Andy Kaufman was a famous/infamous American actor and performer during the 1970s and 80s. Jim Carey portrayed Kaufman in the movie Man on the Moon. Kaufman rejected the traditional concept of comedy in favor of an eccentric approach to entertainment. Kaufman personified the sort of humor that might now be called the "anti-joke." He did things like publicly challenge women to wrestling matches--insulting them and making sexist comments in order to charge up the crowd. Kaufman also created a fictional character named Tony Clifton, a foul-mouthed, overweight, crowd abusing, washed-up, lounge singer, who began opening for Andy in comedy clubs. In his performance at Carnegie Hall, Kaufman had an elderly woman fake a heart attack on stage. At that point, he came out wearing an Native American headdress and danced around the woman's body to revive her. Many times, it seemed that he was the only one who got the joke. When Kaufman died in 1984, it is no wonder that people suspected that he faked his death. There are actually people who still believe that Kaufman is alive, but is so committed to the hoax that he remains in hiding.
Knowing the sort of person that Andy Kaufman was, don't you think that the people closest to him would want to be absolutely certain that he was dead? I would want more than simply a body in a casket or the word from a single coroner. I would want a lot of steps to be taken to verify that Kaufman wasn't trying to perpetuate a hoax. In my mind, it only makes sense to think that the death and burial of Jesus would have been treated similarly. Even if you aren't a Christian, and don't believe that Jesus did miracles like healing the sick and raising the dead, you should acknowledge that people were claiming that he did. If it was your job to kill a man like that, do you think you would cut corners and allow for the possibility that he just passed out? If it was your job to quash any sort of uprising based on this man's miracle claims, wouldn't you take all of the steps necessary to make sure that the body could not be lost or stolen? To me, it doesn't make any more sense to embrace the swoon or stolen body theories than it does to hold onto the idea that Andy Kaufman is still alive. And just as a final thought: am I the only one who thinks that Bubba Watson looks like Andy Kaufman? Put their pictures side by side and tell me I am wrong.