WHERE IT'S SHADY ... AND SHADY CAPONE A SHADOWY FIGURE IN TWO BUNCH LORE.
Byline: - Eric Noland
DESERT HOT SPRINGS - Al Capone slept here?
So they say.
It's part of the lore and lure of Two Bunch Palms. The resort's promotional materials tell a tale of ``pallid pal·lid
1. Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion: the pallid face of the invalid.
2. Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
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brim - a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat fedora hats'' arriving here in the late 1920s to establish a western hide-out for the notorious Chicago mobster.
Since the oldest buildings on the grounds date to 1929 - stone masonry with sun-faded red-tile roofs - it certainly fits, though the word ``legend'' appears four times in the text and the Capone connection is always posed as an open question.
Meantime, there is an Al Capone Suite in the original building, with the initials ``A.C.'' embossed em·boss
tr.v. em·bossed, em·boss·ing, em·boss·es
1. To mold or carve in relief: emboss a design on a coin.
2. on a tabletop, and staffers even point to a bullet hole in the wood paneling near the bed.
It all sounds fascinating, but it's ``highly unlikely'' that Capone ever holed up in Desert Hot Springs, said Laurence Bergreen, author of the comprehensive biography ``Capone: The Man and the Era.''
``Capone's life, especially as an adult, is pretty well documented,'' Bergreen said from his New York New York, state, United States
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See : Rusticity , in Hot Springs, Ark., and the suburbs of Chicago. The only California experiences besides Alcatraz (incarceration Confinement in a jail or prison; imprisonment.
Police officers and other law enforcement officers are authorized by federal, state, and local lawmakers to arrest and confine persons suspected of crimes. The judicial system is authorized to confine persons convicted of crimes. ) were some inconsequential train rides.''
Still, there's probably no harm if resort guests survey that ``sentry turret'' atop the original building and imagine hoods scanning the desert roads for G-men.
The rock-masonry original building at Two Bunch Palms includes the Al Capone Suite, but a biographer casts doubt on the story.
LaFonzo Rachal Carter/Staff Photographer