Purple People Eater: 08/09/2009
In stark contrast to the recent Michael Jackson Memorial Service held at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn cemetery followed by almost a day of tributes and song at the LA Staples Center, the final interment of Michael Jackson‘s body was held in virtual secrecy, organized by brother Randy. Additionally, Jermaine Jackson recently spoke to Larry King about the family’s indecision as to where his brother Michael would be buried.
On Thursday August 6, 2009, Jackson’s body (now with the brain “replaced,” having been removed at the time of the autopsy for additional forensic examination and testing) was finally put to rest.
Berry Gordy (legendary owner and founder of Tamla Motown records) offered a resting place to the Jackson family in his very private $2million, 18 body capacity mausoleum. There are no markings to give away it’s location, even the marble inlaid “G” identifying the precise part of the cemetery has been covered by an almost 2meter diameter piece of stone. The structure overlooks a small private garden area. There are marble benches in the hallway of the crypt and a large mosaic covering one wall.
A life size statue of Jesus Christ guides the way and the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling is carved 3 meters high in a marble slab overlooking the site.
CCTV cameras surround the property and24 hr security staff are on duty.
Although Gordy has agreed that the burial place is available to MJ forever, it may still not be the final resting place. Jackson’s mother Katherine would like to have the body at the Jackson Family’s Encino, CA home. However, she is not allowed by law to use the property to bury a human body.
There are also attempts to overcome local objections and turn Neverland into a kind of Graceland (Elvis) meets Disneyland which could also contain a shrine to the “King of Pop”.
Michael Jackson, in life much troubled, is finally at peace. Although, it seems that controversy will follow his name for many decades– perhaps centuries– to come.
(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)
Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943)
the poem ÒIfÓ by Rudyard Kipling is carved 3 meters high in a marble slab overlooking the site.
Michael Jackson grave robbing fears force family to freeze his body
By David Gardner 16 August 2009
Michael Jackson has been put on ice by his family because of fears that grave robbers will try and steal his body.
The singer’s embalmed body was secretly moved under tight security last week to a freezer locker at the Freedom Mausoleum in Glendale, California.
According to reports in the U.S., Jackson’s mother, Katherine, ordered the move without even telling the rest of the family after being warned her son’s temporary resting place in a crypt belonging to Motown founder Berry Gordy had become a security risk.
Confusion has surrounded the delayed burial of the 50-year-old pop icon since his death on June 25.
Mrs Jackson, 79, is said to be resisting plans for an unmarked grave because she’s worried fans would try to snatch his body or desecrate the site.
So the star’s frozen body remains in his gold casket encased in a clear fibreglass container to keep out the frost in sub zero temperatures in a bare brick room.
It’s so cold that Mrs Jackson can only remain for a few minutes at a time during her frequent visits.
‘She cries and says she’s sorry and that she loves him,’ a source told the New York Post.
Jackson’s sister LaToya and oldest brother, Jackie, were supposed to have overseen a private burial on the Gordy plot at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills more than a week ago, but the family matriarch called it off at the last minute.
Jacko’s brother, Jackie Jackson, left, was supposed to oversee Michael’s funeral last week but their mother Katherine, right, stopped the proceedings
When the family ordered a third autopsy last week, Mrs Jackson used it as an excuse to keep her son above ground, even though she was told the body wasn’t required for further tests and the coroner had returned his missing brain.
‘She just can’t bear to let Michael go. This way Katherine feels like she can still talk to him and keep him close. The thought of burying him still fills her with dread,’ said a family friend.
It was also reported yesterday that the Jacksons have been offered £10 million to embark on a ten city international tour.
Janet Jackson would get £2.5 million with her brothers and sisters sharing out the rest.