Walt Disney’s body has long been rumored, falsely, to lie frozen beneath the Matterhorn at Disneyland.
But now comes word from The NY Post that Michael Jackson really has been frozen beneath the Freedom Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. Jackson is getting the ice, it seems, where Disney could only manage to be boringly cremated.
The Post has one of those irresistable headlines — “Chiller! Jacko Now the King of Popsicle” — and adds in breathless Post-speak that the body was moved from “Motown biggie Berry Gordy’s family crypt” on orders from Jackson’s mother, Katharine:
Katherine is refusing to let her son be buried in an unmarked grave because she’s terrified that robbers will snatch his body or that the site would be desecrated.
So he lies alone in a small, bare brick room with beige walls in a gold casket, which rests on a white bench and is encased in a clear fiberglass container that keeps frost out, the sources said.
Well, maybe. In any case, Jackson is clearly bucking to join Alexander the Great in our loop Oddly Preserved. Alexander was also placed in a gold casket, though he was then soaked in honey — a gaudy touch that the Jackson family may be hard-pressed to match.
As a bonus coincidence, the cremated remains of Walt Disney are now buried at… Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.