Strange requests in famouslast will and testaments
A will is supposed to help surviving family and friends dispose
of your estate after you've passed away. Many people use it asan opportunity to send a message from beyond the grave,either by punishing potential heirs with nothing or perhaps by giving away something fun or unusual to remember them by.Harry Houdini, considered the greatest magician of all timedied in 1926. He left his wife a secret code that he would useto contact her from the afterlife. His wife held annual séanceson Halloween for ten years after his death, but Houdini never appeared. Animal lover Jonathan Jackson died around 1880 left money for the creation of a cat house -- a place wherecats could enjoy comforts such as bedrooms, a dining hall, an auditorium to listen to live accordion music,an exercise room, and a specially designed roof forclimbing without risking any of their nine lives. Wealthy American entrepreneur S. Sanborn died in1871. His will stipulated that two drums were to bemade out of his skin and given to a friend on thecondition that every June 17 at dawn he would poundout the tune "Yankee Doodle" at Bunker Hill to commemorate the anniversary of the famous Revolutionary War battle.
John Bowman’s will provided a
$50,000 trust fund for the maintenance of hismansion and mausoleum. The will required servants to serve dinner every night just in case the Bowman family were hungry when they returned from the dead.