Adolf Hitler's number two and founder of the Gestapo who was the highest ranking Nazi official to be tried at the Nuremberg Trials. He was sentenced to death at the Nuremberg Trials for war crimes and crimes against humanity but he committed suicide the night before he was to be hanged.
He was an ace fighter pilot in World War I, and was awarded the esteemed Pour le Mérite.
He participated in the failed coup known as the Beer Hall Putsch, which Adolf Hitler orchestrated in 1923.
He married actress Emmy Sonnemann in April 1935.
He was appointed minister without portfolio, Minister of the Interior for Prussia, and Reich Commissioner of Aviation after Adolf Hitler became Germany's chancellor in January 1933.