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Bettie Page: The Last Photograph

Bettie Page: The Last Photograph

Bettie Page 2014 Edition

Bettie Page has been called the most photographed person in the world. And, they are still saying that 51 years after she abruptly quit being a model and disappeared into a very private life far from the public eye. Bettie Page chose to remain in our memories the way she last appeared – she refused to have her photograph taken after leaving the modeling business. She did have a photograph taken when she was arrested in Florida in 1972, but that photograph was a mug shot and she really didn’t have a choice in the matter.

Bettie Page Mugshot
But then came an important celebration. A celebration of which Bettie played an important role to the host of the celebration. Bettie, of course, was one of Hugh Hefner’s first models, besides Marilyn Monroe, that helped to launch the Playboy empire. The year was 2003 and that year marked the 50th Anniversary of Playboy magazine. Since Bettie was a good friend with Hugh Hefner and she was one of his first models, an invitation was issued to Bettie to attend the 50th Anniversary gala at the famed Playboy Mansion.


Now you can imagine there were all sorts of beautiful women at this party, but it was Bettie everyone wanted to see. Bettie eventually decided to attend the anniversary party with Anna Nicole Smith, another famous Playboy centerfold. The two models made a very grand entrance at the huge gala, and as you can imagine, the two centerfolds received a lot of adoration and attention from the attending crowd. So, on that evening, the camera-shy Bettie Page had her photograph taken with Anna Nicole Smith and Pamela Anderson at the Playboy Mansion some 46 years after she quit being a model and quit having her photograph taken.

Bettie Page Last Photograph 2

Not only is this photograph of historical interest, this is the only photograph of Bettie Page, the Pin-Up Queen, in her later years. For a woman known as the most photographed model in the world, this particular photograph, taken just five years ago, is probably the rarest of Bettie’s many photographs.

Elvis Wanted Alive $3 Million Reward


Elvis is alive myth started shortly after Elvis Presley’s death
in August 1977. Is it true? Most people believe that Elvis died, as reported
in the media, but there is very compelling evidence that causes many people
to think that Elvis is still alive.

is a breakdown of evidence from both sides of the debate:


Media and witnesses saw his body at the funeral in a copper lined casket.
Doctors performed an autopsy on Elvis’ corpse.

Elvis was found dead in the Graceland bathroom on the second floor.
Elvis wouldn’t fake his death with Lisa Marie in the house.
Elvis loved performing. He wouldn’t fake his death with more opportunities to perform.
Elvis was buried in a special grave at Graceland after being moved from his original burial site.
There is no concrete evidence that Elvis is alive.


The body was not Elvis. Face was “waxy.”  The nose and hands were not his according to witnesses.
Elvis’ autopsy is officially sealed.  The DNA evidence does not match.
His face was discolored, making him hard to recognize. Friends may be helping him to hide.
Elvis faked his death to protect his daughter Lisa Marie.
Elvis was depressed, financially stressed and had received many death threats toward the end of his public life.
Elvis was first buried at a cemetery but was moved to Graceland by his father for “security reasons.”
There have been a number of documented Elvis sightings since 1977.


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CSI: Graceland


Elvis stayed up all night on the day of August 16, 1977. This was not unusual behavior for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, for earlier, Elvis had entertained some friends, played the piano and sang, and even played racquetball in the early morning hours that day. Elvis retired to his bedroom sanctuary at approximately 8:00 am that morning. His fiancée, Ginger Alden, was staying with him, but sleeping in a different room. She was the last person to see him alive. In the hazy moments before his death it is obvious that Elvis was sitting on the toilet and reading a book. There are some witness contradictions as to whether Elvis was nude or wearing pajamas at the time of his death. Examination of the scene revealed that the bathroom had been cleaned prior to the medical examiner arriving. Bodily fluids were cleaned from the bathroom shag carpet and there were no prescription medicines at the scene of death. Elvis had probably been dead for many hours by the time his body was found.


At 2:33 pm, a Memphis Fire Department ambulance from Engine House 29 responded to the emergency call, resuscitation was attempted, and by 2:56 pm, Elvis was quickly taken to the emergency room of Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was officially pronounced dead by attending medical personnel at 3:30 pm. The very sad announcement was made to the public at 4:00 pm. The autopsy commissioned immediately after his death involved draining all body fluids, removal of all vital organs, and sent to a pathology lab for testing to ascertain the cause of death. Subsequently, it was ruled that Elvis died as a result of coronary arrhythmia (an irregular beating of the heart resulting from myocardial infarction). The contents of Elvis’ digestive tract, essential for determining intoxication levels, were not saved, and to this day prevents a realistic and conclusive official cause of death.

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The Truth Behind The Elvis Death Photo


This is the true story behind the Elvis in his Coffin Picture that appeared on the front page of the Nation Enquirer Tabloid on September 6, 1977. This is not a story dealing with the supposed wax dummy that was placed in the King’s coffin.


Iain Calder, veteran Editorial Director of National Inquirer wrote a book entitled, The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Enquirer. Calder admits they acquired the photo from Elvis’ cousin Bobby Mann for $18,000. They bribed Mann to sneak a camera into Graceland and take a picture of Elvis’ corpse in the coffin. The shocking photo appeared on the cover of the Enquirer and led to a record-setting sale of 6.5 million copies for the issue. It has since become the most famous cover picture ever. The return on the $18,000 investment brought National Enquirer over 1000% profit.

Ever wonder about the casket chosen for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll? Here is the truth. Robert Kendall was Elvis’ funeral director at the Memphis Funeral home where the arrangements were made for his burial. Having arranged the funeral service for Gladys Presley 19 years earlier, Mr. Kendall naturally thought it only appropriate that Elvis should be buried in an identical $8,000 casket as his mother. This particular model of copper lined casket also provided a 2 by 4 inch stainless steel cylinder for the purposes of identification in the event the remains were ever exhumed in the future. Such ID vials included the pertinent information on specially chemically treated paper. The contents of Elvis’ ID cylinder vial in his casket read as follows: 

 Elvis Aaron Presley
Born: January 8, 1935 – Died: August 16, 1977
Funeral: August 18, 1977 at Elvis Eulogy:  2:00pm at Graceland
Interment same day at Forest Hills Cemetery (Midtown Memphis, Tennessee)

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Funeral For The King



“On August 18, 1977 a funeral service for the late Elvis Presley was held at Graceland mansion. The funeral service was followed by a ceremony and the burial of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. A motorcade of 14 gleaming white Cadillacs moved in procession through the streets of Memphis from Graceland mansion to the Forrest Hill Cemetery. Those attending the funeral included, Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, Vernon Presley, Minnie Mae Presley, Chet Atkins, Caroline Kennedy, Ann Margaret, Colonel Tom Parker, James Brown, Charlie Hodges, George Hamilton, Ginger Alden, Sammy Davis Jr. and Linda Thompson. Jackie Kahane gave the eulogy and Kathy Westmoreland sang Heavenly Father. The pallbearers at Elvis’ funeral were, Jerry Schilling Joe Esposito, George Klein, Lamar Fike  Billy Smith, Gene Smith,  and Dr. Nichopoulous. ‘Son, Daddy will be with you soon,’ cried Vernon Presley. He died two years later from a broken heart.”

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