Dead man takes phone calls from the grave

December 22, 2008

NEW YORK, (ChattahBox) — Well cell phones are partly meant to stay in touch with family but this story in the New York Post Sunday, takes things a step further. Three years after he was buried with his beloved cell phone, New York defense lawyer John Jacobs continues to receive voice-mail messages.
Jacobs’ family buried him with his fully charged Motorola T720 phone after he died of pancreatic cancer.

His cell number is etched into his gravestone under the words “Rest in Peace,”wife,  and Jacobs wife Marian Seltzer, also a defense lawyer, continues to pay his monthly $55 phone bill.

The first call after death came during the funeral from Jacobs’ son, Simon. “The poor grave diggers. I thought they’d have a heart attack,” Seltzer said.

Seltzer and her two sons, who regularly leave messages, are comforted by the not able to take your call words Jacobs left: “Hi. You’ve reached the voice mail of John Jacobs. After you hear the beep, leave a voice mail and I will return your call.”

Seltzer said she keeps her husband up to date on sports news and how their sons are doing.

“Some people talk to God,” Seltzer said. “I talk to my deceased husband.”


2 Responses to “Dead man takes phone calls from the grave”

  1. stranger on December 22nd, 2008 11:36 am

    I wonder if this is really healthy. At some point they need to taper off in their phone calls and come to terms with his death. I think it’s much better to keep the deceased alive through memories and thoughts, than going through the motions of staying in touch with someone who is gone. Not a very healthy practice IMHO.

  2. Mahouteki on January 30th, 2009 6:21 am

    Wow, that’s incredibly sad. I agree with the other commenter.

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