Weird Wills - Buried in her car.....

Weird Wills - Buried in her car.....

Weird Wills – Buried in her car…..

by | Weird Wills

Sandra Ilene West, (nee Hara), is San Antontio most notorious burial.  Raised in Beverley Hills, Sandra was a precocious child and maintained her quick mind and wit into her adulthood and unto her death. Known for her beauty, she was associated with many famous suitors, incluiding Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Nicky Hilton.

Sandra met and dated Sol West before meeting his brother who she eventually married after a complicated courtship. She hunted Ike down in Mexico before she “cleaned him up”, positioned him to control his families Texas cattle and oil fortune and then they tied the know.

The couple moved to South California in 1963, enjoying the flashy lifestyle of the state that their wealth afforded them.  Shortly after relocating, Sandra came to own the car that would make her famous.  A 1964 Ferrari 330 America s/n 5055 in blue.

But their lifestyle took its toll and Ike’s history of drug abuse and health problems may have factored in his unexplained death at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel in 1968.

Widow Sandra became the ultimate socialite and party girl – the kind the modern media now idolise.  She dated a slew of entertainers (including singer Engelbert Humperdinck) and generally lived the high life. Ever the extrovert publicly, her associates remember her as lonely and with few friends, though always generous.

She wrote her unique will in 1972, with a bizarre funeral request.  She was to be be “buried next to my husband in a lace nightgown seated in my Ferrari with the seat comfortably slanted.”

She died not long afterwards in 1976.  After a serious traffic accident, she was hospitalised. She died during the night, the coroner recording a drug overdose as a contribution to her death – in a hospital?

Two wills were subsequently found. A 1976 will naming her attorney as the prime beneficiary and no Ferrari was drawn through in red lines and void was written across each page.  A huge court battle commenced between the West family and Sandra’s attorney.

In 1977 the Court ruled that the wishes of Ms. West’s 1972 were valid. The Ferrari funeral was granted, costing an estimated $15,000.   The site still attracts tourists in San Antonio, but the car cant be seen.  It was placed in a box and then covered in cement to discourage looters.

 

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