Erica Shultz

Photo of a young woman with straight blond hair and glasses, holding a black cat.Name: Erica Shultz.
Died: December 27, 2020 (Body found; missing Dec. 6).
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Stabbed, bludgeoned.
Location: Butler Township, Pennsylvania, USA.

Details:
Erica worked at a grocery store. She had an emotional support cat. Her favorite color was red. The last time her sister saw her, they talked on FaceTime about a Disney puzzle Erica was working on.

A man that Erica met on a dating app kidnapped her from her house, took her out to the woods, and killed her by stabbing her and hitting her in the head. He was caught and charged with murdering Erica and another person, and is a person of interest in a third murder. Escaping the death sentence by pleading guilty, the killer was sentenced to life without parole.

References:
Alleged killer enters guilty plea for murders of two women
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Luzerne County homicide suspect was charged in 1999 slaying, is now person of interest in Michigan woman’s 2005 disappearance
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Police: Suspect admits to meeting, killing autistic Bloomsburg woman
Man charged with homicide in death of missing autistic woman
Autistic woman, 26, ‘beaten to death with mallet by man she met on dating app’
Court records: Homicide suspect admitted to killing autistic woman
Court records: Homicide suspect admitted to killing autistic woman
Missing Bloomsburg woman found dead, man in custody

Anthony Naiboa

Photo of Anthony Naiboa, a young man with medium-brown skin and dark brown hair and thin mustache. He is wearing a blue shirt and glasses and smiling broadly at the camera.Name: Anthony Taino Naiboa.
Died: October 19, 2017.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Shooting.
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA.

Details:
Anthony graduated from high school with good grades and was working at his first job, packing disaster relief supplies for people affected by Hurricane Maria. He was very proud of his new job and was looking forward to treating his family to dinner with his first paycheck. Anthony was a musician who created and edited music on his computer.

On his way home from work, Anthony had to take a different bus route because of a cancellation. He got off the bus in an unfamiliar neighborhood, and someone shot him dead in the street. Anthony’s father believes he might have been targeted because of his autism; he had already been robbed once, probably by people who saw him as an easy target.

Seminole Heights, the neighborhood in which Anthony was shot, has had two other recent murders. The other victims were 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell, who died on October 9th, and Monica Caridad Offa, 32, who died on October 13th. Police had few leads on the killer, though they did have a video taken near where Benjamin Mitchell was killed.

A month later, police arrested a suspect for carrying a gun into a McDonald’s; the man is now charged with four counts of murder.

Anthony’s family created a foundation that gives new laptops to autistic students headed to college.

References:
Victim’s family reeling after third murder in Seminole Heights
Man with autism is 3rd murder in 11 days in 1 neighborhood after taking wrong bus
Tampa murder of autistic man, 20, is third suspicious death in 10 days in same neighborhood
Man with autism took wrong bus home from work, became 3rd Seminole Heights murder victim
Autistic Man’s Death Could Be Linked to Other Killings
Tampa residents warned serial killer may be at large
Mysterious murders: Vigil honors victims’ lives as search for killer continues
Father of Seminole Heights murder victim believes son took new bus route due to cancellation
Florida ‘serial killer’ suspect arrested after McDonald’s sighting
Father of Seminole Heights murder victim says GoFundMe held on to donations
Family of victim of Seminole Heights killings creates foundation

Demykho “Ross” Forbes

Photo of a man with dark skin and a buzz cut, smiling slightly.Name: Demykho “Ross” Forbes
Died: November 11, 2015
Age at death: 30
Cause of death: Homicide (Drive-by shooting)
Location: Nassau, The Bahamas

Details:
Demykho Forbes, known as Ross, was killed in a drive-by shooting. He was with a friend of his when a car occupied by three gang members pulled up. A teenager inside the car shot them both; his friend was robbed and seriously injured, and Ross died.

Ross’s friends say he was “not a criminal or a gangbanger”, but that he was autistic and very much wanted to fit in.

The teenage gang member has been arrested and accused of killing Ross as well as murdering two other people, including an elementary school teacher named Joyelle McIntosh and a man named Adrian Munroe.

References:
Autistic Man Was Victim Of Drive-By Shooting
Teen Accused Of Killing Teacher
Demykho Ross Forbes Obituary

Erin Crabtree

Photo of Erin Crabtree, a teenage girl with pale skin and dark brown hair, wearing a hoodie.Name: Erin Crabtree.
Died: September 4, 2012.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder (Oxycodone poisoning).
Location: Maudsland, Queensland, Australia.

Details:
Erin was a quiet, introverted girl diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Her mother claimed she had gotten Asperger’s “from a needle”.

Erin, her brother Jonathan, and her sister were all disabled. They were abused by their mother, who repeatedly sedated them with prescription drugs. This probably made their disabilities much more severe than they would otherwise have been.

Erin was fatally poisoned with codeine by her mother, who pretended it had been a suicide and collected insurance money. Five years later, she would kill Erin’s brother Jonathan with a codeine overdose, forge a suicide note, and claim Jonathan had also killed himself.

When the police discovered the murder and Erin’s mother was finally arrested, Erin’s sister, who was still in her mother’s custody, was found in bad shape from having been repeatedly dosed with sedatives. She had to be hospitalized, but eventually recovered and is now in government custody.

References:
Woman to stand trial for allegedly murdering her two disabled children
Gold Coast woman committed to stand trial for alleged murders of her two adult children
Mum’s strange decision before deaths
Witness claims mum accused of murdering children wished son was dead: court
Gold Coast mum Maree Mavis Crabtree accused of murdering her two disabled children
‘Very controlling’: Chilling allegations against Qld mum accused of killing her disabled kids
Mum’s strict rules before alleged murder
Mom murdered her two adult children for insurance payouts, police say
Australian mother arrested after she allegedly poisoned her disabled kids
Gold Coast mother killed two adult children for financial gain, police allege
Maree Crabtree ‘told disabled son to hold up a chemist’
Mum, 51, charged with murdering her kids told one to rob a chemist
Mother accused of poisoning her disabled adult children to death bagged $500k in insurance
‘Killer mum’ claimed $500k in insurance for disabled kids
Mum allegedly poisoned two children, prepared suicide note
Queensland mother allegedly murdered her two children with disabilities for money
Mother charged over children’s murders
QLD mother charged with murder, torture after allegedly poisoning two children to death
Friend says murdered Jonathon Crabtree was ‘full of life’
Jonathan Crabtree tried to call best mate an hour before his death
Australian mother arrested for the alleged murder of her two disabled children
Gold Coast mother killed two adult children for financial gain, police allege
Son of murder-accused had been ‘trying to pick up his life’ before he was found dead
Pictured: Disabled siblings ‘poisoned to death by rat-loving mother’
Australian mum ‘poisoned, killed disabled children for financial gain’, police claim
Murder-accused mother used prescription drugs to control children: police
Police say murder-accused mum helped son secure $200,000 disability benefits, then staged his suicide
Mum accused of disabled kids’ murder said one got Autism from a needle
Australian woman kills two ‘disabled’ adult children for financial gains
Mum partied as Erin died alone
Father of murdered siblings tried to have his son put in care
The missing Sprite cup in the police case against an accused double murderer

Shaun Staudte

Photo of a curly-haired, fair-skinned young man with square-rimmed glasses and scruffy facial hair.Name: Shaun Staudte.
Died: September 2, 2012.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Homicide (Poisoned with antifreeze).
Location: Springfield, Missouri, USA.

Details:
Shaun was the oldest boy in his family. He had three sisters. He and his youngest sister both had special needs–he had autism; she had learning disabilities.

Shaun’s mother hatched a plan to kill three of her family members. She hated her husband, Mark; Shaun, she said, was “worse than a pest”, and Shaun’s sister Sarah didn’t have a job and owed college loans. She talked her daughter into helping her with the plan, and the two worked together to poison their family.

Mark died first; he was poisoned with antifreeze in his drink, but police did not detect foul play, since his wife told them that Mark had been sick. Shaun died only five months after that, another victim of antifreeze poisoning; again, his mother told police that he had been sick, and the death was declared natural. Shaun’s sister, Sarah, got sick, too, and had to be hospitalized–she recovered, but with physical and neurological damage.

During Sarah’s illness, the family’s pastor called police and told them to investigate the possibility of murder; and doctors treating Sarah were beginning to worry about poisoning. After police tested samples from Shaun’s autopsy and found antifreeze, Shaun’s mother and sister were arrested, and eventually admitted that they had poisoned all three people and planned to poison nine-year-old Briana.

Shaun’s sister was sentenced to 42 years to life; his mother is serving life without parole. Briana’s name was changed, and she is living with a foster family.

Sarah, who now lives in an assisted living facility, says she forgives her mother. She plans to work to raise awareness of ethylene glycol poisoning. Ethylene glycol, the antifreeze ingredient used in the murders of Sarah’s father and brother, is a sweet-tasting substance that causes initial symptoms similar to alcohol poisoning, proceeding to vomiting, seizures, and eventually kidney failure and brain damage.

Accidental ethylene glycol poisoning can be prevented by proper labeling and safe storage of antifreeze. Bitter-tasting, less toxic alternatives to ethylene glycol are being used in some products being sold as antifreeze; other products have bitterants added. Poisoning can be treated with antidotes and dialysis; the earlier the treatment, the better the prognosis. If poisoning is suspected, call poison control or emergency services immediately.

References:
Mother convicted of poisoning her family maintains her innocence
The Staudte Family Murders
Ethylene glycol poisoning
Murder In The Family: Diane & Rachel Staudte confessed to poisoning Mark & Shaun Staudte with antifreeze for the money | Bonnie’s Blog of Crime
Mom, Daughter Describe Killing Family Members With Anti-Freeze
Woman pleads guilty to poisoning father, brother with antifreeze; will testify against mother
By Day, These ‘Sweet’ Ladies Served in the Choir. By Night, They Were Killing Off Family One by One
“I forgive my mom for what she did…” daughter speaks as mom admits to poisoning family
Pastor told police parishioner might be poisoning her family
Diane Staudte pleads guilty for antifreeze deaths of husband, son
Diane and Rachel Staudte Plotted to Kill Family With Antifreeze – Springfield, Missouri Murder Case
Mark Staudte Obituary – SPRINGFIELD, Missouri
ACT YOUR OLD AGE: THE STAUDTE FAMILY
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