Unusual Deaths, Interesting Stories & Unique Epitaphs of Forest Hill Cemetery
Leon/Ybarra Jose Leon stabbed Antonio Ybarra to death
then was shot and killed by Deputy Sheriff in Cross Plaines.
Nelson/Henderson Harvey Nelson killed Allen & Walter Henderson
then shot himself in front of the police as they attempted to apprehend him.
Petersen, Alfred & Sylvia With his wife Sylvia and himself in poor health, Alfred,
took both their lives shortly after celebrating Christmas with family.
Pierce/Jones Harvey Pierce waited for his ex-girlfriend and her fiancιe, shot them both,
killing David Jones, he then turned the gun on himself.
Vinyard, John & Minnie After a drunken argument John shot Minnie in the back with a 12-gauge
shotgun as she fled, then shot himself.
Spooner/McConnell John Spooner went to Irving school where
Emily McConnell worked, shot her and himself in front of her kindergarten class.
Belcher, Charles Belcher killed two people before being shot and killed by police officers
Johnson, John "Dogskin" Confessed killer of Annie Lemberger
Keig, Benjamin Killed his wife then cut his own throat
Tyler, William Shot Irene Lawrence then turned the gun on himself
Arnold, Roberta Found in her bed bound, beaten, & strangled.
Ayers, Grace Died of a brain hemorrhage from blow to head.
Bardenheier, Joseph Unsolved murder, his body was found in a wooded area, he came to Madison because of threats he received while living in Chicago.
Bornstein, Oscar Shot in the face trying to stop a robbery at a service station.
Bray, Gregory Found shot to death in his home.
Carson, Ernest Shot by a coworker who tried to claim self defense.
Crissinger, Diana Stabbed in the neck and chest, her body was found in the middle of a street.
Daniels, David Shot by police in burglary attempt.
Davidson, Bernice Stabbed through the heart by ex-boyfriend.
Denny, Cindy Beaten to death in her apartment. Her killer turned himself in, in San Francisco, after consulting with a priest.
Denny, Raymond Seven months after his sister is murdered, Raymond is shot to death by his roommate.
Elver, Viola Shot through heart as the killer was looking for her and her boss.
Fountain, Lizzette Shot boy boyfriend in their Fitchburg apartment.
Gage, Frederick Killed by terrorists while vacationing in Rome.
Good, Thomas Stabbed in the neck and left to die by Charles Nolan.
Hanson, Lester Died after suffering for months from a gunshot wound.
Henderson, Steven Shot by a 17 year old for revenge over stolen drugs
Hines, Charles Murdered in Washington D.C.
Lotwin, Louis Shot four times at Death Corners while on his way to work
Jackson, Sadie Shot and killed by her lover in front of the Norris Court Grocery
McGuigan, Jason One of three men killed in Verona in 2003
McLeod, Doris Originally buried as a Jane Doe. Found with her hands cut off and missing, her identity was unknown for months
Olson, Andrew Body found in a gully buried in a junk heap.
Parker, Bertha Shot in the head by a man because she told him she preferred the company of another man.
Parker, Lee Shot in the chest by his wife, who he had abused for years.
Pierce, Charles Stabbed to death in Chicago.
Prindle, Charles Shot and killed in Token Creek.
Rayford, Willie Bleed to death after being stabbed.
Richmond, Dennis Shot in the head he was found still alive lying in the street, died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Samples, James Estranged wife hired a killer to shoot him.
Schlicht, Karl Stabbed
Schmook, William Shot and killed during a robbery attempt at the gas station he worked at in Illinois.
Sharp, Mable Shot by her husband who then shot himself
Shcheglov, Roman Multiple gunshots to head in New Jersey
Sibley, Lamar Shot ten times by a jealous husband
Siggelko, Herbert Bludgeoned with car crank and left dead under a pile of brush.
Smith, Damon Gunned down in a parking lot five years after his mother, Rhonda Smith, was stabbed to death by her lover.
Starkey, Mark Murdered by James Wills because Wills thought he was a "Queer"
Stephenson, Ward Shot by police
Stone, Lenny CC Rider club member shot by rival club
Spears, George Was shot in a dispute with a Union guard while in prison at Camp Randall
Taylor, Sheralyn Strangled at her Sun Prairie home.
Tenney, John Murdered in Oakland, CA
Van Deusen, Earl Deputy killed in a gunfight inside a Mazomanie hotel
White, John Stabbed in Milwaukee
Williams, Hazel Hazel found dead two doors away from where her mother was beaten
Workman, Yvonne Bound, gagged and tied-up then shot execution style.
Worth, Amy Jo Found in a burning apartment after she had been brutally beaten with a hammer by her boyfriend
(Epitaph: An inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there)
Bincer, Wanda Shoah Survivor - Member of Polish Underground
Brackett, Cyril Student of the University Drowned in Lake Menona
Delaplaine, George The World Is My Country; To Do Good My Religion
Eldridge, Charles In Memory Of Our Little Man
Gawara, Helen She Bore Witness to the Holocaust She is Now Set Free
George, John Killed by the Cars
Gurevich, Rosa Survived The Blockade
Hamburger, Iette Name: Iette Hamburger
McBride, James Here lies a sinner saved by Grace
Quigley Best Friends, We Grew Up Together and Realized Many Dreams.
Rice, June Budded on Earth to Bloom in Heaven
Rosenberg, Iris If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,...
Schimming, Milo Thank You for Coming. Pardon us for not Rising.
Seligman, Ralph Drowned in Lake Monona
Thomas, Howard & Joseph We Went Home, See Ya Later
Workman, Yvonne Murdered
Young, Amy Drowned in an attempt to rescue our daughter, Betty
Delaplaine, Emeline Dress caught fire from a kerosene lamp.
Fitch, Joseph & William Father & Son.
McCarthy Family Shanty Hill.
Oasen, Bert Cigarette caused fire at gas station.
Oakey, Alfred, Lucile & Marion Father & daughters died in the Iroquois Theater fire.
Robbins, Ruth Killed in the Iroquois Theater fire.
Turner, Irene Died saving her 2 year old son.
Petersen, Rolland Rolland died in the Allen Hall fire.
Adams, Kenneth Died in a car stunt gone wrong
Bauer, Adolph Killed himself in his office in the basement of the Capitol
Beck, Frank Frank was killed in the explosion of a train boiler in the Madison roundhouse
Berryman, Hosea Found hanging from his necktie at the Fess tavern, was it murder or suicide?
Betz & William Melvin Cannon blasts, Forth of July
Blucher, Harry Hit by chimney bricks knocked over from a falling tree during a windstorm
Bond, Varley Does His ghost haunt the Stoner House?
Breiby, Edwin Died in a plane crash at Madison airport, his body was burned beyond recognition
Burns, George Died in Madison police station, nothing else known about him
Coffman, Jerome & Thelma Jerome was electrocuted on the job, Thelma accidentally shot by brother
Draper, Lyman Claimed to have contacted the dead
Edgar, William & Michael Zwank Both killed in the Capitol Collapse of 1883
Ela, Emerson Dirty judge who freed "Dogskin" Johnson to try and get himself elected
Engelberger, John Does His ghost haunt the Castle & Doyle Building?
Fairchild, Cassius Reopened wound while acting as a pallbearer leading to his death
Fischer, Richard Almost 40 years after being killed in Vietnam his remains were buried
Fitch, Demming Cemetery Superintendent, had the job of moving remains
Four Teens Died in a car crash together, now buried side by side
Freeman, John His wife and two of their children died at their own hand
Harvey, Governor Lewis Drowned, his body was found 14 days later 65 miles downstream
Hauge, Arnie 11 year old boy dies on Lowell school playground of a weak heart
Hough, William Was in the midst of platting Forest Hill when he died
Hult, Clarence & Robert Father & son drown in car that goes through ice on Mendota
Jefferson, E. H. Son of President Thomas Jefferson
Jenkins, Lindsay Fell from atop a nine story building
Klauber, Caroline Died on the spot upon hearing of the death of a young friend
Kutzbock, August Suicide by drowning, filled pockets with rocks and walked into Lake Mendota
La Follette, Robert Jr. Suicide in Washington D.C.
La Follette, Robert Sr. Dug up his father's & brother's bones and reburied them at Forest Hill
Lamp, Gerald Smothered when sand collapsed on him while digging a tunnel playing
Lawrence, Charlotte & Thomas Husband and wife die on the same train bridge 20 years apart
Lefferts Children All three children died within 16 days from diphtheria in May 1877
Lewis, Henry Hanged himself in the Dane County jail
Marks, Eugene Died in fall building new capitol at Bismarck, North Dakota
Martin, Leona Newlywed commits suicide, jumps from hotel window
Moore, Anthony Hitting the gas rather than brake causes death of young boy
Moore, Janet Her body was found under a mobile home porch, she had gone there to hide
Nelson, Raymond Gored by deer
Nelson, Robert Kills self after abducting, then releasing, woman
Nielson, William Grief stricken after his dog died he hung himself with the leash
Parish, Walter Both legs and one arm were severed from a fall between train cars
Paul Children All three children died within 2 days from diphtheria in May 1892
Peat, Becky One of two girls run down in front of East High in 1991
Peil, Rocky A strange death, heart recovered years later
Petersen, Sylvia Shot and killed by her husband, Alfred, because they were both in poor heath. Alfred then killed himself.
Plaenert, Harry Harry was buried alive under a pile of sand
Purdie, Maxwell His body was kept in the receiving vault for almost a year and a half
Quigley, Rev. Susan Killed by hit-and-run crossing street perpetrator denies doing it but eventually convicted.
Robinson, Robert Dies from a 75 foot fall while working on an antenna
Ruck, Ronald Child dies in fall from mothers arms
Schmudlach, Coleen Froze to death
Shafer, Allan Quarterback for the Wisconsin football team, he died from injuries sustained in a game with Iowa
Siebecker, Lee Hangs self a year and a half after partner, Michael Olbrich, died in the same manner
Smith, Isaac & Sarah "Don't Bury Sarah, I am going to die tonight and then we can be buried together"
Smith, John Buried along side three wives
Wallestad, Arthur Fell and hit his head, died in freezing temperatures
Ward, AJ & Lucius Fairchild Ward amputated Fairchild's arm in the Civil War, they are buried only a few feet away from each other
Watkins, Elbert Died of a heart attack while being interviewed on camera
White, Charles Died from a fall while in a fight with another man
White, Joseph Died from a fall from window at Madison general hospital
Body Parts In some cases just limbs have been buried
Jewish Books The Jewish people bury religious books that can no longer be used