This guy's not a fraud.
Of course not. It's not like he's obsessed or anything.
'Weeping' Elvis Statue
Rocks Small Dutch Town
DEURNE, Netherlands (Reuter)
- The small town of Deurne in the southern
Netherlands has been
rocked by claims that a bust of Elvis Presley has started to weep.
As the 20th anniversary
of Elvis's death approaches, a 46-year old Dutchman
says his statue of the
King has begun to shed "tears of joy."
"He is crying for all
his fans around the world," Toon Nieuwenhuisen told Reuters. "He
knows how much they love him."
Visitors to the house
are welcomed by Nieuwenhuisen wearing a wig and dressed in full Vegas-style
gear, and taken upstairs to a dimly-lit bedroom to see a white, plaster
bust of Elvis, dressed in its own black cape -- with tears seemingly running
down its cheeks.
What started as an item
in the local paper a few days ago has now attracted
national and international
television crews to witness the phenomenon.
Nieuwenhuisen, a life-long
fan and professional Presley impersonator, claims not only to be in daily
contact with his dead idol, but also to be possessed with his spirit when
he gets up on stage.
"Elvis has told me 'my
ghost is in you' and I feel him in my legs when I'm singing," he said.
An official at the local
tourist office said curious visitors were starting to be drawn to the sleepy
provincial town east of Eindhoven.
"We know where his house
is and when people ask, we show them on the map."