Bonnie Hanks

Photo of a middle-aged woman with dyed red hair, wearing a black tank top and a gold cross necklace. Her skin is freckled, and she wears sunglasses.Name: Bonnie Hanks.
Died: August 28, 2018.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Fort Pierce, Florida, USA.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Bonnie was beaten to death by her boyfriend. He explained the bruises on her body by claiming that she fell down a lot because she had multiple sclerosis.

Bonnie cared about her appearance and never left home without first fixing her hair and doing her make-up. She liked having coffee with friends.

Perpetrator: Jeffrey Yankowski (Boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: Bonnie Hanks, beaten to death in St. Lucie County, was a ‘good soul’

Ronald Blankenship

No PhotoName: Ronald Blankenship.
Died: August 20, 2018.
Age at death: 64.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Monticello, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; diabetes, mobility impaired.

Details:
Ronald lived with his sister and nephew, who were supposed to care for him. Instead, they left him neglected in filthy surroundings. Ronald died of severe, untreated bronchopneumonia.

When Ronald was found dead, police also found a young woman with Down syndrome, who had been adopted by one of Ronald’s relatives; she was taken into adult protective services. Three dogs and three cats, also neglected, were taken by animal control; one of the dogs was too sick to survive and had to be euthanized.

Perpetrator: Christie Brown (Sister), Mason Brown (Nephew), and Justin Tatman (Power of Attorney).

Source:
Bond set for three in neglect case | Piatt County Journal-Republican
3 arrested in connection with death of Monticello man

Mason Jordan

Photo of a young boy with light-brown skin and curly black hair sitting in a wheelchair with a headrest. He is smiling for the camera.Name: Mason Jordan.
Died: August 20, 2018.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bend, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus.

Details:
Mason’s mother shot him to death.

Mason liked reading, watercolor painting, music, and playing with toy cars. He was curious about everything. Despite medical problems that put him in the hospital on a regular basis, friends and neighbors remember him as a very happy child.

Perpetrator: Tashina Aleine Jordan (Mother); charged with aggravated murder.

Source:
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Ann DeLucia

Photo of Ann DeLucia, an elderly woman with pale skin and chin-length white hair, wearing a pair of round sunglasses.Name: Ann DeLucia.
Died: August 8, 2018.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Valhalla, New York, USA.
Disability: Stroke, mobility impaired.

Details:
Ann was in the hospital when her husband walked into her room, shot her, and then killed himself.

Perpetrator: Richard DeLucia (Husband).

Source:
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Emma Bingaman

Photo of a baby with pale skin and wispy, light-blonde hair, wearing pajamas with a zipper up the front. She has a puzzled, slightly worried expression on her face.Name: Emma Rose Bingaman.
Died: July 30, 2018.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Mt. Morris, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Developmental delay, seizures; prematurity.

Details:
Emma was abused by her parents for most of her life. She died from a beating aged 2.

Perpetrator: George Bingaman (Father) and Destiny Bingaman (Mother), both charged with felony murder, first-degree child abuse, torture and two counts of child abuse in the presence of another child.

Source:
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Emma Rose Bingaman

Helen Smith

No PhotoName: Helen Smith.
Died: July 29, 2018.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
When Helen wet herself, her grandchild became angry and cut her throat. To the police, they claimed that they “wanted to put her out of her misery”.

Perpetrator: Brandon Smith (Grandchild), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
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Laurel Bentley-Bearham

No PhotoName: Laurel Doreen Bentley-Bearham.
Died: July 25, 2018.
Age at death: 91.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Terra Linda, San Rafael, California, USA.
Disability: Dementia, frail elder.

Details:
Laurel was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: James Leonard Bearham (Husband).

Source: Marin coroner IDs couple in murder-suicide
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Barbara Lewis-Brown

Photo of a middle-aged woman with dark brown skin and short, straight black hair. She is smiling at the camera; her eyes are twinkling. She is wearing big hoop earrings and an orange-and-green print top.Name: Barbara Lewis-Brown.
Died: July 22, 2018.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Disability: Disabled elder.

Details:
Instead of caring for her, Barbara’s grandchildren left her on the couch. There, she slowly died from a combination of malnutrition, dehydration, and stage 4 pressure sores infected by her filthy environment, having been starved down to a skeletal 108 pounds on her 5’8″ frame.

Barbara was retired from the Louisiana Department of Labor, having worked there for more than thirty years. Her co-workers remember her teaching them their jobs when they were new. She was the “life of the party,” good at encouraging others and brightening their day. She had three children, thirteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Perpetrator: Chastity Lewis (Granddaughter) and Carlnessa Butler (Granddaughter), both charged with manslaughter and cruelty to the infirm.

Source:
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Barbara Lewis-Brown’s Obituary on The Advocate
Pair faces manslaughter charge in death of elderly woman
In Memory of Barbara Lewis-Brown — Wilson-Wooddale Funeral Home, Baton Rouge, LA

Dawn Liebig

Photo of Dawn Liebig, a middle-aged woman with tanned skin and brown hair in a messy ponytail. She is wearing sunglasses and a T-shirt printed with a skeleton in a feathered war bonnet and a wolf howling at the moon. She has her hands upturned in an "I don't know" gesture.Name: Dawn Liebig.
Died: July 19, 2018.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Pahrump, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Multiple disabilities, including cancer.

Details:
As she slept in her bed, Dawn was stabbed and bludgeoned to death by her sons. Not knowing it was her sons who were attacking her, Dawn called out to them for help as she died.

They buried her body, but were arrested for murder when someone called the police and asked for a welfare check. Her sons initially claimed she had asked them to help her commit suicide, but they kept changing their story and were charged with murder.

Dawn had twenty cats which she cared for. They were healthy and well-fed in a photo taken while she was alive, but were left alone with her killers before her body was found. When the police came for the welfare check, they found that all the cats had survived, though some of them were malnourished.

Perpetrator: Michael Wilson and Dakota Saldivar (Sons), charged with murder.

Source:
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Jacob Edwards

Photo of Jacob Edwards, a small boy with fair skin and blond hair, smiling for the camera. He is wearing a gray T-shirt that says "Jacob".Name: Jacob Edwards.
Died: July 10, 2018.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Prices Corner, Delaware, USA.
Disability: Williams Syndrome.

Details:
Jacob was shot by his father during a murder-suicide in which his father killed Jacob’s entire family. Also dead are Julie Edwards, Jacob’s mother, his little sister Brinley and his little brother Paxton.

Jacob liked music and dancing.

Perpetrator: Matthew Edwards (Father).

Source:
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