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The Incomprehensible Demise of a King (An essay I wrote for school)

Posted by Mickey Moran on December 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

The Incomprehensible Demise of a King


Two people, on totally separate ends of the continent, decide to write a book. They have never met one another. They have never conversed in any way whatsoever, nor have they ever seen each other’s research. They have never even heard of each other. Yet, they write almost identical books, with the same facts, with one central question in mind. Did Elvis Presley really die on August 16, 1977?

The first thing both authors noticed was the inconsistencies with Elvis’ middle name. When Elvis was born there was a mix-up with the spelling of his middle name. They accidentally spelled his middle name as Aaron on his birth certificate. The family went to great lengths to get it changed to Aron. Throughout Elvis’ life, he always signed his name as Aron. His army papers, marriage license, autographs, and contracts were always signed with the one A spelling. However, the spelling on his gravestone is spelled as Aaron.

Another thing they noticed was the placement of the gravestone. Elvis’ current resting place is in between his father and his grandmother and not next to his mother where he had adamantly requested. It is doubtful that the people close to him would allow this to happen. Is it possible that Elvis did not want to violate the ground next to his mother until he was ready to be placed there for good?

Both authors also mentioned the body in the casket. There were multiple problems noticed by several people. Alanna Nash, formerly of the Louisville Courier-Journal, who viewed the body in the casket twice, commented on how wax-like it looked. La Costa, sister of Tanya Tucker, said, “We were right up to the casket and stood there, and God, I couldn’t believe it. He looked just like a piece of plastic laying there. He didn’t look like Elvis at all. He looked more like a dummy than a real person.” Elvis’ own cousin said that he saw beads of sweat on the body and that one of the sideburns was falling off. Everybody knows that dead bodies don’t sweat but wax can build up condensation. Also, glue could look like beads of sweat if it were used to hold sideburns or a hairline in place.

Elvis’ coffin required several pall bearers because it weighed 900 pounds. Attendants at the funeral reported that the air around the coffin was rather cool. It is suspected that the coffin contained an air conditioning unit or dry ice to keep a wax body cool. Also, funeral-goes were curious to know how the Presley family got a custom made coffin ready for the showing of the body that was held on the day after his death. It takes a lot of time to build such an elaborate coffin.

Elvis’ cousin also noticed other problems with the body. He said that the hands of the body in the coffin were very soft even though Elvis had rough, callused hands. He stated that Elvis was an 8th degree black belt in karate and was always breaking boards and blocks. He also noticed that the body had a pug nose and arched eyebrows, unlike Elvis.

Both authors also mentioned the actions of Elvis in the weeks leading up to his death. First, Elvis fired several employees that he had relied on for many years. Also, two days after his alleged death, Elvis was supposed to embark on an extensive U.S. tour. Yet, he ordered no new suits despite having gained 50 pounds since his last tour. Elvis’ weight had reached 250 pounds by August 1977 but his death certificate has him listed at a spry 170 pounds.

Both authors also noticed some problems with the inventory of Graceland after the death of Elvis. The inventory was 84 pages long but one author mentions that it seems to be 84 pages too short. Despite Elvis’ great love for his mother, there were no pictures of her listed. Elvis’ favorite books were not listed. There were 5 pieces of jewelry listed although everyone knows Elvis had lots of jewelry. The list goes on and on, even mentioning that there is a plane missing from the inventory.

In 1970, Elvis was named one of America’s Ten Most Outstanding Young Men by the Jaycees. That honor was for his work in drug enforcement. In the same year, Elvis was appointed as an agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs by President Richard Nixon. Elvis had many death threats due to his work in law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington confirmed in a letter to Maria Columbus, president of The Elvis Special fan club, that Elvis visited FBI headquarters on December 31, 1970 and was given a tour of FBI facilities. Two months prior to meeting with President Nixon, Elvis was presented with a CNOA Membership Certificate that reads: “This is to certify that Elvis A. Presley is a member in good standing of the California Narcotics Officers Association.” At that time he had been wearing a federal narcotics badge for six years. One fan letter states that several police uniforms were delivered to Graceland on August 15, 1977, the day before Elvis died.

There was a helicopter hovering over Graceland just moments before Elvis was found dead. Monte Nicholson, a police detective, was approached by a man that claimed he had proof that Elvis was alive. He showed Monte pictures of Elvis getting on a helicopter. The man said the pictures were taken just two hours after Elvis’ body was found at Graceland. The man disappeared with the pictures before Monte could authenticate them.

Both authors also mention the inconsistencies of the stories about the death scene. Some members of Elvis’ entourage say he was found in the bathroom. Others say he was found in the bed. It seems to be agreed by all that he was found in a rigor-mortised condition but, Dr. Nichopelous, Elvis’ personal physician, states that they did CPR on the body for 20 minutes after they reached the hospital. Why do CPR on a body that was in rigor-mortis? Also, the body was found in the fetal position. In order to do CPR on a rigor-mortised body in that position, they would have to break bones just to get to the chest.

A member of Elvis’ family called Gail Brewer-Giorgio and told her to compare the handwriting on the letter that Elvis wrote to President Nixon against the handwriting of Elvis’ death certificate. Gail had these documents examined by a handwriting expert and it was determined that the death certificate was filled out by the same person that wrote the letter to President Nixon. Did Elvis fill out his own death certificate? Could this explain why the death certificate had him listed at 170 pounds?

Elvis had the means to fake his own death. Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had once created a new identity for himself. He came to this country as an illegal immigrant from Holland, but through various connections managed to create an elaborate identity complete with a passport, birth certificate, drivers’ license, and social security number. He would have known how to give Elvis a second life.

Both authors wrote a book based on these facts, despite never having met. Their books were written twenty-something years ago and since then they have discovered many more mysteries and inconsistencies surrounding the death of Elvis Presley. They are convinced that Elvis did not die on August 16, 1977.


Works Cited

Brewer-Giorgio, Gail. Is Elvis Alive? New York: Tudor, 1988. Print.

Nicholson, Monte W. Presley Arrangement. [S.l.]: [s.n.], 1987. Print.

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