Robert Wellburn

No PhotoName: Robert Wellburn.
Died: November 8, 2016.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: North Shields, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Robert lived in his home, and his son was supposed to visit and help him. But his son stopped visiting often enough, and eventually simply left him locked into his own unheated home without enough medication or food. When he was found, Robert was starving. He died of pneumonia a few weeks later.

Perpetrator: Robert Wellburn Jr. (Son), pleaded guilty to gross negligence manslaughter, sentenced to four years in prison.

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Henry Wilson

Black and white newspaper photo of Henry Wilson, a middle-aged man with dark hair, light skin, and glasses.Name: Henry Wilson.
Died: September 3, 2016.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Ayr, Scotland, UK.
Disability: Chronic heart disease.

When Henry expressed a desire to die, his wife left out a dose of her medication for him and left the house. When she returned he was not dead, so she took a pillow and smothered him.

Perpetrator: Susanne Wilson (Wife), pleaded guilty to culpable homicide; no sentence, walked free from court.

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Jean Constant

No PhotoName: Jean Constant.
Died: August 22, 2016.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: St. Neots, England, UK.
Disability: Unspecified; care home resident.

After her health began to decline and Jean had to be hospitalized, Jean and her husband moved into a care home. Four months later, Jean’s husband killed her.

Perpetrator: Brendan Constant (Husband), charged with murder.

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Ernestine Tindall

No PhotoName: Ernestine Tindall.
Died: August 13, 2016.
Age at death: 88.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Perlethorpe, England, UK.
Disability: Vascular dementia.

Ernestine’s husband strangled her because he was afraid that they would be moved to separate nursing homes. He claimed she had asked him to kill her, but the judge stated that,”This is not a case of assisted suicide. This is killing as a perceived act of mercy.”

Perpetrator: Jack Tindall (Husband), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, given a 12-month suspended sentence.

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Margaret Mayer

Photo of Margaret Meyer, an elderly woman with curly gray hair and fair skin. She is wearing a sports jersey with the monograph "M" on it.Name: Margaret Mayer.
Died: July 28, 2016.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Heath, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

After refusing offers of help with caring for her, Margaret Meyer’s husband bludgeoned her to death with a bedside lamp.

She was a retired tax office worker who loved sports, including hockey, football, and cricket.

Perpetrator: Angus Mayer (Husband), charged with murder; died seven weeks after arrest from injuries from a suicide attempt.

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Catherine Purcell

No PhotoName: Catherine Purcell.
Died: July 24, 2016.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Kirkby, England, UK.
Disability: Korsakoff syndrome, emphysema.

Although they had four offers of help caring for her, Catherine’s husband and daughter refused them all. Instead, they left Catherine to starve on a filthy mattress. She died of dehydration, pneumonia, and infected bedsores.

Perpetrator: Catherine Purcell Jr. (Daughter), found guilty of neglect, given a suspended 12-month sentence, 180 hours of community service, and a curfew for two months; John Purcell (Husband), found guilty of neglect; given a suspended 18-month sentence, 270 hours of community service, and a curfew for three months.

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Charlotte and Claire Hart

Photo of Charlotte and Claire Hart. Charlotte is a young woman with blonde hair in a ponytail, and Claire is a middle-aged woman with straight blonde hair in bangs. They are leaning against eaach other and smiling.Name: Charlotte Hart.
Age at death: 19.
Disability: Depression.

Name: Claire Hart.
Age at death: 50.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis, ovarian cancer survivor.

Died: July 19, 2016.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Spalding, England, UK.

Claire, her daughter Charlotte, and her two sons were trapped in an abusive household. The two young men tried to protect their mother and sister and finally managed to rent a small house for them.

But soon after they moved out, Claire and her daughter Charlotte were shot dead by her husband, who then killed himself.

Claire kept a vegetable garden in which she grew some of the family’s food. Both women were animal-lovers who especially loved dogs. Charlotte liked to ride horses and volunteered to help the elderly; her favorite video game was Call of Duty.

Perpetrator: Lance Hart (Claire’s husband, Charlotte’s father).

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Rifat Mohammed

No PhotoName: Rifat Mohammed.
Died: July 6, 2016.
Age at death: 3 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Poplar, East London, England, UK.
Disability: Symbrachydactyly.

Rifat died from abuse inflicted by his parents because he had a “deformed hand”. He had shattered ribs and legs and a broken spine, and died from a head injury consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Perpetrator: Mohammed Miah (Father), convicted of murder and causing suffering; Rebeka Nazmin (Mother), convicted of allowing Rifat’s death and causing suffering.

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Jordan Burling

Photo of Jordan Burling, a young teen with fair skin and sandy-brown hair, wearing square-rimmed glasses.Name: Jordan Burling.
Died: June 30, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Leeds, England, UK.
Disability: Developmental and behavioral problems, mobility impaired.

At sixteen years old, Jordan’s family took him out of school, claiming they were home-schooling, and neglected him.

Jordan was left on an air mattress by his family. There, he slowly died of malnutrition and infected bedsores. He died of pneumonia, weighing only 37 kg (82 pounds).

The body of Jordan’s baby brother was found in Jordan’s closet. It could not be determined whether he had been born alive.

Jordan liked WWE wrestling, video games, and football.

Perpetrator: Dawn Cranston (Mother), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to four years; Denise Cranston (Grandmother), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to four years; Abigail Burling (Sister), convicted of causing or allowing a vulnerable adult’s death, sentenced to 18 months.

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Jean Irwin

Flowers left at Jean Irwin's house. They are purple and white flowers, lying on a curb next to a brick wall and wrought-iron gate.Name: Jean Elizabeth Irwin.
Died: June 20, 2016.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Jean’s husband killed her by bludgeoning her with a hammer, then strangling her, before taking his own life.

Perpetrator: John David Irwin (Husband).

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