Poor Elvis

n 1938, when Elvis Presley was three years old, his father was convicted of forgery. Vernon Presley, Gladys’s (Elvis’ mother’s) brother Travis Smith, and Luther Gable went to prison for altering a check from Orville Bean, Vernon’s boss, from $3 to $8 and then cashing it at a local bank. Vernon was sentenced to three years at Mississippi State Penitentiary. Though Vernon was released after serving eight months, this event deeply influenced the life of the young family. During her husband’s absence, Gladys lost the house and was forced to move in briefly with her in-laws next door. The Presley family lived just above the poverty line during their years in East Tupelo.

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