Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A New Report on Leo The Spy

I told the story of Leo the Spy three years ago. Leo Pickholz died in Lugano Switzerland in January 1972. His grave is unmarked.

Earlier today, I saw a post by Randy Seaver which introduced me to the Ancestry database "Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974." 

I looked up Pickholz and there was one result - Leo the spy.

The report was filed nearly four years after his death. In addition to information about Leo himself and his death, we also have current addresses for his sister in Liege (who died in 1981) and his brother in Paris, whose death date is unknown. There is a reference to  an additional woman in France who is not known to me.

The database is 1835-1974 and the death is from 1972 but recorded in 1975. So the limit of the database appears based on the date of death, not the date of reporting.