Sunny Von Bulow

Birth Name:
Martha Sharp Crawford
Birth Date:
September 1, 1932
Birth Place:
Manassas, Virginia
Death Date:
December 6, 2008
Place of Death:
Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home in New York City, New York
Cause of Death:
Cardiopulmonary Arrest
Cemetery Name:
Saint Mary's Episcopal Churchyard and Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Martha "Sunny" Von Bulow was an American heiress, socialite, and philanthropist. Upon her utilities magnate father's death, she was the heiress to his ~ $100 million fortune. After divorcing her first husband, Prince Alfred von Auersperg, she married Claus von Bulow, a former aide to J.P. Getty. Claus was accused of twice trying to murder his wife for her fortune, by injecting Sunny with Insulin. The second coma left Sunny in a persistent vegetative state for the next 28 years until her death from cardiopulmonary arrest in 2008. Claus was initially found guilty of attempted murder, but his conviction was overturned on appeal. Her children from her first marriage remained convinced that Claus had tried to murder her, and established the Sunny von Bulow National Victim Advocacy Center, now known as the National Center for Victims of Crime. They also established the Sunny von Bulow Coma and Head Trauma Research Foundation in New York in their mother's honor.

Fun Fact

Sunny von Bulow was born in her father’s personal railway carriage in Manassas, Virginia, Her parents had been in route from Hot Springs, Virginia to New York. She was known as “Choo-Choo” until she was later nicknamed “Sunny” for her good nature.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Saint Mary's Episcopal Churchyard and Cemetery

324 East Main Road

Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 02871


North America

Grave Location:

Martha Sharp Crawford Private Garden

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery veer right towards the old church building but stay to the left so the church is on your right. Drive past the church and turn right on the first road behind the church. Drive 300 feet (almost to the end of the road) and park. Look to your left 100 feet from the road and you will see a three foot hedge for the private garden of the final resting place of Martha Sharp Crawford aka “Sunny”.

Grave Location GPS

41.54823583, -71.26118544



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