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Man hired ‘coffin confessor’ to attend his funeral and call out his best mate for trying to sleep with his wife

Ali Condon

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Man hired ‘coffin confessor’ to attend his funeral and call out his best mate for trying to sleep with his wife

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A man on his death bed hired a 'coffin confessor' to crash his funeral and call out his best mate for trying to sleep with his wife while he was sick.

Let's unpack that sentence, shall we?

Bill Edgar was working as a private investigator from Queensland, Australia, when he realised he had a knack for crashing funerals on behalf of the dead.

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The 53-year-old fell into the bizarre job accidentally, while working with a client named Graham who had just months left to live.

Eventually, the two got to talking about death and the afterlife, and the client revealed he had some hopes for his impending funeral - namely, he wanted someone to confront his so-called best mate.

He explains what went down below:

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"I suggested I crash his funeral for him and he took me up on the offer," Bill told Australia's SBS.

"He wanted me to out his best mate for trying to sleep with his wife while he was on his death bed.

"He also asked me to remove three people from the congregation that he hadn't seen in 30 years, so why were they paying their respects now when they could have seen him when he was alive?"

As you can probably imagine, when Bill went ahead with his first funeral crash, people were utterly shocked.

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Bill said: "I mean, I'm interrupting a funeral. You have loved ones sitting there and grieving and his best mate's performing a eulogy and I stand up, interrupt the funeral service and announce that his best mate's got to sit down and shut up or bugger off.

"The man in the coffin has got something to say and this is what it is. And I'll open the envelope and read aloud exactly what was said."

Since then, Bill has made a name for himself as The Coffin Confessor, revealing he can make anywhere between $2,000 (£1,100) and $10,000 (£5,600).

Bill gets paid between £2,000 and £10,000 to crash funerals. Credit: SBS
Bill gets paid between £2,000 and £10,000 to crash funerals. Credit: SBS
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He has even written a book about his funeral crashing experiences.

While most of Bill's cases to tend to deal with infidelity, others are confessions that clients weren't brave enough to admit when they were alive.

In one instance, Bill was contacted by a biker who asked him to tell some 'home truths' about certain people in his family that he didn't want to be at his funeral but, more importantly, that he was gay.

Bill was hired to reveal to the biker's nearest and dearest that he had been gay and his lover was someone sitting in the audience that day.

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Asked why he thinks most people leave it until after their death to make these big confessions, Bill said: "Well most of it's because they haven't got the strength to get up and punch the people in the face that are hurting them."

Since sharing his unusual job, Bill has had calls from all over, and has even secured a deal with Paramount Pictures for a film about his life.

While a lot of actors are being considered to play Bill, the funeral-crasher has one favourite in mind: Ryan Reynolds.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, he explained: "He is pretty black and white and he can be dark and humorous at the same time. He is a lot like me."

Topics: Community, Weird, Australia

Ali Condon
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