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The Hauntings of Scarface

Updated on September 4, 2012
Al Capone's cell at Eastern State Pen.
Al Capone's cell at Eastern State Pen.

by Christine B.

Infamous gangster, Al Capone (also known as “Scarface”) was a tough guy who was reportedly not afraid of anything . . . until the ghost of one of the men he had murdered decided to take out his revenge from the other side!

When Capone was convicted of an illegal gun charge and sent to the Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary he thought his eight month sentence would be a piece of cake. The prison guards had to keep the famous prisoner away from the general population so he ended up being locked up in a “cell” that looked more like a hotel room. However, what Capone didn’t anticipate was that he was not alone in that cell!

Capone was allegedly involved in the horrific St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. One of the victims of the blood bath was Jimmy Clark, and Jimmy held a grudge. Every night Jimmy’s spirit would haunt Capone in his cell. Capone would be heard screaming to be let out because Jimmy would not leave him alone. No one ever saw Jimmy, except Capone. Whatever Capone saw it scared him more than anything else he had ever experienced.

Even after Capone was released from Eastern State Penitentiary Jimmy apparently followed his murderer home and tormented him for years.

When Capone was sent to Alcatraz it did him in. At the time his health was in decline from syphilis that went untreated. Also, The Rock had a no tolerance policy that bordered on the edge of cruelty. So much so that many inmates committed suicide to be released from their agony.

While in Alcatraz Capone was permitted to play his banjo with the prison band. Because he was not allowed to mingle with the rest of the prison population, he had plenty of time to practice.

Capone’s mental health deteriorated as well, and close to the end of his life the guards believed that the mobster had gone insane. Many men did while serving time on “The Rock.”

Although Capone did not die in Alcatraz, (he was paroled on November 16, 1939, and returned to his home in Palm Island, Florida), he now joins Jimmy and is one of the many deceased inmates that haunt Alcatraz. Park Rangers claim that they often hear a banjo playing in the shower room where Capone was permitted to practice. So, if you hear a banjo playing and you can’t find the source of the music, say hello to Alphonse.


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