It’s a tale of love and rather creepy devotion from 19th century Brooklyn:
Retired truckman Jonathan Reed’s wife, Mary, died in 1893. The grief-stricken East New York resident had his wife’s remains placed in a mausoleum in the Evergreens Cemetery.
Lonely, heartbroken, and likely a little crazy, Jonathan soon began visiting Mary’s tomb every day.
He put many of his wife’s beloved things in there: paintings, photos, red curtains, silverware, yarn, old gloves, even their pet parrot.
Then he brought a rocking chair and a stove to warm the place up. Convinced his wife was still alive, he made the mausoleum his daytime home for the next 10 years.
“My wife was a remarkable woman and our lives were blended into one. When she died, I had no ambition but to cherish her memory. My only pleasure is to sit here with all that is left of her.”
His story went international; thousands of people visited him, including some Tibetan monks, assuming he had insight on life after death.
He died in the tomb in March 1905—his remains in a casket beside Mary’s.
[Tomb photo: Brooklyn Bridge Baby photostream]
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