Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Al Capone Haunted Alcatraz With Banjo

Al Capone Haunted Alcatraz With Banjo, The remains of Chicago’s most beloved mobster, Al Capone, lie in a modest grave in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. His stone is marked simply with his name, birth and death years and the inscription, “My Jesus Mercy.”

Visitors from all over the world drop by the Capone family plot to pay their respects. Some bring flowers. Others leave a Cuban cigar or a fedora. On Capone’s birthday, January 17, and the anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, it’s standing room only at the Capone family plot as mob groupies attempt to summon the great man’s spirit.

Some claim to have seen a phosphorous mist issuing from Capone’s grave, and it is indeed said that his ghost still walks the earth. The mobster’s body may like in Illinois but his spirit is said to dwell in mostly in the ruins of Alcatraz off the coast of San Francisco. Known as “The Rock,” no one had every successfully escaped Alcatraz. Rules of silence and extended stretches of solitary confinement made Alcatraz the country’s most feared prison.

Despite rumors of bootlegging, robbery and rampant money laundering, in the end, Capone was nabbed on a charge of tax evasion and shipped off to Alcatraz in 1934. In the advanced stages of syphilis, Capone often claimed to be haunted by the ghosts of his victims. In his cell, it was said he would babble to himself and cry out in fear.

Abuse from prison guards and beatings and attempts on his life from fellow inmates drove Capone to the solace of music. Big Al’s sole comfort in Alcatraz was his banjo, a gift from his wife, Mae. Excused from having to socialize, Capone sat on his bunk for hours, plucking intricate melodies and weeping for everything he had lost.

As the scourge of syphilis slowly ate way at his brain, Capone became less and less lucid. Guards would hear him begging for mercy from the ghost of James Clark, one of the St. Valentine Day Massacre’s victims. He spent the last stretch of his stay on The Rock in the prison infirmary. When he was finally released, fellow mobster Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik, described his compatriot as “nuttier than a fruitcake.”

His career as Chicago’s most powerful crime boss ended on January 25, 1947 when Capone died of bronchial pneumonia and a brain hemorrhage resulting from syphilis.

On March 21, 1963, Alcatraz closed it’s doors. Today the prison is a national park site. In 1969, a paranormal investigator interviewed a park ranger about possible supernatural phenomenon at the prison. The ranger told the researcher of hearing eerie banjo music issuing from a cell – the cell that once belonged to Chicago’s most beloved gangster.

Mt. Carmel Cemetery is located in Hillside at Wolf and Roosevelt roads. Capone’s grave is near the Roosevelt Road entrance.
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