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Death of woman at Busch home another tragic chapter in family's history

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St. Louis (KSDK) -- The mysterious death of a young woman at the Frontenac home of August Busch IV adds to a long list of tragedies for the Busch family.

In 1934, August Busch, Sr. committed suicide at Grant's Farm.  Peter Busch would fatally shoot his friend David Leeker at Grant's Farm in the property's mansion in 1976.  Two years earlier, August "Gussie Busch lost his eight-year-old daughter in a traffic accident.

For August Busch IV, legal problems were a part of his life beginning in his freshman year in college. 

1983

August Busch IV crashes his Corvette in Tucson, Arizona, killing a young female passenger. Police determined that Busch had left a bar with the woman and wrecked while speeding around a sharp turn.  Busch left the scene and was found at his Tucson townhouse more than four miles away and eight hours after the crash.  Busch still had blood on him from the wreck.

August Busch IV - PHOTOS 

Manslaughter charges against Busch were dropped.  Blood and urine samples taken from Busch the day of the accident had reportedly been lost or damaged.

1985

August Busch was arrested after leading police on a high-speed car chase after leaving a Sauget, Illinois bar.  Busch was accused of trying to run over two officers with his Mercedes during the ordeal.  The chase ended when police shot out Busch's rear tire.

Busch claimed he thought the police were trying to kidnap him.  He was acquitted by a St. Louis jury.

Coverage of that chase can be found in the video to the right.

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