Raising the dead to pay the mortgage

Here’s a novel method of raising mortgage payments that will have the dead rolling over in their graves.

An American widow recently sold her husband’s burial spot directly above film legend Marilyn Monroe so that she can pay off her mortgage, Reuters reported recently.

Using eBay to auction off the tomb, the listing offered a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity to spend your eternal days directly above Marilyn Monroe’, adding in fact that the person occupying the address right now is looking face down on her.

Despite telling the Los Angeles Times that when her husband bought the space from Monroe’s ex-husband Joe DiMaggio, he told her that if she didn’t put him upside down over Marilyn he’d haunt her for the rest of her life, the widow decided to proceed with the sale.

And at least in the short term it was a good choice, with the sale of the plot eventually being finalised for a whopping NZ$6.7 million.

The widow said she would now move her husband’s remains over one spot and be cremated instead when the time came.