Added January 6, 2004
The Lady in the Blue Dress at Captain Tony's Bar
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Ray White, Captain Tony's Bar, Key West, Florida,
November 11, 2003,
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Here's what I remember about the local legend:
Captain Tony's (named after Captain Tony Tarracino) was the original
Sloppy Joes, but after a rent increase, the Captain (supposedly with
the help of Mr. Earnest Hemmingway himself) picked up the whole
inside of the bar and moved it to the other side of Duval Street.
Since then, it has been an Ice House and a makeshift morgue.
Many years before the good ol' Captain was even born, the local
hanging tree was conveniently located right next to the morgue. One
night, A women (known as the women in the blue dress) killed her
husband and two boys. She chopped them up and dragged their body
parts into the back yard for the animals to dispose of. However, a
neighbor saw what she did and called the police. When the police
arrived, the women, who was quite warn out, was lying on her bed in
a blue nightgown covered in blood. They immediately brought her to
the hanging tree and hung her. However, she did not die instantly.
It took her over one and a half hours before she died. A few years
later, a big storm washed away the morgue. The morgue was relocated
up the street. Captain Tony's was then built around the hanging tree
and on top of the old morgue. During excavation, several bodies
were found from when the morgue was washed away. With no money to
relocate the bodies, the concrete was poured on top of the bodies
and bottles of holy water inserted into the concrete.
The ghost is supposedly of the women in the blue dress, but since
the bar was built on top of a morgue, there could be several spirits
taking residence there.