Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. But, did the King move on, or is he still walking the halls of Graceland? Many people think that he is. In fact, several Graceland visitors claim to have seen the spirit of Elvis. Let’s look more into the possibility that Elvis never left his Memphis mansion.
But First, a Word on Hauntings
For starters, let’s look at what we know about ghosts. First off, there are two kinds of hauntings. The first, and most interesting are “intelligent hauntings.” This is when a spirit is trapped in the world of the living and continues to interact with people. Residual hauntings, on the other hand, are when spirits just show up and are oblivious to their surroundings. These are much more common.
Residual hauntings come from massive releases of mental energy. For instance, the most common causes are traumatic or violent events. However, that same amount of energy can be released in positive ways. Elvis regularly performed with friends and peers in the rooms at Graceland. Many of his happiest moments took place in the so-called jungle room at Graceland. So, there’s a chance that Elvis Presley left behind enough mental energy in his Memphis home that it remains there even today.
Many paranormal experts believe that there are a handful of things that go into the creation of intelligent hauntings. Those who don’t cross over to the other side usually either die unexpectedly or violently. On the other hand, leaving unfinished business behind has been known to bind a spirit to this plane. Elvis Presley fits two of these criteria.
Elvis Presley had no idea he was nearing the end of his life. He was going about his daily life with his fiancée Ginger Alden. He passed away on the commode at Graceland. So, the King didn’t die a violent death. However, he did die unexpectedly. As far as unfinished business goes, Elvis had plenty of it. As a matter of fact, his band was gearing up to go on tour the day Elvis died. These things could lead one to believe that Elvis never left the building, even when his soul left his body.
Does the Ghost of Elvis Presley Haunt Graceland?
There’s some anecdotal evidence that sure sounds like Elvis Presley is still in his Memphis home. For instance, several visitors have felt strange, eerie feelings while standing in the foyer of Graceland. That room is directly under the restroom in which the King drew his final breath.
Other visitors have seen the face of Elvis Presley reflected in many of the glass cases on the tour. One visitor actually saw him near the collection of his jumpsuits. Another saw his face reflected in a glass surface in the mediation garden. Both of these sightings are interesting. Elvis had a strong connection to his jumpsuits. In fact, he spent hours in them. While he wore them, he poured every ounce of energy he had onto the stage. So, they could be seen as a conduit to draw his spirit. On the other hand, the King and his family are buried in the mediation garden at Graceland.
Those close to Elvis Presley have also felt his spirit. His ex-wife Priscilla says that his spirit communicates with her. In a 2015 interview, she told The Guardian, “When I go to Graceland, my gosh, I can walk in that door and see him walking down the stairs, I can hear laughter, I can hear the music playing in the music room. It’s a very surreal feeling. But it’s not scary, it’s beautiful.”
There is even some video footage of what could possibly be the ghost of Elvis Presley hanging out in the Jungle Room at Graceland. Elvis was pretty fond of that room. In fact, that’s where he and his inner circle spent many of their evenings. So, it would make sense for his ghost to spend some time in that room. Check out the video below.
So, is Elvis Presley still at Graceland? Quite possibly.