Charles Vance Millar, a rich Canadian financier, made his will one last practical joke. In it, he left three men who hated each other a joint lifetime tenancy in a villa, some protestant ministers $700,000 in Catholic beer stock, and anti-horse racing advocates $25,000 in Jockey club stock.
In 1948, a man pinned under a tractor used his pocketknife to scratch the words “In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo Harris” onto the fender. He did die and the message was accepted in court. It has served as a precedent ever since for cases of holographic wills.
Two penniless brothers living in a cave inherited $6.6 Billion from a long lost Grandmother.
A US Army Special Forces officer killed in 2006, unmarried, with financially independent family, had willed his Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance policy benefits to the men of his unit, so that they could throw a party in his honor in Vegas should he be killed in action.