|WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
(Was Elvis Killed?).
By Unknown Writer
This article was first published in the Elvis Express Fanzine, Issue 13, July/August 2003.
The article below was sent into me by an unknown person. I generally prefer to have our contributors named. This article was so
interesting that I decided to include it for you all to read.
In 1969 Wanda June Hill came by unexpectedly to visit Elvis at his Palm Springs vacation home. In her book, ‘Elvis, Face to
Face’, she relates his concern for her safety:
"After a few minutes of small talk passed, Elvis bluntly said, ‘Please don’t come by unless you call first from now on. It would be better for
you if you didn’t do that. Things are not the same - not as they used to be. There is too much going’ on that you didn’t know about - I
would rather you not become involved.' He was dead serious, his tone one of 'don’t question my word' and though I was full of questions, I
accepted his command. (Later, I was to learn there were indeed things going on having to do with his career, earning capacity, and
unrelated to anything he had control over, and there were death threats. He was worried about his family and friends). "When I left, Elvis
hugged me, hanging on as if he didn’t want to let go of the past...it was a sad feeling, one I never quite understood."
Sean Shaver, in his book ‘Elvis, Photographing The King’, writes about Elvis’ isolation, imposed upon him by others:
"In time we will come to find out, I’m sure, that from ‘management’ on down to the lowliest ‘flunky’, Elvis was surrounded by people who at
best could be called ‘inept’, and at worst even ‘criminal’."
When Elvis asked to see someone who was right outside trying to get in to see him, if the ‘boys’ didn’t want Elvis to see this particular
person, they would tell Elvis that individual never came, and then inform the person waiting that Elvis had gone to bed. "What’s Elvis going
to do, say, ‘Hey, I don’t believe you?’ Or go downstairs and run through the lobby looking for somebody? I mean, Elvis was at the mercy of
whoever was around him."
Marian Cooke, Elvis’ nurse in his last few years, recalls in her book, ‘I Called Him Babe’:
"As we flew over the Grand Canyon, Elvis quoted a line from the song, ‘How Great Thou Art’... ‘When I, in awesome wonder...’ He
marvelled about the beauty of it as though he would never cease to be amazed by it, and there were tears in his eyes...He was my kid, my
friend, my confidante. We had laughed together and cried together many times. He had been betrayed by people he called his friends, he
had been slandered by those who envied him, and he had been taken advantage of because of his generous nature."
Dr. Harry Rosenberg, a phone friend (From Wanda Hill's 'We Remember, Elvis'):
"In 1976, Elvis called me once in the middle of the night. His voice very serious, he said ‘Harry, I need to ask you some medical questions.
Will you be honest with me?’ I told him I would try. He wanted to ask about his health, but I told him I couldn’t give him a fair answer
because I didn’t know all the details of his condition. He said, ‘Just tell me this, is it....Harry....is it terminal, or can you tell me?
"I then had to tell him that I couldn’t be sure, but that from what he had told me, it was serious, and he should get expert help. He told me
he had a good doctor and that when he had been in the hospital they had talked of surgery, but he could not go through that, he just
couldn’t. I assured him I understood his feelings. The suggested operation was not pleasant and he’d have to live with it for a long time.
He said that he thought he would just try the medicine route and pray. ‘God will take care of me,’ he said. ‘His will be done.’
"When Elvis died, they said he had drugs in him. He should have had more, the way he suffered in his last few months. With his condition,
he was courageous beyond reason if that’s all he had in him."
Maria Columbus, President of the Elvis Special Fan Club, received correspondence from the department of the Treasury,
and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. To quote from this correspondence:
"During the period of 1974 through 1976, Mr. Presley provided one of our undercover (narcotics) agents, who was a musician, a job
cover. Mr. Presley confirmed to anyone enquiring that the agent / musician was a member of one of his travelling bands. Although Mr.
Presley was not actively involved in any of the investigations, his assistance in this regard made it possible for our agent to develop a
number of quality investigations."
Elvis was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms by the Regional Director of BATF
in 1976. This certificate can be seen on display in the Trophy Room of Graceland.
A young Hilton photo girl who knew Elvis. In a letter dated 11/05/74 she wrote:
"I went to Elvis’ closing night party - very bad - he’s just not himself. I left after an hour. His record producer (Felton Jarvis) stopped by
here. He left Elvis in Tahoe. He says Elvis won’t live another 3 years unless they put him into a hospital and get him well.
His kidneys aren't functioning right for one thing. My friend (Felton Jarvis, Elvis' record producer) is really worried - so am I. “She told me
things that I found quite startling at the time. She painted a picture of a lonely, sensitive man, seeking his spiritual role in conversations on
mystical topics with the few people he was able to meet in his restricted environment. These were mostly a selection of young women who
were the only human beings available to Elvis for metaphysical discussion, since his men wilfully barred most other people from visiting
him. Elvis was unaware of the extent of this manipulation, as he was told by his men that the individuals whom he wished to see simply did
not show up. Elvis essentially rescued these girls from the intentions of his entourage. In his bedroom he would read to them from the
Bible or other metaphysical texts, and lecture them on the spiritual benefits of remaining virgins until the wedding night.
The Hilton photo girl also informed me that certain individuals in his employ had been overheard discussing how they could "put Elvis out"
when he was "being difficult," but that he was "hard to hold down." She said that Elvis once was pleading to the point of desperation with a
doctor to stay the night with him in his room, to no avail. It was my friend’s opinion that Elvis was terrified of being alone that particular
night. I am quite certain now that Elvis was literally held hostage by the mafia working with and through those around him. I was told this
many years ago by a source I trusted, and have heard it repeatedly since. Elvis broke down and wept when speaking to Wanda Hill as he
related the threats made to him on his daughter if he did not comply with their wishes. Even David Stanley, one of his stepbrothers
admitted that he knew Elvis was being drugged against his will.
Todd Slaughter, a British fan club president, reported that he stood and watched as Elvis was led down the ramp of his plane in 1977
with two men firmly grasping him, one on each side. Elvis was presented to Todd, who reached to shake his hand. Slaughter states
"Presley was obviously drugged, and on his pale and swollen face was a bright red hand print, and a split and bloodied lip. He grabbed
my hand tightly, and refused to turn loose." Finally Elvis’ manager pried his hand away from Slaughters. As Elvis was taken bodily to a
waiting car, he turned and rasped to Todd, "They are making me do this.” But if this were indeed true, then why on this earth did
Slaughter do NOTHING about it? He should have reported this to someone, anyone, Police, reporters, caused a stink so big that things
may have changed?
Another witness, Fran Dale described a scenario in a hotel in which Elvis was staying for a performance in that city. This was
apparently after the concert. She saw him come down the hall, again with two men holding on to him. Elvis seemed ill, but alert. He looked
right at her, and attempted to walk over to her, but the men tightened their grip on him and he was escorted into a room. The door closed.
Later, someone went in and this woman caught a brief flash of Elvis solemnly sitting in a chair with several men around him, none of whom
she recognised as being a part of his usual entourage. At one point, she heard what she believes to be Elvis’ voice yelling, "No, no, don’t
do that!" After which another voice said gruffly, "Shut up!" Minutes later, he was brought from the room by the same two men again. This
time he was unconscious, his chin resting on his chest. They threw a cape around him and ‘walked’ him down the hall.
Elvis’ friend and karate instructor Ed Parker, told of Elvis’ face being shoved under a basin of ice and astringent until he struggled
for air, and began inhaling and choking on the substance. This was done to get the swelling down from his face caused by the bloating of
his failing liver and cortisone medication. They wanted him to ‘look good’ for the next show. As a result, his lungs and eyes were damaged
from the toxic astringent. (This incident was told by Ed to Fran Dale. It was also written by Larry Geller a spiritual confidant of Elvis’, in his
book, ‘If I Can Dream.’ Larry’s version states that the bowl contained ice and water, but Ed told Fran that he too, had thought it was water
until he later went over to the bowl and inspected it more closely, at which time he realised that the fluid it contained was astringent.)
From a 1979 press release in Memphis, Tennessee:
"An autopsy on the death of Elvis Presley showed the singer was dying of bone cancer, his chief security guard says. In a copyrighted
book outline, Dick Grob, who supervised security for the singer on his concert tours, said Presley probably would have lived only a few
months more if he had not died August 16, 1977, allegedly of cardiac arrhythmia. ‘Elvis’ death at that moment in time was a very kind
deliverance,’ Grob says in the outline of ‘The Elvis Conspiracy’, a book he plans to author with writer Dan Mingori. ‘His eventual death
would have been slow, excruciatingly painful and intolerable to witness. Elvis was dying of bone cancer...’ The outline proposes a two-part
book on the days following Presley’s death. ‘A former police officer, Dick Grob uses his expertise to detail and report facts that have been
checked, and rechecked and checked again,’ the outline said. ‘His journal reads like the police report...conspirators of one kind or
another and that many questions that have lingered have finally been answered.’"
From a newspaper article by Jess Stearn in 1983:
"After Elvis died, an autopsy revealed what he (Elvis) had already suspected. And the almost unbearable pain he felt at times that caused
him to use .....painkillers. "The singer’s dad, Vernon Presley and other close friends of Elvis were there when a doctor engaged to perform
the private autopsy told the disconsolate father: ‘Elvis’ cancer was in the advanced stages. He would have deteriorated rapidly and known
ever greater pain.’ "When the star’s longtime friend Larry Geller spoke to him about it, Vernon was still terribly despondent and could only
say: ‘Elvis was sicker than anybody knew.’ "For some reason, the cancer was viewed as a stigma by some of those closest to Elvis. Elvis’
father thought it would be a shock to daughter Lisa Marie and wanted it kept from her, not recognising that the disclosure of the cancer
would explain Elvis’ frequent use of painkiller drugs....
"While this book (‘Elvis, His Spiritual Journey’) was being put together, Joe Esposito, Elvis’ foreman, called Larry and asked him
not to mention the cancer. "Larry decided, as I did, that it would be fairer to Elvis’ memory to let his public know the truth.....(Larry) ‘In the
last year and a half of his life, he (Elvis) constantly complained to me, sometimes doubled over in agony.’"
Charlie Hodge was Elvis’ long-time friend and employee, who also played guitar and sang back-up with him on stage.
In Charlie’s book, ‘Me ‘n’ Elvis’, he relates that he was present when Elvis’ Dr. Nick told Vernon Presley what the autopsy had revealed:
"He said what he was about to tell us must be kept in the strictest confidence. He said that during the autopsy it was discovered that Elvis
had bone cancer that had spread through his entire body."
Kathy Westmoreland, one of Elvis’ back-up singers for the last seven years of his life, stated in her book, ‘Elvis & Kathy’:
"(Elvis) had an enlarged heart and both his mother and father had weak hearts....Elvis was a diabetic and he had hypertension, a life-
threatening condition (high blood pressure is a sign of this disease)....Not long after I met Elvis, he told me in confidence that he had a
cancer-like condition.....after Elvis died, I was told in strict confidence (along with Charlie Hodge and Larry Geller) that the autopsy
revealed what Elvis had already known: that bone cancer was indeed there and had spread throughout his body....Elvis had suffered
three unreported heart attacks prior to the one that killed him.....Another genetic problem for Elvis was chronic insomnia, which was not
psychological, but a clinical disorder....From the time he was a child, Elvis suffered from pernicious anemia, which I understand his mother,
uncle and grandfather had and was commonplace in his family tree. Pernicious anemia is a cancer-like condition of the liver....When I first
met Elvis in 1970, he was just beginning to suffer from glaucoma. It is an extremely painful disease which causes severe pressure and
pain in the eye. Periodically, he had to have fluid removed from his eyes with a syringe."
I have heard too much from too many different sources through the years not to believe that Elvis was indeed a prisoner from 1969. This
was something he kept from his family, although his father Vernon became suspicious toward the end. So while it is true that Elvis had
very real physical illnesses for which, as Kathy Westmoreland stated, it was necessary for him to take prescribed medication, he was also
becoming addicted by larger doses of knock-out drugs administered completely against his will. Elvis often resisted his ‘wardens’, and this
was a way to insure his cooperation. I believe that there was an intent to addict him, so that he would be dependent on an artificial reality
controlled by them. He was not so easy to subdue in 1972, but by 1977 he could no longer resist them. He at times reached out for help,
but those persons he reached out to were afraid to help him. They had their own lives and family to protect.
Not to dwell on his suffering, but to comprehend more fully his situation I inject the following: In a hotel, Elvis’ unmade bed was seen full of
blood. His men joked that he had been deflowering young maidens. In truth, he often hemorrhaged in his colon, and vomited blood. One
can only speculate how the forced drugging done irrespective of his medical needs affected Elvis’ sensitive pain-racked body. (Ed Parker
was the witness to the bloody bed. and told this to Fran Dale. Also from a second source Casey Korenek: Casey’s friend Kay Reynolds-
Hunter was a hairdresser for Elvis and his entourage for a time in the last years of his life. Kay was with Ed Parker when she saw Elvis’
Recreated scenes which appeared on a tabloid TV show depicting a drugged Elvis unable to stand when he was not on stage are absurd.
He was alert and rational right to the end, most of the time. I have heard a conversation of him talking with some Avon ladies (who sent
him some gifts while he was in the hospital) in the last few weeks of his life in which he was discussing the upcoming book written in a fit of
betrayal by three of his employees. He was not only completely clear-headed, but so very wise and fair in his assessment of their motives.
It was most certainly to his credit that despite terminal illness and great pain, and being periodically rendered nearly comatose by his
‘keepers,’ he could still exhibit such clarity and wisdom in his final days. One of the Avon ladies knew Wanda Hill and gave her a copy of
the taped conversation which this author has heard.............
The following are excerpts from that taped conversation:
Elvis: "There’s a book that you all will be seeing in the stores, wherever, in paperback, about, uh, an expose of my life, my private life,
and I would like to say that all of you who will read it, you can believe what you like, but I would like to say right here that it’s been distorted
drastically, and, uh, sometimes when people get angry at someone they do things that they regret later, and this is sort of the case.
The two former employees of mine got very upset and very angry at the fact that we had to let them go, and they know very well why they
were discharged and they couldn’t accept it, and somebody offered them a lot of money, and you know, uh, you’re all aware that nice
things don’t sell. People aren’t interested in hearing about how good someone is, or what kindnesses they may do, or if they live a quiet
life. They want risky things and the bizarre. So this is what they’ve given them...there are a lot of things that are distorted and anybody
that followed my career will know that it’s impossible for someone to live that type of a life, even behind closed doors, without somebody
saying something about it before now. Nobody leads that charmed of a life, especially not myself."
"....as far as the drugs, I did not take drugs from 1960 on. I’ve never taken any drugs except for medical reasons."
Elvis speaking to Wanda concerning the underlying intrigue that controlled his life in those last years:
"You see, the guys here, they don’t know everything. They think they do, but there’s so much more behind Elvis Presley, the name, the
image, the-the money, than they know. It’s not in their best interest to know, an’ that’s all I’m sayin’ about it. I-I-I wish things were different,
but its too late now.....I’m just me - nothin’s going to change that, except dyin’, I guess. Godddd, wait ‘til the reviews come out ‘bout that!
Man, it’s gonna be tough - on everybody, family and friends. Godddd ‘n’ Lisa - she’s the one who’s goin’ to-to have to live with it...."
Wanda and Elvis discussing the book his bodyguards wrote. Elvis had read an advance copy:
Wanda: Well, I just think they didn’t give a damn what they did to you.
Elvis: "Oh, honey, don’t talk that way, don’t swear, not from your sweet lips, and honey, don’t feel like that, bad toward my friends, please.
Just let it be. It doesn’t matter what those persons will believe or what they don’t believe. All that matters is that we know what’s true - you
know - my real friends know, my fans know, in your hearts you’ll know. That’s all that matters. I’ve loved them for so long and they’ve stood
by me - they’ll understand, and they’ll also know that it would be impossible for me to live like that for so long and not have it come out
before now. I just don’t want folks blamin’ the boys for that book - it doesn’t matter - it’s done. Let’s forget it. Man, my head’s killin’ me
tonight. I just can’t think straight, it’s so bad....I really miss the old days - talking to them you know - about the old days - I miss that - I have
nothin in common with these guys - most of ‘em - they weren’t there, you know, at the beginning."
Wanda: I’m really sorry, Elvis, I really am.
Elvis: "Too bad I didn’t have all that fun they said I had (laughs)."
Wanda: Well, you were so bombed out on drugs maybe you did and just don’t remember it!
Elvis: "Yeah! (laughs) Maybe so man, would that be a waste! (laughs more)"
It is the plague of history, that those who have made the greatest contributions to the Spirit of the Earth are often scourged and crucified
in one form or another. There are undoubtedly some dark aspects churning in the mire that slew Elvis Presley, another Sun King
sacrificed on an altar of uncertain definition.
It has been said, and rightly so, that all history is written by the victors. The history-makers who pass from this mortal coil are painted for
posterity in the colours and hues of those who outlive them, friend and foe alike. It is often the enemies and the indifferent who comprise
the loudest voice in giving the world their picture of an individual who is no longer able to alter this presentation by his or her living
When reflecting upon the defacing books that supposedly reveal the real Elvis, this truth was especially evident to me. The true story of
Elvis Presley as told by him to his phone friends from beginning to end, would rock the world. It can only be revealed in part within the
pages of this magazine, and will probably have to wait for a full telling until those whose special interests wish to keep it buried, are
themselves interred in the earth.
But it will one day be told as it has been recorded, by those who know the story. That which has been set down in secret will one day be
revealed. It will then be seen as the history of a hidden prophet / priest.
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