National Enquirer Elvis Coffin Photo

  National Enquirer Photo of Elvis Presley in his Coffin

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 Story behind the Coffin Picture

Elvis Coffin in National Enquirer – Robert Kendall was Elvis’ funeral director of the Memphis Funeral home who arranged all the procedures for the burial of Elvis Presley. Having arranged the funeral service for Gladys Love Presley, Elvis’ mother, 19 years previously Kendall thought is only appropriate that Elvis should be buried in an identical $8,000 casket as his mother. The  copper lined casket also provided a two by 4-inch stainless steel cylinder for identification purposes in the event the remains, in the future are exhumed.

 Elvis’ cylinder reads:
Elvis Aaron Presley
Born: January 8, 1935
Funeral: August 18, 1977   at  Elvis’ Eulogy:  2pm Graceland
Interment at Forest Hills Cemetery (Midtown Memphis Tennessee)

(This information still remains in Elvis’ casket despite the fact that in November 1977 Elvis was re-buried at Graceland upon his father’s request. As Kendall had forgotten to update the details to final resting place

Elvis Presley Twin Grave

Lisa Marie Presley at Elvis Funeral Priscilla and Lisa Marie attend Elvis Funeral Usually, Robert Kendall discourages family to place valuables inside the coffin for the most obvious of reasons and made that clear to Vernon Presley, however, this time against his better judgment he allowed a small token from Lisa Marie who was only nine years old at the time. During the first day of private viewing Lisa Marie approached Kendall while still holding her mother’s hand and asked, “Mister Kendall can I give this to my daddy?” With that she held out her other hand to display a thin metal bracelet. In this case being only a child Kendall could deduce that Lisa Marie was terrified to touch her beloved father’s body.

Instead of taking the bracelet from Lisa Marie, Kendall took her hand walked her to her daddy’s bier. Lisa Marie Presley holding the bracelet approached the casket. She did not look at the father’s body when Kendall asked her to point to which wrist she wanted Kendall to put it on. Instead of pointing to her daddy’s wrist she pointed to her own right wrist.

Kendall realised then that already in her tender innocence Lisa has an innate aversion to touching the corpse of a person she loved so very dearly. Thus it was left to Kendall who gently lifted her father’s right forearm just enough to slip the trinket into place. Lisa Marie looked down at the floor throughout the whole procedure. “Thank you, sir…” whispered Lisa Marie while walking hand in hand with Kendall until she reached her mother in the hallway. Just before she turned to walk away, Lisa Marie questioned Kendall…  ” Will it stay there always?..”  Kendall assured her that it would be there forever.

As Lisa Marie headed for the front door, Priscilla Presley asked if Kendall would cover the bracelet with the shirt cuff so it couldn’t be seen. Although she did not offer any reason Kendall suspected that it was so that it would remain safe without temptation to be taken as a final memento.

Thursday, August 18, the funeral procession was an 21 car cortège. Celebrities, Ann-Margret & Colonel Tom Parker attending the funeral service. Jackie Kahane gave the eulogy & Kathy Westmoreland sang Heavenly Father. The pallbearers at Elvis’ funeral were, Jerry Schilling, Joe Esposito, George Klein, Lamar Fike, Billy Smith, Charlie Hodges, Gene Smith and  Dr. Nichopoulous. “Son, Daddy will be with you soon. Daddy will be with you soon,” cried Vernon Presley. Two years later on 26 June 1979 Vernon Presley died of a broken heart.

Elvis Presley’s autopsy commissioned after his death involved draining all body fluids, removal of all vital organs, and sent to a pathology lab for testing to ascertain the cause of death. The coroner, Dr Jerry Francisco, who with Dr Eric Muirhead and Dr Noel Florredo attended the autopsy on Presley… they initially concealed the facts by attributing the cause of death to a massive heart attack.

Elvis Autopsy ReportTheir motive, they have since admitted, “was not to tarnish the image by a scandal of a drug habit.” In recourse to the now abundant rumours, Francisco states, “If Elvis is NOT dead, he’s walking around without his major organs as Elvis’ brain and heart are still in storage at Memphis Memorial Hospital

Back to Giorgio’s ‘weight mystery’ – one does need to be a math genius to figure-out, if you remove most of a persons guts they will end-up a lot thinner! Yet, contrary to all the facts, Giorgio relentlessly tries to provide even more clues to Elvis’ mysterious death – by questioning the secret cover-up of the autopsy report. The fact is,Vernon upon receiving evidence that a mixture of addictive-drugs was indeed the cause of his beloved son’s death, panic and quickly paid off officials to keep the document a secret.

Dee Presley, who became Elvis’ stepmother by marrying Vernon in 1960 states that she sighted the autopsy papers and agreed with her husband to support the ‘over dose’ cover-up. Giorgio’s most outrageous revelation is not the written word – but voice of Elvis (on tape) reiterating and confirming all her claims! To this day, Giorgio adamantly states the interview took place well after Elvis’ death but has refused any further details! In part, the interview has Elvis explaining, his life of anonymity not being easy, because he has had to grow a beard to disguise himself.

Elvis Presley Coffin
Elvis’ physician Dr Nick revealed the cause of death in his book The King and Dr. Nick

The question that immediately springs to mind – is why Elvis would seek-out Gail Brewer Giorgio (who he never met alive or dead) over-n-above his family and friends to disclose his hoaxed disappearance? Anyway, in 1985 David Darlock, an Elvis impersonator threw a spanner into the works on television. On the GERALDO talkback show, Darlock admitted he was paid $250 in April 1981 by the Elvis fan club, “Eternally Elvis” to simulate the voice of Elvis for an album. He also, produced the signed contract of this deal!

It’s easy to discredit all of Giorgio’s outrageous claims, and more-so, her book only proves she is indeed a scheming business woman reaping millions, by shrouding facts with fiction! Giorgio’s last quest to verify all her discrepancies is her bid as to, “why haven’t the executors of Elvis Presley Estate made a public statement to discredit any of these ‘still alive’ rumors?’ Common sense prevailing, this issue rests squarely on the business of making money! Jack Soden, CEO (directly under Priscilla Presley) in charge of marketing the Elvis image, dutifully confirmed this in August 1989, in a statement to the press. He said, “as for Giorgio’s book, why kill-off the golden goose, she pays the Presley Estate, thousands a year in royalties…”    Elvis Death Certificate