FRANK "THE ENFORCER" NITTI COMMITS SUICIDE - When gangster Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, Al Capone's successor as head of the Syndicate was indicted for tax evasion in 1943, he went for a walk along the railroad tracks here near his home in North Riverside. At a spot southeast of 22nd and Harlem, he put a gun to his head and shot himself to death.
UPDATE – In 1992, the spot where he died was between a Toy R Us and a Firestone Store.
FORREST HOME CEMETERY – Buried here in the Forrest Home Cemetery at 836 S. Des Plaines are:
– Charles Chamberlain, composer. He wrote the words to the state song "Illinois." He is In Lot 32, Section 4.
– Emma Goldman. An anarchist who published a journal called "Mother Earth," she advocated revolution and free love. She was blamed for the assassination of President McKinley. Deported to Russia in 1919, she died in Toronto in 1940. She is buried here near fellow radicals who were hanged for inciting violence in the Haymarket Square riot in 1886. She is in Lot 1044, Section N, across the road from the Chapel.
– Grunow family Mausoleum. Grunow was the founder of the Grunow Majestic Radio Corporation. In Lot 1, Section 24.
– Haymarket Monument. Buried here are George Engle, Adolph Fischer, Louis Lingg, Oscar Neebe, Albert Parsons, Michael Schwab and August Spies. Parsons, Engle, Fischer and Spies were hanged on November 11, 1887 for inciting the Chicago Haymarket Square riot in 188 in which eight policemen were killed. Louis Lingg escaped the gallows by exploding a fuse cap in his mouth just before he was to be hanged. Neebe and Schwab were given life sentences. They are buried in a section known as "Dissenter's Row" because of the numerous rebels buried here. In Lot 789, Section N.
– William "Big Bill" Haywood. Union organizer. One-half of his ashes are here.
– Clarence Hemingway, father of Ernest Hemingway. In Lot N 1/2 66, Section 10.
– Grace Hemingway, mother of Ernest Hemingway. In Lot N 1/2 66, Section 10.
– Billy Sunday, baseball player and evangelist. In Lot 106, Section 32.
– Winder brothers. The young boys died in the Iroquois Theater fire on December 30, 1903 in which over 600 were killed. In Lot 82, Section 40.
WALDHEIM JEWISH CEMETERY – Buried here in the Waldheim Jewish Cemetery at 1400S. Des Plaines (adjoins Forest Home on the south) are:
– Adam Heyer, gangster. He was killed in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929. He is in Section R.
– Samuel "Nails" Morton, gangster. He was a member of the Dion O'Banion gang.
– Clara Peller. She became famous as the old lady in the Wendy's Hamburger commercial where she said "Where's the Beef?"
– Mike Todd, producer. He was married to Elizabeth Taylor when he was killed in a plane crash in 1958. He is buried next to his father.
– Adam Weinshank, gangster. He was killed in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929. He is in the Sons and Daughters of Jacob Gate Section.
WOODLAWN CEMETERY – Buried here in the Woodlawn Cemetery at 7600 Cermak road in Forest Park are:
– When 86 performers of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus were killed in a train wreck in Ivanhoe, Indiana on June 22, 1918, the Showmen's League of America buried 56 of them here in the Woodlawn Cemetery at the northwest corner of Cermak and 22nd. Five granite elephants mark their graves in the Showmen Rest Section.
– Joe "King" Oliver, jazz musician.
FOREST PARK CEMETERY – Baseball player Richard "Dickey" Kerr is buried here in the Forest Park Cemetery on Roosevelt Road between Lombard and Wheaton in Glen Ellyn. He pitched for the infamous Chicago "Black Sox" when they threw the World Series in 1919. He is in Section 29, Lot 667, Base 12, six rows behind the Sewall marker.
OAK RIDGE CEMETERY – Buried here in the Oak Ridge Cemetery on Roosevelt Road west of Mannheim Road are:
– Harold Lincoln Gray, cartoonist. He created the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie."
– Chester "Howlin Wolf" Burnett, musician. He is in Section 18 by the road.
QUEEN OF HEAVEN CEMETERY – Buried here in the Queen of Heaven Cemetery at the corner of Western and 12th in Hillside are:
– Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, Mafia boss. Also known as "Joe Batters."
– Sam "Teets" Battaglia, gangster. A member of the old "42 gang" along with Sam "Mooney" Giancana, Battaglia joined Al Capone's gang in 1924, and by the late 1930s, had risen high in the Syndicate, specializing in loan sharking. Known as an uneducated moron, he spent most of the time in prison after 1967. He died in 1973.
– George Kirby, comedian.
– Paul "The Waiter" Ricca, gangster. He was best man at Al Capone's wedding. Following Frank Nitti's death in 1941, Ricca assumed control of the Chicago mob with Tony Accardo as his sub-boss. He was jailed for income tax evasion in 1949 and served 27 months of a nine-year sentence. He died of natural causes on October 11, 1972.
GHOST OF MARY BUGOSI – Buried here in the Resurrection Cemetery at 7201 S. Archer in Justice at the northeast corner of Archer and Bedford are:
– Mary Bugosi. Over the years, many people have reported seeing a mysterious young lady standing in the street in front of the Resurrection Cemetery at the northeast corner of Archer and Bedford, and also in Chet's Melody Lounge across from the cemetery gates, but she always mysteriously disappears. Patrons of the lounge believe the figure is the ghost of Mary Bugosi who was killed in a traffic accident on Wacker Drive in 1934.
– John Ostrowski, former Chicago Cub outfielder.