Joan Wheeler

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Name: Joan Marcella Wheeler.
Died: January 11, 2021.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Shooting.
Location: Medford, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Unspecified chronic illness; frail elder.

Details:
Joan was shot to death.

Police say her husband told them that he had shot her because he believed that due to her health problems, she would be “better off dead than alive”.

Case status:
James Edward Wheeler (Husband), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
88-year-old Southern Oregon man accused of killing wife
88-year-old Medford man arraigned on murder charge

William and Eric Smithson

No PhotoName:William Harvey Smithson.
Age at death: 54.
Disability: Unspecified special needs.

Name: Eric Russell Smithson.
Age at death: 78.
Disability: Chronic illness/frail elder.

Died: November 24, 2020.
Cause of death: Shooting.
Location: Clermont, Florida, USA.

Details:
Eric and his son William lived with his wife. Authorities concluded that Eric’s wife shot and killed her husband and son, then killed herself.

Case status:
Joyce Lorraine Smithson (wife/mother), died by suicide.

Source:
Florida woman accused of killing husband, son with special needs in double murder-suicide
Deputies: Woman killed her husband, son with special needs before killing herself
Elderly Woman Murdered Her Ill Husband and Special Needs Son Before Dying by Suicide: Deputies
Incident 11-24-2020 Florida Clermont 2-1

Vincent Avellino

Photo of an older man with pale skin and gray hair, wearing glasses and a blue striped polo shirt.Name: Vincent C. Avellino.
Died: November 2, 2020.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Infection.
Location: Ranshaw, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Vincent died because he developed a massive pressure sore that ultimately killed him; reportedly, he had been left in place in his chair for over a month. His wife, with whom he lived, was trained as a home health aide. Home health aides like Vincent’s wife are are trained in bedsore prevention and taught how dangerous it is not to move a patient for extended periods of time.

Vincent was a retired factory worker who loved the outdoors. He liked hunting, fishing, crabbing, mushroom and berry picking, and grew a garden. He was a good baker and wine maker. He liked antiques and going to yard sales, and collected coins. He loved long car rides and milkshakes. He had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Case status:
Debora Avelino (Wife), charged with involuntary manslaughter and neglect.

Source:
Vincent Avellino Obituary (2020)
Woman charged with neglect and involuntary manslaughter for husband’s death
Pa. wife charged with causing death of husband with dementia

Adrian White

Photo of a woman with curly short black hair, tan skin, and light make-up. Her expression is neutral.Name: Adrian White.
Died: October 23, 2020.
Age at death: 43.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Jefferson County, Alabama, USA.
Disability: Leukemia, in remission.

Details:
Adrian was shot by her fiance in a murder-suicide.

She lived with her fiance and her father, who has dementia, and helped care for him. She was the youngest of twelve siblings; her family remembers her as “a caretaker and a jokester”. She was a University of Alabama graduate who worked as a systems analyst. Her father survived the murder-suicide unharmed and was hospitalized for observation.

Perpetrator: Her fiancé.

Source: ‘She was angelic’: Family stunned at woman’s death in Jefferson County murder-suicide
Man and woman dead in apparent murder-suicide in Jeffco subdivision

R. Devarajoo

No PhotoName: R. Devarajoo.
Died: October 10, 2020.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kampung Baru Sungai Chua, Selangor, Malaysia.
Disability: Blind.

Details:
R. Devarajoo was murdered by his wife and his wife’s brother, who hit him on the head with a hammer and then claimed that he had been killed by a burglar. The two wanted to inherit his assets.

He owned a scrap-metal and transportation business.

Perpetrator: Aangela Dewi (Wife) and Vijaya (Wife’s brother), charged with murder.

Source:
Woman charged with murder of blind husband
Siblings charged with murder of sister’s blind husband
Woman, brother charged with murder of blind husband

Unknown Woman

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: September 10, 2020.
Age at death: Elder.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan.
Disability: Stroke, paralysis.

Details:
This woman was in the hospital for a urinary tract infection when her husband smothered her. She died five days afterward.

Perpetrator: Tsai Wan-liang (Husband), charged with murder.

Source:
Elderly man in Taiwan kills bedridden wife, tells nurses she is ‘finally free’ from her pain

Donna Harber

Photo of a middle-aged woman with blond chin-length hair, photographed on a baseball diamond, wearing glasses and a checked shirt.Name: Donna Joann Harber.
Died: September 1, 2020.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bell, California, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Donna’s husband shot her.

Perpetrator: Danny Harber (Husband), charged with murder.

Source:
Ex-Bell City Council member arrested for wife’s killing
Former Bell city councilman arrested in shooting death of his 81-year-old wife
Former Bell City Councilman Danny Harber Arrested In Wife’s Murder

Leslie Hartman

Photo of a young woman with blond hair, wearing a nose ring. She has green eyes and pale skin.Name: Leslie Lynn Hartman.
Died: August 26, 2020.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Denton, Texas, USA.
Disability: Paralysis, wheelchair user.

Details:
Leslie’s boyfriend, a sheriff’s deputy, shot her, then claimed she had shot herself. Instant messages show that they were arguing about him shooting a milk bottle in the backyard. Later messages include a picture of him holding a pistol, and a message police say refers to him shooting her. He also wiped his phone before police could take it into evidence.

Leslie was a nature-lover who cared about the environment. She was an artist that made stained glass and jewelry. She was excited about getting a new puppy. Her last text talked about how gorgeous the rain was.

Perpetrator: Jay Allen Rotter (Boyfriend), charged with murder and tampering with evidence.

Source:
Tx. Cop Claimed His Girlfriend Killed Herself, But Police Say He Killed Her, Bragged About It Online
Tarrant County deputy hid texts prior to arrest in his girlfriend’s murder, police say
Texas sheriff’s deputy accused of murdering girlfriend
Deputy who said girlfriend shot herself charged with her murder
Texas deputy fatally shot girlfriend, then claimed it was suicide, cops say
Texas sheriff’s deputy accused of murdering wheelchair-bound girlfriend, claiming it was suicide

Joe Pooley

Photo of a young man in a crew cut.Name: Joe Pooley.
Died: August 7, 2018.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Ipswitch, England, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Joe’s girlfriend encouraged three of her friends while they beat Joe up, threw him into the river, and held his head under until he drowned.

Perpetrator: Sean Palmer, Sebastian Smith, Becki West-Davidson (Girlfriend), and Lisa-Marie Smith, all charged with murder.

Source:
Murder accused told mother ‘I held his head under water’, court hears
Murder accused ‘bullied and ganged up’ on autistic man found dead in river
Joe Pooley death: Vulnerable man ‘attacked and thrown into river’
Joe Pooley death: Mother ‘frustrated’ by Ipswich murder trial delay
Murder accused ‘bragged about killing’, court hears
Court told pair panicked after alleged attack on Joe Pooley
Murder accused allegedly tried to cover his tracks – court told
Joe Pooley death: Gang ‘attacked vulnerable man and threw him into river’

Sarah Curran

Photo of a young adult woman with short curly blond hair.Name: Sarah Curran.
Died: July 23, 2020.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Choked, drowned, stabbed, and bludgeoned.
Location: Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Asperger syndrome.

Details:
Sarah’s ex-boyfriend allegedly killed her by choking, drowning, stabbing, and bludgeoning. They had recently broken up.

At ten years old, Sarah gave out Pop-Tarts to people waiting at a local bus stop. As a teen, she was a Special Olympics swimmer, bowler, and roller-skater and rode on a float in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. She volunteered at a local food and clothing pantry. She loved animals, so she volunteered at the animal shelter. As an adult, she used to spend her Social Security check on buying people steak dinners at a restaurant.

When she moved out, her family worried that she would be taken advantage of because of her kind and trusting nature. Sarah was living in a homeless encampment when she died. She had strong political opinions, backing the Affordable Care Act on social media.

Case status:
Larry Lee Mullenax III (Ex-boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder, stabbing in commission of a felony, concealment of a body and conspiracy to concealment.
Clara Ann Perdue, charged with concealment of a body, declared mentally unfit for trial; second evaluation ordered by judge.

Source:
Judge orders second evaluation of body concealment suspect’s mental status
Man indicted for first-degree murder in woman’s death
Woman slain in Frederick Couty; ex-boyfriend charged
Missing Winchester woman found dead, suspect charged in her murder
Homicide victim identified as missing Winchester woman
Homicide victim fondly remembered
Homicide suspect planned killing for weeks, court documents indicate