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Pictures Of Elvis In Coffin, Big Foot's Wedding Hold Up Anthrax Cleanup

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posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 09:30 AM
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I just ran across this story and I was surprised to learn that the building still hasn't been cleaned up yet. Anyways, just wanted to share:

Pictures Of Elvis In Coffin, Big Foot's Wedding Hold Up Anthrax Cleanup
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Boxes of treasured tabloid photographs, including pictures of Elvis in his coffin, Big Foot's wedding and Bat Boy, have held up the final stages of cleanup at the former headquarters of a supermarket tabloid that was the first target in a series of anthrax attacks.

Bio-ONE, the firm hired to decontaminate the site, said lawyers from more than one photographer have called to warn them that David Rustine, who bought the building and its contents for $40,000, does not own the pictures kept in boxes in the building.

They said he would be prevented from destroying the photographs and images of Elvis, the furry monster's nuptials, alien kidnappings and several generations of celebrities that appeared in supermarket tabloids such as the Weekly World News, Star and National Enquirer.

It would also prevent government officials from lifting a quarantine placed on the building three years ago when someone mailed the anthrax to the building in Oct. 2001. Photo editor Bob Stevens of American Media Inc.'s tabloid, the Sun, was killed in the attack.

"We can only do that for someone that has true ownership," said Karen Cavanagh, Bio-ONE's chief operating officer and general counsel.

Rustine has not answered Bio-ONE's questions about who owns the photographs, said John Mason, Bio-ONE chairman.

"One moment he owns the pictures, the next he doesn't," he said. Mason said they can't destory the boxes until they know who really owns the photographs.

Rustine said he has not received a phone call from any photographers or lawyers and has not been directly involved in the talks. But he said the ownership issue should be resolved soon.




 
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