Ronald Blankenship

No PhotoName: Ronald Blankenship.
Died: August 20, 2018.
Age at death: 64.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Monticello, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; diabetes, mobility impaired.

Details:
Ronald lived with his sister and nephew, who were supposed to care for him. Instead, they left him neglected in filthy surroundings. Ronald died of severe, untreated bronchopneumonia.

When Ronald was found dead, police also found a young woman with Down syndrome, who had been adopted by one of Ronald’s relatives; she was taken into adult protective services. Three dogs and three cats, also neglected, were taken by animal control; one of the dogs was too sick to survive and had to be euthanized.

Perpetrator: Christie Brown (Sister), Mason Brown (Nephew), and Justin Tatman (Power of Attorney).

Source:
Bond set for three in neglect case | Piatt County Journal-Republican
3 arrested in connection with death of Monticello man

Ann DeLucia

Photo of Ann DeLucia, an elderly woman with pale skin and chin-length white hair, wearing a pair of round sunglasses.Name: Ann DeLucia.
Died: August 8, 2018.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Valhalla, New York, USA.
Disability: Stroke, mobility impaired.

Details:
Ann was in the hospital when her husband walked into her room, shot her, and then killed himself.

Perpetrator: Richard DeLucia (Husband).

Source:
Staff, patients: Somber atmosphere blankets Westchester Medical Center after shooting
Man upset by wife’s illness kills her, himself at hospital
What is mercy killing? Does Richard DeLucia’s murder-suicide qualify?

Mary White

Photo of Mary White, an elderly woman with chin-length white hair, fair skin and blue eyes. She is photographed in profile and has a thoughtful expression on her face.Name: Dr. Mary E. White.
Died: August 5, 2018.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Vascular dementia.

Details:
Mary White’s daughter went to the aged care home where she lived and poisoned her with an overdose of medication.

Dr. White was a scientist who studied environment, biodiversity and climate change. She wrote books on environmental sciences and created the Australian Museum’s fossil collection. She also created the Falls Forest Retreat, a rainforest sanctuary in New South Wales.

Perpetrator: Barbara Eckersley (Daughter), charged with murder.

Source:
Dr Mary White – Paleobotanist
Woman, 92, ‘murdered by her daughter’ is an award-winning doctor
Woman, 67, charged with killing her 92-year-old mother in nursing home
Woman charged with murder over death of elderly mother
Former Canberra woman accused of killing her mother granted bail
Famed environmental scientist Mary White allegedly murdered by daughter
Dr Mary White’s daughter granted bail after being charged with her murder
Dr Mary White’s daughter charged with her murder
Nursing home murder: Woman charged with killing her elderly mother

Stephanie Packman

No PhotoName: Stephanie Packman.
Died: August 1, 2018.
Age at death: 64.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kemsley, Kent, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Stephanie had dementia and was living in a care home. When her husband came to get her from the care home, staff became alarmed and called police. But they were too late; Stephanie’s husband had already cut her throat. He attempted suicide himself, but survived.

Stephanie’s husband claims that it had been a suicide pact, but we find this unlikely, since Stephanie was in residential care for Alzheimer’s and unlikely to be able to consent to such a thing. -Ed.

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

Source:
Pensioner charged with murdering his wife over ‘failed suicide pact’
Wife killed in ‘failed suicide pact’ named
Sittingbourne man accused of murdering his wife needed hospital treatment too
Murder suspect remanded in custody after death of woman in Sittingbourne

Helen Smith

No PhotoName: Helen Smith.
Died: July 29, 2018.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
When Helen wet herself, her grandchild became angry and cut her throat. To the police, they claimed that they “wanted to put her out of her misery”.

Perpetrator: Brandon Smith (Grandchild), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Man Accused Of Murdering Grandmother Suffering From Dementia, Said He Did Not Want Her To Live In Pain
Suspect didn’t want grandma to ‘live like this anymore’ — and grabbed a knife, police say
Grandchild ‘slit dementia-stricken woman’s throat after she wet herself’
Man accused of slashing throat of grandmother who had dementia
Man Arrested for Killing Grandmother With Dementia: ‘He Did Not Want His Grandmother to Live Like This Anymore’
Grandchild Allegedly Slit Grandmother’s Throat After the 81-Year-Old, Who Had Dementia, Wet Herself
Man stabs his 81-year-old grandma to death because he was tired of caring for her

Laurel Bentley-Bearham

No PhotoName: Laurel Doreen Bentley-Bearham.
Died: July 25, 2018.
Age at death: 91.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Terra Linda, San Rafael, California, USA.
Disability: Dementia, frail elder.

Details:
Laurel was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: James Leonard Bearham (Husband).

Source: Marin coroner IDs couple in murder-suicide
San Rafael police probe murder-suicide shooting in Terra Linda

Barbara Lewis-Brown

Photo of a middle-aged woman with dark brown skin and short, straight black hair. She is smiling at the camera; her eyes are twinkling. She is wearing big hoop earrings and an orange-and-green print top.Name: Barbara Lewis-Brown.
Died: July 22, 2018.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Disability: Disabled elder.

Details:
Instead of caring for her, Barbara’s grandchildren left her on the couch. There, she slowly died from a combination of malnutrition, dehydration, and stage 4 pressure sores infected by her filthy environment, having been starved down to a skeletal 108 pounds on her 5’8″ frame.

Barbara was retired from the Louisiana Department of Labor, having worked there for more than thirty years. Her co-workers remember her teaching them their jobs when they were new. She was the “life of the party,” good at encouraging others and brightening their day. She had three children, thirteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Perpetrator: Chastity Lewis (Granddaughter) and Carlnessa Butler (Granddaughter), both charged with manslaughter and cruelty to the infirm.

Source:
New details in Baton Rouge woman’s tragic bedsore death shed light on elderly neglect
Barbara Lewis-Brown’s Obituary on The Advocate
Pair faces manslaughter charge in death of elderly woman
In Memory of Barbara Lewis-Brown — Wilson-Wooddale Funeral Home, Baton Rouge, LA

An Ja

No PhotoName: An Jung Ja.
Died: June 21, 2018.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
An’s son stabbed her to death with a kitchen knife–then tried to frame his wife for the murder.

She had escaped from North Korea and ran several businesses in South Korea before moving to Thailand.

Perpetrator: Brian Lee (Son), arrested on suspicion of murder.

Source:
Expat arrested for stabbing mother-in-law to death in Chiang Mai
Kiwi expat arrested for ‘masterminding’ mother’s death, after first blaming wife
NZ Korean man arrested for ‘masterminding’ elderly mother’s death – after first blaming wife

Hayat

No PhotoName: Hayat.
Died: June 19, 2018.
Age at death: 65.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Karachi, Pakistan.
Disability: Physically disabled.

Details:
Hayat Bibi was shot by her husband, who then committed suicide.

She was the mother of four children.

Perpetrator: Haji Mumtaz (Husband).

Source:
Man commits suicide after killing disabled wife
Old man kills wife, himself in Surjani Town

Bertha McGill

Photo of Bertha McGill, a middle-aged African-American woman with her hair cut quite short. She is wearing a leopard-print shirt and dangle earrings.Name: Bertha Marie McGill.
Died: June 15, 2018.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Jasper, Texas, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
Bertha’s grandson set their house on fire, knowing that she could not escape. She died from smoke inhalation days after the fire.

Perpetrator: Cedric Ramon McGill, Jr. (Grandson), charged with arson and murder.

Source:
Jasper man charged with capital murder after grandmother dies following house fire
Grandson charged with arson in fire that severely injured Bertha McGill
Cedric McGill now charged with capital murder in house fire death of grandmother – KJAS.COM: Local News
Jasper woman injured in house fire dies; arson investigation still ongoing