Jean Morley

Photo of an older woman with curly light-brown hair and fair skin, wearing a blue print dress, smiling for the camera.Name: Jean Morley.
Died: July 31, 2023.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Suffocation.
Location: Fisher, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Jean’s husband suffocated her because he thought they had “lived too long”.

Case Status:
Donald Morley (Husband), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 9 years in prison and must serve at least half before parole. Expected to die in prison because of his age and health.

Sources:
Brit who suffocated his wife in ‘mercy killing’ is jailed for 9 years
Pensioner, 93, who suffocated dementia-stricken wife in ‘mercy killing’ jailed
Brit, 93, who killed wife, 92, is jailed for nine years in Australia
Brit who suffocated his wife in ‘mercy killing’ is jailed for 9 years
92-year-old Donald Morley will plead guilty to murder of his dementia-suffering wife, Jean
Murder accused withdraws bail application over alleged suffocation of Jean Morley
Elderly man charged with murder after allegedly suffocating wife

Trish Lambourne

Photo of an older woman with short white hair, pale skin, and a round face. She is wearing black plastic-rimmed glasses and a white sweater over a black shirt.Name: Trish Lambourne.
Died: February 13, 2023.
Age at death: 61.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Edwardstown, South Australia, Australia.
Disability: Unspecified disability; “bad back”, “issue with the sun”.

Details:
Trish’s daughter killed her and herself; then she set the house on fire. She said online that she had been her mother’s caregiver for 22 years.

Case Status:
Sally Davis (Daughter), deceased.

Sources:
Mother and daughter identified in Adelaide arson murder-suicide
Daughter ‘stabbed mum’ before setting house on fire ‘in murder-suicide’

Joshua Djuric

No PhotoName: Joshua Djuric.
Died: September 26, 2022.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Yagoona, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Joshua’s body was found in his home. He had not been taken to the doctor despite his declining health, and his mother said she had given him only bread and soft drinks to eat. Joshua had been kept in the house, with the windows covered, and had not been allowed to attend school.

Case Status:
Keti Jovanovska (Mother), charged with manslaughter.

Sources:
Yagoona mother charged with manslaughter after death of her autistic son
Mom who killed her starving autistic teen son by feeding him just bread and soft drinks charged | MEAWW
Mother charged with manslaughter after son starved to death
Autism Memorial: Joshua Djuric

Barbara Willshire

Photo of a white-haired older woman with pink, fair skin and glasses, wearing a burgundy sweater and scarf, hands on the controls of a mobility scooter.Name: Barbara Willshire.
Died: August 24, 2022.
Age at death: 92.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Disability: Disabled elder, declining health.

Details:
Barbara’s husband killed her and himself in a murder-suicide.

She and her husband lived in a retirement community. Friends said that her health had been failing over the past few months, and her husband had been “very distressed”.

Case Status:
Dennis Willshire (Husband), deceased.

Sources:
Couple found dead in Adelaide unit after suspected murder-suicide
Elderly husband and wife found dead in suspected murder-suicide identified

Cameron Forrest

Photo of a young man with pale skin and dark-brown hair, a wispy mustache on his upper lip, smiling. He is wearing a flannel shirt over a black T-shirt.Name: Cameron Paul Forrest.
Died: April 16, 2022.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Traumatic injury.
Location: Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Autism, OCD.

Details:
Cameron’s mother and brother allegedly conspired to kill him–first by medication overdose, then by stabbing him with a knife. Cameron died from his injuries. After being treated for self-inflicted injuries and discharged from the hospital, Cameron’s mother and brother were arrested. Police say Cameron’s brother said Cameron would be better off dead because the family’s financial hardships were insurmountable.

Case Status:
Lee-Ann Rae Forrest (Mother), charged with murder.
Alex William Forrest (Brother), charged with murder.

Sources:
Disturbing details emerge of ‘horrific’ Gladstone death after murder charges laid against mother and son
Mother and brother charged over man’s stabbing murder

Wayne Leworthy

Photo: Smiling, brown-haired, fair-skinned man.Name: Wayne Leworthy.
Died: August 28, 2021.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Stabbing.
Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Disability: “Severely disabled”, wheelchair user.

Details:
Wayne was stabbed by his father before his father killed himself. His mother came home only to find their bodies.

Case Status:
Neville Leworthy (Father), deceased.

Source:
Tragic detail before murder-suicide
‘Every single person has the right to safety’: Disability advocate speaks out following suspected murder-suicide in Adelaide
‘No red flags’: Deaths of two men in Adelaide being treated as murder-suicide
Father, 72, and his disabled son found dead in Adelaide
OAP ‘killed wheelchair-bound son, 46, & himself’ in tragic murder-suicide

Mark Vella

Photo of Mark Vella, a heavyset middle-aged man with dark hair, light skin, and a receding hairline.Name: Mark Anthony Vella.
Died: August 9, 2021.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Murrumbateman, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Blind.

Details:
Mark’s wife shot him as he slept. Prosecutors at her trial said that she had “gotten tired of” caring for him after 23 years of marriage.

Case Status:
Dale Vella (Wife), convicted of murder, sentenced to 18-24 years.

Sources:
Mum blasted her blind husband in the face with shotgun while he slept
Struggle to understand woman’s murder of husband
Woman gave an Oscar-winning performance if she murdered husband, barrister says
Woman who shot blind husband guilty of murder
UPDATED: Wife who shot sleeping husband in head found guilty of murder
Dale Lee Vella committed to trial for alleged murder of Mark Vella in Murrumbateman

Lourdi Ramadan

Photo of a woman with straight brown hair and fair skin, sunglasses propped on her head, squinting into the sun.Name: Lourdi “Lordy” Ramadan.
Died: April 23, 2021.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Fibromyalgia.

Details:
Lordy was found dead inside the home she and her partner, who also served as her caregiver, shared, along with the body of her partner.

Lordy used to buy coffee for, and give money to, her homeless neighbors. She would do anything for her family.

Case Status:
Craig Bouma (Partner), committed suicide.

Source:
Family of woman who died in suspected murder-suicide says there were no signs her partner might kill her
Woman found stuffed into chest named as chilling note emerges
Brother of woman who died in suspected murder-suicide says there were no signs her partner might kill her
Help bring Lordy home, organized by Alex Ramadan
‘Taken too soon’: Woman found in Gold Coast chest identified, as family starts fundraiser
‘Tragic event’: Woman found in furniture chest in suspected Gold Coast murder-suicide identified
Tributes flow after suspected Gold Coast murder suicide
Gold Coast murder-suicide victim mourned by her heartbroken family

16-year-old boy

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: March 16, 2021.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
This 16-year-old boy was sleeping in his home when his cousin, who had come to visit, got high on meth and strangled him to death. Prosecutors at the trial, where he was convicted of murder, say he knew he tended to become psychotic while he was high and took the drug anyway.

Case Status:
Chadley Sheridan (Cousin), convicted of murder, sentenced to 17-25 years.

Source:
Man who strangled schoolboy in his bedroom after injecting ice learns fate
Autism Memorial: 16-year-old boy
Man arrested in a KFC carpark and charged with the alleged murder of his severely autistic cousin
Cousin charged with murder after teen’s body found
‘Fear and terror’: Killer Chadley Sheridan apologises to family of 16-year-old autistic boy
Australian man who strangled sleeping teenager believed he was being chased by the Chinese government
Charges laid after teen found dead in Charlestown apartment complex

Robyn Beever

Photo of an older woman with chin-length dark brown hair and fair skin, wearing a string of pearls.Name: Robyn Beever.
Died: February 25, 2021.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Varsity Lakes, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Robyn was found dead in her garage. Police suspect her husband of having strangled her or killed her with an axe during an attempt at murder-suicide.

She had a small dog named Foxy.

Case Status:
Maxwell Beever (Husband), charged with murder; died before trial.

Source:
Why slain Gold Coast grandma will never see justice
Elderly man in court charged with wife’s murder at Gold Coast home
Man accused of killing his wife allegedly tried to put body in a car
Family say they are supporting 82yo man accused of murdering wife
Woman allegedly murdered by husband may have been dead for a day
Husband charged over suspected murder suicide won’t cooperate, police say