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I really hope you are right about the location inside the Great Mausoleum because that does look like is a fitting final resting place for the King Of Pop. I also think the mausoleum is filled and if there is anything left it's very pricey. When my family was buying property at FL we were told the only cremation niches available indoors were in the Freedom mausoleum. I am glad that Michael will finally have some peace but there is a part of me that thinks he would want his fans to be able to visit his grave.

Thank you for posting this, lovely photos, interesting commentery.

Thanks Lisa,

You have done a good public service by providing this info for all to see.

Lisa, great article! I wonder how long it will really take to get that picture of his final resting place and how much money the photo will go for.

Ridiculously ostentatious. Who is the gold casket and burial site supposed to impress? Heaven or those of us still on Earth?

As much as I respect the Jackson's grief and the fact that Michael died well before his time the family need to get real. That it was supposedly filmed does not show the family in a good light.

Thank you so much for the article. What a beautiful space. Perfect for Michael--He deserves to be at peace--This is all I need to see--I don't need to see his actual resting place. This why the media kept houding Michael, because people always wanted more.

He is in a very beautiful place that he deserves. I,m so happy he is getting the rest he needs till the day comes for Jesus to say come forth Michael Jackson. Yes it a great place but i to would of loved him to maybe go to Neverland but i know that Michael left it all up to his beloved mother so thats that how beautiful. love you Michael and king of hearts.

I grew up in the neighborhood behind Forest Lawn Glendale and problems in the Great Mausoleum began in the late 70s when a demographic change in the neighborhood brought a lot of local rowdies into the building. Since it is so huge and at one time, had numerous doors open for entry, people would go in and trash statues and stained glass, or tag the crypts.

We used to like going in there because it was dark and scary and had creepy music emanating from the walls, and it was fun to see the famous people, but I still don't understand why those who followed felt so aggressive towards the place...

I would like to respond to the person (Jenny?) who says that it's ridiculously ostentatious.

I agree, but I also understand it.

It's the last thing you will buy for your loved one.

When my mother died, I bought her a cremation niche with a marble statue at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. It was nothing compared to Michael Jackson's grave, but it was over my budget and I don't think that either of my parents would have approved. My dad would have thought that it was ostentatious, but he would have used the word "asinine."

As the only child of two deceased parents, this was something I wanted to do, even though it was a little pricey and impractical.

Ten years later, I do not regret it.

Hippo, I fully understand what you did and do not criticize you for it, but there is a world of difference between what you did for your mother and what the Jacksons are doing.

What a contrast between the gaudiness of his funeral and casket and the sad, poignant coffins of the victims of the Italian earthquake earlier this year which included the small coffins of chidlren lying on top of their parent's coffin.

In no way do I disrespect the Jacksons' sense of mourning for Michael but sadly I think they do and are so wrapped up in their image bubble they don't even realize it.

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By Lisa Burks

  • Exploring History From The Ground Up!

    I enjoy spending time exploring cemeteries, reading and photographing headstones of celebrities and civilians alike, and learning about the lives and deaths of these so-called "permanent residents" of the graveyards and mausoleums. This blog chronicles those experiences.


    I am a proud member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits!

    May 2, 2009

    In addition to this blog, some of my older material is archived at Buried Treasures at LisaBurks.com

    One of the cemeteries I'm most interested in these days is Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. I wrote about its legal problems for the LA Daily News' community hub, ValleyNews.com from August 2006 to December 2008, when Valley News ceased operations. In response to reader requests to have one central source of information, I created and continue to maintain Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info.

    "We've gotten a front-row seat to all the twists and turns taking place at the beleaguered cemetery, Grand View Memorial Park, from an intrepid citizen journalist named Lisa Burks." ~ Jason Kandel, ValleyNews.com Editor, 12/28/2006