Sarah Grupstein

No PhotoName: Sarah Grupstein.
Died: September 19, 2007.
Age at death: 84.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Stroke, mobility impaired (Wheelchair user), diabetes, heart disease.

Details:
Sarah was shot by her son in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Percy Stein (Son).

Source:
History of euthanasia in Canada
Sarah Grupstein’s Obituary on National Post
Cancer-stricken man commits murder-suicide
`We weep for their pain,’ rabbi says at murder-suicide funeral
Murder or mercy?

Elsie Crutchley

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Name: Elsie Patricia Crutchley.
Died: February 5, 2007.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Taumarunui, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal stomach cancer.

Details:
Elsie was poisoned by her son, with an overdose of painkillers and anxiolytics. She was dead within hours.

Perpetrator: Ian Crutchley (Son); convicted of attempted murder, given probation and community service.

Source: Man who tried to kill mother avoids jail term

Evelyn Joel

Photo of Evelyn Joel. She is a middle-aged woman with graying dark-brown hair and glasses.Name: Evelyn Joel.
Died: January 7, 2006.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Enniscorthy, Ireland.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Evelyn’s family neglected her care. By the time she was hospitalized with multiple infected bedsores, she was too weak to recover when she caught pneumonia.

Perpetrator: Eleanor Joel (Daughter) and Jonathan Costen (Daughter’s husband), convicted of manslaughter; given two-year suspended sentence; sentence overturned.

Source:
Couple will not face retrial over death of MS sufferer
Court quashes couple’s convictions for killing Evelyn Joel
Couple who left MS sufferer, Evelyn Joel, to die in her own filth receive suspended sentence
Ma neglect killer walk free from court
Appeal by couple convicted of letting MS sufferer die with ‘maggots in her infected bedsores’

Grace Parkes

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Name: Grace Winifred Parkes.
Died: January 16, 2005.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Sydney, Australia.
Disability: Diabetes, hypertension, Paget’s disease, Bells palsy, glaucoma, goitre, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Details:
Grace’s son bludgeoned her to death.

Perpetrator: Phillip Raymond Parkes (Son).

Source: Regina v Phillip Raymond Parkes [2006] NSWSC 331

Mary Sawyer

A gravestone reading, Sawyer, Mary and Charles, together forever.Name: Mary Esther Sawyer.
Died: June 21, 2004.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Mary’s daughter checked her out of her nursing home, took her home, drugged her, and suffocated her with a pillow.

Perpetrator: Rita Ann Sawyer (Daughter), convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison.

Source: U.S. court rejects plea for new trial by midstate doctor convicted of killing mom

Clothilde D’Auteuil

No PhotoName: Clothilde D’Auteuil.
Died: July 21, 2002.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Rimouski, Quebec, Canada.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
Clothilde lived at a nursing home and her son visited her. When the nursing home told him that he needed to stop visiting her because she became agitated when he visited, he went to the nursing home, strangled her to death, and beat up several aides with a metal bar.

She was the widow of a doctor who had died two years before, and had three sons and three grandsons.

Perpetrator: Alain Quimper (Son), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to 14 years to life.

Source:
History of euthanasia in Canada
Supreme Court of Canada Bulletin of Proceedings
Alfred QUIMPER
Condamné pour le meurtre de sa mère malade – Quimper veut un nouveau procès
Un homme de 46 ans est accusé du meurtre de sa mère

Florence Simpson

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Name: Florence Majorie Simpson.
Died: October 3, 2000.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Howick, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
Florence’s son strangled her with the cord to her morphine pump.

Perpetrator: Christopher Simpson (Son), charged with murder.

Source:
Doctor charged with strangling mother
Strangled mum full of morphine
The New Zealand Herald
Mercy Killing

Joy Martin

Photo of Joy Martin, an elderly woman with light skin and straight gray hair. The photo shows only the left half of the face.Name: Joy Martin.
Died: May 28, 1999.
Age at death: 69.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wanganui, New Zealand.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
As she lay dying of cancer, Joy’s daughter injected her with a lethal dose of morphine.

After Joy was dead, her daughter wrote a book about killing her mother and was arrested.

Joy’s portrait on this memorial comes from the cover of her daughter’s book. It includes only half her face because on the book’s cover, her daughter used photo manipulation to combine half her face with half of Joy’s. In keeping with my policy of giving the killer as little publicity as possible, the daughter’s part of that image has been cropped out. –Editor

Perpetrator: Lesley Martin (Daughter), convicted of attempted murder; sentenced to 15 months, released after serving half her sentence.

Source: Lesley Martin jailed for 15 months

Mary Carlson

No PhotoName: Mary Lynn Carlson.
Died: April 21, 1997.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Multiple Sclerosis.

Details:
Mary Lynn’s son and daughter-in-law had promised to care for her in exchange for room and board, but instead neglected her and spent her money. When Lynn moved into an assisted-living facility, they took out a life-insurance policy on her and hired two fellow lodgers to kill her. They stabbed her to death.

Perpetrator: Doris Ann Carlson (Daughter-in-law), convicted of murder, sentenced to death; David Carlson, conspiracy to commit murder, life sentence; Scott Smith, second degree murder, 10 years; John McReaken, first degree murder, life sentence.

Source: Darling Doris was a Deadly Daughter-in-law

Layton Myers

No PhotoName: Layton Myers.
Died: May 15, 1993.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Details:
Layton Myers was killed by his daughter and her husband, who put a pillow over his face and smothered him.

Perpetrator: Michael Power (Daughter’s common-law husband) and Cheryl Myers (Daughter), both pled guilty to manslaughter and were given suspended sentences, three years’ probation, and 150 hours of community service.

Source:
No jail for N.S. “mercy-killers”
Of Life and Death – Appendices D-L
Robert Latimer: Justice gone awry