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Lizzie Borden

Posted in Oak Grove Cemetery with tags on June 28, 2014 by Cade

borden1July 19, 1860 – June 01, 1927

In one of the most infamous “unsolved” murders in American history, Lizzie Andrew Borden became the late-19th century version of every present-day why-exactly-is-CNN-covering-this-trial/famous-only-for-doing-something-terrible “celebrity” we now see all the time. The facts were these: Lizzie’s father, Andrew, and step-mother, Abby, were brutally murdered in their Fall River, MA home by a hatchet wielding killer. Lizzie was accused of said wielding. Lizzie was acquitted. Lizzie lived out the rest of her life defiantly in the little community that was now – verdict aside – pretty terrified of her. She changed her name to Lizbeth and lived out the rest of her days ostracized by those around her, including her once-close sister. Lizbeth died following gallbladder surgery at the age of 66. She was quietly buried with her family in what was probably a pretty awkward afterlife reunion. No one else was ever charge with the murders.

Burial

Oak Grove Cemetery – Fall River, MA

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Specific Location

Enter the cemetery through the western Prospect St. gate, take an immediate left then veer right onto Oak Ave., follow this around and stop  just before it intersects with Chestnut Ave, the Borden family plot is on your right.

Note: There are white arrows painted on the street that lead directly to Lizzie and her family.

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Amy Winehouse

Posted in Cremated with tags , , on June 4, 2014 by Cade


winehouse1September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011

<insert “Rehab” joke here>

An eclectic and immensely talented singer, Amy Jade Winehouse stormed onto the British music scene in 2003 with her debut album, Frank. But, it was her sophomore effort, 2006’s Back to Black that made her an international sensation. Combining old-school genres like jazz and soul with her distinctive style and sultry voice, Amy blew through the Grammys that year collecting five awards. Her singles “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” were Billboard chart mainstays for months. As troubled as she was talented, Winehouse struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout her career. Add to this her meteoric rise to stardom and (allegedly) poor grasp on moderation and self-control…well, you know where this is going or you wouldn’t be reading this blog.

At the iconic age of 27, Amy Winehouse joined the likes of Jim, Jimi, Janis and Kurt as a member of the infamous ’27 Club’ when she died of alcohol poisoning in her Camden, London home. While her star burned out quickly, her influence over other British singers like Adele and Duffy certainly shaped the way international pop music would look for years to follow.

Burial

Cremated – Despite rumors that her remains would be interred at London’s famous Golders Green, Amy’s ashes remain in the custody of her family…who eventually got them back from her entourage of bodyguards after the funeral.

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She’s the one in green in the middle

UPDATE: As of 7/2014, there is at least a marker for Amy at the Edgewarebury Cemetery in London where her grandmother is buried. It can be assumed her ashes were interred there, as well.