A day after the National Enquirer published Whitney Houston's final photo shoot -- an image of her lying in a casket (more on that later) -- and revealed information about the hundreds of thousand of dollars worth of fine jewelry she was buried with, comes a report that armed guards are standing watch over her final resting place at Fairview Cemetery in Newark, NJ, to prevent grave robbers from digging up the casket to steal the jewels. According to the tabloid, Bobbi Kristina and Dionne Warwick went through Whitney's closet to find her favorite purple dress. In addition, Bobbi Kristina chose a pair of gold slippers for her mother's feet and $500,000 worth of jewelry: a diamond brooch, a gold and ruby cross necklace and a $200,000 pair of diamond earrings -- a gift Whitney purchased for herself to celebrate her success in "The Bodyguard." The family is reportedly under the suspicion that ghouls are preparing strike. “There is a very genuine fear that her coffin will be targeted by grave robbers," a source tells the Daily Star. "It would be hard for them to actually dig her casket up, but that won’t stop psychotic fans or people who think it could make them money. The fact she was buried with such valuable jewelery is just an invitation to sickos. It’s ironic that Whitney, who was most famous for The Bodyguard movie when she was alive, has to have bodyguards even in death.” We're not sure about the validity of the report, but we do know police officers have been at the grave site since the burial for crowd control.
Now back to the "casket photo" controversy. We understand the public outcry, but we expected the tabloid to get their messy hands on the photo. The Enquirer has published a story on the late singer almost every week prior to her death so it's not at all surprising they got the last photo. And we're sure they spared no expense to get it. (Sidebar: We're not going to publish that casket photo here, but if you're interested in seeing it, it's all over Google.)
In addition to the "casket photo" the Enquirer reported that Whitney's mom, Cissy, cussed out Bobby Brown, telling him he drove her daughter to drugs and her early death. Cissy allegedly told Bobby: "I hate you! You killed my daughter by turning her on to drugs. The day she married you was the worst day of my life!....Whitney went to her grave hating you!...You brought nothing but misery and pain to my daughter's life. If it hadn't been for you, she's be alive today. You as good murdered Whitney....Marrying you was the biggest mistake of her life!"
sources: Daily Star | National Enquirer, Mar. 5, print edition