Cory Watts

No PhotoName: Cory Watts.
Died: July 10, 1985.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Head injury from motorcycle accident.

Details:
After Cory’s mother lost a $10-million lawsuit against the company that made the helmet Cory had been wearing during his motorcycle accident, she went home, shot Cory to death, and killed herself.

Perpetrator: Cordelia Watts (Mother).

Source: Lawsuit Lost, Mother Kills Son

Emily Gilbert

No PhotoName: Emily Gilbert.
Died: March 4, 1985.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis.

Details:
Emily’s husband killed her by shooting her in the head.

She loved tailored clothes and traveling, and was the mother of one daughter.

Perpetrator: Roswell Gilbert (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 25 years; granted clemency and released after 5 years. Received $50,000 for the rights to his story.

Source:
Shots in 1994 Fort Lauderdale death started mercy killing crusade
Roswell Gilbert, 85, Who Killed His Ill Wife and Went to Prison
Gilbert v. State
The Agony Did Not End for Roswell Gilbert, Who Killed His Wife to Give Her Peace – Vol. 27 No. 2

John Robles

No PhotoName: John Robles.
Died: January 19, 1985.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: El Cajon, California, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
John had spent time in foster care, but was returned to his mother. In the end, he was smothered by his mother, who had gotten away with killing his brother Matthew five years before. John’s death was thought to be natural until his mother went to the police and confessed to both murders.

Perpetrator: Debra Sue Robles (Mother); confessed to murder; sentenced to 30 years to life.

Source: An American Tragedy: Mother Kills 2 Children as System Fails

Paula Riffe

A gravestone reading, Little one. Paula Eloise Riffe. September 4, 1942 to December 17, 1984.Name: Paula Eloise Riffe.
Died: December 17, 1984.
Age at death: 42.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Paula’s father killed her in a murder-suicide because he didn’t know what would happen to her after he died.

Perpetrator: Paul Riffe (Father).

Source: Paula Eloise Riffe, Misplaced Mercy

(Baby) McKay

No PhotoName: Baby McKay (Never named).
Died: June 18, 1983.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Harvey, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Trisomy 13 (Possibly).

Details:
When Baby McKay’s father saw his son’s cleft palate and webbed fingers and had it explained that the baby might have Trisomy 13, he bashed the infant’s head against the delivery room floor, killing him.

Perpetrator: Daniel McKay (Father). Charged with murder. Case dismissed after two hung juries.

Source: Case Dismissed in Slaying of Deformed Baby

Katonya Jackson

Photo of Katonya Jackson, a baby with dark-brown skin and curly black hair. She is crawling on hands and knees and smiling broadly at the camera. She is wearing a white shirt and diaper.Name: Katonya Jackson.
Died: 1983.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Medical neglect and abuse.
Location: Micanopy, Florida, USA.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
Katonya’s mother was in a cult called the House of Prayer, and gave her and her brother to the pastor of the church to care for.

Katonya had seizures, which the pastor took to mean that she had the devil in her; so she starved and beat Katonya and refused to give her her epilepsy medication.

Katonya died, covered in bruises, from untreated epilepsy.

Perpetrator: Lea Vera Jackson (Mother), arrested but released; Anna Young (House of Prayer pastor), never arrested.  Anna Young was later convicted of child abuse and served six months.  In 2017, she was charged with first-degree murder of another child.

Source:
Death, abuse and questions — life in an Alachua County cult
House of Prayer residents say torture, abuse was common
Survivors ask: Why did cult misdeeds go by ‘wayside’?
Mother Anna: The Cult Leader Suspected of Torture and Murder

Michelle and Scott Sandor

No PhotoName: Michelle Sandor.
Age at death: 14.

Name: Scott Sandor.
Age at death: 11.

Died: September 3, 1982.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Marfan syndrome.

Details:
Scott and Michelle Sandor were shot by their mother, who then shot herself. Their mother also had Marfan syndrome.

Perpetrator: Linda V. Sandor.

Source: 3 IN GREENWICH ARE FOUND SLAIN AT THEIR HOME

Stephen Hughes

Photo of Stephen Hughes, a small boy with a large head, wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt.Name: Steven Paul Hughes.
Died: June 1, 1982.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Boise, Idaho, USA.
Disability: Spina bifida.

Details:
Steven was born with spina bifida, but his parents didn’t take him to see a doctor because they didn’t believe in doctors. He didn’t get a wheelchair and had to drag himself around on his forearms instead.

Steven died of untreated pneumonia shortly before his third birthday.

Perpetrator: William Hughes (Father) and his mother, no crime because denying children medical treatment on religious grounds is legal in Idaho.

Source:
These Coffins Represent Kids Who Died Because Their Parents Were Faith-Healers
Idahoans protest faith healing exemptions in Boise
183 Coffins For Idaho Children Killed By Faith Healing Parents
Hundreds March for Repeal of Idaho’s Faith Healing Exemptions
Steven Paul Hughes (1979-1982) – Find A Grave
In Idaho, medical-care exemptions for faith healing come under fire

“Baby Doe”

Baby Doe's gravestone. It reads, Baby Doe. You are loved. 1982.Name: “Baby Doe”, Anonymous Male.
Died: April 15, 1982.
Age at death: 6 days.
Cause of death: Fatal Medical Neglect.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Baby Doe was born with Down syndrome and an esophageal atresia, which untreated would result in death, but could be treated surgically with a 90% success rate. Advised by their doctor that the baby would have an intellectual disability, Baby Doe’s parents decided not to proceed with surgery. The hospital staff tried to have the court appoint a guardian for Baby Doe, to override the parents’ decision; but the court denied them. Baby Doe died six days later of starvation and pneumonia from aspirated stomach acid.

Perpetrator: Parents; Walter Owens (Doctor). No crime.

Source: Baby Doe Law

James Lloyd

Photo of James Allen Lloyd's tombstone, reading "James Allen, son of Thomas Jay Lloyd. April 25, 1977 to November 25, 1981."Name: James Allen Lloyd.
Died: November 23, 1981.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Shadow Creek, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
After hearing that James might not be able to go to kindergarten because he was “slow”, James’s mother put him in the bathtub and shot him dead.

Perpetrator: Caroline Lloyd (Mother), convicted of murder.

Source:
The Loss of Innocents
James Allen Lloyd