Elvis Presley: Why the King’s Cousins, Who Lived With Him, No Longer Visit Graceland

by Emily Morgan
(Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Although Elvis Presley was beloved by many, he surrounded himself with a small inner circle known as the Memphis Mafia.

When he lived at Graceland from 1957 until his death, Presley had an open-door policy with his Memphis Mafia. Additionally, some of Elvis’ family and friends would live on the property, including his cousin Billy Smith and his family.

Recently, Smith appeared on his son Danny Smith’s YouTube channel known as the Memphis Mafia Kid. In the clip, he revealed why he and his family don’t visit Graceland anymore.

Danny replied to a user who asked: “Would you rather go back and visit Graceland or keep it in your memories?” In response, Danny said, “I’ll just speak for the family because we’ve talked about it many, many times.”

Elvis Presley’s second cousin replied by saying that he and his family want to “keep Graceland in our memories as we lived it and knew it.”He added, “It’s great, don’t get me wrong, to go see Graceland if you’ve never seen it or [to] see it again.” Yet, he went on to add that his family had not returned to their former home, calling it “not the same” anymore.

Danny later admitted that for his wife Teresa, he would return to Graceland one final time. Since his wife had never been, he admitted that he would return one final time with her and their grandchildren.

Ghostly Encounters at Elvis Presley’s Graceland

“We have decided that I want to go back through Graceland one more time with Teresa. And maybe some of my grandchildren. And that will probably be the last time that I would go back to it.”

During the video, Elvis’s cousin also claimed he would sense the presence of Elvis’ spirit. He said in the clip that he felt him when he stayed upstairs in the house.

“Got to a point where I’d go to sleep, it’d be early in the morning. And I would hear him calling me.”

He also added that when he looked at the windows, he felt Elvis Presley’s presence.

“I’d get dressed, and I’d go out to Graceland. 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.” However, he felt more at ease once Elvis was buried. However, he added that “it was time for me to get out of there.”