October 2, 1977

Oct2On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley’s body was moved from its Memphis mausoleum to its final resting place in the Meditation Garden at Graceland after a plot to steal Presley’s body was revealed.

Just a week after Presley was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, three male thieves apparently strategized to ransom the corpse for $10 million, but the secret plan was obstructed when one of the crooks, an undercover FBI informant tipped Memphis police and a TV reporter to the scheme.

The FBI informant involved in the plot to steal Presley’s body all those years ago now claims that the Presley family staged the grave-robbing incident to persuade Memphis officials to move Presley from the public cemetery to Graceland, now a $15 million-a-year tourist attraction.

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