Timothy Boss

Photo of Timothy Boss.Name: Timothy Boss.
Died: February 23, 2000.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Remsen, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Unspecified “special needs”.

Timothy’s adoptive parents beat him, and when he died from their abuse, buried his body in their basement.

Donald Boss Jr. (Adoptive father), first-degree murder.
Lisa Boss Green (Adoptive mother), voluntary manslaughter/attempted murder/child endangerment/willful injury, 50 years prison.

Source: Timothy Boss

James Cummings Jr.

No PhotoName: James Joseph Cummings Jr.
Died: November 16, 1999.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Autism; Stroke.

James was stabbed to death by his father, who went to the care facility where he was staying and killed him with a kitchen knife to the heart.

Perpetrator: James Cummings Sr. (Father). Sentenced to five years in prison.

Source: Father Admits Killing Autistic Son

Daniel Leubner

Portrait photo of Danny Leubner, a teenage boy.Name: Daniel “Danny” Leubner.
Died: September 4, 1999.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Auburn, New York, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Danny died by smoke inhalation in a house fire deliberately set by his mother.

Perpetrator: Michelle Davis (Mother). Pled guilty to manslaughter; sentenced to six years.

Source: Justice for Danny

Peggy Johnson

Composite image of Peggy Lynn Johnson, a young woman with very curly blond hair, a small nose, pointed chin, and hazel eyes.Name: Peggy Lynn Johnson.
Died: July 21, 1999.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Racine County, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

After the death of her mother, 18-year-old Peggy went to a nearby hospital and asked for help. There, a nurse took her in. But her new caregiver abused her horribly, yelling at her, starving her, and beating her; once she even attacked Peggy with a pitchfork. She was made to live in a crawl space, and banished there whenever she wasn’t doing chores. After years of abuse, Peggy died from sepsis pneumonia due to her many injuries.

Peggy’s body was found dumped on the side of the road, but she could not be identified for many years. She was known as the “Racine County Jane Doe”, and nearby residents bought her a gravestone. It wasn’t until 2019 that someone heard the nurse talking about having killed someone and called the police, who arrested the nurse and identified Peggy as the victim who had long gone unidentified. When she was finally identified and journalists went to photograph her gravestone, they found that a member of the community had been there and left some flowers, a balloon, and a little wooden sign with Peggy’s real name. It had been a full 20 years since her murder.

Perpetrator: Linda La Roche (Caregiver), charged with first-degree murder and hiding a corpse.

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Louise Papeman

Photo of Louise Papeman, an elderly woman in a pink sweater, with short gray hair, smiling at the camera and holding on to someone's hands off-frame.Name: Louise Papeman.
Died: February 21, 1999.
Age at death: 88.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Pearl River, New York, USA.
Disability: Kidney disease, depression.

On her 88th birthday, Louise’s husband shot her with a rifle.

Perpetrator: Walter Papeman (Husband), sentenced to 1 year.

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Lenka Orlikova

No PhotoName: Lenka Orlikova.
Died: August 29, 1998.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Brain damage from meningitis.

Lenka was stabbed to death by her father. He also tried to kill her mother, who survived. Her twin sister was unhurt.

Perpetrator: Oto Orlik (Father), convicted of murder, sentenced to life term.

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Tausha Lanham

A photo of Tausha Lanham, a toddler with fine ginger hair.Name: Tausha Lee Lanham.
Died: April 19, 1998.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Burgettstown, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Prematurity, developmental delays.

Tausha’s mother kept her restrained and starved her to death. She was seven years old, but weighed less than twelve pounds, when she died.

Perpetrator: Michelle Tharp (Mother), first-degree murder, death sentence.

Source: Under a rock, near some water
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Orachanee Anderson

No PhotoName: Orachanee Anderson.
Died: January 15, 1998.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Orachanee’s stepfather and mother beat and starved her to death.

Perpetrator: John Hester, Sr. (Stepfather), found guilty of murder, death sentence, commuted to life in prison; Peggy Anderson (Mother), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Source: Father guilty in death of disabled stepchild
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Thy Chan

Photo of a teenage girl with short dark hair sitting in a wheelchair, looking off-frame and smiling at something at knee level.Name: Thy Chan.
Died: August 19, 1997.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Oxford, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Thy (pronounced “tea”) came from Cambodia and lived in a foster home in the United States. Her foster parents were parents in name only; they took in children for the money, sometimes locked them in dog cages, abused and neglected them. Severely disabled children were cared for by other children rather than by their foster parents. Thy’s foster sister Jessica remembers seeing Thy horribly sick with a temperature of 106–something her foster mother, a nurse, would have recognized as serious–for two days before anyone called for an ambulance. Thy died of viral encephalitis in the hospital a few days later.

Thy’s death was put down to natural causes. However, years later when four former foster children came forward to report that they had been physically and sexually abused by their foster parents, they also testified that Thy had died from the same neglect they had all been subjected to.

Perpetrator: Susan Blouin (Foster mother), charged with indecent assault and battery, nursing license revoked; Raymond Blouin (Foster father), charged with indecent assault and battery; and Philip Paquette (Susan Blouin’s ex-boyfriend), charged with statutory rape.

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Mary Carlson

No PhotoName: Mary Lynn Carlson.
Died: April 21, 1997.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Multiple Sclerosis.

Mary Lynn’s son and daughter-in-law had promised to care for her in exchange for room and board, but instead neglected her and spent her money. When Lynn moved into an assisted-living facility, they took out a life-insurance policy on her and hired two fellow lodgers to kill her. They stabbed her to death.

Perpetrator: Doris Ann Carlson (Daughter-in-law), convicted of murder, sentenced to death; David Carlson, conspiracy to commit murder, life sentence; Scott Smith, second degree murder, 10 years; John McReaken, first degree murder, life sentence.

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