The Odd and the Interesting
Age 51
January 18, 1899 - December 22, 1950
Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery / Moultrie / Georgia / USA / North America
Even as a young boy, all William "Billy" Duggan ever wanted to do is join the circus. At age 12 he ran away from home to join the Sparks Circus where among his other duties, he was tasked with feeding the elephants. He quickly fe...
Crime and their Victims
Age 43
September 20, 1932 - February 11, 1976
South Dartmouth Cemetery / Dartmouth / Massachusetts / USA / North America
Joseph "The Animal" Barboza was one of the most violent, psychopath degenerates in New England organized crime history. Barboza was a mobster and notorious mob hitman for the Patriarca crime family of New England during the 1...
Music
Age 52
December 19, 1885 - April 10, 1938
Woodlawn Cemetery / Bronx / New York / USA / North America
A pioneering jazz trumpet and cornet player, songwriter and bandleader Joseph “King” Oliver played an instrumental role in the popularization of jazz outside of New Orleans. Though born in Louisiana, Oliver spent much of his c...
Music
Age 73
February 3, 1898 - August 27, 1971
Lincoln Cemetery / Blue Island / Illinois / USA / North America
Lil Hardin Armstrong was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader. She was the second wife of Louis Armstrong, with whom she collaborated on many recordings in the 1920s with the Louis Armstrong Hot Fiv...
Music
Age 69
August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971
Flushing Cemetery / Flushing, Queens / New York / USA / North America
From a New Orleans boys’ home to Hollywood, Carnegie Hall, movies and television, the tale of Louis Armstrong’s life and triumphant six-decade career epitomizes the American success story. His trumpet playing revolutionized th...
Show Business
Age 64
September 25, 1928 - July 12, 1993
Cimetière de Monthyon France / Monthyon / France / Europe
Mr. Chazot began his career in earnest as a star dancer at the Opera Comique in Paris from 1956 to 1963 and choreographed or produced many ballets. His wit made him a popular guest on television talk shows. He was also known for h...
Show Business
Age 74
March 30, 1933 - May 30, 2007
Cimetière de Montmartre / Paris / France / Europe
For most cinéphiles outside his native France, Jean-Claude Brialy was mainly associated with the Nouvelle Vague, in which he was a principal actor. But at home he went on to become one of the most prominent figures in the arts, p...
Crime and their Victims
Age 34
May 16, 1861 - May 7, 1896
Holy Cross Cemetery / Yeadon / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
The country’s first serial killer was a smooth-talking doctor who ran a murder hotel in Chicago. The tale of H. H. Holmes and his Murder Castle is perhaps one of the most fascinating cases in American criminal history. Born Herm...
Music
Age 30
October 25, 1902 - March 26, 1933
Holy Cross Cemetery / Yeadon / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
Born Salvatore Massaro in Philadelphia, PA, in 1920 at age 18 Salvatore legally changed his name to Eddie Lang, exchanged his violin for a banjo, and began working with band leaders Charlie Kerr, Bert Estlow, Vic D’Ippolito, an...
Crime and their Victims
Age 83
October 25, 1920 - December 14, 2003
Holy Cross Cemetery / Yeadon / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
Frank Sheeran was a truck driver, corrupt labor union official and alleged mafia hitman. Sheeran is thought by some to have murdered Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, (among dozens of others) and was the subject of the 2019 film "T...
Crime and their Victims
Age 30
January 20, 1952 - March 15, 1982
Holy Cross Cemetery / Yeadon / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
Rocco Marinucci was a pizza restaurant owner (Pop’s Pizza in South Philly) and a Philadelphia crime family associate. He was responsible for planting a bomb under mob boss Philip Testa's porch, killing him instantly. Rocco Marin...
Crime and their Victims
Age 28
March 31, 1956 - September 14, 1984
Holy Cross Cemetery / Yeadon / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
Salvatore "Salvie" Testa, nicknamed "The Crowned Prince of the Philadelphia Mob", was an Italian-American mobster who served as a caporegime and later acting underboss for the Philadelphia crime family. Testa made his reputation a...
Crime and their Victims
Age 56
April 21, 1924 - March 15, 1981
Holy Cross Cemetery / Yeadon / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
Philip Testa aka "The Chicken Man" was an Italian-American mobster known for his brief leadership of the Philadelphia crime family of the Italian-American Mafia. He became boss of the Philadelphia crime family after the previous b...
Crime and their Victims
Age 69
May 21, 1910 - March 21, 1980
Holy Cross Cemetery / Yeadon / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
Known as the “Docile Don,” his time at the top of Philadelphia’s criminal hierarchy was marked by a relative lack of violence, and like Bufalino, he kept a low profile. His organization ran gambling and loan sharking enterpr...
Crime and their Victims
Age 69
July 21, 1889 - March 14, 1959
Holy Cross Cemetery / Yeadon / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
Michael Maggio was one of the original Philadelphia organized crime figures beginning in the 1910s. The leader of "the Greaser Gang" in south Philadelphia, he quickly ascended to a leadership role in the Philly crime family. Known...