Today’s Chicago Tribune reports on an unusual listing: the Palm Island, Fla. house that mobster Al Capone died in, in 1947. Owner Hank Morrison, who has owned the house for 36 years, has listed the house at 93 Palm Avenue in Palm Island for $6.8 million. The 3,682-square-foot house was built in 1922. Read on for the article: Al Capone died here Inside the Florida house 'Scarface' bought to escape the Chicago heat By Ellen Warren Tribune senior correspondent Published February 15, 2007 PALM ISLAND, Fla. -- The last scraps of sodden Super Bowl confetti have been cleared away, and Chicago sports fans have gone home to start thinking about spring training. But there's one Chicagoan whose memory lives on here, and it's not Lovie Smith or Brian Urlacher. No, it's that old Public Enemy No. 1 himself, Al Capone, who continues to fascinate far from his Midwestern stomping grounds because it was here that he died of complications from syphilis 60 years ago, at his waterfront winter haven. Structurally, virtually nothing has been changed in the bedroom where Capone died. Even the brass and glass ceiling fixture is original, having illuminated the room where "Scarface" breathed his last Jan. 25, 1947, a week and a day after his 48th birthday. The Tribune got an exclusive tour inside the Capone house, at 93 Palm Ave. on tiny, gated Palm Island just outside Miami, which Chicago's most renowned gangster bought from the original owner in 1928 for $40,000. Although the master bedroom of the four-bedroom home faces the water and swimming pool, Capone chose a bedroom that overlooks the street, perhaps better to keep an eye on those who approached along the driveway lined by palms and exotic plantings, and shielded from the street by a high stucco fence. The main house -- structurally unchanged since Capone bought it -- is for sale again, this time priced at $6.8 million and in need of massive restoration. (Local regulations prohibit teardowns.) Real estate agent Barbara Hagen says a vacant lot that was similar -- 300 feet long and 100 feet of waterfront -- would sell for $6.25 million in today's market. The Capone history has little bearing on the asking price, she says. The current owner, Hank Morrison, who has lived here for 36 years, says total strangers send him photos of Capone and other mobsters frolicking at the home, cabana and swimming pool, now cracked and empty, its beautiful green tile surround covered with gravel. And he often finds gawkers wandering the grounds, captivated by the idea that Capone lived here. Morrison bought the home not because of its intriguing history but because "I needed a house. I was living on a boat at the time" and, he says, the home was bargain priced at $68,000. But Morrison too became intrigued by the house's link to American's most renowned and feared crime figure. Old photos show a Capone son entertaining youngsters at a birthday party at long tables set up on the lawn near the pool. That pool, along with the high fence, a two-story house and a garage/carriage house were all additions, built by Capone after he bought the home that he used to shield his family from the unwanted attention it received (from the public as well as the feds) in the Midwest. The current owner keeps the memory of Capone alive, displaying a drawing of the mobster on a kitchen wall and a photo of Capone in Havana in the study. In the modest bedroom where Capone died, Morrison keeps a biography of Capone on a bedside table. The adjoining bathroom has simple white fixtures and a small cast-iron white tub. Two closets in the room are a mere 18 inches deep and although the room has its original handsome moldings and glass doorknobs, there is nothing exotic or lavish about the spot where the most infamous of all Chicagoans died. Retiree Morrison says that years ago, "I thought, `Boy, oh boy,' when I found some old papers that had fallen behind a wall in the bedroom when I was doing some remodeling." He thought he'd come upon a cache of Capone secrets. But the papers belonged to an owner of the house, built in 1922, after Capone. In the study off the expansive screened porch that surrounds much of the house (which still does not have central air conditioning), Morrison points to a framed print of three flamingos standing among blooming water lilies. "That picture was Capone's," says Morrison. "A friend of his gave it to me." Morrison says, "It's very interesting to live in a house that has a lot of history like this one does and a lot of mystery about it." Majestic Properties agent Hagen is selling the house and outbuildings that sit on the 30,000-square-foot lot littered with dead palm branches, old porch furniture and bowls of cat food. She points out the "peekaboo panel" in the garage door that would allow a lookout to sneak a peek at the action on the street. "I've had many Al Capone junkies call me up," says Hagen. "There are a lot of them."