Owner of offbeat Elvis museum found dead

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014

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.