George Rusnack

No PhotoName: George Rusnack.
Died: January 9, 2019.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Collier County, Florida, USA.
Disability: Dementia, mobility impaired.

Details:
George lived with two family friends who served as his caregivers; but they neglected him, leaving him dirty, letting pressure sores develop, and denying him his medication while they took money out of his bank account. A home-care agency reported that George was poorly cared for, but when George was finally taken to the hospital, he was too sick to recover and died.

Perpetrator: Ronald Everwine and Jennifer Everwine (Family friends), charged with aggravated manslaughter with culpable negligence of an elderly or disabled person and exploitation of the elderly for less than $10,000.

Source:
Collier County caretaker couple arrested for negligent death of bedridden man
CCSO: Caretaker couple charged in January death of bedridden Golden Gate Estates man
Caretaker couple arrested for negligent death of bedridden Golden Gate Estates man
Couple charged with neglect in elderly man’s death

John Likeness

Photo of John Likeness, a heavyset man with muttonchops, wearing glasses and a camo baseball cap.Name: John Matthew Likeness.
Died: December 30, 2018.
Age at death: 54.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Mobility impaired; disabled veteran.

Details:
John’s roommate killed him by shooting him with a crossbow and cutting him with a knife. His roommate claimed that he felt sorry for him and wanted to “put him out of his misery”.

John was an Army veteran who had served in the military for 10 years. He enjoyed traveling by train, accompanied by his dog Sienna.

Perpetrator: Richard Seehaver (Roommate), charged with murder.

Source:
Charge: Western Wisconsin roommate kills disabled Army vet with arrow to the chest
Charges: Wisconsin man kills roommate with crossbow, butcher knife
1 dead, 1 arrested after man dies in Menomonie

Cyra Harrison

Photo of Cyra Harrison, a teenage girl with brown hair tied up in a ribbon, smiling at the camera and wearing two blue first-place ribbons pinned to her hoodie.Name: Cyra Shantell Marie Harrison.
Died: November 23, 2018.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Elizabeth, Louisiana, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Cyra died from neglect after being forced to live in terrible conditions by her mother and two housemates.

The first-place ribbons she is wearing in her picture may be bowling ribbons, a sport Cyra enjoyed.

Perpetrator: Karen Johnson Harrison (Mother); Marilyn Sue Maricle, and Glen E. Maricle (Housemates); all charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile.

Source:
Attorney makes bid for sanity commission, trial delay in neglect-death case
Trial for Karen Johnson Harrison, accused in daughter’s death, moved to June 2020
Mom of Rapides neglect-death victim to face trial first
State will prosecute mother of neglected daughter first in Rapides murder case
2 defendants in neglect death case reject offers of life sentences
3 accused in Elizabeth woman’s neglect death to be arraigned next week
Arrests made after special needs patient died, found in deplorable living conditions
Sheriff: Extreme neglect leads to death of special needs person
Mom, couple charged in death of Elizabeth special-needs patient
Arrests made after special needs patient died, found in deplorable living conditions
Elizabeth woman who died from alleged neglect identified
Police release identity of woman killed
Authorities ID special-needs woman believed slain by neglect
Prosecutor intends to seek bond increase in ‘heinous’ neglect death case
Cyra Harrison Obituary
Court dates set for 2 in case of Elizabeth woman’s neglect death
Rapides grand jury indicts three in the murder of woman with cerebral palsy
Arraignment set for three charged with murder of woman with cerebral palsy
3 accused in Elizabeth woman’s neglect death plead not guilty

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.

Details:
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.

Source:
Autistic SC teen who was burned, dismembered ‘knew he was loved’
LANCASTER HOMICIDE: Family seeks justice for teen’s death in Lancaster County
Lancaster autistic teen, killed in ‘haunting’ case, remembered as ‘kind, caring’
‘One of the worst cases’: Body of Lancaster man, 18, burned and dismembered; 2 charged
New details in Austin Steele murder
SC newlyweds charged in connection with murder, dismembering teen’s body
Human remains found as Lancaster Co. deputies investigate homicide
Couple Charged After An 18-Year-Old’s Dismembered Remains Were Found On Lancaster Property

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.

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

Perpetrator: Daughter’s boyfriend, household member.

Source:
Victims in Northeast Philadelphia shooting identified
Boyfriend Questioned in Murders of Woman and Her Mother
Man questioned after mother, daughter killed in NE Philly

Elba Monroig

Photo of an older woman, lying back in a hospital bed with her head propped on her hands.Name: Elba Enid Monroig.
Died: October 27, 2017.
Age at death: 61.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Visually impaired, wheelchair user.

Details:
Elba’s housemate and caregiver bludgeoned her to death with a hammer and hid her body in the basement. She had given him a place to stay after he got out of jail.

Perpetrator: Eric Mackey (Housemate, caregiver), convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison.

Source:
Trial begins for man accused of beating woman in wheelchair to death
Philly man convicted for beating woman in wheelchair to death, hiding her body
Elba Enid Monroig

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.

Details:
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. She weighed 54 pounds and had a fractured skull.

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; pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, sentenced to life without parole; Manuel Jesus Lopez Jarquin, pleaded guilty to abuse of a dependent adult and accessory after the fact.

Source:
Monterey County DA: Seaside man played a role in death of woman prisoner
Seaside woman pleads guilty to murder by torture of dependent adult
Courtney Ann Nemea Turney (1984-2017) – Find A Grave
Calif. woman arrested for torture, murder of special needs woman
DA: Seaside woman arrested for murder, torture of special needs woman
Seaside woman arrested for torture, murder of special needs woman

Tyson Clark-Robertson

Photo of a man with a beard and messy brown hair; he has blue eyes and light skin and looks slightly surprised or concerned.Name: Tyson Timothy Clark-Robertson.
Died: July 20, 2016; body found April 11, 2017.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mayfield, Tasmania, Australia.
Disability: Unspecified; received disability pension.

Details:
Tyson lived with his ex-girlfriend, who had recently started dating their housemate. The housemate became angry and hit him in the head with a hammer, killing him. They buried him in a shallow grave. For the next seven months, they pretended Tyson was still alive by impersonating him on social media and stole his disability pension from his bank account.

Perpetrator: Ian Rosewall, pleaded guilty to murder; and Renae Lorraine Donald (Ex-girlfriend), pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Source:
Murderer ‘lost it’ after victim’s ‘paedo dog’ comment, court hears
Human remains found at Launceston house, three charged

96-year-old woman

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: Unknown; perpetrators charged in 2017.
Age at death: 96.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Anderson County, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; frail elder, wheelchair user.

Details:
This 96-year-old woman’s great-grandson and a woman had moved in to care for her; but instead of doing so, they used meth and neglected her. She died from sepsis, from an infected bedsore.

Perpetrator: Jesse Long (Great-grandson), pleaded guilty to abuse of a vulnerable adult resulting in serious bodily injury, sentenced to 15 years in prison and 5 years probation, as well as 15 years for drug charges; Veronica Bryant (Housemate), pleaded guilty to abuse of a vulnerable adult resulting in death, sentenced to 3 years in prison and 5 years probation.

Source:
Great-grandson, woman plead guilty in 96-year-old’s death
Great-grandson, woman let 96-year-old die from maggot-covered sores

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.

Details:
Kathryn Breen suffered burn injuries in a fire set in her bedroom by her caretaker. She was taken to the hospital with third-degree burns over 25% of her body and died a month later.

Perpetrator: Celia Schwab (Live-in caretaker), charged with murder, arson, and assault, died of natural causes before conviction; Maria Meisner (Neighbor), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 25 years to life.

Source: Caretaker accused of setting elderly woman on fire found unfit to stand trial for now
Beaverton woman gets life in prison for setting elderly neighbor on fire, killing her