11th Update: The Ghost of Elvis Jan 18, 2015 16:01:20 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Jan 18, 2015 16:01:20 GMT -5
Did Elvis Fake His Death?
It cannot be denied that because of his incredible popularity, Elvis had become a prisoner in his own home. At times, when he wanted to leave Graceland, he would send out decoys, men who somewhat resembled him, to distract fans and those who went so far as to follow his car. He had also been known to hide in someone else’s car – some say in the trunk – in order to avoid detection. On one occasion in Las Vegas, he became ill and so many fans and paparazzi followed his vehicle and surrounded the hospital, he was unable to receive proper medical attention.
There has long been a rumor that on the day before Elvis died, August 15, 1977, he traveled to a courthouse in downtown Memphis and allegedly spoke before a grand jury, however, the conversation was not recorded. Considering he died less than 24 hours later, it is strange that no one seems to know what he said, or why he was called to testify. Conspiracy theorists wonder if instead of an appearance before a grand jury, the meeting downtown was actually a high-level Black Ops meeting to discuss the King’s upcoming demise. Elvis did, indeed, receive death threats and some believe he faked his death for safety reasons. But almost all celebrities receive death threats and they don’t pretend to die. However, in a Commercial Appeal editorial, it was claimed he arose late, as usual, Monday, August 15, and after sundown, took one of his Stutz-Bearcats out for a drive around Memphis before returning to Graceland to play racquet ball.
But regardless of what he did the day before his death, if for some reason he did decide to disappear, he certainly had the wherewithal to do so. Conspiracy theorists cite the fact that in addition to a mysterious withdrawal of more than $1 million from one of his checking accounts, several of the King’s prized possessions disappeared after his death, including a family Bible, a significant amount of jewelry, photographs of his mother and several of his most cherished books, and these items have never been recovered.
Nevertheless, Elvis did some strange things during the weeks preceding his death. Although he was scheduled to embark on an extensive concert tour, apparently, he failed to order any new costumes despite having put on an extra 50 pounds since June 26, the date of his last concert (above) in Indianapolis, during which he introduced numerous members of his entourage on stage. He had never done this before and in retrospect, it seemed to some he was saying his final farewell. He also signed a lucrative deal with NBC, which was going to cover the tour. Many were surprised because Elvis, although grossly overweight, was still vain about his appearance. Was it because he knew there would be no appearances? He also fired several longtime employees and on August 14, the anniversary of his mother’s death, is said to have telephoned a Miss Foster and told her the upcoming tour wasn’t going to take place. She asked if he had canceled it and he said no and that she shouldn’t ask any more questions, tell anyone what he said and not to believe anything she read. Allegedly, he told her his troubles would soon be over and he would call her in a few weeks. One author wrote that “Miss Foster” took a polygraph test regarding her assertions and passed.
Then there’s the mysterious John Burroughs. Shortly after Elvis died, a man who bore an uncanny resemblance to the King boarded a plane for Buenos Aires. And the following day, Lucy De Barbon, a friend and former lover, received a single rose with a card from “El Lancelot.” This, it turned out, was her pet name for Elvis, something she swore no one else knew.
Conspiracy theorists cite various clues to prove Elvis didn’t die August 16, 1977, including the date itself. Elvis was fascinated by numerology and one of his favorite books was Chiro’s Book of Numbers. The date he chose for his death was 8-16-1977 and when these numbers are added, the sum is 2001. Elvis’ favorite movie was 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which the hero plans for immortality while in the bathroom. Elvis, because of his chronic constipation, spent so much time in the bathroom that he had the toilet modified so he could recline while sitting on the john. The King was also a devout Christian and the number 3, representing the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, was paramount to his beliefs. When the digits in 2001 are added, the result is 3. Some have taken it even farther and discovered the repetition of the number “24.” When one subtracts 1977 (the year of his death) from 2001 (his favorite film), the sum is 24. The month and day of his death – 8 and 16 – also add up to 24, and the numerals in the year 1977 equal 24. Thus, there are 3 occurrences of the number 24, and 24 is equally divisible by 3: 24 ÷ 3 = 8, and 8 has a perfect cubed root: 2x2x2 = 8. When one considers the numerical significance of the date of his death, it becomes clear that if he, indeed, faked his death, he couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate date.
Another of Elvis’ favorite books was Autobiography of a Yogi, which teaches that everything is comprised of energy and light and perceived limitations are nothing more than illusions. One of the central themes concerns relinquishing one’s wealth and worldly possessions to achieve spiritual oneness. Was Elvis so intent upon uniting with the spirit that he faked his own death to live in virtual exile?
But what about all those drugs? There has been so much written about his addiction to prescription drugs that the very name “Elvis” and “drugs” have become almost synonymous. But Elvis was an expert when it came to pharmaceuticals. He owned and read numerous books on drugs and knew the effects and side effects of all the medications he took. In fact, his knowledge of drugs was such that he could have easily faked his own death. He knew which drugs would slow the heart to a near deathlike state. Furthermore, he was an expert in the martial arts and knew how to slow his heart rate and respirations in order to feign death. Okay, this is farfetched, but it could have happened.
At age 42, Elvis realized he was nearing the end of his career. His natural hair was greying, he was morbidly obese and his voice had weakened to the point he could no longer sing the high notes of his youth. Other than his millions of dollars and numerous possessions, just about the only thing he had left was his pride and he didn’t want his fans to see him as a worn-out old man they pitied. He was also fascinated by death and was known to visit local funeral homes at night and on at least one occasion, requested that he be allowed to observe the embalming of an elderly man he knew. On another occasion, it is said, he planned a “death” in which someone would fire blanks at him and he would fall and discharge a “blood pack” to see how those closest to him would react.
To many, the foregoing makes a compelling case for the King’s planned demise, but there’s something else: his medical condition, specifically his bowel problems. From the beginning there were rumors Elvis, who suffered from chronic constipation, died because his intense straining on the toilet brought on a heart attack. Later, his personal physician, George Nichopolous, M.D., admitted Elvis had what is commonly known as bowel paralysis, a hereditary condition which also affected his mother. At that time, the only treatment for the malady was colostomy and Elvis was much too vain to let it be known he had to wear a colostomy bag. But what if the pain, discomfort, bloating and “accidents” became too much to bear? What if he finally admitted to himself he could no longer live at all unless he submitted to the surgical procedure and chose to disappear for good to have the operation as a private citizen rather than let his fans know he was reduced to wearing a smelly, waste-collecting pouch?
Sources: The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Xaviant Haze, Daily Mad Talk, The Indianapolis Star, and Rebecca Stone, ElvisForever.