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Jul 13 2020

Elvis’ Grave

I must admit his musical charms are lost on me except as parody and this story may seem a bit macabre falling on the heels as it does of the announcement of the death of his only Grandson at the age of 27, presumably of suicide.

But it’s not really about Elvis at all, outside of this weird connection at the end.

A Partner in Undiscovered Crime and I were unexpectedly at loose ends in Memphis and I convinced him it would be a good idea to use his extensive Camera Equipment (sadly without Film) and a Notebook and scam our way into Graceland posing as Legit Press.

It worked much, much better than I expected, escorted by a Flack through the Main Gate, not the Service Entrance for Tourists, on a Guided Behind the Sceens Tour.

He hardly blinked at all when I asked him if it would be ok to lie on Elivis’ Grave and think about Death. Creative process you know.

Oh, the weird connection. Elvis choked on a Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Banana Sandwich sitting on the Toilet at Graceland from an Opiod Overdose.

Don’t feel too sorry for the Sacklers.

Jonathan Sackler, Co-owner of Purdue Pharma, Dies
The Associated Press
July 6, 2020

Jonathan Sackler, one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died, the company confirmed.

Sackler died June 30, according to a court filing. He was 65 and the cause of death was cancer.

He was the son of Raymond Sackler, one the brothers who bought drug company Purdue Frederick in 1952, and served as an executive and board member for the company that was later renamed Purdue Pharma. Like other members of the Sackler family, he has stepped off the board of the company in recent years, though family members retain ownership.

The company is seeking bankruptcy protection as part of an effort to settle nearly 3,000 lawsuits brought against it by state and local governments that blame the company for sparking the opioid crisis that has killed more than 400,000 Americans since 2000. Hundreds of the lawsuits also name family members.

The company’s settlement plan calls for the family, which has been listed among America’s wealthiest, to pay at least $3 billion and give up ownership of Purdue.

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