October 31, 2013

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Tales From the Crypts: Elvis, Jim Morrison, John Lennon & More

#1Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison's Paris grave has been the site of looting, remodeling and even a ghost sighting since the Doors singer died July 3, 1971. 

What was originally an unmarked grave in Pere Lachaise Cemetery soon became overrun with fan letters and flowers alongside graffiti and trash. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of his death, Croatian sculptor Mladen Mikulin constructed a stone bust of the Doors' singer laid at the site. The bust, along with the surrounding headstones, were defaced and graffitied throughout the years...until the sculpture was stolen in 1988. 

In the early '90s, a proper headstone (that has yet to be stolen!) was placed at the site you see above. It sports the Greek phrase: "ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ," which means "against own self-daemon." See a visual timeline of the grave here.

And if you're looking for a spooky story for your Halloween, look no further. In 1997, rock historian Brett Meisner traveled to the French site to honor the music hero, only to find that Morrison had photobombed him! That is, if you believe in ghosts. 

See the photo below with the floating shape of the Lizard King's distinct skinny frame that, years later, researchers have still been not able to figure what exactly it is—a trick of light has been ruled out.

Even spookier, after that picture was released, Meisner finds strangers coming to his home at all hours of the night, claiming to have messages from Morrison. "Part of me wishes that I never stepped foot into the graveyard in the first place," he told a UK newspaper in 2009. See the photo in the video clip below.

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