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September 26, 2009

The Al Capone Truth

Delinda, the owner of Glossy at Palm and Pierson sent this to the Desert Hot Springs Historical Society today:

The other day at a Rotary Meeting I was speaking to Jeff Bowman and for some reason the conversation drifted to Two Bunch Palms. I have never attempted to correct the record on this matter because I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. However, I have thought about it and I realize that history belongs to everyone and I have an obligation to contribute when I have been a witness.

My family has owned property in Sky Valley since February of 1962, when I started spending weekends in Desert Hot Springs and all vacations. I started living and working here full time in 1979.

My father, Frank Gloss, and Sam Weinberg, who built Sam's Family Spa on Dillon Road, along with their gang of friends, would take jeeps out in the desert. However out on Bennett Road at the very top of the hill where 20th Avenue would cross if it went through, was 80 acres you could not dare to go near. If you approached this property from any direction, two men in a jeep with loaded rifles would accost you and demand that you turn back. If you looked at the large house through binoculars you could see more men similarly armed. This property was called Bennett Ranch. Of course, this was very exciting to speculate about in the sleepy laid back desert. People would say "It's a gangster hideout." Others would say," Al Capone used to live there and now other mob guys have taken it over." None of this was the truth. What was true was that a top executive of Ford Motors had built his home there, and there was a great deal of labor unrest and violence. His sweet little wife, Josie, who died just a few years ago, stayed in that house for over 40 years. The armed men were just there for their protection until the labor problems were resolved.

So along comes Chuck Beaumont, a man who was a genius at promotion, who purchased Two Bunch Palms Resort. Suddenly the hilltop hideaway rumor migrates six miles west, and voila Al Capone and the gang is back. Mr. Beaumont and his lovely group would float into Johnny Costa's Restaurant on Eighth Street in the biggest stretch limo you've ever seen, and proceed to spend enough money in our local economy so that no one would ever say anything different. Al Capone was at Two Bunch and that was that!

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | September 26, 2009 at 04:07 PM


Finally! Some truth on this idiotic local myth. Thanks Ron.

Posted by: Greg at Feb 23, 2010 11:26:23 PM

Get Geraldo out there!

Posted by: Who Cares? at Sep 27, 2009 10:14:25 AM

A few key members of the Desert Hot Springs Historical Society are at work to create a new rumor that Al Capone's secret-secret residence was at the Nude Bowl west of Desert Hot Springs. Whose skeletons are actually buried in the old swimming pool??

Posted by: Ron's Log at Sep 26, 2009 9:18:44 PM

One of the most intriguing web sources on this story is at: http://www.imaginglocators.com/capone_testimonial.html

Posted by: Marilyn McKay at Sep 26, 2009 8:25:18 PM

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