Former MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson has issued the following update:
"This past week I visited my hometown of Jackson, Minnesota to be with my family while my mother underwent heart surgery. Thankfully, all went well and she is quickly recovering. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
"Prior to my trip, the Jackson County Historical Society Museum (located in the nearby town of Lakefield, MN) contacted me to contribute my historical perspective on the story of the now-legendary girl Mary Jane Twilliger, whom the song 'Mary Jane' on [MEGADETH's] 'So Far, So Good…So What' album was written [about]. Legend had it she was a young witch buried alive by her father in the nearby Loon Lake, MN cemetery. The mystery surrounding her grew to such legendary proportions over the years that it was rumoured anyone who dared violate her grave in any was was doomed to a certain and immediate death. There were even stories of deadly car crashes involving people who got drunk and caused mayhem on her grave, thinking it was all harmless fun.
"The song helped propel the myth to global status and a book is now being written on the subject of the many ubiquitous stories, reported deaths and tragedies of people who dared challenge the grave of this mysterious girl. The Historical Society relocated the headstone from her grave to the museum, which I got to take a picture with on my visit.
"Check out a few photos now posted in the gallery (her tombstone’s epitaph was the inspiration to the bridge section lyric of the song).
Beware my friends, as you pass by
So you are now, so once was I
As I am now, so you must be
Prepare my friends to follow me
"The Society also asked that I contribute some items from my personal collection to the museum. It is their way to recognize a native of the area who went on to national acclaim during their lifetime. Obviously, I was honored. My father was heavily involved in the Society when I was a kid so being able to make a contribution from my life's work to a cause he championed is a true milestone for me."