Meanest widow ever, Elsie Poncher, is moving her late husband’s remains and peddling his final resting place, located directly above Marilyn Monroe’s, to the highest bidder.
Elsie, who is in her 70s, was widowed 23 years ago. She hopes that the sale of the crypt will help pay off her $1.6m mortgage so she can give the house to her kids “free and clear.” She plans to start the bidding at a cool $500K on eBay.
Mrs. Poncher tells the LA Times that when her husband purchased the plot from Joe DiMaggio during his divorce from Monroe in 1954, Marilyn was alive and kicking. (The actress died in 1962.) Elsie says he had no idea how much of a cultural icon Monroe would become. Of her husband, Elsie described him and their lifestyle as outrageous, and said he “knew all the gangsters.”
For her part, Elsie did accomodate his final wishes when he was interred. Of his burial, she says:
When he was dying, Elsie said, her husband approached her 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.’ “
Right after the funeral, Elsie said, she told the funeral director of her husband’s wish. “I was standing right there, and he turned him over,” she said.