Saying that he couldn't bear the idea of spending eternity in New Jersey, in 2009 Ed Koch purchased a plot in the Washington Heights cemetery which was the last in Manhattan still doing burials. The tombstone, which Koch designed himself, has been waiting at the site since then. The inscription bears the final words of slain Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl and notes that Pearl was "beheaded by a Muslim terrorist." Before settling on the Washington Heights location, Koch had conferred with rabbis for permission to be buried in a "non-Jewish" cemetery.
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