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An Autistic Mom’s Perspective on Alejandro Ripley’s Murder

  Alejandro Ripley was a 9 year old autistic boy who lived in South Florida, same area as I do. He was described by one of his neighbors as a playful child. He was always laughing while jumping on his trampoline. “Overall a good boy.” Patricia Ripley, his mother (I use this term loosely), led […]

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Mother who reported abduction of 9-year-old son with autism now charged in his murder

Patricia Ripley had told police in Florida that her son, Alejandro, who is nonverbal, had been abducted by two men who demanded drugs.   A Florida mother who told police that her 9-year-old son with autism was abducted from the parking lot of a Home Depot in Miami has now been charged in his murder. Patricia Ripley […]

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Family of mother accused in killing of boy with autism speaks out – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

  SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The family of a Southwest Miami-Dade woman accused in the killing of her 9-year-old son with autism said they are in shock and disbelief, but they want her to have the opportunity to have her day in court. 7News cameras captured Aldo Ripley as he broke down in tears and was […]

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Disability Day of Mourning honours those killed by their caretakers | Vancouver Sun

Bill MacArthur was raped and beaten as a child, and he saw horrific instances of other sexual, physical and emotional abuse during the four separate times he was sent to the former provincial lunatic asylum/hospital for the insane that became Woodlands School in New Westminster.In a way he considers himself lucky: He lived to tell […]

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Mystery & sorrow surround murder of trans woman found dead in her apartment / LGBTQ Nation

Julie Berman, an outspoken 51-year-old Toronto-based transgender activist who spent 30 years opposing violence against trans women and helping trans people thrive, was found murdered in her apartment this week. She suffered a blunt-impact trauma to the head and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police have arrested 29-year-old suspect Colin Harnack at the scene of the […]

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Trans activist Julie Berman killed in Toronto | TheHill

Transgender rights activist Julie Berman was killed in Toronto on Sunday, The Globe and Mail reports. Source: Trans activist Julie Berman killed in Toronto | TheHill

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Mom kept autistic son in closet, drugged and starving, for 3 years before death, cops say | WSOC-TV

Veronica Aguilar, 41, is charged with murder and child abuse in the August 2016 death of her son, Yonatan Aguilar. Source: Mom kept autistic son in closet, drugged and starving, for 3 years before death, cops say | WSOC-TV