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In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss.

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In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, virtually every inch of free space in every room on the first floor of the Holly Springs, Miss., home of Paul MacLeod, a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who calls his house "Graceland Too," is dedicated to the "King." (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, a homemade electric chair is displayed at "Graceland Too," as part of the "Jailhouse Rock" tribute by owner and extreme Elvis fan Paul MacLeod at his Holly Springs, Miss., home. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, baseball card sized photographs of Elvis adorn the walls of Paul MacLeod's "Graceland Too," home in Holly Springs, Miss. MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod, the perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss., left, shows off some of the Elvis related newspaper clippings he has collected over the years to Oxford residents Callie Blackwell, second from left, her husband, Garrath Blackwell, second from right, and their friend Jimi Myers of Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, virtually anything that has the image of Elvis on it has been collected by extreme fan Paul MacLeod and is on display at his antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. Some of the alleged 24 cans of Coca-Cola that MacLeod drinks daily share space with some of the more unusual Elvis decorations. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, a long passageway in "Graceland Too," as well as its walls and ceiling are covered with snapshots Paul MacLeod has taken of visitors to his Holly Springs, Miss., house throughout the years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, a gold lame suit similar in styling to one once worn by Elvis Presley, hangs in the front living room of "Graceland Too," a Holly Springs, Miss., antebellum home owned by extreme Elvis fan, Paul MacLeod. MacLeod said he wanted to wear the suit for his burial so he could come back and haunt his ex-wife who gave him the choice of his Elvis collection or her. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, "Graceland Too," the Elvis Presley themed home of Paul MacLeod in Holly Springs, Miss., is undergoing remodeling to look more like the current Graceland. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) In this Dec. 9, 2009 photograph, Paul MacLeod is a perpetually caffeinated Elvis fanatic who's taking care of business 24-7-365 at the antebellum home he calls "Graceland Too," in Holly Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A wall of photographs of visitors taken by Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Toni Silva of Houston, Texas poses with leather jacket and guitar at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Elvis Presley related items by fan Paul MacLeod, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod (R) gives a tour to visitors including Vicki Ellis (L) at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A part of the collection of Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Incident that led McLeod to kill a man.

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A part of the collection of Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod at 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod stands at the entrance to 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors Toni Silva (L), Steve Schmitz (2nd L), Fontaine Moore (2nd R) and Vicki Ellis (R) get a tour of 'Graceland Too', a vast collection of Elvis Presley related items, 17 August 2007, of Presley fan Paul MacLeod in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, including the ceilings, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod gives a tour of his vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, at his home which he calls 'Graceland Too' in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - AUGUST 14: Visitors tour the 'Graceland Too' house owned by 'World's Biggest Elvis Fan' Paul McLeod during Elvis Week August 14, 2002 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The house is filled with Elvis collectibles and run by McLeod and his son Elvis Presley McLeod. The house is open 24 hours per day and 365 days a year. Up to 75,000 fans are expected to attend the celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis which this year marks the 25th anniversary of Presley's August 16, 1977 death. (Photo by Mario Tama/Gettty Images)
Elvis Presley fan Paul MacLeod gives a tour of his vast collection of Presley related items, 17 August 2007, at his home which he calls 'Graceland Too' in Holly Springs, Mississippi. MacLeod's private tribute to Presley occupies the whole ground floor of his house, the name comes from the real 'Graceland', former home of Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans from around the world are gathered in the area this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainers' death. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - AUGUST 14: 'World's Biggest Elvis Fan' Paul McLeod (R) gives a tour of his 'Graceland Too' house during Elvis Week August 14, 2002 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The house is filled with Elvis collectibles and is run by McLeod and his son Elvis Presley McLeod (L). The house is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Up to 75,000 fans are expected to attend the celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis which this year marks the 25th anniversary of the singer's death. (Photo by Mario Tama/Gettty Images)
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - AUGUST 14: A shrine to Elvis Presley is seen in the 'Graceland Too' house owned by 'World's Biggest Elvis Fan' Paul McLeod during Elvis Week August 14, 2002 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The house is filled with Elvis collectibles and is run by McLeod and his son Elvis Presley McLeod. The house is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Up to 75,000 fans are expected to attend the celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis which this year marks the 25th anniversary of the singer's death. (Photo by Mario Tama/Gettty Images)
HOLLY SPRINGS, MS - AUGUST 14: 'World's Biggest Elvis Fan' Paul McLeod stands in the front door of his 'Graceland Too' house during Elvis Week August 14, 2002 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The house is filled with Elvis collectibles and is run by McLeod and his son Elvis Presley McLeod. The house is open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Up to 75,000 fans are expected to attend the celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis which this year marks the 25th anniversary of Presley's August 16, 1977 death. (Photo by Mario Tama/Gettty Images)

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - The Elvis Presley-congested rooms of a north Mississippi roadside museum are missing their kinetic buzz since owner Paul MacLeod left the building.

Dozens of people toured Graceland Too on Tuesday, hours after a private funeral for MacLeod. A sign in the museum still bills him, without regard to apostrophes or correct spelling, as "The universes, galaxys, planets, worlds ultimate Elvis fan."

MacLeod died July 17, two days after police said he shot and killed another local man who tried to force his way into the attraction.

Since 1990, the perpetually caffeinated MacLeod had guided intoxicated college students, international tourists and other adventure seekers through his floor-to-ceiling collection of Elvis ephemera in the ramshackle antebellum home. His daughters say the collection - of dubious financial value - could be sold piecemeal to satisfy their father's debts.

There are posters. Lamps. Life-sized cardboard cutouts. Figurines. Curtains. Vinyl LP and 45 rpm records. Stacks of "TV Guide" magazines with paperclips to show listings of movies, talk shows or sitcoms with even the most tangential mention of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

"Paul was attempting to document all references to Elvis Presley in all forms of media," said Jeffrey Jenson, a filmmaker from Kingston, Jamaica, who spent years working on a documentary about the super fan.

Even with an eye-popping assortment of memorabilia, tours of Graceland Too were never really about the stuff. They were about the frenetic energy and nonstop storytelling of MacLeod, who took care of business with an intensity that many believed translated into art.

"Paul called it a 'magnificent obsession,'" said Vernon Chadwick, a former English instructor who organized an international Elvis Presley conference at the University of Mississippi in 1995.

Graceland Too is not affiliated with Presley's final home, the Graceland mansion, about an hour away in Memphis, Tennessee. Holly Springs is about halfway between Memphis and Presley's birth city of Tupelo, Mississippi. That makes the town a convenient stop for pilgrims traveling the area this week to commemorate Presley's death at Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977.

MacLeod's adult daughters, Brenda Young and Shari MacLeod of Madison Heights, Michigan, mingled with Graceland Too tourists on Tuesday but said they hardly had a relationship with their father. The former auto assembly worker who left them and their mother when Brenda was 6 years old and Shari was 4.

Shari MacLeod said it was intriguing to chat with people who had made their way to Holly Springs - many of them repeatedly, and many of them from long distances - to tour Graceland Too and visit with her father.

"They got to experience what me and my sister didn't," Shari MacLeod said.

People who took the $5 tour at least three times received lifetime membership cards from MacLeod, and that entitled them to free tours. Mike Butcher of Columbus, Ohio, said he first visited Graceland Too shortly after he and his wife, Dawn, were married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas 14 years ago.

"I found out quickly that 3 or 4 in the morning was the best time to come here," Butcher said.

In his final years, MacLeod worked on a "Jailhouse Rock" theme for the backyard, including a homemade electric chair. The sturdy wooden structure is painted gray and studded with yellow clips strung with strands of electric wire connected to nothing. Tourists can sit in the chair and pose for fake execution photos, complete with an overturned metal colander for a hat. Shari MacLeod laughed as she did that Tuesday, while Butcher pretended to throw a switch.

It was, Butcher said, one of Paul MacLeod's favorite gags - he would point at the upside-down horseshoe on the front of the chair and tell visitors: "'You see that horseshoe? You're out of luck, man. You're out of luck.'"

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