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?

Michael Messenger

No PhotoName: Michael Messenger.
Died: February 8, 1994.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Prematurity with a risk of disability.

Details:
When Michael was born at 25 weeks gestation, he had a roughly 50% chance of survival. However, when their doctor told Michael’s parents that if he survived, he would probably be disabled, Michael’s father asked the doctor to leave and shut off the newborn’s ventilator, killing him.

Perpetrator: Gregory Messenger (Father); tried for manslaughter and admitted to disconnecting Michael’s life support; acquitted.

Source: The Messenger Case: Summary and Analysis

Tracy Latimer

Black and white photo of Tracy Latimer, a teenager leaning against a headrest. She has short dark hair.Name: Tracy Latimer.
Died: October 24, 1993.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wilkie, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Tracy’s father put her in his truck, connected the exhaust to the cab, and poisoned her with carbon monoxide.

Media coverage of Tracy’s death, which tended to support her killer, may have sparked several copycat crimes.

Perpetrator: Robert Latimer (Father). Second degree murder; sentenced to life; paroled after 9 years, 11 months.

Source:
Wikipedia: Robert Latimer
Right or wrong, Latimer’s actions touched off national debate on euthanasia
The Latimer Case: The Reflections of People with Disabilities
Robert Latimer seeking pardon for killing of severely disabled daughter
Community Living urges no pardon for murderer Robert Latimer
Trudeau asked to consider pardon or retrial for Saskatchewan man convicted of killing his daughter who suffered from cerebral palsy
Robert Latimer seeking pardon for killing of severely disabled daughter
Tracy Latimer’s killer does not deserve a pardon
Pardoning Robert Latimer is not justified
Lakritz: Pardoning Latimer would reduce Tracy’s value to the level of a dog
Robert Latimer’s request for clemency is a slam-dunk ‘no.’ Does Ottawa get that?

Josiah Carroll

No PhotoName: Josiah Carroll.
Died: June 14, 1993.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cedarville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Josiah was smothered by his older brother.

Perpetrator: Parents Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, brother James Carroll. The crime was witnessed by Josiah’s brother Isaiah, but his testimony was not considered because he is non-verbal and communicates by pointing.

Source: Boy Saw Slaying, He Tells

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

Mollie Carroll

No PhotoName: Mollie Carroll.
Died: December 9, 1992.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cedarville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Cri-du-chat syndrome.

Details:
Mollie’s cause of death has been ruled inconclusive, but it is likely that she was smothered. Her death went unreported for at least twelve hours.

Mollie’s death is suspicious because the couple who adopted him has had five of their children die, and four of those deaths, including Noah’s, were investigated as possible homicides with both parents and 16-year-old older brother implicated.

Perpetrator: Parents Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, brother James Carroll. No charges.

Source: Hannah, Noah, Mollie, and Josiah Carroll

Noah Carroll

No PhotoName: Noah Carroll.
Died: November 15, 1992.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cedarville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Prenatal cocaine exposure; epilepsy.

Details:
Noah’s cause of death has been ruled inconclusive, but it is likely that he was smothered.

Noah’s death is suspicious because the couple who adopted him has had five of their children die, and four of those deaths, including Noah’s, were investigated as possible homicides with both parents and 16-year-old older brother implicated.

Perpetrator: Parents Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, brother James Carroll. No charges.

Source: Hannah, Noah, Mollie, and Josiah Carroll

Ed Dossett

Black and white photo of Ed Dossett, a middle-aged, heavyset white man wearing a shirt and tie. He is smiling.Name: Ed Dossett.
Died: August 12, 1992.
Age at death: 44.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
Ed was drugged with an overdose of morphine; then he was placed in a cattle pen, where he was trampled. The incident was initially written off as an agricultural accident until his wife, charged with killing her second husband, David Leath, came under suspicion for Ed’s death as well.

Ed Dossett served as the Knox County District Attorney General.

Perpetrator: Raynella Leath (Wife), charged with murder.

Source:
Tennessee Woman Accused in a Trail of Death
Widow indicted in death once ruled a farm accident
Raynella Dossett Leath
Jury selection in accused black widow case underway
Testimony begins for woman accused of killing both of her husbands
Knox medical examiner calls death ‘homicide’ in accused black widow trial

Brandon Sims

No Photo
Name: Brandon Sims.
Died: 1992 (Body never found).
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty.

Details:
Brandon was beaten to death by his mother, who said she “did not want to raise a freak”.

Perpetrator: Michelle Jones (Mother), convicted of murder, sentenced to 50 years; released after 20 years.

Source:
We Need to Forgive the College-Bound Mother Who Killed Her Child
From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
Michelle Jones v. State