The passing of a loved one is always a difficult thing to experience. It’s comforting to know that, in their final days, our loved ones have expressed to us their wishes regarding their final resting place. Whatever it might be, we honor them.When one man passed away, he made quite an unusual final request in his will. What he asked for involved one of the greatest sex symbols of all time and the place where she was enjoying her eternal rest…
Richard Poncher was a savvy businessman and entrepreneur born in Chicago, Illinois who lived his life in Los Angeles, California.
Richard Poncher now lays, face-down, in his crypt above Monroe. But how did he manage to obtain a crypt with such close proximity to a legendary icon?
Well, it involves another famous person: baseball player, Joe DiMaggio. He and Marilyn Monroe were married for nine months before Monroe called it quits. Before their divorce, however, DiMaggio had already purchased burial plots for them next to each other…
Oddly enough, the bid fell through because of an issue with payment just days after close. Elizabeth and her lawyer reached out to the 11 out of 21 other offers which were over $4.5 million. All of them fell through.
The crypt was pulled from eBay. It is unknown exactly when, but Elizabeth eventually passed away and joined her husband…and Marilyn Monroe…in the Corridor of Memories.
There has been a bit of speculation surrounding Elizabeth’s passing, however. Questions about her mysterious death still circulate because the plaque on her crypt lacks a birth and death date.
In the end, there are only a couple of things that are known for sure: Hugh Hefner now rests next to Monroe. He purchased his plot in 1992 for $75,000 and told the L.A. Times, “Spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up.”
And, there still might be another unoccupied crypt in the Corridor of Memories near Monroe and the Ponchers. Whoever wants it should be prepared to shell out big. The last plot to sell there went for $250,000.
This story began in 1954 in a hotel in New York City and ended 32 years later. For now, Richard Poncher lays face-down in his crypt above Marilyn Monroe fulfilling his dying wish.
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