Linda Madaras (1959 - 1975)

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Linda Madaras
1959 - 1975
August 19, 1959
Cleveland, Ohio United States
August 1975
Geauga Community Hospital in Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio United States 44024
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Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio 44024
Linda Madaras was born on August 19, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio United States. She died in August 1975 at Geauga Community Hospital, Chardon, Ohio United States at 15 years old.
Updated: July 23, 2022
Linda Louise Madaras was born in Cleveland Ohio to Charles Stephen Madaras (1928-1985) and Marilyn Jean Heidinger (1931-1972). She was tragically murdered at age 16 with a sledgehammer by James M. Schmelz who was 17 at the time in her Munson Township home. He was sentenced to 7-25 years.
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Brenda Kohout commented on Jul 10
I met Linda when we were about 5, I moved in a few houses down from her. We were the best of friends, we would play outside for hours, simon says, hide and seek, red rover, red rover. Oh those were the days. We made countless little green cakes with our easy bake ovens. We walked back and forth to school, back then you walked home for lunch too! I was heartbroken when we found out she was moving away. I got to go to the new house which was under construction and walked into every 2x4 there was, ouch! After she moved, I missed her terribly but as expected we lost touch, years later when I found out she had been murdered I was devastated. I missed her funeral because I was unaware. I know her father had to be a broken man, he had lost his wife and Lindas mother just a couple years before Linda. I still think of her often, she is not forgotten.
Daniel Pinna commented on Jul 10
Such a sweet memory Brenda...I did what I could and added to her biography. I hope you and others will share more about Linda so that she will always be remembered. It absolutely breaks my heart each time I encounter a story of a young person who left us too early...


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Linda Madaras died in August 1975 at Geauga Community Hospital, Chardon, Ohio United States at age 15. She was born on August 19, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio United States. There is no information about Linda's immediate family.

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In 1959, in the year that Linda Madaras was born, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1960, at the age of just 1 year old, Linda was alive when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1961, at the age of only 2 years old, Linda was alive when on August 13th, East Germany began erection of what would become the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. In one day, they installed barbed wire entanglements and fences (called Barbed Wire Sunday in Germany). On August 17th, the first concrete elements and large blocks were put in place.

In 1975, in the year of Linda Madaras's passing, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

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