On August 16, 1977, Ginger Alden (Elvis’s fiancée) was with Elvis in his upstairs suite, and at 2:20 that afternoon she found his lifeless body on the floor of the bathroom. Since then, Ginger’s actions that day have been described in various ways, most of which are very much at odds with the facts. Below, I am going to revisit this topic in the hope that at least some fans will be able to get a clearer understanding of what really happened that day, and a fairer and more reasonable view of Ginger’s involvement in the day’s events.
I’d like to add one final word on the “Ginger Alden Revisited” topics I’ve discussed at the links above. Over the years, Ms. Alden has been attacked and maligned by many Elvis fans often because of the stories told by those who wanted to cast her in a very negative light. But if you take away these biased claims, and read an unbiased account of what happened at Graceland that day, the facts look very different.
Consider the eyewitness account from paramedic Ulysses Jones, for example. In a conversation with a longtime friend and trusted source of mine, Jones stated the following regarding Ginger Alden’s appearance and demeanor when he entered Elvis’s upstairs suite on August 16, 1977 (this quote is from my source after speaking with Mr. Jones several years ago):
“He [Jones] said that he noticed Ginger several times while they were there, and that, no doubt in his mind, she was not dressed and ‘made up,’ she was very distraught, had obviously been crying a lot, and was still dressed in, he thought, either a very pale yellow or maybe light blue robe. I asked him about three or four different times whether he was sure that she was not already dressed and he stated emphatically that there was no doubt in his mind about that.”
Jones was an objective, unbiased party to these events, and he spoke about the situation with no personal involvement or investment outside of his duties as a paramedic that day, and he had no reason to lie or shade the truth about what he witnessed. Jones was there. Was Dick Grob? No. Was Dean Nichopoulos? No. Were “the maids”? No.