Richard Rutherford

Black and white photo of a man in late middle age, gray-haired with a receding hairline. He is wearing a suit. He has light skin, and is smiling. Name: Richard Judson Rutherford.
Died: April 15, 2022.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Mobility impaired, cognitive decline.

Richard died the victim of homicide; his husband was arrested and charged with his murder, which is being called a “mercy killing”.

Richard was a former principal dancer in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet who worked with the Canada Council for the Arts after he retired as a dancer. In his elder years, he tended his garden and watched the birds and chipmunks that came to his feeder.

Case Status:
Philippe Hébert (Husband), charged with second-degree murder.

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Terri-Lynn Thompson

Close-up photo of a heavyset woman with short strawberry-blonde hair, fair skin, glasses, neat makeup, and a slight smile.Name: Terri-Lynn Thompson.
Died: October 14, 2019.
Age at death: 54.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Unspecified disability; unable to work.

Terri-Lynn, whose family remembers her as a “loving grandmother” who “was amazing to everyone around her,” was allegedly murdered by her husband.

Case status:
Dewayne Jerome Vacciana (Husband), charged with second-degree murder.

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Harry Jones

Photo of a white-haired, fair-skinned elderly man wearing a soft gray sweater and smiling for the camera.Name: Harry Vincent “Frank” Jones.
Died: March 15, 2019.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Blunt-force trauma.
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Mobility impaired, heart disease.

Harry, called Frank by his friends, was living in a hotel with another man who helped him by shopping for him. His roommate allegedly cleaned up the hotel room, told the manager “I was never here”, and left. Police arrived to find Harry dead, with multiple broken bones, having been beaten to death. Harry’s roommate was found, arrested, and charged with manslaughter.

Case Status:
Dale Topalinski (Roommate), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 9 years.

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Christiane Belzile

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Name: Christiane Belzile.
Died: October 14, 2018.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Dementia.

Christiane was found dead in her apartment. Police have not released her exact cause of death, but have confirmed it was a homicide and arrested her husband.

Case Status:
Francois Belzile (Husband), charged with first-degree murder.

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Florence Girard

Name: Florence Girard.Photo of an older woman with short gray hair, wearing a blue sweater and smiling for the camera.
Died: October 13, 2018.
Age at death: 54.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Florence grew steadily thinner until she finally starved to death, weighing only 56 pounds.

Florence was silly, boy-crazy, and liked having her picture taken. She competed in the 1993 Special Olympics. She was one of 14 siblings.

Case status:
Astrid Charlotte Dahl (Paid caregiver with Kinsight), charged with criminal negligence and failure to provide the necessaries of life.

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Carolyn Campbell

Photo of Carolyn Campbell, a middle-aged woman with short strawberry-blonde hair, wearing a white turtleneck.Name: Carolyn “JC” Campbell.
Died: July 11, 2018.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Hypoxic brain injury.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: COPD.

Emergency services received a call from Carolyn’s house, but the caller hung up, so police was dispatched to check on her. The police say that when they arrived, they found Carolyn unresponsive and saw her husband quickly switching her oxygen machine on; when they asked why it had been turned off, her husband told them that he had turned it off. Her brain irreversibly damaged from oxygen deprivation, Carolyn died in the hospital.

Case Status:
Josiph Cardle (Common-law husband), charged with murder.

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Douglas Fischer

Photo of Douglas Fischer, an elderly man, somewhat chubby, wearing a baseball cap and T-shirt and leaning back against a metal fence, looking contemplatively into the middle distance through wire-rimmed glasses.Name: Douglas Fischer.
Died: March 29, 2018.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Bluevale, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Mobility impaired (Used wheelchair or walker).

Doug’s daughter was dating a man who planned to move in with them and help care for Doug and his wife. But when the relationship broke up, his daughter’s ex became angry and violent. He entered their house, shot Doug and his wife Marian, and held Doug’s daughter Gail hostage. Gail was able to call 911, but by the time police arrived, Douglas and Marian had died from their wounds.

Douglas and Marian had been married in 2011, creating a blended family that included five children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were both retired.

Case statys:
Kevin Carter (Daughter’s ex-boyfriend), pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping, sentenced to 25 years to life.

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Levi Illingayuk

Photo of Levi Illingayuk, an Inuit man with his head propped on his hand, speaking to someone off-camera.Name: Levi Illingayuk.
Died: February 3, 2018.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada.
Disability: COPD.

Levi’s son smashed in his father’s ribs during a drunken fight. Levi was taken to the hospital but died soon afterward because he could not get enough oxygen.

Levi was Inuit and testified for the Qikiqtani Truth Commission about an incident that happened when he was a child. When he was about 12, some of his family died when their camp fell through the ice into the water. While he and others evacuated from the camp were gone, authorities shot their dogs and bulldozed the camp before the survivors had time to go back and collect their belongings.

Case status:
Christopher Jaypoody (Son), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 4 years in prison minus credit for time served; will serve 698 days in jail.

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Richard Dubuc

No PhotoName: Richard Dubuc.
Died: October 5, 2017.
Age at death: 62.
Cause of death: Head injury.
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Richard’s brother repeatedly slammed him against the wall, causing a fatal head injury.

Case status:
Robert Dubuc (Brother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, received a suspended sentence, three years probation, and 240 hours of community service.

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Ryanna Grywacheski

Photo of Ryanna Grywacheski, a young woman wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a choker, and a dark blouse. Her hair is dark brown and cut short; her skin is fair. She is wearing light makeup.Name: Ryanna Grywacheski.
Died: September 16, 2017.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Marystown, Newfoundland, Canada.
Disability: Injuries from car accident; depression.

Ryanna was killed by her 37-year-old boyfriend, who then committed suicide.

She loved animals and cooking, and wanted a career as a welder.

Case status:
Jeff Kilfoy (Boyfriend), deceased.

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