Melvin Weller

Photo: A dark-skinned man wearing a white baseball cap and white button-down shirt; his expression is neutral, and there is a tree in the background.Name: Melvin Weller.
Died: February 11, 2022.
Age at death: 62.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Palm Springs, Florida, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; mobility impaired, poor grip strength.

Police were called to Melvin’s home and found him dead on his kitchen floor, having been stabbed more than 140 times. His wife was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The two were in the midst of divorce proceedings, and had been working out how to split up the couple’s real estate. After the divorce, Melvin planned to retire to Jamaica, where he had been born.

Case Status:
Joan Burke (Wife), charged with first-degree murder.

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Jasbir and Kamaljit Kaur

No PhotoName: 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.

Case Status:
Purushottam Singh Gandhok (Husband), arrested and charged with murder.

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Natalie Ryan-Fraser

Photo of a middle-aged woman with fair skin, blue eyes, and pale-blonde hair; she is wearing dark mascara and smiling for the camera.Name: Natalie Ryan-Fraser.
Died: December 30, 2021.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Caledonia, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Natalie’s husband was arrested on suspicion of having fatally shot her.

Natalie was a senior instructor in English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University.

Case Status:
Wayne Fraser (Husband), charged with murder.

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Rocky Linzalone

Photo: An older man with short gray hair and fair skin, wearing thick, dark-rimmed glasses and a tuxedo with a bow tie.Name: Rocky Linzalone.
Died: December 13, 2021.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Middletown, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Rocky’s wife allegedly shot him in the head, killing him. Family told investigators that she had become resentful because she had to care for him after he had several strokes.

Case Status:
Michele Linzalone (Wife), charged with first-degree murder and unlawful weapon possession.

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Yoshihito and Yoshio Ohashi

No PhotoName: Yoshihito Ohashi.
Age at death: 32.
Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.

Name: Yoshio Ohashi.
Age at death: 65.
Disability: Stroke.

Died: November 17, 2021.
Cause of death: Fire.
Location: Asahi, Chiba, Japan.

Yoshihito and Yoshio, father and son, died in a house fire. Police arrested their wife and mother, who they say confessed to setting the fire because she was tired of caring for them.

Case Status:
Toshiko Ohashi (Wife/Mother), arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Summer Tatum

Photo: A young woman with fair skin and brown hair in a pageboy cut; she is wearing a yellow shirt and navy sweater.Name: Summer Knight Tatum.
Died: October 18, 2021.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Prattville, Alabama, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Summer’s husband allegedly shot her twice in the head. Prosecutors say he was angry because she had discovered he was having an affair. Rushed to the hospital in critical condition, Summer–who was five months pregnant–died soon afterwards. Her baby, a boy named Everett, was delivered dangerously premature and lived only a few hours.

Case Status:
Hunter James Tatum (Husband), charged with murder.

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Gabby Petito

Photo of a young woman with fair skin and long blond hair, wearing an orange patterned skirt and top that barely shows her midriff. She is smiling for the camera.Name: Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito.
Died: September 19, 2021 (Body found).
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA.
Disability: Potentially had a mental health condition, such as OCD or anxiety.

Gabby was a travel blogger who was on a trip with her boyfriend when she went missing.

Shortly before her disappearance on August 12th, police received a call from someone who said they saw Gabby’s boyfriend hitting her. When police stopped their van, Gabby’s boyfriend told them that they had been arguing about Gabby’s cleaning the van too thoroughly. Gabby was distressed at the time. Rather than a domestic violence incident, police interpreted the incident as a “mental health break.” According to the police report, both Gabby and her boyfriend said that she had “severe anxiety.” Whether or not she did have anxiety, the police dismissed concerns over domestic abuse because of their perception of her having a disability.

The next day, Gabby and her boyfriend continued their road trip. She was last seen alive August 24th.

Gabby’s body was found in Grand Teton National Park. She had been strangled, and her death was declared a homicide.

Case Status:
Brian Laundrie (Fiance), person of interest, police issued a warrant for using Gabby’s credit cards after she died. Body found during the police search; death ruled suicide.

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78-year-old woman

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: September 15, 2021.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Seoul, South Korea.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

This 78-year-old was killed in a homicide-suicide by her husband, who left a note that said, “I am taking her with me.”

Case Status:
Her husband, deceased.

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Bernice Durbin

No PhotoName: Bernice Durbin.
Died: September 11, 2021.
Age at death: 89.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Rochester, New York, USA.
Disability: Nursing home resident; frail elder.

Bernice had recently moved into a nursing home because of her health. According to police, her partner came to visit and shot her dead, then killed himself.

Case Status:
Albert Greer (Partner), deceased.

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78-year-old woman

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: August 15, 2021.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Houston, Texas, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

This woman was staying at a rehabilitation facility after having a stroke. Her husband went to visit her and shot her dead before killing himself.

Case Status:
Her husband, deceased.

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