Al Capone's West Michigan ties: Fact ...

Al Capone's West Michigan ties: Fact or fun-fiction?

There are 840 comments on the WWMT-TV Kalamazoo story from Aug 31, 2005, titled Al Capone's West Michigan ties: Fact or fun-fiction?. In it, WWMT-TV Kalamazoo reports that:

Last week, News 3 told you about a West Michigan home that some believe may have links to Al Capone.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WWMT-TV Kalamazoo.

Rockin DJ

Grand Haven, MI

#292 Mar 3, 2007
I played a place in Interlochen that is claimed to have been built by Al Capone. It is called the Fireplace Inn. Does anyone have any information on this?
Tootsie

Hudsonville, MI

#293 Mar 5, 2007
Al Capone's sister lived near the corner of Gull Rd. & Sprinkle Rd. just outside of Kalamazoo.
Her house was torn down last year.
It was a beautiful two-story colonial with pillars in the front. The lot was about 3/4 acres of trees, shrubs, and lawn.

Supposedly, according to local lore, there was bank-robbery cash bricked/cemented inside one of the 2 driveway posts located in the front yard. Fact was, after the bulldozer hit them all there was were bricks.
Another rumor was there were dead bodies buried under the garage. That proved untrue as well.

Kalamazoo tears down most everything whether it has historic value or not. In part, this is why Kalamazoo is losing population; no sense of identity. I'm always happy to see little towns save houses like James Dean's in Indiana and even Eminem's in East Detroit. It gives their cities some class.
Kalamazoo has very little class. We're moving soon.
Ardie GunLake

United States

#294 Mar 6, 2007
My dad had talked of the sister to Al Capone living outside of Kalamazoo towards Richland.
Did you ever hear of him spending time at what is called "Chicago Point" on Gun Lake?
Three Rivers

United States

#295 Mar 7, 2007
Joe Lewis the boxer used to own property in Jones, Mi about 10 minutes south of Three Rivers, Al Capone used this house alot for meetings and hide outs. This is now a bible camp. We call it pergatory. A long time resident there actually met Al Capone and received money for helping the gang find Lewis's house. Southwest Michigan was a common place for them to visit.
OKray

Petoskey, MI

#296 Mar 8, 2007
Capone also had a residence in Harbor Springs, Michigan. One of the blind pigs (bars) in his family is now a township hall in Harbor Springs.
Jenn

Kalamazoo, MI

#297 Mar 9, 2007
Tootsie wrote:
Al Capone's sister lived near the corner of Gull Rd. & Sprinkle Rd. just outside of Kalamazoo.
Her house was torn down last year.
It was a beautiful two-story colonial with pillars in the front. The lot was about 3/4 acres of trees, shrubs, and lawn.
Supposedly, according to local lore, there was bank-robbery cash bricked/cemented inside one of the 2 driveway posts located in the front yard. Fact was, after the bulldozer hit them all there was were bricks.
Another rumor was there were dead bodies buried under the garage. That proved untrue as well.
Kalamazoo tears down most everything whether it has historic value or not. In part, this is why Kalamazoo is losing population; no sense of identity. I'm always happy to see little towns save houses like James Dean's in Indiana and even Eminem's in East Detroit. It gives their cities some class.
Kalamazoo has very little class. We're moving soon.
I believe the house she is talking about is at the corner of Jennings dr. and Gull Rd. in Kalamazoo. It's still there, so I don't know about the torn down thing. A plaza was put up in the front part of the lawn, so that may be where the bulldozer part came in. I have heard story's from the neighbors about a cable running into concret in the basement. The neighbors went to our church, so I don't see them as conspiracy theorists.
I think the owners are trying to sell the house as an office building. It is really pretty. Two story's, colonial. The house the church friends lived in was turned into a doctors office, and there is a radio station at the end of the street.
Jenn

Kalamazoo, MI

#298 Mar 9, 2007
With the 1-94 corridor (or Red Arrow Highway back in the day) being the main route between Chicago and Detroit,(which is across from Canada and the booze would cross there) it would only make sense to have places between the two cities to have meetings and be able to stop for the night. Cars were not what they are today, and it would have taken longer to make the trip. And the area was a lot less populated than it is now and fewer people would know what he/they looked like . Thus they would be able to move around a bit easier and since the main violence wasn't around this area, people, while still terrified of the mob, wouldn't turn them in.
Just my theory.
Joseph

Denver, CO

#299 Mar 11, 2007
terry m wrote:
I worked for Howard Griffendorff around 1978. He told me that Louis Campagna had his (howards)father build the house now owend by Mohammid Ali in Berrien Springs MI. Howard said he helped his father construct the house as a young man and howard still managed the farm all those years later until 1978 at least because he took me on a tour of the Ali home. Howard had the keys to the front door so he wasnt shooting me any bull. I never got to meet ali but did get to see the entire inside of the very nice home . Howard said that al capone was the actual owner but used campagna as a cover up. Capone used the house as a hide out from time to time. Howard said that there were no secret passeges like so many people say there were. Howard said campagna would give him money to take his daughter out but told howard "you go have fun and see to it she has fun but you dont touch her" and howard said he wasnt stupid enough to touch her for obviuos reasons like the fact that wherever they went there were some of campagnas men nearby watching everything. Howard was 72 years old at the time but has since past away. HE was a good friend to me.
You are correct That Louis Campagna owned the farm in Berrien Springs but it was actually deeded in his wife Charlottes name. Capone never owned property in his own name not even his ocean front home in Miami. Charlotte Campagna sold the property soon after her Husbands death on May 30, 1955. Muhamad Ali and his wife Yolanda purchased the property in 1975.
lkjh

Fenton, MI

#300 Mar 16, 2007
My grandmother dated "Whitey" of the purple gang. She said he was whiney and needy so she broke up with him and they still remained friends. She was a a tom boy.
Margaret Poole

Ringgold, GA

#301 Mar 16, 2007
Bobbi Barnett wrote:
One home used by the Capone Gang is located @ 1400 Kephart Lane in Berrien Springs , Mi. I know because I lived there. At that time it was owned by Myron Hecht. I believe he had purchased it from Andrews University. At the time we lived there it was still historically in tact. The house is now owned and occupied by Mohammed Ali.
You are right about Al Capone once owning a home and property at the end of Kephart Lane in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The property is situated on the St. Joseph River and Capone and his gangsters often used a boat and water plane to make quick get-a-ways. Mohammed and Lonnie Ali currently own the home but the property is for sale as the Alis do not spend much time in Michigan any more.
Deb Gondick

Troy, MI

#302 Mar 18, 2007
There is a camp in Lake Ann, near Traverse City, that use to be Al Capones home. I was just in the house, now cabin, for LABC kids last month.
The story was told to me in the 60's when I went to camp there as a kid, and now that my son is attending the camp- the story still stands.
Mystery_Solver

AOL

#303 Mar 19, 2007
It was rumored, I heard, that Capone took up temporary res. in a place what is now called Oak Haven, in Pullman, Michigan. Someone said He made a system of tunnels underground, too.
If anyone has any info on the matter, I shall be much obliged.
Mystery_Solver

AOL

#304 Mar 19, 2007
It is rumored, I heard, that Capone once took up temporary residence in a place what is now called Oak Haven, in Pullman, Michigan. It is also said He built, or had built, a network of tunnels.

Any information on this matter would be appreciated.
Heavy Faith

Granbury, TX

#305 Mar 19, 2007
I am from this area all my life and never really heard this about the Oak Haven which has long as I remember a 7th day adventist commune and way back in the woods but always goes back to what I always heard was in South Haven on the north side on a corner is a place called Sleepy Hollow and on the land is a large home that Al Copone lived and is full of tunnels we played in as kids further out at Hawk Head Cemetary there is a Headstone with the Name { Flora } and is told to be his wife buried there and if you stop your car next to her stone while the willow tree limbs sway down on the top of your car and will not restart as long as the willow limbs are touching ......These stories hold tight in the South Haven area for many years now !!

Since: Jan 07

St. Joseph, MI

#306 Mar 20, 2007
Heavy Faith wrote:
I am from this area all my life and never really heard this about the Oak Haven which has long as I remember a 7th day adventist commune and way back in the woods but always goes back to what I always heard was in South Haven on the north side on a corner is a place called Sleepy Hollow and on the land is a large home that Al Copone lived and is full of tunnels we played in as kids further out at Hawk Head Cemetary there is a Headstone with the Name { Flora } and is told to be his wife buried there and if you stop your car next to her stone while the willow tree limbs sway down on the top of your car and will not restart as long as the willow limbs are touching ......These stories hold tight in the South Haven area for many years now !!
i do alot of work in south haven , and when you drive by sleepy hollow you can just tell somthing went on there yeas ago. There is a large house in the center made of white cement with really small windows. the only way onto the property is through a gate. it looks pretty cool. i am going to check with the care taker about the tunnels. if you travel down the road just a bit (North Shore Dr. off I-196), there also is a large stone house on the bluff of lake michigan, that house is rumered to be "visited" by capone, the only way to that house is over a huge brick and cement bridge, pretty cool.
next time in south haven ill take some pictures, if anyone wants them ill send them... i do have other capone houses on file if you care to see them..
Ardie GunLake

United States

#307 Mar 27, 2007
BrianM wrote:
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i do alot of work in south haven , and when you drive by sleepy hollow you can just tell somthing went on there yeas ago. There is a large house in the center made of white cement with really small windows. the only way onto the property is through a gate. it looks pretty cool. i am going to check with the care taker about the tunnels. if you travel down the road just a bit (North Shore Dr. off I-196), there also is a large stone house on the bluff of lake michigan, that house is rumered to be "visited" by capone, the only way to that house is over a huge brick and cement bridge, pretty cool.
next time in south haven ill take some pictures, if anyone wants them ill send them... i do have other capone houses on file if you care to see them..
Any of the houses on Gun Lake; Chicago Point? They were owned by the Slater brothers from Chicago.
ZOG 25000 BC

United States

#308 Mar 27, 2007
ZOG PARTY WITH AL
Jlynne

Bensalem, PA

#309 Mar 28, 2007
My family and I have since moved from Sawyer MI, but I used to live off of Minnich Rd...and my sister and I would ride our bikes up and down Flynn Rd (since our grandma also lives on the same road...different direction), and we were always very interested in this amazing place!(especially that passage in the side of the hill). One year my uncle rented there and stayed above the garage- or what used to be the garage(?). All of us cousins spent the night in that top room...but none of us slept after hearing all those scary stories that are tied to this mysterious place!
jenn

Waupaca, WI

#310 Apr 4, 2007
I WAS WRONG!!!! The Capone house is indeed torn down. It was gutted, luckily, for the salvagable bits, including a kitchen cupboard that I found in a local antique store. I have the pictures on my myspace page in the pictures. I would post them here, but sadly don't know how.
Anywho, my myspace account is:

http://www.myspace.com/jennikeyser

I checked with the owner of the store to find out if there was anything else left, and it had all be sold but that. Dang it!!!
Jenn wrote:
<quoted text>
I believe the house she is talking about is at the corner of Jennings dr. and Gull Rd. in Kalamazoo. It's still there, so I don't know about the torn down thing. A plaza was put up in the front part of the lawn, so that may be where the bulldozer part came in. I have heard story's from the neighbors about a cable running into concret in the basement. The neighbors went to our church, so I don't see them as conspiracy theorists.
I think the owners are trying to sell the house as an office building. It is really pretty. Two story's, colonial. The house the church friends lived in was turned into a doctors office, and there is a radio station at the end of the street.
Fantasy

United States

#311 Apr 10, 2007
BrianM wrote:
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i do alot of work in south haven , and when you drive by sleepy hollow you can just tell somthing went on there yeas ago. There is a large house in the center made of white cement with really small windows. the only way onto the property is through a gate. it looks pretty cool. i am going to check with the care taker about the tunnels. if you travel down the road just a bit (North Shore Dr. off I-196), there also is a large stone house on the bluff of lake michigan, that house is rumered to be "visited" by capone, the only way to that house is over a huge brick and cement bridge, pretty cool.
next time in south haven ill take some pictures, if anyone wants them ill send them... i do have other capone houses on file if you care to see them..
I lived in South Haven, MI for about 8 years, and only about 5 miles from that cemetary. My husband has family buried there. There is indeed a headstone that says Flora on it. I used to know the last name, but I cant remember it anymore. I will find out and post it again. The strangest part is, I do remember the headstone of Flora on one side of the driveway, and on the other side, was a headstone with her last name. Very strange. It was told to me that she was buried there in pieces.

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