One of my first articles on this blog was about Eliza Presley's lawsuit against the Estate of Vernon Presley (the father of Elvis) to prove she was a legitimate heir of Vernon and half-sister to Elvis. She sued last year, but withdrew the claim because it was in the wrong court -- probate court, instead of a court that could entertain a paternity case. Her claim is, legally, to establish paternity -- even though Vernon has been dead since 1979.
Several months ago, I received an email from Eliza Presley. She directed me to a website, The Elvis Information Network, which includes a detailed interview with Eliza. Interestingly, this interview goes into great detail about the various DNA reports that Eliza has obtained from cousins of Elvis from both his maternal and paternal sides. And, according to her verbal descriptions of the DNA analyses, they match.
But, does that mean she is related to Vernon -- or Elvis? Not yet. But there's more. Eliza says she also has DNA results from testing of a man named Jesse. Eliza says that Jesse actually is Elvis. That's right, he's alive!
Jesse/Elvis is the one who gave her the DNA to test. Eliza says he also had details about her family history that he couldn't have known unless he really was Elvis, because she was given up for adoption when she was a baby.
You can read the Eliza Presley interview here. The website promises that part two of the interview will come out shortly.
After Eliza emailed me, I decided to keep an open mind. Hey, stranger things have happened. I asked Eliza if she could share her DNA reports with me, but she declined because of the upcoming legal case. I then asked her to let me know when she refiles the case.
Well, that time has come. Eliza emailed me recently. She refiled the paternity case to try to establish she is the half-sister of Elvis -- and along with it, prove that Elvis is alive. The case was re-started on August 14, 2009 in the Shelby County Chancery Court in Memphis, Tennessee.
Here is a link to Eliza's website. Pretty interesting stuff.
I, for one, am rooting for Eliza. How cool would it be if she proves Elvis actually is alive! Anyone know where I can get a pair of blue suede shoes?
Posted by: Author and probate attorney Andrew W. Mayoras, co-author of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and co-founder and shareholder of The Center for Probate Litigation and The Center for Elder Law in metro-Detroit, Michigan, which concentrate in probate litigation, estate planning, and elder law. You can email him at awmayoras @ brmmlaw.com.Follow us on Google+