Baba Junior

Photo of a baby dressed in a pink-and-white sweater and hat. The baby has a black bar over his eyes for anonymity. His skin is brown; his expression is calm.Name: Baba Junior.
Died: September 5, 2023.
Age at death: 4 months.
Cause of death: Suffocation.
Location: Berekum, Bono, Ghana.
Disability: Suspected autism.

Suspecting that the little boy had autism, Baba’s father allegedly hired a fetish priest to suffocate the child. Baba’s parents went to the cemetery at night to bury the body. Neighbors who heard about the incident reported it to the police, who are now investigating.

Case Status:
Dj Poli (Father), wanted and at large.
Madam Paulina (Mother), arrested but later released.
Nana (Hired killer), status unspecified.

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Nosipho Mfana

No PhotoName: Nosipho Mfana.
Died: April 30, 2022.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Prosecutors say that Nosipho, who had been adopted at age 13 because her own mother was also intellectually disabled, was sleeping in her home when two men forced open the door and shot her 15 times, killing her. Police became suspicious because the men had used a flashlight to identify and target Nosipho specifically, hurting no one else and stealing nothing; and Nosipho’s father had taken out a large life insurance policy on her. After hearing testimony from one of the alleged hitmen, they believe that Nosipho’s father and his nephew had conspired with two other men to kill her for the insurance payout.

Case Status:
Mboneleli Msila (Adoptive father), charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.
Mbulelo Jack (Adoptive father’s nephew), arrested.
Lungisile Lucas, arrested.
Monde Tshemese, arrested.

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Margarita Sandoval

Photo of a young woman with olive skin and straight dark hair; she is wearing a white-and-pink tie-dye shirt.Name: Margarita “Maggie” Sandoval.
Died: May 13, 2021 (Body found; reported missing in 2018).
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Norman, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Mental illness, special needs.

Three years after she was reported missing, police received a tip that led them to Margarita’s body wrapped up in the basement of a home. When questioned, the homeowner said that a friend of his, Margarita’s brother, had asked to store some things in his basement; the homeowner was unaware that one of the items was Margarita’s body. Margarita had stayed with her brother and his wife around the time she vanished in 2018. She had reported that they were abusing her. Margarita’s brother and his wife had also been receiving Social Security money intended for Margarita.

Case Status:
Octavio Julian Sanchez (Brother), charged with first-degree murder and unlawful removal of a dead body; pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Desiree Sanchez (Sister-in-law), convicted of first-degree murder and unlawful removal of a dead body, sentenced to life in prison.

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Janevive Adienge

No PhotoName: Janevive Adienge.
Died: February 25, 2021.
Age at death: Child.
Cause of death: Poisoning.
Location: Homa Bay, Kenya.
Disability: Unspecified.

Janeveve’s uncle told her mother that he was signing Janeveve up for some help from a charity, but then he instead signed Janeveve and her mother up for a life-insurance policy, with himself as the beneficiary. A year later, one of her uncle’s friends distracted her mother with some forms that he said she needed to fill out to get assistance; while her mother was busy, he gave Janeveve poison. Janeveve’s mother called for help, but it arrived too late for the girl, who died. The killer and an associate were both convicted of murder, but the judge found that, although the uncle had been involved in the plot, there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

Case Status:
Lucas Odhiambo Okello (Uncle), not charged.
Kevin Ogot (Killer), convicted of murder.
Moses Omondi Sumba (Accomplice), convicted of murder.

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Akram Choudhary

No PhotoName: Akram Choudhary.
Died: January 14, 2021.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Stabbing.
Location: Sangli, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Unspecified.

Akram’s mother-in-law allegedly asked her son and his friend to kill Akram because she was angry that her daughter had married a disabled man. Akram was stabbed to death.

Case Status:
Shabana Shaikh (Mother-in-law), arrested in connection with murder.
Aman Shaikh (Brother-in-law), arrested on suspicion of murder.
Ejaz Shaikh (Brother-in-law’s friend), arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Piotr Grabowski

Photo: Young man with pale skin and light-brown hair in a buzz cut.Name: Piotr Grabowski.
Died: Unspecified; killers sentenced in 2014 “after a lengthy trial”.
Age at death: 31.
Cause of death: Blunt trauma.
Location: Osztyn, Poland.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Piotr’s wife lured him into a park, where her two boyfriends were waiting to beat him to death.

Case status:
Joanna Grabowski (Wife); sentenced to 25 years.
Jacek Pawlak (Wife’s boyfriend), sentenced to life.
Lukasz Kaminski (Wife’s boyfriend), sentenced to life.

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Brian Daniels

Photo: A young man with brown hair and blue eyes; he has fair skin, a mustache, and a goatee. The photo is overexposed. Scars are visible on his chin, causing his lower lip to be asymmetrical.Name: Brian Daniels.
Died: April 9-10, 2013.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Scars from third-degree burns over 2/3rds of his skin.

Brian’s boyfriend wanted the $5 million settlement Brian had received after he was burned in an apartment fire, so he hired a hit man to shoot Brian. They forged Brian’s will and power of attorney, and two other men helped provide false alibis. The hit man fatally shot Brian in the head. Despite an attempt to stage a burglary scene, all four were arrested.

Brian loved to study ancient religious rituals. He bought and sold ancient Egyptian art online.

Case status:
James Thompson (Caretaker/Boyfriend), first-degree murder, life without parole.
Casey Lewis (Hit man), first degree murder, life without parole.
Christopher Hurt (Accessory), pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution of a felony, sentenced to 5 years probation.
Glen Anderson (Accessory), pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution, five years probation.

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Sharon Birchwood

Photo of Sharon Birchwood, a woman with fair skin and straight, shoulder-length gray hair; she is wearing a black dress and smiling for the camera.Name: Sharon Birchwood.
Died: December 7, 2007.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Ashtead, England, UK.
Disability: Myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Sharon was tied up and strangled by a hit man hired by her husband. He had planned to claim her life insurance, sell her house, and flee the country.

Case status:
Graham Birchwood (husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 29 years, died in prison.
Paul Cryne (Hitman), convicted of murder, sentenced to 28-and-a-half years, died in prison.

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Mary Carlson

Photo of a woman with fair skin, slightly suntanned, wearing a white tank top and sitting in a wheelchair. Her shoulder-length hair is straight and gray. The photo is somewhat blurry.Name: Mary Lynn Carlson.
Died: April 21, 1997.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Multiple Sclerosis.

Mary Lynn’s son and daughter-in-law had promised to care for her in exchange for room and board, but instead neglected her and spent her money. When Lynn moved into an assisted-living facility, they took out a life-insurance policy on her and hired two fellow lodgers to kill her. They stabbed her to death.

Case status:
Doris Ann Carlson (Daughter-in-law), convicted of murder, sentenced to death; sentence reduced to life without parole.
David Carlson (Son), conspiracy to commit murder, life sentence.
Scott Smith, second degree murder, 10 years.
John McReaken, first degree murder, life sentence.

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Jeanette Williams

No PhotoName: Jeanette Williams.
Died: March 24, 1997.
Age at death: 47.
Cause of death: Stabbing.
Location: Harris County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Paraplegic.

Jeanette lived with a couple she considered friends. They took out a life insurance policy on her and hired a man to kill her. They brought Jeanette to be ambushed by the hired killer, who stabbed Jeanette to death.

Case status:
Bruce Gillmore (Housemate), convicted of murder, sentenced to life.
Michelle Gillmore (Housemate), convicted of murder, sentenced to life.
Richard Williams (Hired killer), convicted of murder, sentenced to death, executed February 25, 2003.

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