Austin Steele

Portrait photo of Austin Steele, a young man with brown hair and fair skin, wearing a black suit and tie.Name: Austin Steele.
Died: March 1, 2018.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lancaster, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Autism.

After his grandfather died, Austin moved in with a caretaker. At 18, he moved out, though he would often call his caretaker–sometimes in the middle of the night–to ask for a hug.

Austin was an independent young man. He would take weeks-long trips to the beach on his moped. He was enrolled in GED classes, and he wanted to join the military and become an engineer.

Two months after he allowed a man and his wife to move into his mobile home with him, his body was found. Austin may have been killed because he had become involved romantically with one or both of the couple; or the 30-year-old man, who was a registered sex offender, may have been abusing him.

The man had shot him, left him to die overnight, and with the help of his wife, dismembered, burned, and dumped his body.

Perpetrator: Christopher Allen Holford (Housemate), charged with murder; Brandy Nicole Faye Duncan (Housemate), charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

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Adeline Hill

No PhotoName: Adeline Hill.
Died: January 29, 2018.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Adeline and her daughter Renee Cosom, age 42, were shot dead by her daughter’s boyfriend.

Perpetrator: Daughter’s boyfriend, household member.

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Courtney Turney

Photo of Courtney Turney, a young woman with dark-brown hair and tan skin. She is smiling for the camera.Name: Courtney Ann Nemea Turney.
Died: August 5, 2017.
Age at death: 33.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Seaside, California, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs due to complications during birth.

Courtney moved in with a friend, only to have her so-called friend imprison her, force her to perform physical labor, starve her, and abuse her for around a decade before killing her.

Perpetrator: Corrie Denise Arriaga (Housemate), charged with first-degree murder, in addition to torture, human trafficking, false imprisonment of a dependent adult and theft from a dependent adult.

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Kathryn Breen

No PhotoName: Kathryn Breen.
Died: December 23, 2016.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Beaverton, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; elder disabled.

Kathryn Breen died of burn injuries from a fire set in her bedroom by her caretaker.

Perpetrator: Celia Schwab (Live-in caretaker), charged with murder, arson, and assault; Maria Meisner (Neighbor), charged with murder, arson, and assault.

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Ronald Bettig

Photo of Ronald Bettig, an elderly man with pale skin and white hair and beard, wearing glasses and a colorful shirt.Name: Ronald Valentine Bettig.
Died: August 17, 2016 (Body found); died August 12-14, 2016.
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Black Hawk Quarry, Central County, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Depression/adjustment disorder, dementia.

Lonely and depressed after the death of his wife, Ronald took in a woman and her child as housemates. Thinking they would get money in his will, the woman and her boyfriend plotted to kill Ronald. They lured him to a quarry, where they pushed him over a 70-foot cliff. With all four limbs broken, Ronald may have lived for up to two days before dying of dehydration. The killers tried to pass it off as a suicide.

Perpetrator: George G. Ishler Jr. and Danelle Geier, convicted of murder, sentenced to life.

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Kathryn Ashe

Photo of Kathryn Ashe. She is a middle-aged African-American woman with dark brown skin and frizzy, graying black hair. She is wearing a bright orange T-shirt and looks like she was photographed while she was talking.Name: Kathryn Ashe.
Died: June 24, 2016.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida, USA.
Disability: Physical disability.

Kathryn, frail and not able to take care of herself, was abandoned by her roommates, who had been acting as caregivers to some extent. They moved out of the house they all lived in, leaving her behind. The house had no air conditioning and was uninhabitably filthy. Though the former roommates stopped in to “check on” her, they never called for medical help even though Kathryn’s condition was visibly getting worse. They never helped her or even gave her food or water. Eight to ten days after she was abandoned, Kathryn was dead.

Perpetrator: Jennifer Susan Poulos and Debra Germain Poulos; both charged with neglect of an elderly or disabled adult. The charges were dropped because the two women were determined not to have been legally responsible for Kathryn’s care.

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Margaret Sinclair

Photo of Peggy Sinclair. She is an elderly woman with light skin and gray hair; she is wearing glasses, which are slipping down her nose, and a polka-dotted beige headscarf.Name: Margaret “Peggy” Sinclair.
Died: June 18, 2016; body found June 21, 2016.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lake Frederick, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Peggy was beaten to death with a hammer and dismembered by her caregiver.

Perpetrator: Frances Charlene Moss Hopkins (Unlicensed caregiver, unrelated), pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, sentenced to 20 years.

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Billie Jo Quintier

No PhotoName: Billie Jo Quintier.
Died: June 8, 2016.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Rosington, Alabama, USA.
Disability: “Physical disability”; wheelchair user.

Billie Jo was neglected by her “friend”; when she died she weighed 65 pounds and had severe bedsores.

Perpetrator: Angela Butler (Housemate), charged with neglect and abuse of a disabled person.

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James Hill

Photo of James Hill, an adult man with black hair and light skin. He is smiling. He has a short goatee and mustache.Name: James Matthew Hill.
Died: February 18, 2016.
Age at death: 33.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Enterprise, Alabama, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

James was murdered by his roommate, who had also been his caregiver. He was bound, blindfolded, and repeatedly stabbed.

Neighbors remember James as “a blessing” who would do anything for others. They often saw him going to a nearby restaurant, where he ate nearly every day.

Perpetrator: David Cunningham (Caregiver; roommate); charged with murder.

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Samantha Kelly

Photo of Samantha Kelly. She has fair skin and bright red shoulder-length hair, and is wearing sunglasses.Name: Samantha Kelly.
Died: January 22, 2016.
Age at death: 39.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Samantha and her four children lived with three housemates. The housemates eventually banned her from the main house and made her live in a rear bungalow, while they kept her children in the main house. Seeing the danger, Samantha asked a social worker to help her move out, but she never managed to escape.

Her housemates first tried drugging her. When that didn’t work, they beat her to death with a hammer and buried her body; then they claimed she had run off with a man and tried to take custody of her children.

The children, aged six, five, four, and 11 months, are safe and living with Samantha’s brother.

Perpetrator: Peter James Arthur (Housemate), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 18-22 years; Christine Lyons (Housemate), convicted of murder and attempted murder, sentenced to 23-30 years; Ronald Lyons (Housemate), convicted of attempted murder and assisting an offender, sentenced to 9-12 1/2 years.

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