Elvis Presley: Upstairs of Graceland ‘like he just left’ says expert
Elvis Presley died at the age of just 42-year-old on August 16, 1977 in the upstairs bathroom of Graceland. After his death, there were still family members living on the Tennessee mansion property including his cousin Billy Smith. Now in a new interview, the Memphis Mafia member has opened up on his claim that he sensed the presence of Elvis’ spirit upstairs at Graceland after he died.
In a new video from his son Danny’s YouTube channel Memphis Mafia Kid found below, Billy was answering fan questions when one came up asking: “Did you ever sense a presence at Graceland?”
Elvis’ cousin replied: “I did. In fact, I guess that was the biggest reason I left Graceland.
“Got to a point where I’d go to sleep, it’d be early in the morning and I would hear him calling me. And I even got up and got Jo up too. She used to wake up too sometimes close to the same time.”
But it was when Billy was near the front of Graceland and he saw the upstairs windows that he says he felt something.
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Billy continued: “I’d get dressed and I’d go out to Graceland and for some reason I always looked up at his office window because I felt like he was calling me and he was looking out the window.
“Oh boy that…that…got to me. And after they brought Elvis’ casket back into Graceland and they buried it then I felt like I was a little more at ease and it was time for me to get out of there.”
Following Elvis’ funeral at Graceland on August 18, 1977, his body was buried next to his mother Gladys, who had died in 1958, at Forest Hill Cemetery.
But following an attempt to steal his corpse, Elvis and his mother’s remains were brought back to Graceland to be buried there where they are to this day.
Also buried next to Elvis and Gladys are his father Vernon, grandmother Minnie and grandson Benjamin.
Billy also admitted that even now he feels like he senses Elvis’ presence over 40 years after The King’s death.
He said: “There’s still times that I have now, and [my wife] Jo does too.
“We feel his presence a lot and that’s not getting weird or [makes spooky sounds].”
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His son Danny said: “We all do. Some [back] then…all through the years and now.
“Whether it was something else or whatever, whatever it could have been, there have been things even I’ve talked [about] on the videos where you get feelings…or we get to talking or strange things happen. There’s a lot of that.”
Billy even talked about how some fans have felt Elvis’ spirit too.
He added: “His presence was so strong while he was alive I guess it carried over even after his death. He’s still with us.”
Whatever the case, Elvis lives on through his incredible legacy made up of music and movies that are much loved by millions of fans around the world to this day.
Following his death in 1977, Graceland was left to his only child Lisa Marie and the Memphis mansion was opened as a museum to the public in 1982.
Although, Graceland’s upstairs is remains off-limits since it was Elvis’ private space even in life.
Nevertheless, those rooms are perfectly preserved and maintained as though he just got up and left, right down to the tiniest details including the final vinyl he played on his record player.
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