Name: Ashamati. Died: July 6, 2019. Age at death: 75. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Balangir, Odisha, India. Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.
Ashamati’s son was arguing with her husband, and when her son picked up a piece of wood and started hitting her husband, Ashamati demanded he stop. In response, her son poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. She died from her injuries.
Perpetrator: Santosh Kharsel (Son), charged with murder.
Name: Esther Wavinya (aka Esther Wavinya Mwathi, aka Esther Kavinya). Died: May 15, 2019. Age at death: 37. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Kalama, Machakos County, Kenya. Disability: Unspecified; used crutches.
Esther, who lived in her own apartment in a compound with her relatives, was raped and murdered by four of her relatives. She may have been murdered because of a dispute between her and her in-laws over some property.
Perpetrator: Eunice Wambua, Danson Wambua, David Wambua and Sam Mwangangi (Family members), charged with murder.
Name: Dhunalutchmee Naidoo. Died: April 8, 2019. Age at death: 69. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Durban, South Africa. Disability: “an unknown disease”; bedbound.
When Dhunalutchmee’s husband failed to suffocate her with a pillow, he slit her throat with a kitchen knife instead. He said he had done it because she was a large woman and he had difficulty picking her up to give her a bath.
Perpetrator: Dickson Naidoo (Husband), pleaded guilty to murder, given a 5-year suspended sentence.
Name: Kashaiah P. Died: March 20, 2019. Age at death: 40. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Disability: Physical disability.
Kashaiah’s wife was having an affair. She and her boyfriend conspired to kill Kashaiah; they got him drunk and strangled him in the middle of the night, then tried to make it look like a suicide.
He worked as a watchman.
Perpetrator: P Nagalaxmi (Wife) and K Saidulu (Wife’s boyfriend), arrested on suspicion of murder.
Name: Kelly Denise Barber. Died: October 26, 2018. Age at death: 57. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Newark, Ohio, USA. Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.
Kelly’s boyfriend murdered her; she died of head injuries.
Kelly was a music-lover who played and composed music for the guitar. She was an outgoing woman who could always be counted on to help anyone who asked her, whether they needed food, a place to stay, or someone to go sing karaoke with them. She also liked to spend time with her grandchildren.
When she met the man who killed her, she was a widow who had lost her first husband eleven years previously.
Perpetrator: Brady R. Workman, arrested on a homicide warrant.