October 20, 2007
Paul Vincent Raven was a bassist best known for his work in the punk/goth/metal/electronic group Killing Joke. He later played in the alternative rock/industrial metal bands Prong, Ministry and Zilch. He died of a heart attack on 20 October 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland where he was recording. He was found by his Prong band-mate - Ted Parsons. On finding Raven he says “I found Raven asleep in a chair the next morning. I thought nothing of it, as Raven would sleep like this on the tour bus all the time. Then I looked closer at him, and he looked very gray. I checked his pulse and there was none. I yelled for the other guys in the band. We immediately did some CPR and called for an ambulance. Medics arrived quickly, but after an hour of trying to get his heartbeat back, they could not save him. They said he died in his sleep”.
October 19, 1984
Jerzy Popiełuszko was a Roman Catholic priest from Poland associated with the Solidarity Union. A car accident was set up to kill Jerzy Popiełuszko on 13 October 1984 but he escaped it. The alternative plan was to kidnap him and it was carried out on 19 October 1984. The priest was beaten and murdered by 3 Security Police officers. Then his body was dumped into the Vistula Water Reservoir near Włocławek from where it was recovered on 30 October 1984. More than 250 000 people attended his funeral on 3 November 1984. He has been recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church and was beatified on 6 June 2010. His murderers were jailed but released later as part of an amnesty.
October 18, 2008
Delia Mae “Dee Dee” Warwick was an American soul singer, sister of Dionne Warwick, niece of Cissy Houston and the cousin of Whitney Houston. Dee Dee Warwick struggled with narcotics addiction for many years and was in failing healthe. Her sister was with her when she died on October 18, 2008 in a nursing home in Essex County, New Jersey, aged 63.
October 17, 2008
Levi Stubbs was an American baritone singer best known as the frontman of the Motown R&B group Four Tops. He was also a voice artist in film and animated television series. He died in his sleep on October 17, 2008. He is interred at Detroit’s historic Woodlawn Cemetery.
October 16, 1946
Ernst Kaltenbrunner was an Austrian-born senior official of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was the highest-ranking member of the SS to face trial at the first Nuremberg Trials. He was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and executed by hanging on 16 October 1946. Kaltenbrunner’s last words were “I have loved my German people and my fatherland with a warm heart. I have done my duty by the laws of my people and I am sorry this time my people were led by men who were not soldiers and that crimes were committed of which I had no knowledge. Germany, good luck”.
October 15, 1970
Leonarda Cianciulli was an Italian serial killer. Better known as the “Soap-Maker of Correggio” she murdered 3 women in Correggio between 1939 and 1940. When her eldest son enlisted in Mussolini’s army Cianciulli panicked and she decided that the only way to protect him was to give the dark gods another’s life. She picked a friend to kill, dismember her and boil into soap. The blood she baked into tea cakes. When this seemed to work she picked another victim, and then another, until she was caught. One of the victim’s sister-in-law grew suspicious at her sudden disappearance and had last seen her entering Cianciulli’s house. She reported her fears to the police who opened an investigation and arrested Cianciulli which immediately confessed to the murders. She was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison and 3 years in a criminal asylum. Cianciulli died of cerebral apoplexy in the women’s criminal asylum in Pozzuoli on October 15, 1970.
October 14, 2012
Kyle Bennett was an American professional BMX racer and Dirt Jumper. On May 10, 2008 he won an automatic spot on the first US BMX Olympic team. In October 14, 2012 Bennett’s 2006 pickup truck went off the road while traveling at high speed. The truck smashed through a culvert pipe, a wrought-iron gate and several other objects before coming to rest upside down. Responding EMTs extracted Bennett from the vehicle and pronounced him dead at the scene. Officials said he was not wearing a seat belt. Bennett had a blood alcohol content of 0.145 percent by volume - legal standard in Texas is 0.08 percent.
October 13, 2008
Guillaume Depardieu was a French actor, winner of a César Award and the eldest son of Gérard Depardieu. He died on 13 October 2008 at the Garches hospital, aged 37 after contracting severe viral pneumonia at a filming location where he had been working on a new film “Enfance d’Icare”.
October 12, 1978
Nancy Laura Spungen was the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist - Sid Vicious. After the Sex Pistols disbanded, the couple moved to New York and checked into the Chelsea Hotel. Over the next few months Vicious and Spungen entered into deeper drug abuse and domestic violence with Vicious attacking Spungen. Their relationship ended violently on October 12, 1978. Spungen’s body was found under the sink in the bathroom of the couple’s room at Hotel Chelsea. Spungen had suffered a single fatal stab wound to the abdomen. Vicious reportedly owned the knife that made the wound and he was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. In February, 1979 before the case went to trial he died of a heroin overdose. After Vicious’ death the police closed the case.
October 11, 1636
Johann Albrecht Adelgrief was an alleged German prophet born in the environs of Elbląg, Poland. He asserted that 7 angels had come down from heaven and given him the commission to banish evil from the world and to scourge the monarchs with rods of iron. He was arrested at Königsberg, accused of witchcraft and condemned to death with all his writings suppressed.
October 10, 1985
Yul Brynner was a Russian-born United States-based film and stage actor. He was best known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the musical “The King and I” for which he won 2 Tony Awards and an Academy Award. He is also remembered as Rameses II in “The Ten Commandments” and General Bounine in “The Magnificent Seven”. Brynner was noted for his distinctive voice and for his shaved head which he maintained as a personal trademark. He was also a model, television director, photographer and the author of 2 books. In September 1983 Brynner found a lump on his vocal cords. His throat was fine but he had inoperable lung cancer. He underwent radiation therapy which hurt his throat and made it impossible for him to sing or speak easily. He died of lung cancer on October 10, 1985 in New York. His remains are interred in France on the grounds of the Saint-Michel-de-Bois-Aubry Russian Orthodox monastery.