On our Southern Book Tour (CNN.com totally covered it by the way, lol) in 2012, Elizabeth Ellen, Brandi Wells, Donora Hillard and a friend named Ben Fama drove to Graceland Too, a shrine for Elvis memorabilia, the day after we did a reading at Oxford Books.
After knocking and knocking on the door, Paul McLeod answered, spitting an Elvis tune. I think the tour lasted something ridiculous like three hours. In the photo below you can see our nervous laughter and apprehension. I remember Elizabeth saying she felt like she was going to have a panic attack. Because we were stuck in a house with a hoarder and didn’t know how long we were going to be there.
In July Elizabeth texted me that Paul McLeod was found dead. According to some articles, a man was trying to break into his house, so he shot him, then he had a heart attack.
Which brings me today, finding this photograph on my computer. Not sure what else to say, but, wow.