The following clip features a brief ~2013 account from Joe Esposito in which he describes what happened at Graceland around 2:00pm on August 16, 1977:
“About two o’clock the phone rings, intercom, and one of the maids picks up the phone and it’s Ginger. She says come upstairs, I need help, Elvis fainted. So I ran upstairs, I go into the bathroom, and, um, Elvis had fell over…” He continued: “I called…and said we need an ambulance here at Elvis Presley’s house…I didn’t tell them who it was. And meanwhile, I couldn’t do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation because Elvis’s mouth was closed shut. There was no way possible. There’s rumors I did that, but somebody made that story up.”
Another clip from a few years prior, ~1989:
Joe Esposito: “I tried to revive him waiting for the fire department to show up.”
Geraldo Rivera: “What’d you try, mouth-to-mouth, or, uh…?”
Joe Esposito: “Mouth-to-mouth.”
Geraldo Rivera: “Other kinds of CPR techniques…?”
Joe Esposito: “Mouth-to-mouth, yeah.”
So, “somebody made that story up”? Hmmm. I wonder who.
Also from ~1989 [@ 07:46]: “It seemed like forever but apparent-, they look a long time to get there, they took about twenty minutes to get there, which has never been explained to me why.”
[Note: The use of the word “apparently” here, which Esposito cut off, is interesting because this word would not be used to describe a situation in which you were personally and directly involved. For example, if your friend ordered a pizza and it took 2 hours to arrive, you friend might tell you about the 2-hour delivery time, and if you were to tell the story to someone else you might say, “Apparently, the pizza took 2 hours to arrive.” But if you were the person who was waiting for the pizza, you would not tell your friend, “Apparently, it took 2 hours for the pizza to arrive.” “Apparently” refers to a situation about which you were told, not a situation in which you were involved.]
Also from ~2013 [@ 33:33]: “The ambulance finally showed up, and it seemed forever, and I found out later it was just like twenty minutes before they got there.”
From Esposito’s 1994 book: “The ambulance took twenty minutes to reach Graceland from a station only a few blocks away.”
Esposito is claiming ~12 years after Elvis’s death that the ambulance took twenty minutes to arrive, and yet in that 12-year time span certainly he was made aware of the time references from other eyewitnesses. If not, though, how did he let this critical question go unanswered for 12 years? Didn’t he ask someone about the 20 minutes?
Then, 5 years later, Esposito makes the same claim in his book. Then, approximately 19 years later, Esposito again makes the same claim as part of the same account, which tells us that he allowed decades to pass without making any attempt to have this 20-minute ambulance arrival time explained to him. A total of 36 years…1977 to 2013…and he didn’t bother to seek out this information. I wonder why.
Here’s a serious question: Can any of these people tell the truth?