The Haunting of Al Capone

The Haunting of Al Capone is the first historically accurate film about the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

The Haunting of AL Capone, Rich Larsen, Al Capone film, Zatori Productions, Chicago Mob Museum, St Valentines Day Massacre, Saint Valentines Day Massacre filmThe Haunting of AL Capone will enumerate, address and evaluate the various issues, elements and circumstances surrounding the most vicious and notorious organized crime mass murder in Chicago’s history, known as the Valentine’s Day Massacre.  Many “Hollywood” type movies have depicted this epic event over the years, the event that ultimately resulted in sending Capone to prison; though not for the murders of those seven men in that garage on Clark Street in Chicago on February 14, 1929.  This compelling and intriguing docu-drama will be produced by RL Films in collaboration with the Chicago Mob Museum.

There are a few unanswered questions connected to the merciless slaughter of the seven human beings in that garage that day.  The biggest question of course is who were the four shooters?   As to whether or not the seven victims were “gangsters” is secondary in nature, if not completely irrelevant to the context of the story.  But one goal this film aims to accomplish is to see that a plaque is erected at 2122 North Clark Street in memory of the seven victims. There is a plaque over the spot where people lost their lives in the Chicago Eastland boat disaster.  So why is there not one placed in memory of the Valentine’s Day Massacre victims?

This film concept is the result of endless years of research and investigation.  The researcher and historical consultant for The Haunting of AL Capone has in fact devoted over 30 years researching AL Capone, Chicago organized crime and Chicago history in general.  This knowledge, combined with the superior technical skills and efforts of RL Films is sure to result in an outstanding motion picture filled with new, compelling, fascinated information about a little known but huge part of AL Capone’s life.  This being that, at least in Capone’s own mind and according to his adamant insistence to those around him, he had been haunted by the ghost of one of the Valentine’s Day Massacre victims for the last 18 years of his life.

There is some debate among Prohibition Era historians as to whether or not Capone was indeed experiencing visits from an other-worldly entity or was merely hallucinating from the early stages of paresis of the brain (brought on by his untreated syphilis), combined with withdrawal symptoms he had suffered in prison as a result of his years of cocaine use during his glory years.  It has never been conclusively proven which of the two theories is correct.  Was Capone really having legitimate paranormal experiences, or hallucinating from the syphilis and cocaine issues?  We will present all the established historical facts and combine them with whatever we discover through our experiments at the Massacre location during the summer of 2018.  We will then present it all and let the public decide for themselves.

The haunting of Capone began just months after the Valentine’s Day Massacre in the same year of 1929 and continued until his death in 1947.  It is written in some of his biographies that while Capone was alone in his office at the Lexington Hotel, the guards stationed outside his door would hear him screaming out “Jimmy, please go away and leave me alone Jimmy”.  Thinking someone was trying to harm Capone the men would break the door down, only to find him alone sitting at his desk with a terrified look on his face.  At one point Capone actually consulted with a well-known psychic in an attempt rid himself of the haunting spirit of James Clark, who was one of the Massacre victims.

It has also been reported numerous times over the years that current day residents of the Massacre neighborhood hear the sounds of machine gun clatter and men screaming when walking past that empty, eerie lot late at night.  A number of news articles have also appeared describing how when local dogs walk past the location, dogs that are normally quiet and docile begin to howl and whine for no apparent reason until they are walked past that spot.  The probable cause for this is that a German Shepherd that belonged to one of the victims witnessed close up his owner and six other men being viciously slaughtered that day.  Because of the horrendously brutal nature of the incident, a psychic impression was left by that dog that remains there which current day dogs sense or pick up on.  That dog was so messed up from witnessing that gory event that shortly thereafter it had to be put to sleep.

We will attempt to get answers to some mysteries surrounding the Massacre site with the assistance of a psychic/medium, a paranormal researcher (along with their various recorders and gadgets), combined with a reenactment of the event.  That will include the strategic placement of “trigger items” at precise locations on the empty lot.  These items will include one of the original Massacre wall bricks which will be reunited onto its original spot.  And we will place our own German Shepherd at roughly the exact spot the dog in 1929 was sitting at as he witnessed the murder.  We will also incorporate sound equipment to replicate the rat-a-tat-tat sound of machine guns.  The synergy of all of this may provoke a response of some sort from the restless spirits that are apparently haunting that world-famous Chicago landmark.  We will be filming this for inclusion in our movie, and there is a good chance that WGN Television will be on hand as well to do a live broadcast on their morning news program.

After years of general agreement among historians, researchers and gangster buffs that Capone was behind the Massacre, some new theories have emerged in recent years that seem to suggest that Capone had nothing whatsoever to do with this event.  We will explore all theories in great detail and convey them in the film through interviews with experts in their fields, voice over narration and archival video footage.  Some compelling information with regard to Capone’s possible complete innocence in the Massacre can be found in a book by Jonathan Eig called “Get Capone!”.  Some of the information conveyed in this book will be included in The Haunting of AL Capone.

In closing, it is without question that the Valentine’s Day Massacre stands out as quite accurately, the most significant event or element connected to the Capone mystique and legend in Chicago.  There is a certain fascination about the Massacre.  The previous half dozen movies and probably 20-25 books written about the event attest to its level of popularity among the viewing/reading public.  It is also without question that “The Haunting of AL Capone” will stand out as the most important, accurate, compelling, revelatory film ever presented about this infamous day in Chicago history.  

Rich Larsen – Researcher & Historical Consultant
The Haunting of AL Capone
(608) 622-5650

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