Chun Li

No PhotoName: Chun Li.
Died: February 4, 2019.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Yulin, Shaanxi Province, China.
Disability: Polio; intellectual disability, mobility impaired.

Chun Li lived with her father until a woman approached them, saying her 65-year-old father wanted to marry Ms. Li, because of burial customs in Shaanxi Province, where they lived.

Tradition says that a person cannot rest in peace unless they are buried with a spouse. People who die single may be buried with paper dolls; the wealthy can afford to buy the body of an unidentified person in order to bury their relatives with a posthumously-married “spouse.”

The man’s daughter decided against purchasing someone’s bones because that was a crime and decided to approach Chun Li’s father instead.  When Chun Li’s father agreed to marry her to a 65-year-old man, the agreement was that Liantang Zhu would care for her, and after he died, her daughter-in-law and grandson would care for her. When she died a natural death, she would be buried next to him as his spouse, to allow him to rest in peace. They agreed to pay a bride price, and Chun Li was forced to marry him.

Four years later, Liantang Zhu had grown worried that if he died first, she might not be buried with him because she was disabled. So he decided that Chun Li should die first: He set his house on fire, killing Ms. Li.

Perpetrator: Liantang Zhu (Husband), arrested; confessed to murder.

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Julie Kneifl

No PhotoName: Julie A. Kneifl.
Died: January 31, 2019.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Woodbury, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Julie’s husband slashed her throat and left her to bleed out in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Harvey Kneifl (Husband), charged with second-degree murder.

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Heidi Winchester

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Name: Heidi Anne Winchester.
Died: January 30, 2019.
Age at death: 50.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Terminal cancer.

Heidi’s husband killed her with a box cutter.

During her fight with rectal cancer, Heidi formed a group called Annie’s Cancer Club, where she and other people with cancer could support each other.

Perpetrator: Michael Winchester (Husband), charged with murder.

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Sudesh Gupta

No PhotoName: Sudesh Gupta.
Died: January 9, 2019.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Disability: Paralysis.

When Sudesh’s wife got frustrated at the expense of medical treatment and the effort of caring for him, she strangled him.

Perpetrator: Subash Kumari (Wife), charged with murder.

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Delanie Manning

No PhotoName: Delanie Manning.
Died: December 19, 2018.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness; bedbound.

Delanie’s husband neglected her. In the six months she had had to stay in bed, he had moved her only three times. She developed severe pressure sores and lost more than a third of her body weight. When she died from neglect, she weighed 90 pounds and had a broken femur and multiple pressure sores.

Perpetrator: Gilberto Alcocer (Husband), charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult.

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Sheila Small

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Name: Sheila Small.
Died: December 18, 2018.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: West Bowling, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Sheila was bludgeoned to death by her husband, who hit her with a rolling pin, a bottle, and a walking stick before she died from her injuries. At autopsy, she was found to have partly-healed fractures, indicating chronic physical abuse.

Perpetrator: Edward Small (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 14 years to life in prison.

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Rebecca Ballenger

No PhotoName: Rebecca Ballenger.
Died: December 11, 2018.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Clinton, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Rebecca’s husband shot her multiple times.

Perpetrator: Thomas Ballenger (Husband), charged with murder.

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Kyoko and Hiroki Naito

No PhotoName: Kyoko Naito.
Age at death: 69.
Disability: Diabetes, mobility impaired.

Name: Hiroki Naito.
Age at death: 36.
Disability: Mental illness/hikikomori.

Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Ono, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
Died: November 26, 2018.

Kyoko’s husband killed her and her son Hiroki by strangling them with a necktie.

Perpetrator: Hisaki Naito (Husband/Father), arrested.

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Patricia Way

Portrait photo of an older woman wearing a pink blouse and pearl drop earrings. Her gray hair is cut short.Name: Patricia Way.
Died: November 25, 2018.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Waterbury, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident.

Patricia was strangled by her boyfriend.

She liked sewing and going to the beach, and was a New York Yankees fan. She was a retired unit clerk.

Perpetrator: John Jensen (Boyfriend), charged with murder.

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Gina Riccò

No PhotoName: Gina Riccò.
Died: October 25, 2018.
Age at death: 84.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Langhirano, Parma, Italy.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Gina’s husband shot her, then jumped out a fourth-story window to his death.

Perpetrator: Gino Ziveri (Husband).

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