There are bad Elvis impersonators -- some can't sing, some too fat for their spangled jumpsuits -- and then there are the ones who sing "Jailhouse Rock" behind bars.
Paul Kevin Curtis, the MIssissippi Elvis impersonator accused of sending ricin-laced letters to Barack Obama and Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, isn't the first Elvis to have a brush with the law.
He's not even the first Elvis to be accused of threatening people with Ricin.
Back in February, 2012, Michael Conley, a 64-year-old Elvis impersonator, allegedly locked himself inside a Florida motel along with his 28-year-old son, after Ft. Pierce cops came to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.
During the encounter, Conley held up a vial filled with white powder, claiming that it was Ricin. He also claimed to have C-4 explosives.
A day later Conley allegedly blamed his behavior on diabetes, and said the Ricin was actually just salt.
There have been other Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) who've sung the blues for alleged crimes, including David Allen Credile, who was arrested last May in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after allegedly punching a man in the face during a fight over a board game, WALB-TV reported.
To be sure, most ETAs -- Elvis tribute Artists -- are honest people who pay tribute to one of the world's most beloved singers.
"It goes with anything," Peter Vallee, who performs in Las Vegas as "Big Elvis," told the Huffington Post.
"A bad cop, priest or politician doesn't mean it's a bad profession. It's the individual."
Vallee is quick to say that the King would not approve of illegal behavior by anyone performing in his image.
"Elvis was a great person," Vallee said. "He never would have thought of [sending Ricin-filled letters]."
Elvis Presley historian Cory Cooper agrees, and worries about how the media's focus on all things Elvis could affect reportage of the Curtis case.
"The media will manipulate it anyway they need, but the Elvis impersonation aspect is very minor to the overall story," Cooper told HuffPost. "I do believe Elvis would be extremely saddened."
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What does Michael Conley, David Allen Credile, Joseph E. Ramsey and Darin Thrasher have in common with Kevin Curtis. The guy charged with sending ricin poisoned to Mississippi republican senator Roger Wicker and President Obama. Give up? They’re all Elvis impersonators. But that's not all. They all lived the jail house rock.
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Joseph E. Ramsey
Joseph E. Ramsey, 33, and his wife were charged with welfare fraud in Jan. 2012. after the Sheriff's Office in Warren County, NY, said they did not accurately report all of Joseph's income as an Elvis tribute artist while receiving food stamps and Medicaid. The sheriff's office said the Ramseys received $50,297 in public assistance benefits from January 2008 to December 2011 using applications with false information. Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Elvis-impersonator-wife-face-welfare-fraud-2447108.php#ixzz2QpyzF1tQ
Kevin Michael Curtis
Kevin Michael Curtis, 45, an Elvis impersonator in Corinth, Miss., is accused of mailing letters with suspected Ricin to national leaders like Barack Obama.
Back in February, 2012, Michael Conley, a 64-year-old Elvis impersonator, locked himself inside a Florida motel along with his 28-year-old son, after Ft. Pierce cops came to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. During the encounter, he held up a vial filled with white powder, claiming that it was Ricin. A day later, he allegedly blamed his behavior on diabetes, and claimed the Ricin was actually salt.
Darin Thrasher was arrested in March, 2010, on charges he was moving drugs from his restaurant, Sid's Diner in Yukon, Okla., where he also performed as an Elvis impersonator.
David Allen Credile
David Allen Credile was arrested in May, 2010, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after allegedly punching a man in the face during a fight over a board game. He allegedly left the scene with two Blues Brothers impersonators.