Timothy O'Bryan

Birth Name:
Timothy O'Bryan
Birth Date:
April 5, 1966
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas
Death Date:
October 31, 1974
Place of Death:
Houston, Texas
Cause of Death:
Cyanide poisoning
Cemetery Name:
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
poisoned by own father

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery

6900 Lawndale

Houston, Texas, 77023


North America

Grave Location:

Section 28, Temple Gardens

Grave Location GPS

29.71296, -95.30671


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age: 14

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claim_to_fame: Crime and their Victims

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popular name: Rudy Marfeo

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age: 42

cause_of_death: Gunshot wounds from mob hit

claim_to_fame: Crime and their Victims

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popular name: Donald McGonagle

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