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Rizzitello, Michael Anthony 'Mike Rizzi' b. March 15, 1929 d. October 26, 2005 Organized Crime Figure. He was a caporegime (a high ranking "man of honor" or "Mafioso") in the Los Angeles crime family. As a "capo", he headed a crew of "Soldato" or soldiers. He first worked for the Colombo crime family in New York City in the early 1950s. After moving to California in 1956, he was convicted of armed robbery in 1962 and spent 9 years in prison. Released in 1971, he was again convicted of fraud in 1976. Three other criminal trials ended with acquittals. His last conviction...[Read More] (Bio by: Stevan Rich) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City), Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA Plot: Mission Santa Rosa West Interior, Space 3
Roberts, Alton Wayne b. April 6, 1938 d. September 11, 1999 Criminal. Member of the Ku Klux Klan, he personally shot and killed civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman on June 21,1964. He was not prosecuted by the state of Mississippi. In October of 1967 he was tried and convicted of civil rights violations and sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison. He died in 1999 as Mississippi was preparing to re-open the case. These crimes were the basis for the movie "Mississippi Burning". (Bio by: Erik Lander) Quinnelly Cemetery, Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi, USA
Roberts, Bartholomew b. 1682 d. February 10, 1722 Folk Figure. Also known as Black Bart, he is perhaps the most feared pirate of all time. Born in Wales around 1682, he became a pirate the same way many others of the time did: he was pressed into service when his own ship was raided. After his likely service as a seaman in the War of Spanish Succession, he was already a master mariner by this time. When the pirate captain Howell Davis was killed in July 1719, Roberts was elected captain. The crew then voted to head for Brazil, and after...[Read More] (Bio by: Brian R.) Body lost at sea, Body thrown overboard at Cape Lopez off the coast of Africa
Robinson, Davis Ashton 'Ash' b. February 12, 1898 d. February 14, 1985 Businessman. He was the wealthy Texas oilman prominently featured in the Tommy Thompson book, "Blood and Money." When his only child, an adopted daughter, Joan Olive Robinson Hill, died suddenly in 1969 at the age of 38, Ash decided that Joan's third husband, plastic surgeon, John Hill, had murdered her in order to marry his mistress, Ann Kurth. It was rumored that when the court didn't give Ash Robinson the justice he sought, he had a hired killer, Bobby Vandiver, to get rid of John Hill in...[Read More] (Bio by: Terry C) Bayview Memorial Park, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Robinson, James W. d. 1852 Western Outlaw. He was a French Canadian and alleged horse thief who was apprehended off the shores of San Diego, California in a stolen schooner in 1852. A trial was held, he was found guilty, and sentenced to death by hanging. He was buried less than 2 blocks away in Campo Santo Cemetery. An onlooker at this public execution was a Thomas Whaley, who, in 1855, bought the property "Yankee Jim" was hanged on, and built a home (and at various times - granary, billiard hall, theater and finally a...[Read More] El Campo Santo Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Rockwell, George Lincoln b. March 9, 1918 d. August 25, 1967 Political Extremist. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, he was a Navy pilot during World War II, served in the Korean War, and influenced, by anti-Semitism, founded The American Nazi Party in 1958. Even though the membership was small it had a tremendous effect on American culture. A white supremacist that blamed Jews for the worldwide Communist movement, he called for their destruction along with the deportation of all blacks. He was discharged from the Navy Reserves for his actions and...[Read More] Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Rolling, Daniel Harold b. May 26, 1954 d. October 25, 2006 Criminal. Known as the "Gainesville Ripper" he terrorized the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, in August of 1990. Also known as Daniel, he was responsible for the murders of five college students. He was the subject of an episode of a Court TV show entitled, "Body Of Evidence: From The Case Files Of Darryl Hinman", and the book, "Beyond Murder" by John Philbin and John Donnelly. The brutal murders he committed is also said to be the inspiration for the original screenplay for the...[Read More] Florida State Prison Cemetery, Raiford, Union County, Florida, USA
Rosenberg, Alfred b. January 12, 1893 d. October 16, 1946 The 'philosopher' of the Nazi state who elaborated its fantastical racial theories. Starting as a publisher of anti-semitic magazines, he eventually became overlord of the Nazi's eastern conquests and presided over a regime of massacre and mass-slavery. Found guilty at Nuremberg of war crimes. His remains were cremated in the oven at Dachau concentration camp along with many other Nazi criminals. The ashes were raked out and scattered in an unknown river. Cause of death: Hanged Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes Scattered in an unknown German River
Rosenberg, Ethel b. September 25, 1915 d. June 19, 1953 Cold War Spy. Convicted and executed with her husband Julius for providing American Atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. On June 17th, 1953, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas temporarily stayed the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, originally set for the next day, the couple's 14th wedding anniversary. (They were put to death June 19.) Cause of death: Execution Wellwood Cemetery, Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Rosenberg, Julius b. May 12, 1918 d. June 19, 1953 Cold War Spy. Convicted and executed with his wife Ethel for providing American Atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. On June 17th, 1953, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas temporarily stayed the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, originally set for the next day, the couple's 14th wedding anniversary. (They were put to death June 19.) Cause of death: Execution Wellwood Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Ross, Michael Bruce b. July 26, 1959 d. May 13, 2005 Serial Killer. Convicted in 1987 of the murders of four young women in eastern Connecticut, between 1982 and 1984. In addition, Ross admitted to murdering four additional young women in eastern Connecticut and New York State. Ross had asked to be executed, going through a lengthy legal process to forego further legal appeals and allow his execution to proceed. Ross grew up on his parents' chicken farm in Brooklyn, Connecticut, the town where he committed one of his murders years later. Ross was...[Read More] (Bio by: John D. Ryan) Benedictine Grange Cemetery, Redding, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Rountree, J.L. Hunter 'Red' b. December 11, 1911 d. October 12, 2004 Oldest Known United States Bank Robber. He gained national attention for his late-in-life crime spree of robbing banks. In 1998, at age 86, he robbed the South Trust Bank in Biloxi, Mississippi, was sentenced to three years probation, fined $260 and told to leave Mississippi. A year later, he robbed a Nations Bank in Pensacola, Florida, but this time he was sentenced to three years behind bars and was released in 2002. In August 2003, he robbed the First American Bank in Abilene and was...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, USA
Ruby, Jack Leon b. April 25, 1911 d. January 3, 1967 Killer of accused Presidental assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, on 24 November 1963, in a downtown Dallas, Texas police station (Oswald was never convicted of the crime). Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being transferred in the basement garage of the police station, and the killing was broadcast on live television. Many people believe that Ruby intentionally killed Oswald to cover up others' involvement in the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Westlawn Cemetery, Norridge, Cook County, Illinois, USA Plot: Violet Section, Plot 2 lot 9 GPS coordinates: 41.9582405, -87.8222504 (hddd.dddd)
Ruggiero, Benjamino 'Lefty Guns' b. April 19, 1926 d. November, 1994 Organized Crime Figure. Benjamino "Lefty Guns" Ruggiero was born in little Italy and lived there for most of his life. As a youth he got involved in the Bonanno Crime Family. Over the years he became one of Bonannos top soldiers and hitmen with over 20 hits under his belt. In 1977 Benjamino became a 'made' guy (member) in the Bonanno Crime family. Shortly after Benjamino was made he met Donnie Brasco. Donnie was actually F.B.I. agent Joseph Pistone and was posing as a jewel thief to...[Read More] (Bio by: Soorus) Cause of death: Cancer Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA Plot: Section 51, Plot 100, Grave 19.
Russo, Luigi 'Louis' b. 1892 d. September 10, 1931 Luigi (Louis) Russo was a member of what is now called the DeCavalcante Family in New Jersey. Russo operated out of Newark, New Jersey, and was an ally of Mafia Boss Salvatore Maranzano. On Sept. 10,1931, Russo and Sam Monaco, who was the Underboss of the Family, disappeared. This was the same day Maranzano was murdered. Russo and Monaco were found in Newark Bay a few days later. They had been tortured and shot to death, their bodies were weighted down and dumped in the bay. Both their bodies...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill Heneage) Fairmount Cemetery, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA Plot: Mausoleum, First Floor.
Ryan, Michael b. 1960 d. August 19, 1987 Mass Murderer. Armed with numerous weapons including an AK-47, he shot dead 17 people including his own mother and wounded 15 others in one of the UK worst spree killings before finally turning the gun on himself. (Bio by: Lisa) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Cemated at West Chapel, Reading Crematorium his 15 minute service was attended by only 7 people
Ryan, Ronald Joseph [original burial site] b. February 21, 1925 d. February 3, 1967 Last person executed in Australia. Known as "the last man hanged." Forestry worker and petty thief. Hanged for the murder of prison warder George Hodson during an escape attempt in 1965. Subsequent forensic evidence showed that he could not have fired the fatal shot. This was the first execution in Victoria since 1951 and atrongly influenced public opinion against capital punishment forever. (Bio by: Alison Somerville) Pentridge Prison Cemetery, Melbourne, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
Sa, Khun b. February 17, 1933 d. October 26, 2007 Burmese warlord and drug baron. Authoritatively regarded as the world's most prolific heroin trafficker, Khun Sa, also known as Chan Chi-Fu, was once dubbed "the Prince of Death." He died facing a charge of having exported 1,000 tons of heroin to the United States. He preferred to be known as the "Lord of the Golden Triangle," the area encompassing parts of Burma, Laos and Thailand, which once produced most of the world's heroin. He commanded an army of 10,000 soldiers and claimed that his...[Read More] (Bio by: cookie) Yeway Cemetery, North Okkalapa, Yangon, Burma