Dylan Freeman

Blurry photo of a young boy wearing a sweater and thick glasses. His dirty-blond hair is parted on the side and his expression is neutral.Name: Dylan Freeman.
Died: August 16, 2020.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Acton, west London, England, UK.
Disability: Cohen syndrome, autism.

Dylan’s mother killed him by drugging him and suffocating him.

Dylan’s father says, “Dylan was a beautiful, bright, inquisitive and artistic child who loved to travel, visit art galleries and swim.” He often took his son on vacation overseas.

Perpetrator: Olga Freeman (Mother), charged with murder.

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Cherith Van Der Ploeg

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Name: Cherith Van Der Ploeg.
Died: February 15, 2020.
Age at death: 60.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Costessey, Norwich, England, UK.
Disability: Terminal lung cancer.

Cherith was dying of cancer when her ex-husband smothered her to death. His actions, Cherith’s daughter told the court, had robbed her of precious time with her mother; instead of grieving normally after her mother’s natural death on hospice care, she had to come to terms with her mother’s death while giving evidence to police about her murder.

Cherith was an introverted, family-oriented woman who always waved and greeted her neighbors when she saw them.

Perpetrator: Cornelius Van Der Ploeg (Ex-husband), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to six years to life.

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Desmond Wooding

Photo of an elderly man with a tweed cap and wool jacket.Name: Desmond Wooding.
Died: June 24, 2019.
Age at death: 80.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, UK.
Disability: Mobility impaired.

Desmond’s grand-nephew stabbed him to death with a knife.

He was a sociable man who often stopped to chat with neighbors when he rode his red mobility scooter around town.

Perpetrator: Adam Mason (grand-nephew), convicted of murder, sentenced to 20 years to life; Mark Mason (Adam’s uncle), charged with assisting an offender.

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Steven May

No PhotoName: Steven May.
Died: May 20, 2019.
Age at death: 50.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Deepdale, Preston, England, UK.
Disability: Epilepsy, COPD, alcoholism.

Steven lived with a lodger, whom he told his family was there for company and prepared some meals for him. The lodger abused him, and eventually beat him to death.

Perpetrator: Darren Taylor (Lodger).

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Mavis Long

Photo of a middle-aged woman with brown eyes, red cheeks and short curly brown hair.Name: Mavis Long.
Died: May 10, 2019.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Pennant, Ceredigion, Wales, UK.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Mavis lived with her husband. After an argument, her husband grabbed and strangled her to death.

Perpetrator: Frank Long (Husband), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 3 years, 4 months, to be served in care.

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Paula Meadows

Black and white photo of a woman with chin-length hair and fair skin, wearing a striped scarf; she is smiling for the camera.Name: Paula Meadows.
Died: April 2, 2019.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Bucklebury, Berkshire, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Paula’s husband killed her in a murder-suicide.

She had three children.

Perpetrator: Tony Meadows (Husband).

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Janette Dunbavand

Black and white photo of Janette Dunbavand as a younger woman. She has short curly dark hair and pale skin; she is wearing a white robe and a mayor's chain of office.Name: Janette Dunbavand.
Died: March 22, 2019.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Janette was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

Janette lived in the same house for her whole life. She served as town mayor from 1994-1995 and had two children.

Perpetrator: John Dunbavand (Husband).

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Sheila Small

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Name: Sheila Small.
Died: December 18, 2018.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: West Bowling, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Sheila was bludgeoned to death by her husband, who hit her with a rolling pin, a bottle, and a walking stick before she died from her injuries. At autopsy, she was found to have partly-healed fractures, indicating chronic physical abuse.

Perpetrator: Edward Small (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 14 years to life in prison.

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June Knight

No PhotoName: June Knight.
Died: December 10, 2018.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Westcliff, England, UK.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

June’s son went to the care home where she lived, picked her up, and threw her off her third-story balcony. She died from massive brain injuries.

Perpetrator: Robert Knight (Son), charged with murder, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 2 years, suspended for 2 years.

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Ann Pomphret

Photo of Ann Pomphret, a large woman with curly hair, dressed for the outdoors, grinning at the camera.Name: Ann Marie Pomphret.
Died: November 2, 2018.
Age at death: 49.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Warrington, Cheshire, England, UK.
Disability: Autism, cancer.

Ann loved horses and owned several. One of her favorite TV shows was CSI.

One day when she was out in the horse barn, her husband bludgeoned her to death with a crowbar. He said that he had done it because she had been verbally abusive to him and their daughter.

Perpetrator: David Pomphret (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to life.

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