Just some thoughts::
Weird beyond, weird.
Some people can make some rather usual well really weird promises to one another.
Last night I had the opportunity to hear first hand a bizarre “promise” story I was aware of but hearing it first hand was even more bizarre. In fact as I listened I thought, well I don’t know what I thought.
In September 1973 singer Gram Parsons died from a drug issues. Before his death he and his road manager, Phil Kaufman, had made a promise to Parsons that at his death he would not allow a traditional funeral. Parsons instructions at his death, were for Kaufman to take Parson’s body out in the desert and burn the body. Upon Parson’s overdose that is exactly what Kaufman did.
They stole the body from a hanger at the airport in Los Angles. The body had been taken there to be shipped home to his step-father in New Orleans. So they pulled up in a funeral coach they had secured telling an attendant the family had decided to ship from the airport in Van Nuys.
At one A.M after some unbelievable happenings they arrived in the desert, took the casket and body from the hearse, poured gasoline on the body and watched as the body began to burn.
Several days later the death of Parsons hit the news. It didn’t take long for the authorities to know who had done this deed. At that time there was no law in California against “stealing a body.” The only thing the court could charge Kaufman with was stealing a casket with a fine of $1,300.
Parsons remains were shipped by his step-father to New Orleans and he was buried at The Garden of Memories. What a memory for those remaining to have of another.
Hearing the story tonight first hand from Kaufman and talking with him, well it was indescribable. As you listened you kept thinking this can not get any more weird. But it did.
September 20, 2019