Lea Burdett (Schiavi) (1907 - 1942)

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Birthplace: Italia
Death: Died in Tehran, Iran
Cause of death: Murdered by Russian soldiers
Occupation: International Journalist
Managed by: Jessica German
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About Lea Burdett (Schiavi)

Italian anti-fascist journalist. Lea was murdered by undetermined assailants in South Persia in 1942 while her husband was reporting in India. While the murder was never solved it is believed to be, based on a story told by Burdett, that the murder was directly related to Burdett's no longer spying for the Soviet Union due to his ongoing disillusionment with Communism.

The story Burdett told was that his wife was working in South Persia, reporting from Kurdistan, when her vehicle was stopped by a truck full of Russian soldiers. The soldiers immediately started specifically asking if she was in the car. When they found out she was, she was killed instantly. Burdett believed she was killed because she had uncovered links between military training camps in Iran and an upcoming communist coup in Yugoslavia.

Schiavi's murder partly influenced Burdett to testify about his espionage before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee.

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Lea Burdett's Timeline

1907
March 2, 1907
Italia
1940
1940
Age 32
1942
April 24, 1942
Age 35
Tehran, Iran