01 May 2012

Mob Mistress Virginia Hill (Tombstone Tuesday)

Virginia at Kefauver
Hearing. Photo from
FindAGrave.
Recently I watched a television show on the Biography Channel about Women of the Mob. One segment was all about Virginia Hill (1916-1966). I was intrigued from the start when I learned she was born in Alabama and moved to Marietta, Georgia at a young age.

Virginia was a beautiful Georgia peach who craved fame and fortune. Described as sharp-tongued and sassy, she left home and moved to Chicago to work as a dancer at the World's Fair. While there, she began to work for the Chicago Syndicate as a courier. Though she denied involvement, it is reported that she once bought a home for her family back in Marietta with $11,000 in cash.

Virginia Hill home in Marietta today. Photo from
Marietta Daily Journal.
Virginia eventually moved to Los Angeles and became entangled in a relationship with Bugsy Siegel. Some years later, about 1951, Virginia was subpoenaed to testify at the Kefauver Hearings. A few years after that ordeal, Virginia was accused of and indicted for tax evasion. She fled to Europe and remained there until her death at the young age of 49. Though ruled a suicide, some suspect foul play surrounded her demise.

Photo by Alexander Krischnig via
FindAGrave.
The dramatic story of Virginia Hill ended on the tv show, but I was left with a burning question. As you might guess, I was curious as to where she was buried. Chicago? Hollywood? Was she brought back to Marietta? Nope to all three. She was buried in Salzburg, Austria, near her place of death.

- Virginia Hill: Girlfriend to the Mob
- Virginia Hill on Wikipedia
- Virginia Hill on FindAGrave

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