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.

Source: “48 Hours”: Does the way Ruth Pyne was killed prove premeditation?
Ruth Pyne Obituary

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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Diaken Ivo Poppe naar assisen voor minstens tien moorden
‘Diaken des doods’ staat terecht voor oudermoord en minstens tien andere moorden
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Le “diacre de la mort”, pire tueur en série belge?
Ivo Poppe trial: ‘Deacon of death’ accused of killing 10 people – including own mother – by injection
Belgium: ‘Deacon of death’ goes on trial on serial murder charges
‘Deacon of Death’ accused of using air injections to kill in Belgium

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.

Source: Woman sentenced in elderly father’s death

Ila Gandhi

No PhotoName: Ila Harjivandas Gandhi.
Died: November 15, 2010.
Age at death: 62.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Schizophrenia.

Ila’s sister-in-law paid their servant to kill Ila and her mother. Her mother survived the attack, but Ila died from stab wounds.

Perpetrator: Ramchandra Ganpat Gomane (Servant) and Rupal Gandhi (Daughter-in-law; caregiver). Acquitted.

Source: Sister-in-law gave supari to murder 62-yr-old in Mumbai
Senior citizen found murdered in Gamdevi

Emily Molin

No PhotoName: Emily Belle Molin.
Died: August 31, 2010.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Darby, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Emily’s son deliberately ran over her with his car.

Perpetrator: Steven Frederick Molin (Son), second-degree murder, 25 years.

Source: Son Gets 25 Years For Running Over Mother

Janet Mackozdi

No PhotoName: Janet Mackozdi.
Died: July 23, 2010.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Mt. Lloyd, Tasmania, Australia.
Disability: Dementia, coronary vascular disease, mobility impaired.

Janet’s daughter and son-in-law made her live in an uninsulated shipping container on their property in midwinter, so they could make room in their house for boxes of their belongings. They spent her money, and did not care for her as her weight dropped, even though one was a nurse and the other a disability support worker. Temperatures dropped below freezing and she died of hypothermia.

Perpetrator: Jassy Anglin (Daughter) and Michael Anglin (Son-in-law); both pleaded guilty to causing death by culpable negligence and received a 2-year suspended sentence.

Dead elderly woman had lost 15kg in her final year, inquest told
Inquest examines care of 77yo who died of hypothermia in shipping container
Couple pleads guilty to death of elderly relative housed in shipping container
Woman dies after being ‘forced to live in a shipping container’
Couple charged after mother freezes to death sleeping in shipping container
Couple avoids jail over mother’s death
Tragic mum couple walks
Elder abuse reform needed over 77yo’s shipping container death, coroner says
Tassie couple let her freeze to death: coroner

Manuel Reyes and Rita Morales

Photo of Manuel Reyes. He has tan skin and gray hair, and is wearing a blue sweater and white shirt.Name: Manuel Reyes.
Age at death: 85.
Disability: Double amputee (Legs).

Photo of Rita Morales. She is an elderly woman with gray hair and light-brown skin, wearing a brown collared shirt.Name: Rita Morales.
Age at death: 87.
Disability: Elderly disabled.

Location: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Died: April 30, 2010.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.

Manuel and Rita were both killed by their caregiver, who was Rita’s son and Manuel’s nephew. They were bludgeoned to death with a hammer; Rita was also stabbed.

Perpetrator: Arthur Reyes Morales (Son, Nephew), pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Judge finds Canoga Park man was sane when he killed his elderly mother, uncle
Hammer killer sane when he murdered 87-year-old mom, 85-year-old double-amputee uncle
Manuel Reyes, 85
Rita Morales, 87

Jimmy Phillips

No Photo
Name: James “Jimmy” Phillips.
Died: January 11, 2010.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Gulf Hills, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Paraplegic.

Jimmy and his wife Joanne, 70, were both killed by their son in a double murder-suicide. Jimmy was shot four times in the face; Joanne was beaten to death.

They left behind one surviving daughter.

Perpetrator: Sammy Phillips (Son).

He killed his parents then took his own life. Neighbors want their property cleared.
Jackson County Sheriff: Alcohol, drugs factor in double homicide-suicide case in St. Martin
Murder/suicide case to be sent to grand jury

Cynthia Burns

No PhotoName: Cynthia Burns.
Died: April 27, 2009.
Age at death: 58.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Wylie, Texas, USA.
Disability: Paralysis due to stroke.

Cynthia’s daughter and son-in-law denied her food and medical care. She died of pneumonia, her body too weak from neglect to survive the illness.

Perpetrator: Christina Gaines (Daughter), knowingly causing serious bodily injury to a disabled person, 12 years; Gary Gaines, recklessly causing serious bodily injury to a disabled person, 6 months in jail and community service.

Source: Wylie woman gets 12 years for mother’s death in ‘extraordinarily terrible’ neglect case

Pamela Hall

Photo of Pamela Hall, a middle-aged woman with curly black hair, wearing a blue shirt.Name: Pamela Camille Hall.
Died: April 11, 2009.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Figsboro, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Spinal cord injury.

Pamela was stabbed to death by her son-in-law.

Perpetrator: James Cleveland Miller (Son-in-law) pled guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life.

Source: Miller pleads guilty to murder in death of his mother-in-law