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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Zvonimir Petrovski

Photo of Zvonimir Petrovski, a middle-aged man with dark brown hair and light skin, wearing a suit with a pink bow tie.Name: Zvonimir Petrovski.
Died: November 21, 2015.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Mobility impaired; used crutches.

Zvonimir lived with a younger housemate who claimed he was her “father figure”. One day when his housemate demanded money for cigarettes and Zvonimir refused, she became angry and stabbed him to death.

Perpetrator: Anna Horneshaw (Housemate), sentenced to 13-17 years in prison.

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Geraldine Chandler

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Name: Geraldine Joyce Chandler.
Died: October 12, 2015.
Age at death: 84.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Cleves, Ohio, USA.
Disability: “Functionally impaired”.

Geraldine’s caregivers caused her death; police reports are unclear how, but apparently they restrained or locked her up and failed to provide for her needs.

Perpetrator: Kimberly Taggart (Caregiver), charged with abduction, involuntary manslaughter, and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person; John Reid (Caregiver), charged with abduction, involuntary manslaughter, failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, and having weapons while under disability.

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Steven Reis

Photo of Steven Reis, a middle-aged man.Name: Steven Reis.
Died: Body found September 6, 2015; died January 2015.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Unsolved.
Location: Dayton, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Disabled veteran; depression, PTSD, diabetes.

Steven’s cause of death is still under investigation, but his body was found buried in his basement; he had been dead for about nine months. His caregiver had been using his credit cards and stealing his retirement payments.

Steven Reis was an Air Force veteran.

Perpetrator: Christy Russell (Caregiver), charged with tampering with evidence and credit card fraud.

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