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presley31
05-21-2008, 05:38 PM
WEST PALM BEACH The intrigue surrounding the last photo taken of Elvis, the one of The King laid out in his casket, continues. The famous photo sent millions of grieving Elvis Presley fans streaming to supermarkets when it appeared on the cover of the National Enquirer weeks after the rock 'n' roll god's death. But it was not in the tabloid's Boca Raton headquarters when the building was decontaminated and reopened six years after a 2001 anthrax attack, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

David Rustine, the Boca Raton developer who inherited millions of celebrity photos when he bought the tabloid's contaminated headquarters for $40,000 in 2003 says he suspects the 1977 photo was snatched by a man who teamed with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to clean the building. Saying the photo is worth at least $1 million, Rustine filed the lawsuit, seeking to force John Y. Mason to give it back or pay him for it. "Mason is wrongfully detaining the Elvis Photo," Rustine says in the lawsuit filed last week. Mason is president and CEO of the Slingerlands, N.Y.-based Sabre Technical Services.

In 2004, Sabre and Giuliani Partners formed Bio-One. Rustine hired the biological and chemical remediation company to clean the building on Broken Sound Boulevard that was contaminated by anthrax shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The still-unsolved attack killed tabloid photo editor Bob Stevens, who apparently breathed in the toxin when he opened an envelope containing anthrax spores. Neither Mason nor Rustine returned phone calls or e-mails Tuesday for comment. However, an attorney who fought unsuccessfully to get the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., to return roughly 1,400 photos shot by a freelance photographer, said there is a certain irony to Rustine's lawsuit. "How does he figure he owns them?" attorney Mark Journey asked. He said many of the photos Rustine inherited when he bought the contaminated building belong to photographers, like his client Greg Mathieson, who shot them for the Enquirer and AMI's other newspapers with the understanding the company would protect them or pay him $1,500 each if they were destroyed.

Mathieson's $2 million lawsuit against AMI was thrown out by U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks, who found that the freelance photographer couldn't collect damages because his pictures were destroyed by a criminal act. Journey pointed out in court papers he filed as part of the failed lawsuit, AMI was paid millions by its insurer for its archive of prints and photographs before Rustine bought the $3.8 million building for a song. In the case of the Elvis photo, reports indicate it was owned by AMI. While rumors swirled for years about how the Enquirer got the coffin shot, the gossip mill ground to a halt in 2004 with the publication of a book by a former Enquirer top editor. In his book, The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Enquirer, former Executive Editor Iain Calder recounted how the tabloid paid one of Elvis' many cousins $18,000 to snap the picture. Displayed on the cover, the issue sold a record-setting 6.5 million copies and became part of tabloid lore.

Those who believe Elvis is still alive said the photo looked nothing like The King, proving his death was a hoax. In the lawsuit, Rustine claims Mason held the photo hostage and tried to use it to extort concessions from him. Rustine claims Mason showed him a copy of the original photo. Then, facing a May 31, 2005, deadline to complete the cleanup, Mason told Rustine he would "lose the Elvis Photo" if he didn't get a contract extension, according to the lawsuit.

Rustine reported the threat to another Bio-One official and was told that Mason would not confirm the location of the photo. While Rustine didn't extend the contract, it was another nine months before the quarantine on the building was lifted. When Rustine finally moved his real estate company into the renamed Crown Commerce Center in February 2007, the Elvis photo was missing.

Kilde: Megan Murphy At Elvis Unlimited

cameron
05-21-2008, 08:53 PM
Sorry, I had to laugh at this.
IMO, the picture never existed in the first place. :P

Getlo
05-22-2008, 05:35 PM
IMO, the picture never existed in the first place. :P


And you'd be wrong ...

utmom2008
05-22-2008, 05:46 PM
Sorry, I had to laugh at this.
IMO, the picture never existed in the first place. :P

I'm lost I guess.:hmm::doh: Are you suggesting that they created the picture from nothing? Do you NOT think that Billy Mann took a photo?:doh::hmm::blink::blink::blink:

Jumpsuit Junkie
05-23-2008, 02:47 AM
Can you please get back to the topic at hand and not make personal remarks.

Thank you.

Matt
Moderator

Donut
06-24-2008, 05:02 AM
Elvis photo destroyed
The original photo of the famous National Enquirer picture of Elvis Presley lying in his open casket in 1977 was shredded during a six-year anthrax-decontamination effort on the tabloid's former Boca Raton, Fla., headquarters, according to a federal lawsuit. The photo, valued at $1 million, is the center of a dispute between Boca Raton developer David Rustine, who bought the contaminated building in 2003, and John Y. Mason, whose company, Sabre, was hired to decontaminate it. The Enquirer had paid one of Presley's cousins $18,000 to secretly take the snapshot

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2008013889_eye24.html

Unchained Melody
06-24-2008, 08:21 AM
And you'd be wrong ...

And I have to agree. Billy Mann took the photo and i most definitley believe its authentic!

Nice to see you back Getlo, could use you and your knowledge around here more often !!

cameron
06-24-2008, 09:36 AM
I'm lost I guess.:hmm::doh: Are you suggesting that they created the picture from nothing? Do you NOT think that Billy Mann took a photo?:doh::hmm::blink::blink::blink:

Billy Mann took a picture. It just didn't turn out.
It's documented several places now. Everyone can believe what they like.

Unchained Melody
06-24-2008, 04:37 PM
Billy Mann took a picture. It just didn't turn out.
It's documented several places now. Everyone can believe what they like.

So you don't believe the photo of Elvis' laid to rest in his coffin is Authentic? if so why ? I've always thought it was real, so would love to know more about that if you will....:hmm:

cameron
06-24-2008, 05:15 PM
So you don't believe the photo of Elvis' laid to rest in his coffin is Authentic? if so why ? I've always thought it was real, so would love to know more about that if you will....:hmm:

I believe it was a "touch up" job.Because nothing could be seen inside that coffin in the picture .
But, I'm not getting into all that again. Some of it's on here someplace.
The rest is in a book ,fact not fiction. Called Demon In The Freezer.

BTW: It's not a book about Elvis. It's about small pox and anthrax.

Unchained Melody
06-24-2008, 10:43 PM
BTW: It's not a book about Elvis. It's about small pox and anthrax.

I'm affraid I'm going to have to pass on that one :blink: