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Murdered

  • Joy Adamson, author of Born Free, shot and killed January 3, 1980 by a former employee. Her husband, George Adamson, was shot and killed by poachers on August 20, 1989.
  • Archimedes
  • Thomas Becket
  • Black Dahlia Murder
  • Ennis Cosby, son of comedian Bill Cosby
  • Bob Crane, actor, Hogan's Heroes
  • Jeffrey Dahmer, murdered in prison
  • Jill Dando, British TV newscaster, shot by Barry George, April 26 1999.
  • Dominique Dunne, actress, murdered by ex-boyfriend John Sweeney.
  • Abigail Folger, coffee fortune heiress, by Charles Manson groupies.
  • Marvin Gaye, singer, murdered by his father
  • Phil Hartman, comedian, murder/suicide by his wife
  • Jimmy Hoffa, Teamster President, disappeared by the Mafia.
  • Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell of Run DMC)
  • Polly Klaas, child, murder fomented California's three strikes law
  • Beatle John Lennon
  • Lindbergh Baby
  • Malcolm X, assassinated
  • Christopher Marlowe, playwright, murdered in London in 1593
  • Sal Mineo, actor, Rebel Without a Cause
  • Artie Mitchell, porn king, murdered by the other Mitchell brother, Jim.
  • Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls (Christopher Wallace), in a drive-by
  • Joe Orton, playwright, murdered by his boyfriend
  • Jon Benet Ramsey, child beauty pageant contestant
  • Edmond Safra, multibillionaire banker, killed (December 3, 1999) in a Monaco fire deliberately set by his male nurse, Ted Maher. Maher later escaped prison but was recaptured.
  • Selena, the popular Tejano singer, murdered by the president of the Selena Fan Club, Yolanda Saldivar. "It just went off, I didn't mean to do it. I didn't mean to kill anybody."
  • Rebecca Schaffer, television star (My Sister Sam), shot by her stalker
  • Dutch Schultz, gangster killing
  • Tupac Shakur, rapper killed in driveby
  • Matthew Shepard, killed in notorious gay hate crime incident
  • Nicole Simpson, ex-wife of O.J. Simpson
  • Nancy Spungen, murdered by the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious
  • Sharon Tate, by Charles Manson groupies
  • Officer J. D. Tippit, killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Peter Tosh, reggae musician, murdered by three "robbers" who actually did not steal anything. Whether or not this is the actual motive is a matter of speculation.
  • Gianni Versace, fashion designer, murdered by Andrew Cunanan
  • Joan Vollmer, wife of William S. Burroughs, whom he killed playing William Tell. Accident, or murder?

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