A judge in Alabama has ordered a 73-year-old man to remove his late wife from the grave he buried her in three years ago.
Jim Davis (not the one who invented Garfield), buried his wife, Patsy, in his front yard one month after her death in April 2009 – even after city council denied his request to do so.
The city argues that the grave will lower property values in his neighborhood. Davis believes that it’s his right to bury his wife on his own property:
“This is my piece of the United States. I don’t own [any] more of this world, just this. As long as I own this she’s here.”
Davis plans to appeal the court’s decision.
It’s hardly the first time someone wanted to establish a cemetery on a U.S. residence.