Lucie Goudreau

A gravestone for the Langelier family, reading in part, "Lucie Goudreau, nee Langelier, 1959-2012." The inscription is carved onto the base of the headstone, implying that it was an unexpected addition that would not fit onto the main headstone.Name: Lucie Goudreau.
Died: November 27, 2012.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Lucie was diagnosed with progressive MS in her thirties, and when she eventually needed care, her husband helped her. But he died of cancer, and Lucie’s care was left to her son, who routinely mistreated her.

Lucie’s son took out several life insurance policies on his mother, then lit her bed on fire and left her to die in the blaze, knowing her mobility impairment would keep her from escaping on her own. When asked why he had done it, he said he “needed the money”.

Perpetrator: Rene Goudreau (Son), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: Man lit fire to kill MS-stricken mother: Crown

Herman Ritchey Jr.

No PhotoName: Herman Ritchey Jr.
Died: October 24, 2012.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Mio, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease.

Herman’s daughter and son-in-law took his social security payments while they left Herman locked in his bedroom and denied him the medication and care he needed. He eventually died from starvation.

Perpetrator: Rachel Bruce (Daughter) and Carl Bruce (Son-in-law), both convicted of felony murder and vulnerable adult abuse and sentenced to life without parole.

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Patricia Kohler

: Patricia Kohler.
Died: September 11, 2012.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Starvation.
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, depression.

Patricia’s daughter and granddaughter allegedly starved her to death, locked her in her room and refused to feed her.

Perpetrator: Diane Robinson (Daughter), Jessica Rampersadsingh (Granddaughter), were charged with murder, theft, and false imprisonment.

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Timothy Brooks

No PhotoName: Timothy James Brooks.
Died: August 8, 2012.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Marlow, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia.

Timothy Brooks owned a ranch and liked to go hunting.

His son shot him dead, then posed him to make it look like a suicide and collect the life insurance. The death was ruled “undetermined”.

Six years later, Timothy’s son was charged with murder.

Perpetrator: James Kyle Brooks (Son), charged with first-degree murder.

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Gertrudes Alwardt

Photo of the gravestone of Gertrudes Alwardt. It reads, "Alwardt, Theodore R, Gertrudes G.", and gives birth and death dates for both.Name: Gertrudes Marcaida “Gigi” Alwardt.
Died: July 2, 2012.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: East Poultney, Vermont, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness (elderly disabled).

Gigi was bludgeoned to death by her son, who struck her head against the table and then beat her with a wine bottle. Initially he claimed she had fallen; then he said he had done it because he thought she was possessed. In reducing the charge from murder to manslaughter, the judge noted that the killer was mentally ill and was “stressed” by caring for Gigi, whose health had been failing.

She had worked as a secretary for the Phillippine government, and had traveled the world during her lifetime. She enjoyed reading.

Perpetrator: Roderick Geronimo (Adoptive son), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 8-15 years in prison.

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Betty Guy

Photo of Betty Guy, an elderly woman with light skin and light-gray hair, wearing glasses and a blue top. She is smiling and hugging someone off-camera.Name: Betty Guy.
Died: November 7, 2011.
Age at death: 84.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Haverfordwet, England, UK.
Disability: Mobility impaired, chronic pain, frail elder.

Betty’s daughter and grandson had decided it was “time for her to go”, so they drove to her house, where they drugged her with sleeping pills; then her grandson smothered her with a pillow. He had to try twice before he killed her, because she fought to live.

Betty was a retired nurse.

Perpetrator: Barry Rogers (Grandson) and Penelope John (Daughter), both found guilty of murder and sentenced to 11 years to life.

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Richard Oland

Photo of Richard Oland. He is a middle-aged white man wearing a suit and glasses.Name: Richard “Dick” Oland.
Died: July 7, 2011.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed, bludgeoned).
Location: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Disability: Asperger syndrome.

Dick was bludgeoned to death by his son.

He was a businessman who studied genealogy as a hobby.

Perpetrator: Dennis Oland (Son), convicted of second-degree murder, sentenced to 10 years to life.

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Ruth Pyne

Photo of Ruth Pyne, a woman with layered blonde hair. She is smiling.Name: Ruth Pyne.
Died: May 27, 2011.
Age at death: 51.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder.

Ruth’s son bludgeoned her unconscious, then stabbed her to death.

Perpetrator: Jeffrey Pyne (Son), convicted of second-degree murder, sentenced to 20-60 years.

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Maurice, Leo, and Ivonna Vanhaverbeke and Gerard Vercamer

No PhotoName: Maurice Vanhaverbeke.
Died: 1978.
Age at death: 79.

Name: Leo Vanhaverbeke.
Died: May 17, 1986.
Age at death: 81.

Name: Gerard Vercamer.
Died: 2004.
Age at death: 80.

Name: Ivonna Vanhaverbeke.
Died: January 27, 2011.
Age at death: 90.

Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Menen, Belgium.
Disability: Unspecified; frail elders.

Maurice, Leo, Gerard, and Ivonna were family members of a serial killer who worked as a nurse and killed patients who were elderly or had terminal illnesses, usually by smothering them or injecting air bubbles into their bloodstreams. He is thought to have committed at least ten murders, including those of four family members. He called them “mercy killings”, but there is no evidence any of his victims wanted to die.

Perpetrator: Ivo Poppe (Family member). Ivonna was his mother; Leo and Gerard were great-uncles; Maurice was his father-in-law. Charged with multiple counts of murder.

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Donald Parojinog

Photo of Donald Parojinog, a middle-aged man.Name: Donald Parojinog.
Died: January 18, 2011.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Washington DC, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Donald’s daughter was supposed to be taking care of him after he suffered three strokes, but instead, she neglected him. He died of starvation and blood poisoning from infected bedsores.

Perpetrator: Donna Parojinog (Daughter), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 12 months in jail.

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