Betty Lyons

Photo of Betty Lyons, an elderly woman with short white hair and freckled skin, wearing a green coat and purple drop earrings.Name: Betty Lyons.
Died: April 21, 2018.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Rochester, England, UK.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Betty was strangled by her husband, who then hanged himself.

Perpetrator: George Lyons (Husband).

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Ruby Wilson

Photo of Ruby Williams, a very elderly woman with pale skin and wispy, curly white hair. She is wearing a peach sweater, and has been photographed in the middle of laughing at something off-camera.Name: Ruby Wilson.
Died: November 29, 2017.
Age at death: 94.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Ruby’s grandson went to the care home where she and her husband lived; he stabbed her in the neck, killing her.

She was a great-great-grandmother who had just celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary with her husband. Her family remembers her “creativity and love for crocheting, dressmaking and bingo” and says she “always had a song to sing for every occasion”. She had lived in a nursing home for seven months and enjoyed visits from family.

Perpetrator: Antony Jennings (Grandson), convicted of murder, sentenced to 22 years to life.

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Jane Sergeant

No PhotoName: Jane Sergeant.
Died: October 4, 2017.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Pwllmeyric, Wales, UK.
Disability: Parkinson’s disease, dementia.

Jane’s husband took her out of the nursing home where she lived and poisoned her with prescription medication; then he killed himself.

Perpetrator: Richard Sergeant (Husband).

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Kayden McGuinness

Photo of a toddler with bright red hair.Name: Kayden McGuinness.
Died: September 17, 2017.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK.
Disability: Autism (Suspected).

Kayden’s mother had left Kayden in the care of her partner while she went to visit her friends. The man abused Kayden, hitting him in the head repeatedly; Kayden died of a massive head injury.

Kayden’s mother remembers him as “just a wee boy who loved playing and loved life.” He was being evaluated for autism when he died.

Perpetrator: Liam Whoriskey (Mother’s fiance), convicted of manslaughter and cruelty to a child, sentenced to 15 years, half in prison and half in the community.

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Valerie Wallach

Photo of Valerie Wallach as a young woman with a pixie cut and striped sweater.Name: Valerie Wallach.
Died: September 12, 2017.
Age at death: 61.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Toxteth, Liverpool, England, UK.
Disability: Breast cancer.

Valerie’s husband left her in her chair in filthy conditions and ignored her worsening health, only calling a doctor when it was too late. She died in the hospital 19 days later from sepsis due to infected pressure sores.

Perpetrator: Richard Wallach (Husband), charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

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Margaret Sims

Photo of Margaret Sims, an elderly woman with pale skin and dark-gray hair pulled back in a hair band. She is wearing a black shirt and a gold pendant necklace.Name: Margaret Rose Sims.
Died: August 20, 2017.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Stanford-le-Hope, England, UK.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Margaret was strangled by her daughter.

Perpetrator: Keeley Barnard (Daughter), convicted of murder, sentenced to 18 years to life.

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Leah Cohen

Photo of Leah Cohen, a middle-aged woman with fair skin and short, straight brown hair. She is wearing a turquoise blouse and small gold hoop earrings.Name: Leah Cohen.
Died: August 11, 2017.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: London, England, UK.
Disability: Unspecified physical and mental disability; walked with a cane.

Leah Cohen and her daughter Hannah were stabbed to death by her son. Apparently, he was upset that he had been left out of his father’s will.

Leah and her family own Beigel Bake, their family business, a London bakery famous for its salt-beef bagels. Hannah and her sister ran a cake shop, which closed when Hannah was killed; Leah’s other two sons now run the bagel shop.

Perpetrator: Joshua Cohen (Son), charged with murder.

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Olivia Kray

Close-up photo of Olivia Kray, a young woman with olive skin and long, dark brown hair. She is smiling.Name: Olivia Kray.
Died: July 21, 2017.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Herne Bay, England, UK.
Disability: Anxiety disorder, mental illness.

Olivia’s father strangled her to death; then he went after Olivia’s mother, who escaped and ran to a neighbor’s to call the police. The killer claimed that he was so stressed by Olivia’s mental illness that he had “snapped” and “couldn’t let her suffer any more”.

Perpetrator: Richard Kray (Father; employed as caregiver to autistic children in a special school), pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility and attempted murder, sentenced to 10 years, to be partially served in a psychiatric unit.

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Avis Addison

Photo of Addison Avis, an elder woman with short, curly white hair and fair skin. She is wearing a pale peach blouse and tinted glasses, and is smiling for the camera.Name: Avis “Mary” Addison.
Died: February 22, 2017.
Age at death: 88.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: St. Merryn, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Avis, called Mary, was beaten and strangled by her husband. As her dementia worsened, he had refused help in caring for her and instead neglected and abused her.

Mary was a churchgoer who attended her village’s coffee mornings.

Perpetrator: Douglas Addison (Husband), charged with murder, ruled insane; hospitalized indefinitely.

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Tina Billingham

Close-up photo of Tina Billingham, a middle-aged woman with strawberry-blond hair and fair skin, smiling at the camera.Name: Tina Billingham.
Died: February 6, 2017.
Age at death: 54.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Rowley Regis, England, UK.
Disability: Depression.

After a long abusive relationship, Tina’s partner stabbed her through the heart with a sword. During the trial he tried to claim she had done it to herself because of her depression.

She was a friendly woman, the mother of two, who liked to have friends and neighbors over for coffee.

Perpetrator: Ronald Cooke (Partner), convicted of murder, sentenced to 24 years to life.

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