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Man who claims Elvis is father now wants a little less conversation

By KARY BOOHER Jan 20 2005

"Tim Farrell mum as he keeps waiting to access singer's DNA"

The wait has turned to months. The hope to learn the truth is still there, sure, but the wait is beginning to gnaw at him. Is he the son of Elvis Presley?

Five months after he hired an attorney to seek the approval of the Presley estate to undergo a DNA test, former Jackson resident Tim Farrell continues to pursue the answer to that question. And he's gotten about nowhere.

''If it was Joe Blow next door, we probably would have gotten this done already,'' Farrell said, speaking from his home in Michigan. ''But it wasn't.''

The 49-year-old Farrell, a 1973 graduate of Jackson Central-Merry High School, is in pursuit of a DNA test two years after his mother made a death-bed confession claiming that Elvis was his father.

However, Farrell's pursuit has been hampered. He dumped a Tuscumbia, Ala., attorney, and there has been little to no response from the Presley estate, as far as Farrell knows. He recently declined to name his new attorney and was careful with his words. ''I'm not at liberty to give you a lot,'' Farrell said.

''We're trying not to be public with this. We want to do it with a little class.'' But even then, the frustration of the wait appeared to be weighing on him. ''It's just taking forever,'' he groaned.

From the start, Farrell figured he would need to present an airtight case to the Presley estate in order to gain access to Elvis' DNA. The big hurdle, Farrell and his family acknowledged, was winning the approval of Lisa Marie Presley, the King's daughter. Elvis Presley Enterprises says that Elvis' will lists Lisa Marie as the King's only child and, therefore, she is the sole heir to the estate. Todd Morgan, a spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises, could not be reached for comment.

It'll be interesting if Farrell can make his case. He is relying on a statement from his dying mother that was made with no one else in the hospital room. Rebecca Holland Stewart died on Sept. 19, 2002.

Farrell also will use three other pieces of information as leverage that he has learned in the time since his mother's death. His sister, Regina Holland of Tuscumbia, has said their mother claimed to have had a tryst with Elvis in August 1954 after he performed at a venue called the Eagle's Nest in Memphis.

The family also found a dated letter from a Nebraska woman who responded to his mother's inquiry wondering whether the woman knew the truth. The family said it also found a dusty address book that curiously contains names of Presley family members.

According to a copy of Farrell's birth certificate, his father is listed as James Farrell, who was a U.S. Navy man. Farrell and his sister say that man has denied he is the father. The date on Farrell's birth certificate is April 2, 1955. According to fan Web sites, Elvis performed twice in Memphis in July 1954 but didn't perform again at the Eagle's Nest until Aug. 7, 1954. That would be eight months before Farrell was born.

Holland, who has been quick to give information about her brother's pursuit of the DNA, isn't giving much information now. ''I'm 100 percent positive the agreement is not to go public,'' Holland said.

(News, Source: JacksonSun.com)









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