Samantha Kelly

Photo of Samantha Kelly. She has fair skin and bright red shoulder-length hair, and is wearing sunglasses.Name: Samantha Kelly.
Died: January 22, 2016.
Age at death: 39.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Samantha and her four children lived with three housemates. The housemates eventually banned her from the main house and made her live in a rear bungalow, while they kept her children in the main house. Seeing the danger, Samantha asked a social worker to help her move out, but she never managed to escape.

Her housemates first tried drugging her. When that didn’t work, they beat her to death with a hammer and buried her body; then they claimed she had run off with a man and tried to take custody of her children.

The children, aged six, five, four, and 11 months, are safe and living with Samantha’s brother.

Perpetrator: Peter James Arthur (Housemate), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 18-22 years; Christine Lyons (Housemate), convicted of murder and attempted murder, sentenced to 23-30 years; Ronald Lyons (Housemate), convicted of attempted murder and assisting an offender, sentenced to 9-12 1/2 years.

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Zvonimir Petrovski

Photo of Zvonimir Petrovski, a middle-aged man with dark brown hair and light skin, wearing a suit with a pink bow tie.Name: Zvonimir Petrovski.
Died: November 21, 2015.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Mobility impaired; used crutches.

Zvonimir lived with a younger housemate who claimed he was her “father figure”. One day when his housemate demanded money for cigarettes and Zvonimir refused, she became angry and stabbed him to death.

Perpetrator: Anna Horneshaw (Housemate), sentenced to 13-17 years in prison.

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Gloria Reilly

No PhotoName: Gloria Reilly.
Died: November 13, 2015.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Geraldton, West Australia, Australia.
Disability: Chronic heart and lung disease.

Even though he knew Gloria’s fragile health made her more vulnerable to such an attack, Gloria’s son pushed her down and choked her. He claims to have let go of her when she said she couldn’t breathe and then left; but when he returned two hours later, she was dead.

Perpetrator: Damian Reilly (Son), pleaded guilty to endangering the life of his mother; sentenced to one year in jail, given credit for time served and released.

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Maureen Boyce

Photo of Maureen Boyce, a middle-aged woman with fair skin and straight blonde chin-length hair. She is wearing a fancy sequined dress and silver necklace.Name: Maureen Boyce.
Died: October 22, 2015.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Bipolar disorder, depression.

Maureen was a socialite and former model who struggled with depression.

She was stabbed to death by her on-again, off-again boyfriend, who claimed it was suicide even though she had been stabbed so hard that the knife pinned her body to the bed where she was found.

Perpetrator: Thomas Chris Lang (Former partner), convicted of murder, sentenced to 20 years to life.

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Simone Mottram

Photo of Simone Mottram, a woman with fair skin and dark-brown hair in a ponytail, wearing a hot-pink shirt.Name: Simone Mottram.
Died: October 19, 2015.
Age at death: 51.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Inverell, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Mental illness.

Simone’s son bludgeoned her with a bottle and stabbed her with a kitchen knife.

Perpetrator: Bradley Craig Mottram (Son), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 13-and-a-half to 18 years.

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Jody Meyers

Photo of Jody Meyers. She has fair skin and blond hair with darker roots. She is holding a cell phone in a leopard-print cover, and wearing a silver ring and a peach sweater.Name: Jody Meyers.
Died: August 26-28, 2015.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mannum, South Australia, Australia.
Disability: Partially deaf.

Jody’s boyfriend strangled her; then he buried her under a concrete slab in the yard, reported her missing, and pretended to help search for her.

Perpetrator: Neil Archer (Partner), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 22 years to life.

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Lala Mardigan

Photo of Lala Mardigan. She is a young woman with dark brown skin, wearing a yellow shirt; she has headphones in her ears.Name: Lala Mardigan.
Died: Late July 2015.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Wadeye, Northern Territory, Australia.
Disability: Lupus, intellectual disability.

Lala lived in a remote part of Australia. She had spent some time in foster care, but returned to her mother at age 18 even though her mother had told the health service she could not care for her. Despite a case worker’s warning that Lala was not being cared for, the health department did not assign her a guardian. At 20, Lala died from malnutrition and infection, a victim of neglect.

Perpetrator: Lala’s family and the health department.

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Aidan Fenton

Photo of Aidan.Name: Aidan Fenton.
Died: April 27, 2015.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Malpractice.
Location: Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Aidan died after a “slapping therapy” workshop, a treatment that included several days of fasting and repeated, hard slaps meant to cause bruising and “release toxins”. He may also have been taken off insulin by his parents.

Perpetrator: Tasly Healthpac Centre; Aidan’s parents Lily and Geoff Fenton.

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5-year-old boy

Photo of a small boy, with a censor blur obscuring the face. The child has blond hair and fair skin and is wearing a blue hoodie.Name Unknown.
Died: March 26, 2015.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Epilepsy, Hepatitis C.

This young boy had been abused by his foster family before he died of an overdose of several drugs, including diazepam, morphine, and other opiates.

He had been taken from his birth mother because she used drugs.

Perpetrator: His foster family.

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Liam Milne

Photo of Liam Milne and his mother Susana. Liam is a light-brown-skinned boy with curly black hair, wearing a baseball cap and pink shirt. His mother is a woman with brown hair and pale skin, wearing sunglasses and a straw hat. She has her arms around Liam.Name: Liam Milne.
Age at death: 11.
Disability: Fragile X, autism spectrum disorder.

Name: Susana Estevez Castillo.
Age at death: 39.
Disability: None. Susana was a Fragile X carrier and was 6 months pregnant with a boy.

Died: February 1, 2015.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Sydney, Australia.

Liam and his brother Ben both had Fragile X, and their mother Susana was six months pregnant with another boy. Their father, who feared that the boys would not be able to cope with their disabilities, bundled his whole family into the car and crashed it into a tree at 90 miles an hour.

Only seven-year-old Ben survived the crash, though he was severely injured. Ben is now living with his aunt, who says he is doing well.

Perpetrator: Darren John Milne (Father).

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