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Al Capone's Ghost

Updated on October 23, 2010
Banjo Music is often heard in the closed down Alcatraz Prison. Is it Al Capone still playing his banjo.
Banjo Music is often heard in the closed down Alcatraz Prison. Is it Al Capone still playing his banjo. | Source

The Story Of Al Capone , Does His Ghost Still Haunt Various Locations.

Al Capone is one of the most notorious American gangsters ever. Most people however don't know that even though state and federal prosecutors tried time and time again they could never convict Al Capone of anything until he was finally convicted of the crime of income tax evasion and sent to Alcatraz Prison which at that time was supposed to be the hardest and worst federal prison in the federal prison system.

Almost as soon as Al Capone was sent to Alcatraz Prison the guards there said he started to act strange and then he started telling anyone that would listen that the ghost of James Clark was after him and would terrorize him all day in his cell at Alcatraz. For those of you who don't know it is said that Al Capone planned the infamous St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago and James Clark was killed in the St Valentines Day Massacre. It is told by former guards at Alcatraz Prison that Al Capone claimed that the ghost of James Clark would talk to him all night every night and punch him though guards said there were no marks on Al Capone. His wife had given Al Capone a banjo in prison and he would often play it saying he was trying to drown out the sound of James Clark talking to him.

The guards at Alcatraz said that before long Al Capone stopped eating and started to refuse to leave his cell. He was in fact several times forced from the cell by the guards with a fire hose. However before long Al Capone was transferred to the prison medical wing because tests revealed he had syphilis. He spent the last portion of his time in federal prison in the medical ward and its said he played his banjo when ever he was allowed and all throughout his prison stay he complained that James Clark was after him.

There is the prison cell of Al Capone at Alcatraz Prison.
There is the prison cell of Al Capone at Alcatraz Prison. | Source

It is interesting to note that over the years since Alcatraz Prison closed that many people have heard the sound of banjo music while on the tour of closed down Alcatraz Prison. Some paranormal investigators have even captured the sound of banjo music on audiotape. So it would appear that something paranormal is going on at Alcatraz Prison. Is it the ghost of Al Capone still playing his banjo after all these years. Many people claimed that Al Capone had gone completely crazy before he was released and Al Capone died at his home in Florida in 1947.

Was it the syphilis that caused Al Capone to go crazy or did the ghost of James Clark finally drive Al Capone over the edge. It is said that some of the last words Al Capone ever said was , I'm sorry James now leave me alone. People there at the time of the death of Al Capone said that just before his death he sat up in bed and appeared to be trying to beat something or someone away from him. He then laid back down and died. He was buried in Mt Carmel Cemetery in Hillside Illinois and there today he has a simple flat marker that marks his grave.

Many people make the claim that Al Capone was one of the most dangerous and evilest men who ever lived. He is credited with ordering and committing over 500 murders during his crime career. Many people over the years have made the claim that they have seen Al Capone walking around his grave in Mt Carmel Cemetery. Other people have claimed to see the ghost of Al Capone in various locations around Chicago. There have even been rumors over the years that Al Capone hid a fortune around various locations in Chicago but nothing of the fortune has ever been found.

Al Capone at one time during the prohibition era controlled the city of Chicago and was treated like a king for a number of years.  During that period in time Al Capone was the absolute boss of Chicago. Another interesting fact is that Al Capone only completed the sixth grade. He was born in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn ,  New York in 1899.

The St Valentines Day Massacre

The St Valentines Day Massacre. James Clark's body is the one laying side ways against the wall. Seven men lost their lives that day on the orders of Al Capone..
The St Valentines Day Massacre. James Clark's body is the one laying side ways against the wall. Seven men lost their lives that day on the orders of Al Capone.. | Source

Al Capone is most famous for ordering the St Valentines Day Massacre on Thursday February 14th in 1929 at 2122 North Clark Street in Chicago. Many people over the years have made the claim that they have heard the sounds of screams and gun fire near 2122 North Clark Street in Chicago. There were a total of seven men killed in the St Valentines Day Massacre and it is believed the men were killed by men from out of the area dressed as Chicago police officers. Al Capone was in Florida on vacation when the infamous murders took place. It is believed that Bugs Moran who was a rival of Al Capone was supposed to also be in that garage on the day of the massacre but for some reason he did not show up.

One of the men killed that day James Clark is the ghost that Al Capone claimed haunted him all through his years in prison and even to his death in Florida in 1947. While Al Capone was never charged with any crime related to the St Valentines Day Massacre it is said the infamous event is what really brought the eyes of the Federal Government onto Al Capone and they kept after Al Capone until they finally put him in federal prison and ruined his crime empire in Chicago.

It is a known fact that at times while Al Capone was in prison at Alcatraz Prison that he would play the banjo he said to drown out James Clark's ghost asking him , Why did you murder me Al? And at times Capone was heard screaming , James please leave me alone. So either the ghost of James Clark was haunting Al Capone in his cell at Alcatraz Prison or Capone thought he was.

What do you think about the ghost of Al Capone playing the banjo at the closed down Alcatraz Prison. Do you think the ghost of James Clark terrorized Capone at Alcatraz Prison or was it all in Capone's mind. Tell us all what you think. Post your comments or questions about the ghost of Al Capone below and thanks for reading my Hub Page about the Ghost of Al Capone.

Please post your comments or questions about the ghost of Al Capone now. And thanks for reading this Hub Page about the ghost of Al Capone.

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      3 years ago

      Yes, I do believe he was haunted. Ghost,spirits,entities, etc of the paranormal variety is real. And some of them/it is very dangerous to the living. A ghost can most definitely injure/kill a person.

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      jonathan gaunt 

      6 years ago

      i think al capone was telling the truth about james clarks ghost hunting him until his death in florida in 1947 from jonathan gaunt nottingham england

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      6 years ago

      8 months. Eastern state.

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      graham garforth 

      6 years ago


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      7 years ago from Texas

      While researching Al Capone, I found a few discrepancies with the documentation of Capone's incarceration. I agree that he was held in the Atlanta U.S. prison and transferred to Alcatraz but there is also Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am not to clear when he was incarcerated in Eastern State Penitentiary or how long he was there. I am very curious about this. Do you know anything about the timeline of his incarceration? Great Hub! Thanks for the information.

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      7 years ago

      Al Capone da real boss

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      8 years ago

      that's real i believe it 100%

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      looks twice 

      8 years ago

      he get what he deserted

      to the bitter end.

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      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes I have been there to Alcatraz Prison several times on the tour and it is indeed spooky. Several times on the tour all the hair on my arms stood up. Something paranormal is really going on there.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      8 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Both my children have visited Alcatraz and say that the place is quite spooky. Great hub!


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