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THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:26 am

HI
I apologize if this topic has been discusssed here before.

I'm in the process of reading it for the first time in God knows how many years but...........

I'd like to know what other readers think of this particular, grusome maybe, to some. but I have thick skin and I used to work in a mortuary, book and it's contents?

I'd appreciate anytype of opinion or feedback.

Thanks

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:08 am

The book made quite an impact when initially released. I customarily reviewed new Elvis books on my radio show. In the course of conversation with a senior official at EPE, the hope was expressed that I not give it too much attention.

The bombshell revelation, if you will, was the release of the concluding page of Elvis' autopsy report. It was obtained after the death of Dr. Harold Sexton, who participated in the autopsy. I read the material aloud to one of the key players in the Elvis medical drama. "I'm disappointed to hear that Dr. Sexton would do that," was the reply. I took that as confirmation that the material in the book was the real deal.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:14 am

The most surprising to me was that there were drugs all over the grass field in front of the front door, years after Elvis' dead. It almost looked planned for effect.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:49 am

epf wrote:The most surprising to me was that there were drugs all over the grass field in front of the front door, years after Elvis' dead. It almost looked planned for effect.


Wow that was really funny. Do you write all your own material?

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:53 am

CONFEDERATELVIS wrote:HI
I apologize if this topic has been discusssed here before.

I'm in the process of reading it for the first time in God knows how many years but...........

I'd like to know what other readers think of this particular, grusome maybe, to some. but I have thick skin and I used to work in a mortuary, book and it's contents?

I'd appreciate anytype of opinion or feedback.

Thanks


It's been debated before.

If you are someone fascinated with the entire Elvis story, and appreciate an intelligent, compassionate and well-researched work about how he left us, The Death of Elvis by Thompson II and Cole is an essential purchase.


901201_The Death of Elvis.JPG
Charles C. Thompson II and James P. Cole, The Death of Elvis: What Really Happened (New York: Delacorte Press, December 1, 1990)

'Nuff said.
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Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:35 am

Can anyone tell me the date of ths interview? I was looking up information on the guys who co-authored this book and found this interview but couldn't find a date.


Gary James asks the experts

Elvis: Is He Still With Us?

Major Bill Smith says Elvis is very mich alive. Charles Thompson says Elvis is dead. After talking with both of them, interviewer Gary James says each is convincing in his own way. Read on and see what you think.



An Interview with TV producer Charles C. Thompson

In a recent interview with author Gail Brewer Giorgio (The Elvis Files), we presented the idea that Elvis Presley may still be alive, that he faked his death. "Not so", says Charles C. Thompson II. And he should know. He's spent over 10 years tracking down the truth of what really happened at Graceland and to Elvis on that day in August 1977. Mr. Thompson was a founding producer for ABC-TV's news program 20/20 and is currently a producer for CBS-TV's 60 Minutes. Mr. Thompson, along with Memphis journalist James P. Cole, has authored a book titled The Death of Elvis, What Realiy Happened (Delacorte Press). Asked if the book doesn't raise new questions, Thompson responded. "It may raise new questions, but certainly not new questions about him being alive. If you go through the complete autopsy and you chop somebody to pieces, you're not alive at the end of that process." One of the new questions surrounds the strange actions of step-brother David Stanley at Graceland shortly before Elvis' death. According to the book, Stanley was in a hurry to get out of Graceland because he was trying to smuggle out a friend who shouldn't have been there. No names are mentioned.

Charles Thompson: - It was a girl. We know who she was and had talked to her. There just wasn't any point in naming her.

Gary James: - And why shouldn't she have been there?

Charles Thompson: - They were security conscious. They just didn't want anybody in there who wasn't cleared by Elvis. David was supposed to be on duty and he was late and fooling around. It's a fairly simple story.

Gary James: - What about all the "Is Elvis Alive?" talk and the sightings of Elvis?

Charles Thompson: - Most fans accept the idea that Elvis is dead. But they really don't want to discuss how he died. And others have convinced themselves that Elvis is alive. So, no matter what type of evidence is presented to the contrary, they still cling to that idea.

Gary James: - What of Gail Brewer Giorgio's claim that when Elvis was brought into the hospital on August 16, 1977, a nurse looked at him and said. "That's not Elvis," and she was made to sign a G-5 form, swearing not to reveal what went on in the hospital that day.

Charles Thompson: - I've never heard of that form. There were no federal people there. The people I talked to, the doctors and nurses, were very open and willing to talk about what happened. Elvis was well known by the hospital staff because he was treated there just two weeks prior to his death.

Thompson maintains what's lacking from all of the "Is Elvis Alive?" proponents is "documentation." No pictures, no audio or video tapes exist that can prove beyond a doubt that Elvis is alive. In fact, Thompson states that some of the documents being used to prove Elvis is alive are "bad documents" because they have been altered.

Gary James: - Is it true that a million dollars is missing and has never been accounted for from Elvis' checking account?

Charles Thompson: - They're meticulous at that estate. Priscilla and Jack Soden, the fella who's running it for her, are great business people. They're not missing a nickel. Colonel Parker took 50 percent off the top. Elvis' father got taken on a lot of swindles. And Elvis, as you well know, liked to give away a lot of expensive gifts. They weren't making a whole lot of money and they didn't have a whole lot of cash at that time. They were just going from concert to concert.

An Interview with record producer Major Bill Smith

Major Bill Smith of Ft. Worth, Texas says Elvis Presley is alive and says he talks to Elvis on the phone all the time.

Who is Major Bill Smith? He is 69 years old (at the time of this interview), and he traces his association to Elvis to 1956, when Elvis came to Ft. Worth. Smith, a promoter and record producer, met Elvis and got airplay for him on key radio stations in the area.

How long has the Major known about Elvis faking his death?

Major Bill Smith: - I've known the story since May 1977. Dr. James Wakefield Burke, a novelist and the head of the press in Germany stopped by the mansion in May 1977. Vernon Presley told Dr. Burke in May 1977 what was coming down. Vernon was in on the whole thing with him. I know the whole story from soup to nuts.

Gary James: - How about the sightings of Elvis Presley across the country?

Major Bill Smith: - All the Kalamazoo (Michigan) stuff was true. I never know where my friend is. Well, I do know a lot of times where he is. He calls me. I've got the only two pictures of Elvis after 1977. Everybody laughs at me and and jokes, calls me a fool and an idiot. Let the idiots think what they want to think. Elvis says he's gonna try to come back soon. It will be with the Major and I will be handling the whole damn thing.

* You can hear what Major Bill Smith says is a taped conversation with Elvis by clicking HERE *

An Interview with Elvis impersonator Russ Howe

He calls his show Reflections of the King. Russ Howe is an Elvis look-and-sound-alike and I talked with Russ about his tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley.

Gary James: - Is this what you do full-time?

Russ Howe: - Most of the time. For about ten years I've been in the electrical business doing security alarms, and I really enjoy that. I think I need that to keep myself sane to be honest with you. The Elvis stuff is really at night time, and if I take off 2-3 weeks or whatever, that's basically how it works.

Gary James: - You say you keep the electrical work going to keep your sanity. Can you get caught up in the whole Elvis mystique?

Russ Howe: - You know it is pretty scary when you see sometimes the reaction of the people, because they're out to have fun, and sometimes they get lost a little bit. They just go crazy for that hour, if they want to think that's Elvis up there, that's great. But never forget who I am. I've met quite a few people who do the Elvis show and they're 24 hours Eivis. So, a lot of people who meet me are very happy that they realize I'm myself also, which is a totally different person.

Gary James: - All this talk about Elvis being alive, does that help or hurt ticket sales?

Russ Howe: - Actually, I don't know. It's stirring a lot of people's minds. I personally don't believe it. I know a few people who were with him the night before he passed away. With all the stories I've been told and the people I've met, I don't believe it. Just to show you, two years ago when the "Elvis was alive" was a really big thing, I went to visit my parents in upstate New York. I went fishing. Here I am in the middle of the lake, I'm fishing, a car goes by and the screech of the tires went on and I heard a lady screaming "Elvis". I got home about a week later and I went to the candy store and picked up the new issue of The Star. The latest spot for an Elvis sighting was upstate New York, fishing. (Laughs.) So people I think, see what they want to see. I would love him to be alive, but personally I don't think so.

An Interview with Elvis impersonator Danny Vann

Danny Vann has been imitating Elvis since he was three years old. His professional debut occurred in 1968, when he was 15 years old. Danny Vann is regarded as one of the best Elvis tribute acts in the country. We asked him what it all means.

Gary James: - 1968 had to be a rather strange year to be debuting an Elvis show. The Doors, Hendrix and Janis Joplin were ridin' high on the charts. Why did you decide on Elvis?

Danny Vann: - 1968 was a bizarre time to be doing Elvis. But, I started imitating Elvis many years before that. In fact, I was trying to do Elvis before my voice changed. I got my first guitar in 1968, so I could finally start performing on my own.

Gary James: - You work full-time for Michigan Bell as a computer analyst, and perform your shows, I assume, on the weekend. If you wanted to, couldn't you go full-time with your show?

Danny Vann: - I was a full-time entertainer after high school when I met my wife, and literally sang 5 to 8 hours a day, 6 days a week, for nearly a year. Just me and my guitar at different clubs. I got married to my one and still only wife when we were both 19 years oid. About a year after we were married, I suffered a severe bout of exhaustion. At the time, I didn't work for Bell and had no medical insurance. I laid flat on my back on our apartment for three weeks. Thank God my wife had a full-time job. I came from a broken home and didn't have much of a childhood. I had three weeks to think about no medical, no paid sickness days, no retirement and worst of all, no security. What kind of life would an entertaining career be for my future family? I got my start with Michigan Bell within six months of my recovery. I have had offers since then, but I know I made the right decision. My 14-year-old son, Troy and 11-year-old daughter, Shannon, have a secure life. We have the best of both worlds as they frequently travel with the show and help out.

Gary James: - What do you get out of doing an Eivis Tribute Show? How does it make you feel?

Danny Vann: - I started singing because of Elvis. My first performances were mostly Elvis songs. His music is very beautiful and fun to do. I have written and recorded several original songs, but even when I do my own music or other people's hits, the audiences have called for the Elvis songs.

Gary James: - Do you believe Elvis faked his death?

Danny Vann: - If anyone could have pulled it off, it was Elvis and maybe the F.B.I. But, I feel Elvis has given more than any human being should be asked to, and if he went into hiding, leave him alone. He deserves his privacy.




© Gary James. All rights reserved.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:32 am

lovin' EP wrote:Can anyone tell me the date of ths interview? I was looking up information on the guys who co-authored this book and found this interview but couldn't find a date ...


Although your post is basically off-topic, it seems the Thompson interview is circa January 1991, shortly after The Death of Elvis was published by Delacorte Press.

Otherwise, if you could please in the future refrain from posting interviews with ETAs, and people who propagate theories about Elvis being alive, that would be really great.

That said, have you read the book? If so, do you have any opinion or feedback?

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:40 am

I was simply trying to find out about the guys who co-authored this book, and why they thought themselves qualified to write it. And no, I do not have the book nor have I read it. I had never even heard of the book until I saw this thread.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:46 am

I thought the book was fascinating. Tough read in that it graphically describes his autopsy but it comes across as factual and not exploitative nor uncompassionate.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:07 am

lovin' EP wrote:I was simply trying to find out about the guys who co-authored this book, and why they thought themselves qualified to write it. And no, I do not have the book nor have I read it. I had never even heard of the book until I saw this thread.


Your post includes interviews with three people who have nothing to do with the book:
An Interview with TV producer Charles C. Thompson
An Interview with record producer Major Bill Smith
An Interview with Elvis impersonator Russ Howe
An Interview with Elvis impersonator Danny Vann


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Anyway, here's why these men "thought themselves qualified" to write the book:
- Both were well-regarded investigative journalists
- Charles C. Thompson, II was a producer on CBS's "60 Minutes" and ABC's "20/20" news programs
- James P. Cole was a Memphis Press-Scimitar editor

Here's a good review from January 1991:

KIRKUS REVIEW

A grimly fascinating, meticulous report on what--and who--really killed the King of Rock 'n' Roll, by two newsmen who dug into that morbid subject for ABC's 20/20 program in the late 70's. Anyone who saw the highly rated 1979 20/20 broadcast or who thinks, as almost everyone does, that Elvis died of drugs won't be surprised by the authors' conclusion here: that the singer died "from polypharmacy, an accidental overdose of multiple drugs," including toxic or near-toxic levels of Quaaludes, Valium, Placidyl, and codeine.

So why this book? Well, for those who care, it sets to rest three rampant rumors about Elvis's demise: that he was murdered, that he had bone cancer, and that he deliberately committed suicide--a notion touted by Elvis biographer Albert Goldman in a recent Life cover story and one that Thompson (who's now with CBS's 60 Minutes) and Cole (a newspaperman who's Thompson's brother-in-law) shred through careful factual analysis. More importantly, this well-documented brief lays bare a massive medical cover-up wherein a host of Memphis figures, from the local medical examiner to Elvis's pill-dispensing physician and family and friends, sustained the myth that the entertainer died of heart complications.

To explain the evolution and unveiling of that cover-up, Thompson and Cole spend many pages in an intriguing if somewhat plodding exposition of their late-70's sleuthing; what grips like cold steel bands, however, is their graphic snip-by-cut reconstruction of Elvis's autopsy. And what remains is a tragic sense of waste, as the authors detail how nearly everyone in contact with Elvis saw his death coming but did nothing, so great was their awe and fear. First-rate medical sleuthing, and a memorable cautionary tale, though non-Elvis fans may find much of the intricate detail akin to hourly weather reports about a tempest in a teapot.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/charles-c-james-p-cole-thompson/the-death-of-elvis/

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:19 am

JRtherealJR wrote:
epf wrote:The most surprising to me was that there were drugs all over the grass field in front of the front door, years after Elvis' dead. It almost looked planned for effect.


Wow that was really funny. Do you write all your own material?


Read the book thoroughly. Maybe that should stop your condescending attitude, though i doubt it.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:36 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
lovin' EP wrote:I was simply trying to find out about the guys who co-authored this book, and why they thought themselves qualified to write it. And no, I do not have the book nor have I read it. I had never even heard of the book until I saw this thread.


Your post includes interviews with three people who have nothing to do with the book:
An Interview with TV producer Charles C. Thompson
An Interview with record producer Major Bill Smith
An Interview with Elvis impersonator Russ Howe
An Interview with Elvis impersonator Danny Vann


---

Anyway, here's why these men "thought themselves qualified" to write the book:
- Both were well-regarded investigative journalists
- Charles C. Thompson, II was a producer on CBS's "60 Minutes" and ABC's "20/20" news programs
- James P. Cole was a Memphis Press-Scimitar editor

Here's a good review from January 1991:

KIRKUS REVIEW

A grimly fascinating, meticulous report on what--and who--really killed the King of Rock 'n' Roll, by two newsmen who dug into that morbid subject for ABC's 20/20 program in the late 70's. Anyone who saw the highly rated 1979 20/20 broadcast or who thinks, as almost everyone does, that Elvis died of drugs won't be surprised by the authors' conclusion here: that the singer died "from polypharmacy, an accidental overdose of multiple drugs," including toxic or near-toxic levels of Quaaludes, Valium, Placidyl, and codeine.

So why this book? Well, for those who care, it sets to rest three rampant rumors about Elvis's demise: that he was murdered, that he had bone cancer, and that he deliberately committed suicide--a notion touted by Elvis biographer Albert Goldman in a recent Life cover story and one that Thompson (who's now with CBS's 60 Minutes) and Cole (a newspaperman who's Thompson's brother-in-law) shred through careful factual analysis. More importantly, this well-documented brief lays bare a massive medical cover-up wherein a host of Memphis figures, from the local medical examiner to Elvis's pill-dispensing physician and family and friends, sustained the myth that the entertainer died of heart complications.

To explain the evolution and unveiling of that cover-up, Thompson and Cole spend many pages in an intriguing if somewhat plodding exposition of their late-70's sleuthing; what grips like cold steel bands, however, is their graphic snip-by-cut reconstruction of Elvis's autopsy. And what remains is a tragic sense of waste, as the authors detail how nearly everyone in contact with Elvis saw his death coming but did nothing, so great was their awe and fear. First-rate medical sleuthing, and a memorable cautionary tale, though non-Elvis fans may find much of the intricate detail akin to hourly weather reports about a tempest in a teapot.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/charles-c-james-p-cole-thompson/the-death-of-elvis/



Thanks, Dr. C. That was all I was looking for. Just wanted information on the co-authors.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:10 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:if you could please in the future refrain from posting interviews with ETAs, and people who propagate theories about Elvis being alive, that would be really great.


Yes, really. No matter how well your intention its nonsense and there is no place for such on this board.

With regards to the book, I re-read it recently, its graphic and heart wrenching but if you want to understand what happened to our guy on that Tuesday morning in August 1977 then here you will find the answer.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:52 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:if you could please in the future refrain from posting interviews with ETAs, and people who propagate theories about Elvis being alive, that would be really great.


Perhaps you're new, but we don't play that here.

rjm
P.S. -- If epf would elaborate on his comment, because I forgot. I does sorta ring a bell, and I doubt he's being facetious or anything. The FRONT of the house, years later? I don't recall it, in the book, but there's quite a bit in the book, so if you could elaborate. Thanks, Ronald. (He's a good guy, and he's not playing games, dig?) As for the member with the "alive" kick, better to just ignore altogether, folks.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:34 am

I think it´s an essential book. I am convinced that the conclusions in the book are correct.

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:28 pm

lovin' EP wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
lovin' EP wrote:I was simply trying to find out about the guys who co-authored this book, and why they thought themselves qualified to write it. And no, I do not have the book nor have I read it. I had never even heard of the book until I saw this thread.


Your post includes interviews with three people who have nothing to do with the book:
An Interview with TV producer Charles C. Thompson
An Interview with record producer Major Bill Smith
An Interview with Elvis impersonator Russ Howe
An Interview with Elvis impersonator Danny Vann


---

Anyway, here's why these men "thought themselves qualified" to write the book:
- Both were well-regarded investigative journalists
- Charles C. Thompson, II was a producer on CBS's "60 Minutes" and ABC's "20/20" news programs
- James P. Cole was a Memphis Press-Scimitar editor

Here's a good review from January 1991:

KIRKUS REVIEW

A grimly fascinating, meticulous report on what--and who--really killed the King of Rock 'n' Roll, by two newsmen who dug into that morbid subject for ABC's 20/20 program in the late 70's. Anyone who saw the highly rated 1979 20/20 broadcast or who thinks, as almost everyone does, that Elvis died of drugs won't be surprised by the authors' conclusion here: that the singer died "from polypharmacy, an accidental overdose of multiple drugs," including toxic or near-toxic levels of Quaaludes, Valium, Placidyl, and codeine.

So why this book? Well, for those who care, it sets to rest three rampant rumors about Elvis's demise: that he was murdered, that he had bone cancer, and that he deliberately committed suicide--a notion touted by Elvis biographer Albert Goldman in a recent Life cover story and one that Thompson (who's now with CBS's 60 Minutes) and Cole (a newspaperman who's Thompson's brother-in-law) shred through careful factual analysis. More importantly, this well-documented brief lays bare a massive medical cover-up wherein a host of Memphis figures, from the local medical examiner to Elvis's pill-dispensing physician and family and friends, sustained the myth that the entertainer died of heart complications.

To explain the evolution and unveiling of that cover-up, Thompson and Cole spend many pages in an intriguing if somewhat plodding exposition of their late-70's sleuthing; what grips like cold steel bands, however, is their graphic snip-by-cut reconstruction of Elvis's autopsy. And what remains is a tragic sense of waste, as the authors detail how nearly everyone in contact with Elvis saw his death coming but did nothing, so great was their awe and fear. First-rate medical sleuthing, and a memorable cautionary tale, though non-Elvis fans may find much of the intricate detail akin to hourly weather reports about a tempest in a teapot.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/charles-c-james-p-cole-thompson/the-death-of-elvis/



Thanks, Dr. C. That was all I was looking for. Just wanted information on the co-authors.


My pleasure!

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:31 pm

i have this book and also watched a great interview with both authors on geraldo and e.t many years ago .
I must confess that i have seen and was facinated by the 1979 20 /20 cover up investigation . Anyone have any opions or views about that show ?

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:37 am

HI
Thanx for all your inputs guys - I find it a fascinating read

Re: THE DEATH OF ELVIS - BOOK

Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:15 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
CONFEDERATELVIS wrote:HI
I apologize if this topic has been discusssed here before.

I'm in the process of reading it for the first time in God knows how many years but...........

I'd like to know what other readers think of this particular, grusome maybe, to some. but I have thick skin and I used to work in a mortuary, book and it's contents?

I'd appreciate anytype of opinion or feedback.

Thanks


It's been debated before.

If you are someone fascinated with the entire Elvis story, and appreciate an intelligent, compassionate and well-researched work about how he left us, The Death of Elvis by Thompson II and Cole is an essential purchase.


901201_The Death of Elvis.JPG
Charles C. Thompson II and James P. Cole, The Death of Elvis: What Really Happened (New York: Delacorte Press, December 1, 1990)

'Nuff said.


I totally agree! Still have it somewhere..