Top 10 most famous death photos now that Osama bin Laden's won't be released
Update: The U.S. has decided not to release an Osama bin Laden death photo. For now, that means the image won't join the following list of the most iconic post-mortem shots of notorious dictators, revolutionaries and criminals. The roundup includes Mussolini, Rasputin and a faux Hitler mistaken for the real thing. Warning: The pics aren't for the squeamish -- presumably like that bin Laden snap we won't be seeing soon.
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10. Hitler's doppleganger
CelebrityMorgue.com notes that the real Adolph Hitler committed suicide along with his mistress, Eva Braun, on April 22, 1945, after which their corpses were burned. The photo seen here features Gustav Weler, a Hitler body double who was executed by a gunshot to the forehead -- allegedly because a Russian contingent mistook him for his boss.
9. Jesse James
The Wild West outlaw was both famous and infamous in his day. But he didn't die at the hands of the law. In 1882, he was shot in the back of the head by reward-seeking Robert Ford while hanging a picture.
8. Che Guevera
Although the Cuban revolutionary may be known to a generation primarily as T-shirt decor, he was an important part of the Cuban revolution. However, he was too restless to rest on this particular laurel, and his efforts to foment similar actions in Bolivia led to his capture and execution in 1967.
7. John Dillinger
Not nearly as handsome as Johnny Depp, the latest Hollywood star to portray him, Dillinger was a Depression-era bank robber with a habit of leaving bodies behind. But the authorities got their vengeance in 1934 near Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he'd just seen the movie Manhattan Melodrama. It's a pretty entertaining flick -- although not really worth dying for.
6. Benito Mussolini
The Italian dictator and key Hitler ally tried to flee his home country in April 1945, as World War II was finally coming to a close. However, he and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were captured en route to Switzerland. After he was executed, his body, along with those of other fascist conspirators, was abused by crowds and then hung upside down from the roof of a gas station.