Sarah-Jane Gatt

Tilted photo of a young woman with messy brown hair, wearing a denim jacket and smiling at the camera.Name: Sarah-Jane Gatt.
Died: January 3, 2018 (Body found; died April 20-24, 2017).
Age at death: 40.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kensington, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Unspecified; on disability pension; bulimia, drug addiction.

Sarah-Jane’s body was found in her bathtub, where it had been for months after her murder. In the interim, her partner pretended she was still alive in order to collect her disability pension.

Sarah wanted to become a model when she was younger and went to school for it, but the diet pills she took to stay thin were the beginning of her problems with eating disorders and drugs. She became the mother of four children, but was unable to care for them because of her addiction. She wanted to become a counselor to help others.

Perpetrator: Andrew Baker (Partner), charged with murder and social security fraud.

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Bertha Coombes

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Name: Bertha Coombes.
Died: January 19, 2016.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Petaluma, California, USA.
Disability: Mobility impairment; wheelchair user, after “a series of falls”.

Bertha was shot dead by her husband in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Harold Coombes (Husband).

Source: Police determine east Petaluma deaths murder-suicide

Yasuko Uechi

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Name: Yasuko Uechi.
Died: December 18, 2015.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kihocho, Japan.
Disability: Unspecified physical disability.

For some time, Yasuko had been asking her son to buy her a powered wheelchair; eventually she bought one for herself. Yasuko’s son, angry she had bought a wheelchair he said he couldn’t afford, suffocated her to death.

Perpetrator: Norio Uechi; arrested for murder.

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Kazuko Saito

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Name: Kazuko Saito.
Died: December 13, 2015.
Age at death: 43.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Tokyo, Japan.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Kazuko’s sister killed her with a knife, then committed suicide.

Perpetrator: Fumiko Saito (Sister).

Source: Murder-suicide suspected after discovery of sisters’ corpses

Carmina Brown

Black and white photo of Carmina Brown, a young woman with straight, dark hair and pale skin. She is squinting into the sun.Name: Carmina Brown.
Died: December 11, 2015.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Kennewick, Washington, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Carmina was shot by her father in a murder-suicide. He also killed her mother, Elena.

Carmina worked at Goodwill and was on a Special Olympics swim team. She enjoyed cycling and went to camp every summer.

Perpetrator: Doug Brown (Father).

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Antonio Tucci

Photo of a balding man wearing a turquoise shirt. He has a wide grin on his face and his eyes are squeezed nearly shut with amusement.Name: Antonio Tucci.
Died: December 7, 2015.
Age at death: 71.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Castel del Piano, Italy.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Antonio was beaten to death, dying of head trauma after what looked like a robbery gone wrong. However, two days later, Antonio’s nephew was arrested. They had lived together in the past, and now Antonio’s nephew was demanding his pension money. When he would not give him the money, Antonio’s nephew killed him.

Antonio Tucci was a retired baker.

Perpetrator: Claudio Orlando (Nephew), arrested, accused of murder.

Source: Wheelchair-bound pensioner murdered
Anziano trovato morto, fermato un nipote

Payal Sawant

No PhotoName: Payal Sawant.
Died: November 30, 2015.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Paraplegic, intellectually disabled.

Payal and her 8-year-old sister were tortured by their stepmother when their father was away at work. Payal’s stepmother tried to pass off her death as a natural one, but police saw the marks of abuse on her body. Payal may have died when she was strangled, or when she had her head slammed into a wall.

Perpetrator: Pratibha Sawant (Stepmother); charged with murder.

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Adrian Jones

Photo of Adrian Jones, a small African-American boy.Name: Adrian Jones.
Died: September or October 2015; body found November 26, 2015.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Disability: “Special needs”; PTSD and reactive attachment disorder.

Adrian was confined to a bedroom, where he was beaten by his father and starved by his parents. When he died of starvation after having been confined to a shower for the last month of his life, his father fed his body to his pigs.

Perpetrator: Heather Jones (Stepmother), pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse, sentenced to 25 years to life; Michael Jones (Father), pleaded guilty to child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated assault, sentenced to 25 years to life.

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Helious Griffith

Photo of a toddler with short, light hair against a black background.Name: Helious Griffith.
Died: November 7, 2015.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Mesa, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Dystonic cerebral palsy.

Helious was born on Christmas Eve and named for the Greek god of the sun.

Child protective services had opened a case on Helious. Brought to the hospital, he was thin and having trouble breathing. They were investigating his mother for neglect because Helios had in the past been seen underweight and dirty.

DCS held a meeting and decided that they would file a petition for in-home dependency so that Helious could be monitored closely. Afraid that she would lose custody for good, his mother strangled him with a length of tubing and then shot herself.

Perpetrator: Lola “Tammy” T. Griffith (Mother).

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