done it “to end the pain”.

Perpetrator: Melanie McDonald (Caregiver), pleaded guilty to murder, 8-30 years.

Source: Caregiver Accused of Murder

Cora Okonski

Photo of Cora Okonski, a young woman with fair skin, blue eyes, and straight brown hair. Her expression is solemn.Name: Cora Okonski.
Died: April 16, 2000 (Last seen); body never found.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Homicide, unknown type.
Location: Tama, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder, ADHD.

Details:
After telling her friend that she was afraid that her fiance was going to kill her, Cora Okonski disappeared, leaving behind her two-year-old son. Seventeen years later, with Cora still missing, her fiance was charged with her murder. Her son was adopted by family.

Cora’s murder trial is proceeding even though her body was never found, but there is good evidence that she is dead. After she disappeared, her family didn’t hear from her, and her disability payments went uncollected. The case broke when Cora’s fiance, in prison for unrelated charges, bragged to another prisoner that he had “choke-slammed” Cora and buried her body.

Perpetrator: Tait Purk (Fiance), convicted of second-degree murder, sentenced to 35-50 years in prison.

Source:
Murder trial for Iowa woman whose body was never found begins Monday
Prosecution witnesses testify in Purk murder trial
Cora Okonski feared for her life, friend testifies at Tait Purk murder trial
Cara Okonski feared for her life, friend testifies in murder trial
UPDATE: Purk case goes to the jury
Iowa mom’s 2000 disappearance now investigated as murder
Tait Purk found guilty of fiancee’s murder
Tait Purk guilty of killing fiancée in rare murder trial with no body

Annette Bouwer

Photo of Annette Bouwer, a middle-aged woman with pale skin and short gray hair.Name: Annette Bouwer.
Died: January 5, 2000.
Age at death: 47.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: New Zealand.
Disability: Chronic kidney disease.

Details:
Annette was poisoned with sedatives and insulin by her husband, who had just taken out a life insurance policy on her.

Perpetrator: Colin Bouwer (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to life, paroled after sixteen years.

Source:
Colin Bouwer
Colin Bouwer remains defiant over wife’s murder
Poison murderer Colin Bouwer: ‘I’m a changed man’

James Cummings Jr.

No PhotoName: James Joseph Cummings Jr.
Died: November 16, 1999.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Autism; Stroke.

Details:
James was stabbed to death by his father, who went to the care facility where he was staying and killed him with a kitchen knife to the heart.

Perpetrator: James Cummings Sr. (Father). Sentenced to five years in prison.

Source: Father Admits Killing Autistic Son

Jillian Thomas

Photo of Jillian Thomas. She is a woman with pale skin and brown hair, wearing a white blouse and earrings.Name: Jillian Thomas.
Died: October 4, 1999.
Age at death: 45.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Canterbury, New Zealand.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Having found a new girlfriend, Jillian’s husband killed or incapacitated her before putting her body into the family car and setting it on fire.

Jillian had a Master’s degree in English and a teaching certificate; she worked for years teaching English and French.

Perpetrator: Kevin Harmer (Husband), convicted of murder, out on parole after 14 years in prison.

Source:
A killer in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury man jailed for burning his wife to death out on parole
Injustice Trust – Jillian Faye Thomas
The farmer, the dead wife, the escort and the murder trial
Wife killer Kevin Harmer released from prison