Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Woman Buried in Bills Pulls Her Husband Off of Marylin Monroe

I am not making this up. NPR reports:

People will spend a lot of money to live near the rich and famous. For the dead and famous, arguably no neighborhood is more desirable than the mausoleum at the Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery in Los Angeles.

Among the many stars resting there is the iconic Marilyn Monroe, and the crypt directly above hers was recently auctioned on eBay. A Japanese man bid more than $4.6 million to spend eternity as Monroe's upstairs neighbor. But the Los Angeles Times reports that he reneged on the deal in an e-mail, saying, "I need to cancel this because of the paying problem."

The current occupant of the crypt is Richard Poncher, who died 23 years ago at the age of 81. In accordance with his wishes, he was entombed face down, above the movie star.

His widow, Elsie Poncher, wants to sell his crypt to pay off the mortgage on her house. She'll then move him into an adjacent crypt that she owns.

Poncher's attorney told NPR that the next step depends on what they hear from eBay about the qualifications of bidders. A dozen people bid for the space above Monroe.

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