Elizabeth Knowles

Photo of Elizabeth Knowles. She has pale skin, chin-length curly brown hair, and blue eyes. She is smiling slightly. She is wearing a pink sleeveless shirt and a silver necklace.Name: Elizabeth Joy Knowles.
Died: April 22, 2010.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kallangur, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Chronic illness, mobility impairment (Wheelchair user).

Details:
Elizabeth’s husband set their house on fire and left her inside, knowing she could not get out; she died of smoke inhalation. Less than a day later, her husband put in an insurance claim on the house.

Perpetrator: David Maxwell Knowles (Husband), charged with murder, arson, and fraud.

Source:
Man charged with murdering disabled wife in fire to claim insurance
ELIZABETH JOY KNOWLES (#54-2010)
Motive sought for ‘suspicious’ fatal house fire
Husband charged six years later
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Marie-Nicole Rainville

Black and white photo of Marie-Nicole Rainville, a middle-aged woman.Name: Marie-Nicole Rainville.
Died: November 12, 2009.
Age at death: 71.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Quebec City, Canada.
Disability: Stroke.

Details:
Marie-Nicole was shot by her husband.

Perpetrator: Jacques Delisle (Husband), first-degree murder, sentenced to life without parole.

Source: ‘Destroyed, but not guilty,’ says judge accused of murdering his wife
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Helena Weinstein

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Name: Helena Weinstein.
Died: September 23, 2009.
Age at death: Elder.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: New Rochelle, New York, USA.
Disability: Dementia, chronic illness.

Details:
Helena’s husband tried to suffocate her with a pillow; when that didn’t work, he shot her instead.

Perpetrator: Paul Weinstein (Husband), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Source:
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Westchester Man Gets Prison For Killing Wife

Phyllis Fish

No PhotoName: Phyllis Fish.
Died: September 20, 2009.
Age at death: 88.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Laguna Woods, California, USA.
Disability: Stroke, recent cancer diagnosis, dementia.

Details:
Phyllis’s husband drugged her with morphine, then shot her and himself in the head.

Perpetrator: James Fish (Husband); charged with manslaughter, but died before he could be tried.

Source:
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Charles Billis

Photo of Charles Billis, a middle-aged man.Name: Charles Billis.
Died: July 22, 2009.
Age at death: 57.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Charleston, Orleans County, Vermont, USA.
Disability: Legally blind.

Details:
Charles’s wife deliberately crashed their car, killing Charles, who was not wearing a seatbelt. She was wearing a seat belt and survived with minor injuries.

Perpetrator: Christine Billis (Wife), pleaded guilty, sentenced to 7-15 years.

Source: Murderpedia: Christine Billis

Sherre Neal-Lypps

No PhotoName: Sherre Neal-Lypps.
Died: June 23, 2009.
Age at death: 62.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA.
Disability: Chronic pain, depression, sciatica.

Details:
Sherre was strangled and drowned in her bathtub by her husband. He tried to disguise her death as a suicide, complete with forged suicide notes that claimed she was tired of being in pain. He nearly succeeded, but was arrested five years after Sherre died because samples taken from her fingernails contained his DNA.

Perpetrator: James Victor Lypps (Husband), charged with first-degree murder, acquitted.

Source:
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Judge orders Morro Bay murder suspect released
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Lloyd Yarbrough

Photo of Lloyd Yarbrough, a middle-aged man in shirt and jeans. His hair is graying and he wears a mustache.Name: Lloyd Yarbrough.
Died: May 27, 2009.
Age at death: 62.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Austin, Texas, USA.
Disability: Brain injury from encephalitis.

Details:
Lloyd’s wife poisoned him with a prescription drug overdose.

Perpetrator: Kim Yarbrough (Wife); pled guilty to injury to a disabled person; sentenced to 10 years probation and 400 hours of community service.

Source: After ending husband’s life, woman tries to go on with hers

Mike Tran

No PhotoName: Minh Trung “Mike” Tran.
Died: March 28, 2009.
Age at death: 51.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Elmwood Park, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Details:
Mike was home for a visit from his nursing home when his wife suffocated him with a plastic bag.

Before his stroke, he was a stay-at-home dad who cared for the children and the house and cooked very good sauce. But after he became disabled, his wife became abusive and eventually killed him and tried to kill their children, who survived.

Perpetrator: Jenny Tran (Wife), convicted of aggravated manslaughter, attempted murder, and two counts of child endangerment; sentenced to 34-50 years.

Source:
Archive: Elmwood Park woman gets 50 years in husband’s killing despite pleas from her kids
Archive: Tran acquitted of murder, convicted of aggravated manslaughter, attempted murder
Archive: Attorneys argue over defendant’s sanity in Elmwood Park murder case
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Archive: Daughter told detective Elmwood Park mother tried to kill her earlier
Archive: Daughter saw ‘monster,’ she says at Elmwood Park mom’s murder trial

Roberta Laws

Photo of Roberta Laws, an adult woman.Name: Roberta Laws.
Died: February 2009.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Middleburg, Florida, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Roberta’s boyfriend strangled her and buried her body in the backyard.

Perpetrator: Kenneth McBride (Boyfriend), sentenced to life without parole.

Source: Killer of disabled Clay County woman sentenced to life