Guest Author - Donna Johnson
Whether via natural causes, execution by the state, or murder, people involved with famous crimes pass away, just like everyone else. Here is a list of some of those deaths during the year of 2013, along with a brief explanation of their famous crime connection.
9: Rizana Nafeek. This 24-year old Sri Lankan woman was executed by beheading after she was convicted of murdering an infant in her care in 2005. Nafeek claimed the four-month old accidentally choked, but signed a confession (under duress, she claimed.)
10: Zhang Yongming: A 57-year-old Chinese serial killer accused of murdering 11 young men between the years of 2008 and 2012. He is also said to have sold their flesh at a food market.
12: Christopher Dorner: After a massive manhunt, the 33-year-old who killed three police officers and a family member of a police officer, as well as wounding four others, was cornered in a cabin near Big Bear Lake, California. The cabin burned down and Dorner's autopsy revealed a single gunshot, likely self-inflicted, to the head.
1: Naw Kham: 43-year old drug lord and gang leader in Burma. Kham pled guilty to involvement in the 2011 Mekong River massacre that left 13 Chinese sailors dead. Executed by lethal injection.
17: Peter Scott: Prolific British burglar who robbed hundreds of homes and even stole from Sophia Loren. Scott was the inspiration for the movie [i]He Who Rides a Tiger[/i], released in 1965. Scott died of cancer at age 82.
15: Martin Richard, age 8; Lu Lingzi, age 23; Krystle Campbell, age 29; all killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. Over 200 others were injured, many severely. Sean Collier, aged 27 and an M.I.T police officer, was killed in a shootout with the suspects four days later.
19: Tamerlan Tsarnaev: 26-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings (along with his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokar.) Tsarnaev was shot several times by police and possibly ran over with a vehicle, though accounts of what vehicle struck him vary.
7: Richard Ramirez: The 53-year-old serial killer known as the Night Stalker died of natural causes after sitting on California's death row for 23 years. Ramirez terrorized the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1984 and 1985, killing 14 people and committing multiple rapes.
12: Elroy Chester: Convicted of the 1998 murder of a Texas fireman, Chester confessed to three other killings and was connected by DNA to several rapes. The 44-year-old was executed by lethal injection despite controversy over his low IQ.
20: Lil Snupe, birth name Addarren La' Keith Ross: He was an 18-year-old rapper who was shot to death, allegedly following an argument over video games.
26: Kimberly McCarthy: A 52-year-old Texas woman convicted of murdering her 71-year-old neighbor in 1997. Executed by lethal injection.