David Mueller

No PhotoName: David Mueller.
Died: November 16, 2012.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Prescott, Arizona, USA.
Disability: ALS.

David had ALS, which is a degenerative disorder, and was setting his affairs in order in preparation for death. David’s wife began an affair with a man she had asked to help her care for David. Then she and her lover murdered David by smothering him with plastic bags and a pillow to “make [his death] quicker.” The murder may have also been financially motivated, stemming from a disagreement over the recipients of David’s life insurance policy.

Perpetrator: Cynthia Jane Mueller (Wife), convicted of murder, conspiracy, and fraud, sentenced to life; and Charles Todd (Wife’s boyfriend), sentenced to 16 years.

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Peggy Johnson

Composite image of Peggy Lynn Johnson, a young woman with very curly blond hair, a small nose, pointed chin, and hazel eyes.Name: Peggy Lynn Johnson.
Died: July 21, 1999.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Racine County, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

After the death of her mother, 18-year-old Peggy went to a nearby hospital and asked for help. There, a nurse took her in. But her new caregiver abused her horribly, yelling at her, starving her, and beating her; once she even attacked Peggy with a pitchfork. She was made to live in a crawl space, and banished there whenever she wasn’t doing chores. After years of abuse, Peggy died from sepsis pneumonia due to her many injuries.

Peggy’s body was found dumped on the side of the road, but she could not be identified for many years. She was known as the “Racine County Jane Doe”, and nearby residents bought her a gravestone. It wasn’t until 2019 that someone heard the nurse talking about having killed someone and called the police, who arrested the nurse and identified Peggy as the victim who had long gone unidentified. When she was finally identified and journalists went to photograph her gravestone, they found that a member of the community had been there and left some flowers, a balloon, and a little wooden sign with Peggy’s real name. It had been a full 20 years since her murder.

Perpetrator: Linda La Roche (Caregiver), charged with first-degree murder and hiding a corpse.

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Katonya Jackson

Photo of Katonya Jackson, a baby with dark-brown skin and curly black hair. She is crawling on hands and knees and smiling broadly at the camera. She is wearing a white shirt and diaper.Name: Katonya Jackson.
Died: 1983.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Medical neglect and abuse.
Location: Micanopy, Florida, USA.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Katonya’s mother was in a cult called the House of Prayer, and gave her and her brother to the pastor of the church to care for.

Katonya had seizures, which the pastor took to mean that she had the devil in her; so she starved and beat Katonya and refused to give her her epilepsy medication.

Katonya died, covered in bruises, from untreated epilepsy.

Perpetrator: Lea Vera Jackson (Mother), arrested but released; Anna Young (House of Prayer pastor), never arrested.  Anna Young was later convicted of child abuse and served six months.  In 2017, she was charged with first-degree murder of another child.

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