ELVIS IN THE OVAL OFFICE AND
UNCOVERING THE ELVIS IS ALIVE HOAX
By Ralph Thomas

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BACKGROUND ON THE PHOTO
Elvis Preseley was a badge collector. He wanted a DEA badge to add to his
collection. Elvis wanted to become an honorary officer of the DEA, so he flew to Washington and wrote a handwriten note to Presdient Nixon which was delivered to the gates of the White House. Elvis requested a meeting with Nixon which was granded. This photo was taken during that meeting. Nixon ended up appointing Elvis an honary DEA agent and he got his badge. This photo is the most popular photo requested from the federal government. It's also one of the oddest. Rock-N-Roll King Elvis Presley and Nixon, that is. Nixon's comments: "Why do you dress so funny?" Elvis response: "My President, I have my show and you have yours!" Many people who have pushed the "Elvis Is Alive" story use this photo to show that Elvis became a "secret agent" of the federal government and then faked his death. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Elvis simply wanted a DEA badge.

 

UNCOVERING THE "ELVIS IS ALIVE" HOAX

 

Perhaps one of the most interesting searches we have ran to date involved Elvis Presley. A client came to us and stated that they wanted some checking done on Elvis Presley because there were a number of people who have became engaged in some sort of conspiracy theory that Elvis was still alive. I got interested in this case because I took up a nostalgic interest in the life and times of the King of Rock and Roll every since I went through Graceland on a trip to Memphis few years ago. I saw the books and television programs and considered most of it tabloid journalism. I told our client that I would be happy to run a few searches to see if anything came up. I also explained that I might want to use the results of the search as an example and the client said it would be okay as long as I did not use his name. As you will see in a minute, several things turned up in the search that bore examination.

I decided to run a SSN trace because I wanted to see if anyone was using Elvis's SSN number, but in order to do that I would have to develop the SSN number, which I or the client did not have. I knew that the SSN number could be developed in several ways and considered them. They were:

1) Bankruptcy Records would reveal the SSN.
2) A National Identifier would reveal the SSN
3) A death claims search would reveal the SSN.

I knew that Elvis Presley had never filed for bankruptcy so I crossed that one off my list. I considered running a National Identifier but felt that, since Mr. Presley had died in 1977, that information would have long been dropped from the credit bureau files. Of course, if he was really still alive, and his credit file was still active, the number would come up but I believed that Elvis died in 1977. My sure thing was the Master Death Claims Index, complied from Social Security records.

When you run a death claim in the Master Death Claims Index, you can only run a last namewith the first letter of the first name. I got a list back on all E. Presley's but it didn't take long to locate the listing for Elvis Presley which I matched by using his DOB (date of birth) and DOD (date of death). The results looked like this:

 DATAFAX INFORMATION SERVICES

MASTER DEATH CLAIMS INDEX SEARCH

INPUT: E. Presley
STATE: TN
SSN: 409-52-2002
LAST NAME: Presley
FIRST NAME: Elvis
DOB: 01/08/35
DOD: 08/16/77
ZIPCODE LUMP SUM PAYMENT MADE: 38116

I obtained the SSN number. I also noted that the zip code for lump sum payment was made which is further proof that Elvis did not hoax his death. I moved on and ran a Social Security Trace and this is what came back.

 

 DATAFAX INFORMATION SERVICES

SSN TRACE ALL SOURCES
INPUT: 409-52-2002
SCANNING ....... SOURCE #1 FOR ... 409-52-2002
1. BURROWS, JON
2901 COLUMBUS, FTWORTH TX. 76106 08/91
2. HIRE, GREGORY D
9580 MANDELL RD., PERRYSBURG OH. 43551 11/90
10403 STATE ROUTE 13, HURON OH. 44839 09/90
3. HIRE, GREGORY D
85 N. LANCASTER ST., ATHENS OH. 45701 05/90
4. LEWIS, SHERIE BRYANE
419 GERNERT CT., LOUISVILLE KY. 40217 02/91
5. PETTY, JENNIFER B /TOM
40144 AZ, HARNED KY. 40144 06/91
1 RR 1 POB 129, BIG CLIFTY KY. 42712 08/84
6. PRESLEY, ELVIS A /C
357 POB 357, MEMPHIS TN. 38101 03/91
3764 ELVIS PRESLEY BV., MEMPHIS TN. 38116 08/84

??? POSSIBLY DECEASED -
END OF REPORT

 

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SCANNING ....... SOURCE #2 FOR ... 409-52-2002


IS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER A TYPO ERROR? IF NOT,
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER REPORTED RETIRED

RECORD #1 OF 4
Name -- PETTY,JENNIFER,B
Address - BOX 51A,STAR RT 1,,HARNED,KY,40144,12/91
Former Address - RT 1,,,BIG CLIFTY,KY,42712,12/91
SS-409-52-2002

RECORD #2 OF 4
Name -- BURROWS,JON
Address - 3797,ELVIS PRESLEY,BV,MEMPHIS,TN,38116,07/91
Former Address - 2901,COLUMBUS,,FORT WORTH,TX,76106,07/91
SS-409-52-2002 AGE 57

RECORD #3 OF 4
Name -- PRESLEY,ELVIA,A
Address - 3624,ELVIS PRESLEY,AV,MEMPHIS,TN,,12/91
SS-409-52-2002

RECORD #4 OF 4
Name -- PRESLEY,ELVIS,A
Address - 3734,ELVISPRESLEY,,MEMPHIS,TN,38186,08/91
SS-409-52-2002 AGE 57&
END OF REPORT

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SCANNING ....... SOURCE #3 FOR ... 409-52-2002

GREGORY D HIRE
10403 STATE ROUTE
HURON OH 44839
FIRST RPTD: 10-90

85 N LANCASTER ST
ATHENS OH 45701
FIRST RPTD: 2-89

JENNIFER B PETTY
ROUTE 1
BIG CLIFTY KY 42712
FIRST RPTD: 9-88

BOX 51 ROUTE 1 STAR
HARNEDX KY 40144
FIRST RPTD: 11-85

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Joh Burrows! That is an alias that Elvis used while he was alive. In order to be in a position to analyze the theory that Elvis is alive, you have to know the story that's been going around in the tabloids. Here is a captioned summary.

The main theory is that Elvis was involved in police work as some sort of undercover narcotics officer. He flew to Washington D.C. one day and sent a hand-written letter to President Nixon indicating that he wanted to see the President about service to his country and that he was staying at a hotel under the name of Joh Burrows. Nixon, likely for political reasons, sent word that he would see Elvis. What Elvis wanted was a DEA badge. Nixon got him one and made him an honorary agent. It is within this story that some sensationalists have developed this theory that Elvis hoaxed his own death because, they say, he had become involved in a drug investigation and had to "disappear". This theory has been snowballing in the press for a number of years and various people have come forward with astounding stories of Elvis sightings. Several murky photographs have been taken of people that look like they could have been Elvis but all have been either disproven otherwise or were of such poor quality that no real examination could be done. The people who developed these stories state that Elvis is using his alias Jon Burrows.

A song was recorded that was reported to have been made by Elvis, but a voice print expert determined that the singer's voice is not of Elvis, although the voice sounds like his. An Arizona promoter held a workshop on Elvis and obtained a letter from one Jon Burrows thanking him. A handwriting expert was hired and compared this letter with known handwriting of Mr. Presley. The handwriting expert concluded that the two writings were done by different people.

Elvis was a police badge collector. He collected them with a passion. Most police badges were given to him by local police departments because of his celebrity status and his ability to obtain them for the asking. Usually when Elvis requested a police badge, he was not only given the badge, he was made an honorary member of the police department. He had been doing this for years and building his police badge collection to the point in which it became common knowledge and he started to get badges and honorary memberships from law enforcement agencies he had not requested them from. The DEA thing with Nixon was a successful attempt to obtain a DEA badge for honorary membership to his badge collection and a visit to the President of the United States in the Oval Office and nothing more. That's simply all there is to the story.

The sightings are people who look like Elvis. There are hundreds of Elvis look-alikes in the United States, many of whom make their living from it. There is even one bold singer who has, in the past, started rumors that he is actually Elvis. It is in their financial interest and the financial interest of the book publishers who have written about the " Elvis Is Alive" theory to keep fueling the story. More sightings, more photographs that can not be confirmed and more and more mystery to the story keeps fueling it. The books keep coming out and the look alikes keep making more and more money. All of the sightings can easily be explained away.

Recently, I obtained a copy of a directory of Elvis impersonators called I Am Elvis , published by Pocket Books. The books gives photographs and descriptions of over 50 Elvis impersonators. Half of them could easily be mistaken for Elvis even in close-up photographs. A large number of so-called Elvis sightings have been recorded in Kalamazoo. But Kalamazoo is the home or an Elvis impersonator by the name of Ray Kajkowski. Kajkowski looks so much like Elvis that most of the people that know him believe that the Elvis sightings in Kalamazoo are Ray. The photographs of him in I Am Elvis are remarkable. Anyone could mistake Kajkowski for the real Elvis and there are dozens of other impersonators in the same ranks. I believe that all of the so-called Elvis sightings are these look-a-likes.

So what about the credit record? If Elvis Presley was in the witness protection program, he certainly would not be using the name Jon Burrows, a name he had used in the past and could be connected with. He wouldn't be using the same Social Security number and he surely would not be listing his address as Graceland. When someone enters the witness protection program, they are given a new name, a new Social Security number and new credit cards. One of the things the Federal Witness Protection program does is check and make sure that the protection I.D. doesn't get mixed up with the real person in things like credit bureau records. It's all foolishness. I believe it's a big hoax.

Anyone who knows anything about credit bureau files knows that all one would have to do to get the name "Jon Burrows" into credit files mixed with Elvis Presley's is to fill out some credit application applying for a credit card by mail and put Elvis's social security number down. Presto! The file is merged. I believe that someone has taken the name Jon Borrows and did exactly that. The other names showing on the file is over hyper-fans who have used the same technique to connect themselves to Elvis. The fact that Elvis's credit file has current addresses showing up under other names, especially Jon Burrows, proves not that Elvis is alive but that someone is engaged in a hoax. This story has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in books, tape recordings, television shows and even a song. It's my opinion that it's an elaborate hoax, the prime motivation being financial gain.

Even though the information in the SSN trace has been manipulated, it gives the investigator a good indication of how a person can be traced around the country from one address to another. It also gives the investigator an example of how the use of an SSN number is tagged and matched to other names in credit bureau files.