Joy Martin

Photo of Joy Martin, an elderly woman with light skin and straight gray hair. The photo shows only the left half of the face.Name: Joy Martin.
Died: May 28, 1999.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wanganui, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
As she lay dying of cancer, Joy’s daughter injected her with a lethal dose of morphine.

After Joy was dead, her daughter wrote a book about killing her mother and was arrested.

Joy’s portrait on this memorial comes from the cover of her daughter’s book. It includes only half her face because on the book’s cover, her daughter used photo manipulation to combine half her face with half of Joy’s. In keeping with my policy of giving the killer as little publicity as possible, the daughter’s part of that image has been cropped out. –Editor

Perpetrator: Lesley Martin (Daughter), convicted of attempted murder; sentenced to 15 months, released after serving half her sentence.

Source: Lesley Martin jailed for 15 months

Louise Papeman

Photo of Louise Papeman, an elderly woman in a pink sweater, with short gray hair, smiling at the camera and holding on to someone's hands off-frame.Name: Louise Papeman.
Died: February 21, 1999.
Age at death: 88.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Pearl River, New York, USA.
Disability: Kidney disease, depression.

Details:
On her 88th birthday, Louise’s husband shot her with a rifle.

Perpetrator: Walter Papeman (Husband), sentenced to 1 year.

Source:
Mercy killings: After Westchester Medical Center deaths, a look at similar deaths
MAN, 86, KILLS SICK WIFE, 88: COPS
METRO NEWS BRIEFS: NEW YORK; Retired Plumber Held In Killing of His Wife
Police: Man Kills Ailing Wife On Her 88th Birthday
What is mercy killing? Does Richard DeLucia’s murder-suicide qualify?

Regina Savage

No PhotoName: Regina Savage.
Died: 1995.
Age at death: Elder.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Valley Cottage, New York, USA.
Disability: Arthritis, curved spine, cancer.

Details:
Regina was sitting in her wheelchair when her husband came up behind her and shot her in the back with a shotgun, killing her.

Perpetrator: Richard Savage (Husband), pleaded guilty, sentenced to 14 days in jail plus 28 days time served.

Source:
Mercy killings: After Westchester Medical Center deaths, a look at similar deaths
What is mercy killing? Does Richard DeLucia’s murder-suicide qualify?

Cecil Brush

No PhotoName: Cecil Brush.
Died: August 18, 1994.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, blindness.

Details:
Cecil was stabbed to death by his wife, who called it a mercy killing and said Cecil wanted to die. There was no proof that Cecil was suicidal or that he wanted to die.

Perpetrator: Jean Brush (Wife), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, given a suspended sentence and 18 months of probation.

Source:
History of euthanasia in Canada
Woman Sentenced in Mercy Killing
Of Life and Death – Appendices D-L
Regina v. Brush: March 2, 1995

Layton Myers

No PhotoName: Layton Myers.
Died: May 15, 1993.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
Layton Myers was killed by his daughter and her husband, who put a pillow over his face and smothered him.

Perpetrator: Michael Power (Daughter’s common-law husband) and Cheryl Myers (Daughter), both pled guilty to manslaughter and were given suspended sentences, three years’ probation, and 150 hours of community service.

Source:
No jail for N.S. “mercy-killers”
Of Life and Death – Appendices D-L
Robert Latimer: Justice gone awry

Dorothy and Janet Cunningham

No PhotoName: Janet Cunningham.
Disability: Head injury from car accident.
Age at death: 43.

Name: Dorothy Cunningham.
Disability: Osteoporosis.
Age at death: 62.

Died: September 8, 1992.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Farmingham, Utah, USA.

Details:
Dorothy and Janet were hacked to death with a hatchet.

Perpetrator: Ronald Cunningham (Janet’s father and Dorothy’s husband). Incompetent to stand trial; charges dropped.

Source: Davis to drop murder counts against man in mental facility

Louisa Maier

No PhotoName: Louisa Maier.
Died: November 12, 1991.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Dunkirk, New York, USA.
Disability: Elder assisted-living home resident.

Details:
Louisa’s son went to her assisted living facility on the pretense that they were going out for a day’s visit. He put her in his car and strangled her to death; then he went home and hung himself.

Perpetrator: Joseph A. Maier (Son).

Source:
Triple deaths stun campus in Fredonia Professor kills mother, self; another dies of heart attack
Deaths being probed as murder-suicide; Fredonia professor, mother die

John Muir

No PhotoName: John Muir.
Died: November 6, 1985.
Age at death: 65.
Cause of death: Contract killing.
Location: Aptos, California, USA.
Disability: Partial paralysis from polio.

Details:
John was stabbed to death. His wife, who had married him only three months before, most likely paid two men to kill him. She had been the caregiver for his deceased first wife, and the two had recently separated.

John was a retired IBM executive.

Perpetrator: Richard Vance Richardson (hired killer), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to15 years to life. Clinton Lee Burns, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Charlene Richardson (Stepdaughter), charged with accessory to murder, sentenced to 6 months in jail. Barbara Muir (Wife), charged with accessory to murder, sentenced to 6 months in jail.

Source: Man who killed IBM executive in Aptos in 1985 denied parole

Emily Gilbert

No PhotoName: Emily Gilbert.
Died: March 4, 1985.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis.

Details:
Emily’s husband killed her by shooting her in the head.

She loved tailored clothes and traveling, and was the mother of one daughter.

Perpetrator: Roswell Gilbert (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 25 years; granted clemency and released after 5 years. Received $50,000 for the rights to his story.

Source:
Shots in 1994 Fort Lauderdale death started mercy killing crusade
Roswell Gilbert, 85, Who Killed His Ill Wife and Went to Prison
Gilbert v. State
The Agony Did Not End for Roswell Gilbert, Who Killed His Wife to Give Her Peace – Vol. 27 No. 2