Elvis was originally laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Memphis, but soon after, when a plot to steal his body failed, he was interred in Meditation Garden on the grounds of Graceland. Elvis’ father had requested that the valuable rings buried with him be removed before re-interment. I have heard that opening the casket, all present were astonished to find Elvis’ body in an uncorrupted state. Despite embalming, the corpse should not have appeared in such condition. It was not just the preservation that startled them. There was an other-worldly look about it of almost transparent beauty. Elvis was fascinated by the Yogis and Saints ability to achieve transition of this physical realm at will, and studied the teachings of Parahamsaji Yogananda, whose body remained in a perfect state for quite some time after his death transition.
- The Commercial Appeal - August 27, 1977
Body of Elvis' mother moved to Mausoleum. 'The body of Gladys Love Presley, was quietly unearthed and moved late yesterday (Aug.26) into the Mausoleum where het son was entombed last week. In a 3 hour and 17 minute operation, 11 workers at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown unearthed the massive steel and copper casket....' 'Vernon Presley, the entertainer's father, made the decision....'
- The Commercial Appeal - August 30, 1977
Three Charged in Body-stealing Plot. 'Three Memphis men were charged yesterday (Aug.29) afternoon with criminal trespassing in connection with what Police Director E. Winslow Chapman said was a plot to steal the entombed body of Elvis Presley'.
- The Commercial Appeal - September 8, 1977
Graceland site for Grave of Presley's. 'An application to allow the bodies of Elvis and his mother, Gladys to be moved to the Meditation Garden at Presley's Graceland Mansion was submitted yesterday (sept.7) to the board of Adjustment.....The request will be heard at the board's next meeting September 28, 1977.'
- The Commercial Appeal - October 3, 1977
Bodies of Elvis, Mother are moved. The move was unannounced. Two white hearses escorted by eight city police officers and five Shelby County deputies took the bodies of Elvis and his mother, Gladys, into the rear entrance of Graceland shortly after 7 last night (Oct.2)'.....' Only a few watchers were outside the gates of Graceland when the cortege arrived, and at first some did not realize what they had seen. The board of Adjustment gave permission last Wednesday to rebury the bodies on the south side of Graceland estatie....'
- The Commercial Appeal - October 5, 1977
Charges against 3 dropped, in Presley-body theft case. 'Trespassing charges against three men accused in a purported scheme to steal the body of Elvis were dismissed yesterday (oct.4) after the prosecutor said the city could not vouch for the truthfulness of it's key witness.'
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- WorldNetDaily - August 15, 2002
FBI witness: Presley clan staged Elvis
An FBI informant involved in a plot to steal Elvis Presley's body shortly after he died claims the Presley family staged the grave-robbing to persuade Memphis officials to move him from the public cemetery to Graceland, a veteran FBI agent told WorldNetdaily.
The late Vernon Presley, Elvis' father and executor of his estate at the time, wanted his son buried on the mansion grounds, but it was in an area not zoned for burials. So three weeks after Elvis died of a heart attack, he had lawyers for the Presley estate petition the Memphis Shelby County Board of Adjustment for a zoning variance. They cited what they called an attempted theft of Presley's body several days earlier and the expense of round-the-clock security. Three men were arrested Aug. 29, 1977, near the Forest Hill Cemetery mausoleum where Evis was entombed in a 900-pound copper coffin. One of them was Ronnie Tyler, who later became an FBI informant. 'The scheme had been hatched after the Memphis board had refused the Presley family's request to bury Elvis at Graceland.' he said. Ivian C. Smith, former head of the FBI's Arkansas office, says Tyler told him years later that former Shelby County sheriff's deputy Billy Talley set up the hoax.
The Memphis board on September 28, 1977, OK'd Presley's request to move his son's body to Graceland and the singer was reburied there October 2, 1977.
Elvis at Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis
Mug shot of Ronnie Lee Adkins, Bruce Eugend Nelson, Gary Oscar Travis, Raymond Martin Green, perpetrators in the plot to steal Elvis' body while it was interned at the Forest Hill Cemetery Mausoleum.