Harlan Haynes

Photo of Harlan Haynes.Name: Harlan Haynes.
Died: March 12, 2014 (Body found).
Age at death: 96.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: South Kitsap, Washington, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Harlan was neglected by his daughter; he died of starvation.

Perpetrator: Renee Roberta Nash (Daughter); pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree manslaughter; sentenced to 2 years in prison.

Source: South Kitsap woman jailed on murder charge in father’s death

Blanche Cowan

No PhotoName: Blanche Cowan.
Died: March 10, 2014.
Age at death: 100.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Rushsylvania, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Elderly disabled.

Blanche’s daughter was supposed to be caring for her, but instead Blanche was exiled to a filthy trailer behind her daughter’s house, with only her developmentally disabled son to care for her. Blanche died of starvation, dehydration, and untreated bedsores.

Perpetrator: Mary Strawser (Daughter); pled guilty to neglect; sentenced to 18 months, eligible for early release in 30 days. Sonny Scott (son), died of natural causes a few months after his mother died.

Source: Woman pleads guilty in 100-year-old mother’s death

Jean Chamberlain

Photo of Jean Chamberlain.Name: Jean Chamberlain.
Died: February 16, 2014.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Ogden, Utah, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Jean’s husband put a plastic bag over her head and fed helium into it, suffocating her.

Perpetrator: Dennis Chamberlain (Husband); pleaded guilty to attempted murder, sentenced to three years in prison.

Source: Elderly Utah man sentenced to prison in death of ailing wife

Frances Dresser

Black and white photo of a young woman sitting on the hood of a car.Name: Frances Dresser.
Died: January 22, 2014.
Age at death: 86.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Carson City, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Paralysis (from fall).

Frances fell at home and doctors said she would be paralyzed and need to move to a nursing home. Her husband went home, bought a gun, returned to the hospital and shot her in the chest. She died three days later.

Frances Dresser was a great-grandmother who loved music and nature.

Perpetrator: William Lyle Dresser (Husband), charged with murder; charges dropped.

Source: ‘No evil in his act’: DA seeks to drop mercy killing murder charge
Murder charge dismissed against William Dresser

Bertha Anderson and Lisa Nave

Portrait photos of Bertha Anderson and Lisa Nave. They are both light-skinned, light-haired women.Name: Bertha Maxine Anderson.
Age at death: 68.
Disability: “Breast cancer survivor, brain damage, trembling, panic attacks, hot flashes and cataracts”.
Location: Canyon Country, California, USA.

Name: Lisa Florence Nave.
Age at death: 58.
Disability: Heart disease; “Bedridden”; nursing home resident.
Location: North Hills, California, USA.

Died: December 11, 2013.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.

Bertha’s husband shot her because she was sick. Then he drove to his sister Lisa’s nursing home and shot her, too. The police called them “mercy killings”.

Perpetrator: Lance Hoger Anderson (Husband, brother), found guilty of murder, sentenced to 100 years to life.

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Carol French

No PhotoName: Carol French.
Died: November 20, 2013.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wandsworth, Southwest London, England, UK.
Disability: Stroke.

When Carol survived a stroke, her husband tried to convince her to move to Switzerland for euthanasia. But Carol wanted to live; she declined to move and was planning her next summer vacation when her husband strangled her and stabbed himself in a murder-suicide.

Carol was a retired women’s magazine editor.

Perpetrator: Douglas “Harry” Morton (Husband).

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Shirley Neumann

Photo of Shirley Neumann, an elderly woman with short gray hair. She is wearing a white blouse and earrings.Name: Shirley Neumann.
Died: October 31, 2013.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fenton, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Shirley Neumann’s death was initially thought to be an accident. Her daughter, who visited her at her retirement home, was the last person to see her alive; when her daughter left, she told staff that Shirley would not be down for dinner. In the morning, Shirley was found dead beneath her broken fourth-floor balcony, having fallen to her death. Her daughter was the beneficiary of her $500,000 life insurance policy.

Shirley’s death was ruled an accident, but her daughter Pamela Hupp is under investigation for two other murders, also of disabled people: Betsy Faria, her friend, whose death was disguised as a suicide; and Lewis Gumpenberger, her ex-boyfriend, whom Pamela shot, claiming that he had attempted to rob her.

Investigators tested the railing and found that someone of Shirley’s weight should not have been able to break the railing by falling into it. Shirley Neumann’s manner of death has been officially changed from “accidental” to “undetermined”.

Perpetrator: Pamela Hupp (Daughter), under investigation.

In her own words: Pam Hupp on her mother`s fatal fall
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Police reviewing death of Pamela Hupp’s mother
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Medical examiner changes manner of death for Pamela Hupp’s mother
Mom’s Death Not to Be Discussed at Pamela Hupp’s Trial

Amoe Stevens

Photo of Amoe Stevens.Name: Amoe Seline Stevens.
Died: October 18, 2013.
Age at death: 64.
Cause of death: Rape-Murder.
Location: Neasden, London, UK.
Disability: Mobility/speech impairment after stroke.

Amoe was raped and murdered by her son-in-law.

Perpetrator: Mohammed Yassin Yusuf (Son-in-law).

Source: Neasden stroke victim murdered by son-in-law’s violent sex assault

83-year-old woman

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: October 2013.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Stroke, dementia, mental illness, epilepsy.

This 83-year-old woman was left on her bed, starving and neglected, until she finally died of pneumonia. She was severely malnourished and filthy, and had been fed by mouth even though her stroke had made it difficult for her to swallow.

Three of her grandchildren are set to testify against their parents for the abuse that ended in their grandmother’s death.

Perpetrator: Her 50-year-old son and his 44-year-old wife, both charged with reckless conduct endangering life and reckless conduct endangering serious injury.

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Edward O’Brien Jr.

Gravestone of Edward J. O'brien Jr.Name: Edward J. O’Brien Jr.
Died: September 8, 2013.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: West Whiteland, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Heart condition.

Edward’s son kept him from getting medical treatment for his heart condition and neglected him. When he died of heart failure, he was starving and covered in bedsores.

Mr. O’Brien was a World War II veteran.

Perpetrator: Edward J. O’Brien III (Son), found guilty of third-degree murder, involuntary murder, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering another person, sentenced to 5-10 years.

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