Florence Simpson

No Photo
Name: Florence Majorie Simpson.
Died: October 3, 2000.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Howick, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
Florence’s son strangled her with the cord to her morphine pump.

Perpetrator: Christopher Simpson (Son), charged with murder.

Source:
Doctor charged with strangling mother
Strangled mum full of morphine
The New Zealand Herald
Mercy Killing

Annette Bouwer

Photo of Annette Bouwer, a middle-aged woman with pale skin and short gray hair.Name: Annette Bouwer.
Died: January 5, 2000.
Age at death: 47.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: New Zealand.
Disability: Chronic kidney disease.

Details:
Annette was poisoned with sedatives and insulin by her husband, who had just taken out a life insurance policy on her.

Perpetrator: Colin Bouwer (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to life, paroled after sixteen years.

Source:
Colin Bouwer
Colin Bouwer remains defiant over wife’s murder
Poison murderer Colin Bouwer: ‘I’m a changed man’

Jillian Thomas

Photo of Jillian Thomas. She is a woman with pale skin and brown hair, wearing a white blouse and earrings.Name: Jillian Thomas.
Died: October 4, 1999.
Age at death: 45.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Canterbury, New Zealand.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Having found a new girlfriend, Jillian’s husband killed or incapacitated her before putting her body into the family car and setting it on fire.

Jillian had a Master’s degree in English and a teaching certificate; she worked for years teaching English and French.

Perpetrator: Kevin Harmer (Husband), convicted of murder, out on parole after 14 years in prison.

Source:
A killer in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury man jailed for burning his wife to death out on parole
Injustice Trust – Jillian Faye Thomas
The farmer, the dead wife, the escort and the murder trial
Wife killer Kevin Harmer released from prison

Joy Martin

Photo of Joy Martin, an elderly woman with light skin and straight gray hair. The photo shows only the left half of the face.Name: Joy Martin.
Died: May 28, 1999.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wanganui, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
As she lay dying of cancer, Joy’s daughter injected her with a lethal dose of morphine.

After Joy was dead, her daughter wrote a book about killing her mother and was arrested.

Joy’s portrait on this memorial comes from the cover of her daughter’s book. It includes only half her face because on the book’s cover, her daughter used photo manipulation to combine half her face with half of Joy’s. In keeping with my policy of giving the killer as little publicity as possible, the daughter’s part of that image has been cropped out. –Editor

Perpetrator: Lesley Martin (Daughter), convicted of attempted murder; sentenced to 15 months, released after serving half her sentence.

Source: Lesley Martin jailed for 15 months

Jim Helm

No PhotoName: Jim Helm.
Died: November 8, 1998.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Nelson, New Zealand.
Disability: Down syndrome, Autism.

Details: Jim’s mother killed him and herself because she was afraid of what would happen to him if she died.

Perpetrator: Nancy Helm (Mother).

Source: Jim Helm died at the hands of a loving mother who despaired of his future.

Casey Albury

Black and white photo of Casey Albury, a teenage girl.Name: Casey Janine Huinui Albury.
Died: 1997.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Feilding, New Zealand.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Casey was killed by her mother, who initially took her to a bridge in the hopes that Casey would climb onto it and fall off. When Casey refused, she took her daughter into an alley and strangled her.

Perpetrator: Janine Albury-Thomson (Mother). Convicted of manslaughter; sentenced to four years; served 15 months.

Source: Tragic end to life of beauty and misery
Woman who killed autistic daughter jailed for church fire