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Crypt above Marilyn Monroe's is for sale

posted 8/15/2009 6:59:21 PM |
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Richard Poncher's eternal sleep will soon be disrupted.

The onetime Beverly Hills resident, who died 23 years ago at age 81, will be moving out of the crypt above Marilyn Monroe's resting spot at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery.

Poncher's wife intends to sell the crypt, said to have once been owned by Monroe's former husband, Yankee great Joe Dimaggio.

So while the plaque on Poncher's crypt reads: "To the man who gave us everything and more," his wife Elsie is hoping he has just a little more to give. She wants to use the money to help pay off the $1.6 million mortgage on her Beverly Hills home.

"I can't be more honest than that," she said. "I want to leave it free and clear for my kids."

Elsie Poncher plans to start the bidding at $500,000 when she places the crypt on eBay, making it -- per square foot -- one of the most expensive pieces of real estate on the market.

Richard Poncher was a serial entrepreneur, to hear his wife tell it, who made a fortune with a variety of electronics firms and once sold surplus U.S. Army airplanes and parts. She claims he built two bulletproof cars for Al Capone and owned 12 Rolls Royces in his lifetime.

"He wasn't afraid to tackle anything," Elsie Poncher said. "Besides that, he was a helluva nice guy."

She said they lived a colorful, outsize life after meeting in Chicago and moving west. "He knew all the gangsters," Elsie Poncher said. The couple ate at the legendary Los Angeles restaurants that catered to Hollywood -- the Brown Derby, Chasens, Perinos.

Elsie Poncher said her husband bought the crypt from DiMaggio during the ballplayer's 1954 divorce from Monroe. Richard Poncher had no way of knowing what an icon Monroe would become in death or that she'd someday be entombed at the Westwood cemetery.

The Ponchers were at the Regency Hotel in New York talking to DiMaggio, Elsie Poncher said, when the retired ballplayer asked, "You want to buy two crypts?"

"Who the hell wants two crypts?" her husband replied.

He later bought them, one for himself and one for Elsie.

When he was dying, Richard Poncher approached his wife with a request. "He said, 'If I croak, if you don't put me upside down over Marilyn, I'll haunt you the rest of my life,'" Elsie Poncher said.

Right after the funeral, she said, she told the funeral director of her husband's wish. "I was standing right there, and he turned him over," she said.

The cemetery is the final resting spot for many celebrities, among them Natalie Wood, Dean Martin, Rodney Dangerfield, Merv Griffin, Mel Torme, Truman Capote and -- most recently -- Farrah Fawcett.

Monroe's spot, though, is the most popular. Admirers leave roses and lipstick marks on the crypt.

The dead man who's being evicted by his widow bought the crypt from Joe DiMaggio after the Yankee great divorced the movie star.


I got this news item from the Columbus Dispatch

Now my question for all of you is, should anyone be allowed to sell a crypt that is currently in use?

*Bonus question*

If the opportunity came for a crypt to become available for you (that's if you wanted to be placed into a crypt), who would the celebrity be, and where exactly would you want that crypt to be in regards to that celebrity, over, under, or beside that celebrity?

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Aug 15 @ 7:41PM  
She's going to have her deceased husband's body removed from the crypt so she can sell it to pay off the mortgage on her "house"? This doesn't make sense. She was married to a man who was very successful, obviously he was in his own rights very wealthy, and she being his wife, surely she was in charge of his estate when he passed away. Where did all the money go? And more importantly, where is she going to lay her husband to rest? Not to mention, she's going against his wishes.

Some people in this world are strange/weird, and she is one strange cookie!

Aug 15 @ 7:46PM  
where is she going to lay her husband to rest?
That's what I would like to know

Aug 15 @ 8:09PM  
Well, guess I should answer the questions.

Personally, I don't think people should be selling a crypt currently in use. It's just disrespectful. And, to me, creepy.

As for which celebrity I would want to be next to, that would be Nikki Sixx.

Aug 15 @ 8:26PM  
And more importantly, where is she going to lay her husband to rest?
Hmmm... well... you do read about being "kicked to the curb" on AMD from time to time! But, what do I know?


Aug 15 @ 8:31PM  
Ohhh forgot... I would prefer being underneath Marilyn Monroe- hoping she likes being on top!

Kind of an 'icky' funny blog!


Aug 15 @ 9:05PM  
As crass a it may sound, ole Richard isn't going to know the difference. Maybe his wife will have his remains cremated and added to hers upon her death where they can share a crypt together.

Good one!

Aug 15 @ 10:42PM  
actually marilyn was assumed into heaven.
today is the assumption of mary august
15th. she was miraculously taken
to heaven without suffering corruption.
the crypt is actually filled with abalone shells.
believe. the monkees sang 'i'm a believer'
so therefore we all believe. believe it or not.
when lies become truth, then the lies have set you free,
for truth? forsooth and duluth. whip whap whop whiz
music is the new kraze. a whopper of a whop whap.

Aug 15 @ 11:07PM  
Well I guess it really does not matter to the departed where they are buried. All the fancy graves are to make the living feel better about themselves because they can look and say " look how nice we had him or her put away"

Who would I want to buried next to? Probably Ozzie if I had a choice. Although Sharon might have something to say about that. LOL

Aug 16 @ 12:56AM  
I guess this story of Poncher & Monroe should be shown on Tales of the Crypt ....

Aug 16 @ 9:05AM  
What?? I don't want to think about death!

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