Name: Ruth Jennifer Maclaren. Died: March 25, 2023. Age at death: 35. Cause of death: Traumatic injury. Location: Englewood, Colorado, USA. Disability: Cerebral palsy, epilepsy, porencephaly.
Ruth and her mother Bethany were allegedly killed by her father with an axe; their bodies were found dismembered and stuffed into trash cans. Police say her father confessed to the crime, saying that he had lost his job, was worried the family was going to be homeless, and didn’t regret his actions because they were “in a better place”.
Reginald Mclaren (Father), charged with murder.
Name: Patrice Johnson. Died: November 18, 2022. Age at death: 26. Cause of death: Stabbed. Location: Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Disability: Cerebral palsy.
When Patrice’s aide arrived at her house, they found her dead, along with her aunt and stepmother. Patrice’s nephew was arrested on suspicion of having stabbed all three women to death after an argument.
Police say that Patrice’s stepmother, 65-year-old Hyacinth Brown-Johnson, died trying to protect her. Also killed was Latoya Gordon, 47, Hycainth’s daughter.
Jabari Burrell (Nephew), charged with three counts of first-degree and second-degree murder, grand larceny, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Name: Bernadette A. Steadman. Age at death: 92. Disability: Chronic illness; wheelchair user.
Name: Lisa B. Steadman. Age at death: 60. Disability: Chronic illness.
Name: Matthew Steadman. Age at death: 34. Disability: Autism.
Died: October 15, 2022. Cause of death: Gunshot. Location: Elyria, Ohio, USA.
After a man called 911, saying he had killed his family and was going to kill himself, police responded to his address and found the whole family shot dead. Matthew, the youngest at 34, was autistic; his mother Lisa, 60, and grandmother Bernadette, had chronic illness. They had all been killed by their caregiver, who died by suicide before police arrived.
The family lived in a quiet mobile home park, well-liked by their neighbors, one of whom says she used to call Bernadette “Grandma”. The family had recently added a ramp to their home so that Bernadette and Lisa could maneuver in and out of the home more easily.
James Steadman (Son/Husband/Father), deceased.
Name: Louise Nash. Died: September 8, 2022. Age at death: 12. Cause of death: Stabbed. Location: Great Waldingfield, Suffolk, England, UK. Disability: Autism.
Louise and her mother Jillu lived in Suffolk, where Louise attended a special-needs school. Louise’s parents lived in India, and the mother and daughter sometimes went to visit them. They were well-known to neighbors, who remember them always waving from their car when they drove past.
Someone called the authorities, worried about Louise and Jillu, and police went to check on them. They found Louise and Jillu dead, a gas leak in the home, and Louise’s father, badly injured and immediately taken to the hospital, who they suspect is responsible for the killings. The neighborhood had to be evacuated while the gas leak was repaired, but no one else was hurt.
Peter Nash (Father), convicted of murder; sentenced to 40 years to life.
Name: Jasbir Kaur. Age at death: 81. Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.
Name: Kamaljit Kaur. Age at death: 55. Disability: Down syndrome.
Died: February 7, 2022. Cause of death: Laceration/Blood loss. Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Jasbir and Kamaljit were found dead at their home after their Jasbir’s husband, Kamaljit’s father, reportedly called a family member and told her that he had killed them, that he did not want to “see their pain”. The family member called police, who made the arrest.
Purushottam Singh Gandhok (Husband), arrested and charged with murder.
Name: Ranjeev Kumar. Died: January 6, 2022. Age at death: 48. Cause of death: Stabbed. Location: Volivoli, Rakiraki, Fiji. Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.
Ranjeev’s brother-in-law killed Ranjeev, his sister Ragni Narayan, and her son Ravinesh Deo, before killing himself. Police say he was out on bail after being charged with rape. Ranjeev’s niece, a Year 6 student, managed to hide and survive the attack.
David Narayan (Brother-in-law), deceased.