Monday, February 24, 2014

Eternal voyeurism

Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio with whom Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) was married 274 days had purchased two crypts in Westwood Cemetery, and while divorcing in 1954 sold one crypt to Richard Poncher. The crypt Poncher bought was located directly above that which would eventually hold the remains of Marilyn Monroe. Nearing death in 1986, Poncher (aged 81) told his wife "... if you don't put me upside down over Marilyn, I'll haunt you the rest of your life." Shortly before he was interred, his wife instructed the funeral director to place him upside down in his casket, which he did.

Mrs. Poncher decided to sell the crypt in 2009 and reached $4.5 million on an Ebay auction. Seems Richard Poncher is still resting facing Marilyn in February 2014. May both R.I.P. and may Hugh Hefner who bought the crypt next to Marilyn enjoy eternal voyeurism once he steps in.  

Westwood Village Cemetery, Los Angeles, February 2014.

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