Trivial Death

Groundhog Dropped By NY Mayor Dies

The groundhog that escaped Mayor Bill de Blasio's grasp during this year's Staten Island Zoo Groundhog Day ceremony died a week after the fall.

But the rodent, which had just predicted six more weeks of winter before tumbling several feet from the mayor's hands, was not the zoo's famed Staten Island Chuck, but rather a stand-in named Charlotte.

Moreover, the zoo did not notify the mayor's office of the death, which was first reported by The New York Post. The story electrified social media on Thursday, prompting a flood of Twitter jokes about a #Groundhoghazi cover-up and de Blasio's possible impeachment.

Ruth Steinhagen, Obsessed Fan Who Shot Player, Inspired Movie, Dies 83

Ruth Ann Steinhagen (December 23, 1929 – December 29, 2012) was an American woman who shot and nearly killed Eddie Waitkus, star first baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies, on June 14, 1949 in one of the first instances of what later became known as stalker crimes. The incident is one of the inspirations for the 1952 baseball book The Natural, made into a film in 1984 (starring Robert Redford)

Ruth Ann Steinhagen cause of death

Ruth Ann Steinhagen died of natural causes at 83 in late December in Chicago.  She had lived more than half a century in obscurity.

Roy Brown Jr., Edsel Designer, Dies 96


Roy Brown Jr. (October 30, 1916 - February 24, 2013) was an American car designer and engineer, best known for creating the first Ford Edsel automobile model in 1958 and the exterior for the Ford Zephyr.

The model, named Edsel after Henry Ford's only child, rolled into showrooms in 1957, accompanied by a massive publicity campaign.[2] But only 63,000 Edsels were sold in the first year of production, with its distinctive grille being the most criticized feature.

Roy Brown Jr. Cause of Death

Roy Brown Jr. died on Feb. 24 in Michigan died of pneumonia and Parkinson's disease.  Roy Brown Jr. He was 96 years old at the time of his death

Zantzinger, a Killer from Bob Dylan's song died 69

William Zantzinger died on January 3, 2009 at the age of 69 

"The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" is a topical song by Bob Dylan. Recorded on 23 October 1963, the song was released on Dylan's 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin' and gives a generally factual account of the killing of 51-year-old barmaid Hattie Carroll by the wealthy young tobacco farmer from Charles County, William Devereux "Billy" Zantzinger (whom the song calls "William Zanzinger"), and his subsequent sentence to six months in a county jail. Dylan's song, however, sentenced Zantzinger to lifelong infamy.

The lyrics are a commentary on the racism of the 1960s, which valued a black woman's life so lightly. At the time, Charles County was still strictly segregated by race in public facilities such as restaurants, churches, theaters, doctor's offices, buses, and the county fair. The schools of Charles County were not integrated until 1967, four years after Hattie Carroll was killed.

Vigilante killer Ellie Nesler (56) - Trivial Death

Interesting Trivial Story - Makes us to think

Vigilante Ellie NeslerEllie Nesler (1952- December 26, 2008) shot and killed her son's accused molester in a courtroom Sonora, California, during the trial. She served 3 years of a 10-year sentence, and was released after an appeal based on jury misconduct. She later went back to prison after a conviction on drug charges, for which she served more than 3 years. While in prison, she developed breast cancer. She died on December 26, 2008 at age 56.

Nesler made headlines when she killed Daniel Driver, the man accused of molesting four boys (including her then 6 year old son, William) in 1993, in the Tuolumne County courthouse. She fired five shots into Driver's head, killing him instantly. In 2002, she was convicted of selling and possessing methamphetamine. She was released from a woman's facility near Chowchilla, California in 2006.

Her son, William, was convicted in 2005 of stomping to death a neighbor, David Davis, hired to clean the family's property in Sonora, California. William Nesler is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence.

Obsessive Paula Abdul fan commits suicide at 30

Paula Goodspeed, whose Idol audition aired during season 5, was found dead outside Abdul's home on November 11, 2008. Police say she appeared to have died of a drug overdose. Abdul told Entertainment Tonight through her representative that she is "shocked and saddened" by the incident, adding that she had been aware of the woman for "several years" who "has issues."

In 2006, Paula Goodspeed sang Proud Mary at American Idol audition, which she received a strong criticism by Simon Cowel.

Gladys Power, World's last female WW1 veteran dies 109

Gladys Stokes Luxford Powers (May 10, 1899 – August 15, 2008) was, at age 109, the last female veteran of the First World War following the March 27, 2007 death of fellow 109-year-old Charlotte Winters from the US. She was also the last veteran living in Canada following the death of Dwight Wilson on May 9, 2007, the day before Powers' 108th birthday. The last Canadian-born veteran, 108-year-old John Babcock, lives in the US.

Powers was born in Lewisham, County of London, the daughter of Frederick Charles Stokes. During her childhood she lived in both Turkey and Australia. In 1915, she volunteered as a barracks waitress for the WAAC despite the minimum age being 17. Later she transferred to the WRAF. In 1920, she married Edward Luxford, a Canadian soldier.

Motorcycle officer killed in Hillary Clinton motorcade crash

Senior Corporal Victor Lozada, a motorcycle officer in the Traffic Division, was killed on February 22nd, 2008, while serving as part of an escort to Senator Hillary Clinton's motorcade near downtown Dallas. Sen. Clinton was on her way to a presidential campaign event. Sr. Cpl. Lozada's funeral was attended by over 4,500 police officers as well as Sen. Clinton


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