The security was necessary after John Codie, a trustee of the $8 billion charitable trust, reported that Trouble had received 20 to 30 death and kidnapping threats....But maybe you've noticed: Cemeteries for human being have a policy against the inclusion of nonhuman remains. Otherwise you'd see dogs buried next to people all over the place.
Helmsley, who cut two grandchildren out of her will and evicted her son's widow after his death, was often seen cuddling the canine, which was always impeccably dressed.
Helmsley, who did 18 months in federal prison on tax evasion charges in the early 1990s, wanted Trouble interred with her in the 12,000-square-foot family mausoleum in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Westchester County.
June 9, 2011
Trouble, the dog that inherited $12 million from Leona Helmsley has died at the age of 12. A judge later reduced the amount to $2 million, saying when the dog's official caretaker said he could get by on $100,000 a year: "$8,000 for grooming, $1,200 for food and the rest for his fee and a full-time security guard."