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, Maria 'La Sposa' d. December 30, 1939 Neapolitan Folk Figure. On December 30, 1930, a train arriving from Reggio Calabria crashed at the station of Torre Annunziata, comune of Naples. The passengers included a young couple on their honeymoon. While the woman remained a victim of the collision along with twenty eight others, it was not after the bellic period of the Second World War that the first interest and devotion towards her started to spread. When a group of women, supposedly in response to a vision in a dream, went to...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Comunale Torre Annunziata, Torre Annunziata, Cittą Metropolitana di Napoli, Campania, Italy
Abbas, Abu b. December 10, 1948 d. March 8, 2004 Terrorist. Born Muhammad Zaydan, he was the head of the terrorist group "Palestine Liberation Front". He masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the Italian passenger ship "Achille Lauro" in which a wheelchair-bound American tourist, Leon Klinghoffer was thrown overboard. He was captured by United States forces in Iraq in April, 2003, and was being held in United States military custody there when he died. Martyrs Cemetery, Damascus, Dimashq, Syria
Abbundando, Frank b. July 11, 1910 d. February 19, 1942 Organized Crime Figure. Known as "The Dasher", he was a member of a murder-for-hire gang made up of Jewish and Italian street gangsters working out of Brooklyn, New York City, New York during the 1930s. This gang, who came to be known in the news media as "Murder Inc.", carried out gangland murders in the New York City area under the direction of mob bosses Lepke Buchalter and [Read More] Saint John Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA Plot: Section 12, Plot P, Grave 75
Abel, Rudolf Ivanovich b. July 11, 1903 d. November 15, 1971 Soviet Union Intelligence Officer. He was a Russian Cold War spy who had been captured by the United States while engaged in espionage. Born Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher in England to revolutionary parents who fled Czarist Russia, he served in the Russian Army during World War II, engaging in clandestine operations behind Nazi German lines. Trained as a spy by the KGB after the war, he resided in the United States for the purpose of gaining American nuclear secrets and other intelligence...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Cause of death: Lung cancer Donskoi Monastery Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russian Federation
Adner, Anton b. 1705 d. March 15, 1822 German Folk Figure, Wood Artisan. It is believed that his birthplace was in Schonau, Bavaria, in the region of Berchtesgaden. He earned a modest living by building and selling his wooden creations that included toys and boxes, along with knitting picturesque socks. During his lifetime, the region of Berchtesgaden imposed strict commerce regulations in which each wood artisan could make only one determined type of product, and he specialized in making decorative wooden boxes that were designed...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Alter Friedhof, Berchtesgaden, Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Adonis, Joe (Guiseppe Antonio Doto) b. November 22, 1902 d. November 26, 1971 Organized Crime Figure. Born Giuseppe Antonio Doto in the small town of Montemarano, Italy, near Naples, to Michele and Maria Doto. In 1909, Joe and his family entered the United States at New York City. As a young man, Joe supported himself by stealing and picking pockets. While working on the streets, Joe became friends with future mob boss Charles "Lucky" Luciano and mobster Settimo Accardi, who were involved in illegal gambling. He developed a loyalty to Luciano that would last for decades...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Cause of death: Heart attack Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Aiello, Giuseppe 'Joe' b. 1891 d. October 23, 1930 Organized Crime Figure. Born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, he immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin around 1912. He and his family eventually settled on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, where he became in volved in liquor bootlegging, and where he eventually came into a conflict with crime boss Al Capone. After several years and many deaths, he was elected president of the benevolent society "Unione Siciliane" (which...[Read More] (Bio by: Dennis Rice) Riverside Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Aiuppa, Joseph 'Doves' b. December 1, 1907 d. February 22, 1997 Organized Crime Figure. He was a long time power in the Chicago, Illinois Mafia syndicate known as "The Outfit". He began his criminal career as a muscleman and hired gun for Al Capone in 1935; by 1970 he had risen high in the Chicago mob. Though he controlled the mob's operations in Cicero and the western suburbs of Chicago, he was always a number two or three man in the hierarchy of the Outfit . His nominal boss during...[Read More] (Bio by: Joseph) Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA Plot: Crucifix Garden, South Building, Tier 2, Crypt 7453
al-Awlaki, Anwar b. April 22, 1971 d. September 30, 2011 Al-Qaeda Regional Commander. He was born to a Yemeni family who was living in the United States, and by his birth there, gained dual US-Yemen citizenship. His father, Nasser al-Aulaqi, was a Fulbright Scholar who earned a master's degree in agricultural economics at the New Mexico State University in 1971, later earned a doctorate degree at the University of Nebraska, and then worked for the University of Minnesota until 1978, when his family returned to Yemen. Anwar lived in Yemen for the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Al-Megrahi, Abdelbaset b. April 1, 1952 d. May 20, 2012 Libyan Terror Figure. On 31 January 2001, Megrahi was convicted, by a panel of three Scottish judges sitting in a special court at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands, of 270 counts of murder for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on 21 December 1988 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. His co-accused, Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, was found not guilty and was acquitted. Megrahi unsuccessfully appealed his conviction in January 2001. In June 2007 the Scottish Criminal Cases Review...[Read More] Janzour Cemetery, Janzour, Al Jifarah, Libya
Al-Zarqawi, Abu Musab b. October 20, 1966 d. June 7, 2006 Islamic Terrorist. Born Ahmed al-Khalayeh in Zarqa, Jordan, he was considered one of the top international terrorists in Iraq and the Middle East, responsible for numerous suicide bombings, kidnappings, hostage executions and acts of violence against Iraqi civilians and American led forces within the country. He began his militancy in the late 1980s directing attacks against Soviet occupation forces in Afghanistan, and spent several years in a Jordan prison for the unsuccessful overthrow of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Alamo (Horn), Susan (Edith Opal) b. April 25, 1925 d. April 8, 1982 Religious Cult Figure. In 1969, she co-founded the Alamo Christian Foundation with her husband, Tony Alamo. The organization quickly gained notoriety for its intense evangelistic methods and "in your face" approach to sin in the Hollywood culture at large. In 1976, the ministry moved its headquarters to Alma, Arkansas, her childhood home. The Foundation gained notoriety for making high-priced, sequined denim jackets for Hollywood celebrities while not complying with Federal Wage and Hour law...[Read More] (Bio by: Mike Reynolds) Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA GPS coordinates: 36.0519791, -95.5265427 (hddd.dddd)
Allen, Sandy (Sandra) Elaine b. June 18, 1955 d. August 13, 2008 American Folk Figure. She was the Guinness World Book title holder as the tallest woman on record since 1976. Sandy measured at 7 feet 7.25 inches. A pituitary tumor was the source of her body releasing excessive amounts of growth hormone. At birth the 6.5 pound normal baby began to grow quickly and by age ten she measured at 6 feet 3 inches. By age 16 she had reached 7 feet 1 inch. In 1974 she wrote to Guinness World Records looking to meet others her size. From there her fame began as...[Read More] (Bio by: Azarias) Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA
Allison, Robert Clay b. September 2, 1840 d. July 3, 1887 American Western Frontier Outlaw. He joined the Confederate army during the Civil War on October 15, 1861 but was discharged for personality problems January 10, 1862. In the late 1860s, he was a trail boss in New Mexico working for Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight, legendary Texas cattleman. On January 7, 1874 he met up with "Chunk" Colbert a desperado who had a grudge for him. They spent the day together carousing and drinking. That night at dinner Colbert lunged for Allison's gun and...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Robert Clay Allison Burial Site, Pecos, Reeves County, Texas, USA
Alterie, Louis 'Two Gun' b. August 2, 1886 d. July 18, 1935 Organized Crime Figure. He was a member of Chicago's West side gang under Dion O'Bannion. He is often credited with inventing the "one-way ride," taking Philadelphia gangster John Dougherty (alias Duffy) for a car ride in 1923, but the "honor" of creating the one-way ride goes to Earl "Hymie" Weiss. Louis Alterie did invent the ambush murder which involved renting an apartment close to the home or office of an intended victim and staging a surprise attack. He is also said to be the only...[Read More] Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Whispering Pines, L-912, grave 6 (unmarked) [unmarked]
Amberg, Herman 'Hyman' d. November 3, 1926 Organized Crime Figure. Along with his brothers Louis "Pretty" and Joseph Amberg, they were the most feared gangsters in the Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York City, New York during the 1920s and 1930s. Hyman was arrested for the murder of a Brooklyn jeweler in 1926 and placed in the "Tombs" jail in Manhattan to await trial. On November 3, 1926, he and another prisoner (armed with guns) tried to escape from the jail. They got as far as the prison wall but were trapped by the guards...[Read More] Cause of death: Suicide by gunshot Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens County, New York, USA Plot: Block 97, Row 6R, Grave 53, Gate 82/S
Amberg, Joseph b. 1892 d. September 30, 1935 Organized Crime Figure. He along with his brothers Louis "Pretty" and Hyman Amberg were the most feared gangsters in the Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York City, New York during the 1920s and 1930s On September 30,1935, Joseph Amberg and Morris Kessler (one of his henchmen) were lined-up against the wall of an auto repair garage in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn and shot to death by three gunmen of "Murder, Inc". Cause of death: Shot to death Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens County, New York, USA Plot: Block 97, between North 8th and 9th Streets
Amberg, Louis b. 1897 d. October 23, 1935 Organized Crime Figure. During the 1920s and 1930s he, along with his brother Joseph, were the most feared gangsters in the Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York City, New York. On October 23, 1935 (the same day gangster Dutch Schultz was murdered) Louis Amberg's body was found in a burning car in Brooklyn. He was killed with an ax and a shotgun blast, put in a car and set on fire. The murder contract was carried out by Abe Reles and his men in "Murder Inc". Cause of death: Murdered Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens County, New York, USA Plot: Block 2, Row 12R, Grave 4