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Owner of famous offbeat Elvis museum found dead


By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man who converted his antebellum home into a cluttered, quirky Elvis Presley shrine was found dead Thursday on the front porch, two days after police said he fatally shot a man who forced his way into the museum.

A motorist called police Thursday morning after seeing Paul MacLeod, 71, slumped in a chair outside the shrine known as Graceland Too, said Marshall County Coroner James Richard Anderson. He said there was no blood or trauma to MacLeod's body.

"It appears to be natural causes but it is pending until we get the autopsy," Anderson said.

MacLeod's death comes two days after police say he killed Dwight Taylor, 28, at the 1850s home that doubled as a museum. Police questioned and released MacLeod. No charges were filed. MacLeod attorney Phillip Knecht said Taylor forced his way inside, demanded money, and the two men fought before the shooting.

The museum is in Holly Springs, in the kudzu-covered hills of north Mississippi. It's about halfway between Presley's birthplace in Tupelo and his final home and resting place at the Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

Graceland Too - which is not affiliated with Graceland or the Presley estate - became a pilgrimage for fans. People could arrive at any hour, pay $5 and get a tour from the hyper-caffeinated MacLeod, who said in 2009 that he drank 24 cans of Coca-Cola a day. Wearing his hair in a perpetual 1950s slicked-back do, he would tap-tap-tap on visitors' arms as he pointed out items in his floor-to-ceiling mishmash of photos, records, figurines, cardboard cutouts, clocks and other random kitsch featuring Elvis.

"My ex-wife told me, 'Make up your mind. Either me or the Elvis collection.' So that put an end to that," MacLeod, who named his son after the King of Rock 'n' Roll, told The Associated Press in late 2009.

MacLeod owned his home since the 1970s and said he started opening it to tourists in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Graceland Too attracted international tourists, and visiting there was a rite of passage for students from the University of Mississippi, 30 miles to the south.

Willie Carter, of McComb, said Thursday he toured Graceland Too five times while he was a student at Ole Miss. Like many others, he'd go with a group of friends around 2 a.m.

"It was extremely weird," Carter said. "You just went with it. He seemed to have a real love for Elvis and all things Elvis. You could tell he was sincere."

Floors would creak beneath visitors' feet. Doorways were decorated with several Elvis-patterned curtains in '70s-era hues of turquoise and lime. There were stacks of papers and magazines and MacLeod kept photocopies of a newspaper with his favorite headline: "Elvis Presley Excites Girls, Scares Critics."

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Melody H Dixon July 18 2014 at 10:00 AM

Elvis will always be the king no matter what! He is BEST all around!He was the best looking by far! The Graceland tour is Great! Elvis was GREAT!

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dondemaria July 18 2014 at 7:27 AM

Elvis is dead--he is not returning--his wacked out fans just need to move on with their lives.

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s July 18 2014 at 12:56 PM

I will never forget where I was when
the guy who ran Graceland Too died
in his chair.

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TR by ML Neal... s July 18 2014 at 1:07 PM

s....wonderful. Now we can all go on with our lives.

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savannahswithgod s July 18 2014 at 2:25 PM

I believe I shed some tears over that. Me and my brother use to play him after seeing Roustabout. My brother later did shows impersonating him. I have sung some of his songs on the porch with me guitar. John Lennon's death did not hit me in that way though I am a bigger Beatle fan than Elvis.

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Mike July 18 2014 at 8:10 AM

No good ever came out of Elvis. He was no better than Michael Jackson in many ways. No wonder his daughter married him.

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rocker July 18 2014 at 12:56 PM

retards

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npaleorelic July 18 2014 at 11:55 AM

24 cans of Coke per day....he wasn't an Elvis wannabe....he wanted to be a can of Coke

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TripleXKimberly July 18 2014 at 7:34 AM

Hopefully Graceland Too will some how be able to stay open. Maybe Macleod's son or family will be able to figure out how to do that or the very least sell the items in this Museum to another one so the items can continue to be admired by all.

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lcadillo July 18 2014 at 12:35 PM

I too like Elvis I have some things
with him on them I watched almost
all of his movies since I was a kid
me and my girlfriends would run home when they had Elvis week on T.V way
before cable anyway I don't think I would make my house into a shrine of him but there are many people that make shrines to all sorts of people singers, actors, sports ect.,I agree he was a game changer in history of music . Hopefully McCloud will see the real king Jesus

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lv2213frs July 18 2014 at 12:37 PM

A drive-by in Jackson, Mississippi? Who would have thought? I'd sit out on my front porch in that town only behind bulletproof glass!

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Elizabeth lv2213frs July 18 2014 at 1:48 PM

Where in this article is anything mentioned about a drive-by?

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sadiemae1214 lv2213frs July 18 2014 at 7:45 PM

"It appears to be natural causes but it is pending until we get the autopsy," Anderson said".

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toneitup July 18 2014 at 12:54 PM

Just one gen. from who cares....

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