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Stig Bergling (2015)
By KARL RITTER, The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Stig Bergling, a former Swedish security officer who sold secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War and brazenly escaped while serving a life sentence for espionage, has died. He was 77.Bergling's death was first reported Thursday by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The Swedish tax authority, which records deaths, confirmed he died on...
"Mad" Frankie Fraser, 91 (1923 - 2014)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — "Mad" Frankie Fraser, an old-school London criminal who spent more than 40 years in prison and became an underworld celebrity, has died. He was 90. Eddie Richardson, sometime boss of a crime family with which Fraser was associated, confirmed he died Wednesday. Fraser had been in a hospital for an operation on his leg. "He's had a long...
John A. Walker, 77 (1937 - 2014)
MICHAEL BIESECKER, The Associated PressRALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday.Retired Navy Warrant Officer John A. Walker Jr. died Thursday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke...
Jack W. Tocco (2014)
The Associated Press GROSSE POINTE PARK, Michigan (AP) — Reputed Detroit mob boss Jack W. Tocco, who was convicted of racketeering in 1998 in a federal crackdown on organized crime, has died. He was 87. Tocco, who said he fought his entire life to clear his name, died Monday at home in a Detroit suburb, according to Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. A...
David Greenglass, 92 (1922 - 2014)
VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — In 1953, at the height of the Cold War, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg died in the electric chair after being convicted of conspiring to pass secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviets. The government's star witness at their trial: Ethel's own brother, David Greenglass.On Tuesday, family members disclosed that Greenglass had died on July 1 in New...
Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo (2013)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Disgraced former Mexican drug czar Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo has died from complications from prostate cancer while serving a 40-year sentence for...
Ronnie Biggs, 84 (1929 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Ronnie Biggs was a petty criminal who set out to transform his life with the daring heist of a mail train packed with money. The plan worked...
Mark "Chopper" Read (2013)
KRISTEN GELINEAU, The Associated PressSYDNEY (AP) — Mark "Chopper" Read, one of Australia's most notorious and colorful crime figures, died on Wednesday after a long battle with liver cancer, his...
Juan David Ochoa (1949 - 2013)
LIBARDO CARDONA, The Associated PressBOGOTA, COLOMBIA (AP) — The eldest of the three Ochoa brothers who founded the Medellin cocaine cartel in the 1980s with Pablo Escobar has died of a heart...
Jorge Rafael Videla, 87 (1925 - 2013)
MICHAEL WARREN, The Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who took power in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow...
Billie Sol Estes, 88 (1925 - 2013)
BETSY BLANEY, The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Billie Sol Estes, a flamboyant Texas huckster who became one of the most notorious men in America in 1962 when he was accused of looting...
Ieng Sary, 87 (1925 - 2013)
The Associated PressPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Ieng Sary, co-founder of the Khmer Rouge regime responsible for the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians in the 1970s, has died. The 87-year-old...
Frank Calabrese, 75 (1937 - 2012)
The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Prisons says convicted Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese (KAL'-uh-brees) Sr. has died at the age of 75.Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross...
James Fogle, 75 (1937 - 2012)
The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — James Fogle, who wrote "Drugstore Cowboy," an autobiographical crime novel that led to an acclaimed 1989 film starring Matt Dillon, has died. He was 75.Fogle died...
Gregory Powell (2012)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Gregory Powell, who was convicted of killing a Los Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping that inspired Joseph Wambaugh's true-life crime novel ...
Henry Hill, 69 (1943 - 2012)
By ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henry Hill spent much of his life as a "goodfella," believing his last moment would come with a bullet to the back of his head. In the end...
Klaas Faber, 90 (1922 - 2012)
GEIR MOULSON, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Klaas Faber, a Dutch native who fled to Germany after being convicted in the Netherlands of Nazi war crimes, has died. He was 90.A hospital official...
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, 60 (1952 - 2012)
ADEL OMRAN, The Associated Press TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — He was the embodiment of one of modern Libya's darkest chapters — a man synonymous with horrifying scenes of wreckage, broken families...
John Demjanjuk, 91 (1920 - 2012)
DAVID RISING, The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — John Demjanjuk was convicted of being a low-ranking guard at the Sobibor death camp, but his 35-year fight on three continents to clear his name...
Raymond Scott (2012)
CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — A flamboyant, unemployed antiques dealer jailed for handling a stolen first edition of Shakespeare's plays has died, Britain's Prison Service...
Mark J. Gerard, 76 (1934 - 2011)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressMark J. Gerard, the veterinarian for champion horses Secretariat and Kelso whose racing career was ruined when he ran a ringer in a 1977 race at Belmont Park...
U.S. Troops' Success (2011)
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Judith Coplon Socolov, 88 (1922 - 2011)
JIM FITZGERALD, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — She was young and smart and claimed she was in love, and when Judith Coplon was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1949 she became a sensation....
John E. du Pont (1938 - 2010)
JENNIFER C. YATES, The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — John du Pont, the chemical fortune heir who killed an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler at his palatial estate near Philadelphia, died...
Emilio Eduardo Massera, 85 (1925 - 2010)
DEBORA REY, The Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine coup leader Emilio Eduardo Massera died Monday after suffering for years from a heart condition and dementia that left him...
Marilyn Buck, 62 (1947 - 2010)
DAVID B. CARUSO, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Marilyn Buck, a violent leftist incarcerated for 25 years for her role in some of the most notorious radical acts of the 1980s, including...
Frank Colacurcio, Sr., 93 (1917 - 2010)
GENE JOHNSON, The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Frank Colacurcio Sr., Seattle's elderly strip club boss and notorious organized crime figure, died Friday at age 93.His attorney, Irwin Schwartz,...
Vivian Blake (2010)
By HOWARD CAMPBELL, Associated Press Writer KINGSTON, Jamaica The founder of a cocaine-smuggling gang blamed for about 1,400 slayings has died of illnesses at a Jamaica hospital, a year after...
Evaristo Porras (2010)
(Associated Press) By LIBARDO CARDONA Associated Press Writer BOGOTA Evaristo Porras, a former high-flying Medellin cartel drug trafficker associated with Pablo Escobar in the 1980s, has...
Howard Barton Unruh, 88 (1921 - 2009)
By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press Writer TRENTON, N.J. Howard Barton Unruh, who killed 13 people as he walked the streets of Camden in a psychotic 1949 shooting spree that was the nation's...