Name: Gary Lew. Died: April 11, 2023. Age at death: 68. Cause of death: Beating. Location: Denton, Nebraska, USA. Disability: Spina bifida, dementia; wheelchair user.
Gary was beaten to death by his daughter, son in law, cousin, and a family friend. Two young children witnessed the incident.
Christina Thornley (Daughter), pleaded no contest to six charges including abuse of a vulnerable adult, false imprisonment, being an accessory to murder, and evidence tampering; sentenced to 15 years.
Justin Thornley (Son in law), pleaded no contest to manslaughter, tampering with evidence, vulnerable adult abuse, false imprisonment, and criminal conspiracy; sentenced to 25 to 30 years.
Jacob Thornley (Cousin), pleaded no contest to manslaughter, abuse of a vulnerable adult, false imprisonment, evidence tampering and criminal conspiracy; sentenced to 29 to 30 years.
Braden Bongers, pleaded no contest to attempted assault; sentenced to 9 to 18 years.
Name: Sarah Albone. Died: February 25, 2023. Age at death: 38. Cause of death: Head injury, airway obstruction. Location: Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England, UK. Disability: Multiple sclerosis.
Sarah’s partner violently killed her and dumped her body in a trash bin; then he convinced her family she was still alive by claiming she was in a hospital for treatment and faking text messages. Even before the murder, he was known to be an abusive and controlling partner.
Matthew Waddell (Partner), convicted of murder, sentenced to a minimum of 32 years.
Name: Teruko Fujiwara. Died: November 2, 2022. Age at death: 79. Cause of death: Drowning. Location: Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.
Ms. Fujiwara’s husband had been her caregiver for 40 years since she was injured and started using a wheelchair. The two were planning to enter an assisted-living facility, and Ms. Fujiwara was looking forward to it. But her husband did not want to accept help; he took her to the pier and pushed her out of her wheelchair and into the ocean, where she drowned. Police say he admitted to the murder, saying he was “worn out” from looking after her.
Ms. Fujiwara leaves behind two grown sons.
Hiroshi Fujiwara (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 3 years.
Name: Louise Nash. Died: September 8, 2022. Age at death: 12. Cause of death: Stabbed. Location: Great Waldingfield, Suffolk, England, UK. Disability: Autism.
Louise and her mother Jillu lived in Suffolk, where Louise attended a special-needs school. Louise’s parents lived in India, and the mother and daughter sometimes went to visit them. They were well-known to neighbors, who remember them always waving from their car when they drove past.
Someone called the authorities, worried about Louise and Jillu, and police went to check on them. They found Louise and Jillu dead, a gas leak in the home, and Louise’s father, badly injured and immediately taken to the hospital, who they suspect is responsible for the killings. The neighborhood had to be evacuated while the gas leak was repaired, but no one else was hurt.
Peter Nash (Father), convicted of murder; sentenced to 40 years to life.
Name: Patricia Bitters. Died: September 3, 2022. Age at death: 84. Cause of death: Blunt trauma. Location: Forres, Scotland, UK. Disability: Mobility impaired.
Patricia lived with her grandson for the last five years of her life because she had trouble getting around and needed help. One night, her grandson came home drunk and beat her severely. She was taken to the hospital, but lived only six days before dying from her injuries.
Patricia had 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Scott McCulloch (Grandson), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 15 years to life.
Name: Hsieh (Family name; given name unknown). Died: August 4, 2022. Age at death: 3. Cause of death: Head injury. Location: Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Disability: Developmental delay, poor balance.
When three-year-old miss Hsieh refused to take her bath, her father beat her and then forced her to stand on a stool, from which she fell. She died of a brain injury; her body showed signs of regular beatings.
Mr. Hsieh (Father), convicted of child abuse resulting in death, sentenced to 9 years.