The official details about the sudden death and funeral of Elvis are clear but many still refuse to believe it really happened. The star was pronounced dead by doctors at Memphis Baptist Memorial Hospital at 3.30pm on August 16, 1977. At 4pm his father Vernon Presey stood on the steps of Graceland and told the gathered media. The following day his body was brought home and Vernon allowed thousands of fans to file past the casket in the entrace foyer of the mansion. The family also had their own private time alone with him. A private service took place on the morning of August 18 at Graceland before the casket was driven to Forest Hills Cemetery for the public burial in the family tomb. Over 80,000 people lined the route. With so many onlookers, how is it possible everyone was wrong?
In a major televised interview Lisa Marie described those terrible days at home.
Although she was only nine years old at the time, The King’s daughter talked about the last time they spoke and what happened afterwards.
She said: “It was August 16th, at 4am. I was supposed to be asleep actually. He found me and (told me) ‘Go to bed’. I said ‘Ok” I think he kissed me again and then I ran off. He came in and kissed me good night after that. That was the last time I saw him alive.”
But what Lisa Marie says happened in the days after he died does not fit all the official facts at all.
Certainly, many years have passed since those emotional days and Lisa Marie was a child when it happened. However, how could a nine-year-old confuse spending just a few hours with spending three full days where she was with her father’s body “almost all the time”?
Is this confirmation for all those theories that Elvis did not die at all – or is there a much more likely explanation for what happened to the body closer to home?
It seems inconceivable that anyone would put a child through a fake death and funeral, let alone keep such an enormous secret among a circle of friends and family, however tightly knit.
Vernon’s grief alone is clear in subsequent interviews and the message he sent to fans thanking them for all the cards and gift.
However, perhaps the family wanted to keep Elvis’ body privately for themselves.
In October 1977 it was announced that Elvis’ body was publicly moved back to Graceland just weeks after his funeral due to a foiled attempt to break into the family tomb.
There are still persistent rumours that Elvis isn’t even buried at home at all. Many believe that his body rests in peace somewhere else, only known to a few.
If Lisa Marie’s memories are correct, then perhaps an empty casket was buried on August 18, but Elvis’ body always remained at Graceland before a secret enterrement a few days later.
Published at Sun, 06 Sep 2020 12:28:00 +0000