In a 1924 stucco-and-wood, Port Orange house located next to a canal that connects to the Indian River, rumors are that Capone used the house to keep his mistress and stash illegal booze.
Supposedly, he would ride a boat up the canal and then use a tunnel from the canal to the house’s full basement to access the house unseen.
In 2005, Christopher Rollier who used to live in the house wrote a book, House of Shadows, the Mistress of Al Capone, where he described encounters with Mary Ann Brown a.k.a. Vera, Capone's mistress, and her overly attentive bodyguard. He blamed a divorce on the ghosts' presence as his ex-wife was afraid to live there.
"I didn't know it was (Capone's mistress) until I described her down to the bun on her head", he said. He had a photograph of her in a neighbor's trunk.
He said he encountered the ghosts when restoring the property and even brought in a local paranormal team who told him that Capone had bought the house for his mistress and their two daughters, Mary and Ann.
The Halifax Historical Society hasn't ever confirmed he visited the area, let alone to see his mistress. But the Chicago mobster's trips through Ponce de Leon Inlet and up the Halifax River remain the subject of great local lore, on his way to Miami, where he lived from 1927 until 1931.
The person who bought the house from Rollier said she knew everything but hadn't "heard a peep", however she sold it within a few years. and it was bought by a new owner in 2015.
In the 1920s Miami had a boost in tourism, and authorities liberalized rules for dog and horse racing, so naturally, northerners came to sultry, sweaty Miami to partake in profitable, illegal business endeavors.
Al Capone bought a Mediterranean Revival estate on Palm Island in 1928. He was instantly unpopular with law enforcement, who did their best to keep him out of Miami. In 1931, he was arrested for tax evasion and spent eight years incarcerated in various prisons including Alcatraz. Capone passed away in his Miami home on January 25, 1947 due to the complications of advanced stages of syphilis, not in a machine gun standoff or some other glamorous Hollywood ending. After eight years in jail, his health had deteriorated so badly, he was just a shadow of the infamous camera-loving gangster he used to be. His body was transported to Chicago where most of his family lived.
His Miami home eventually fell into disrepair until it was bought by investors. It underwent major renovations in 2016 and now is available to rent for photo and video shoots. It’s been renamed 93 Palm and is not open to the general public.
Capone’s home at 7244 South Prairie Ave., Chicago was originally built in 1908, and purchased by the mafia boss in 1923. Capone lived there until he bought his Miami home, after which he let his mother, Theresa Capone, live there. Frank Capone's funeral was held there. Theresa died in the home in 1952, it was then sold to William B. Petty. It was last up for sale in 2016.
The question is, does Al Capone or any of the important women in his life, haunt the homes were he lived or used to carry on illegal activities? Chances are if they do, present occupants will keep mum on the answer.
Sources - Houstonia SunSentinel
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance writer and paranormal researcher.
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