A well known and rather impressive urban park, Eden Park is located in the Walnut Hills and Mt. Adams areas of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The park land was bought up by the city in 1869 – before this a prominent Cincinnati landowner (who was also a horticulturist) named Nicholas Longworth owned it.
Longworth obviously had a lot of affection for the area as he frequently referred to it as his ‘Garden of Eden’. Reports suggest that he used the land as a vineyard.
It is rumored that the park is haunted by the ghost of a lady known as Augusta “Imogene” Remus. She was the unfortunate second wife of a notorious bootlegger named George Remus…
Imogene initially met George Remus in Chicago when she was a regular to one of his numerous pharmacies. George seemed to see something in Imogene, and before long, he offered her the position of being his own legal secretary.
Both Imogene and George were married when they met, Imogene eventually left her husband in 1917 and George got divorced from his wife shortly afterwards. Remus and Imogene then got married on June the 25th, in Newport, KY.
In January of 1920 the Alcohol Prohibition act came into play and George instantly spotted a loophole in it’s setup. He was able to buy alcohol for his pharmacies through ‘medicinal purposes’.
He then paid a group of his own employees to raid each delivery so he could sell the drink illegally.
George and Imogene eventually moved to Cincinnati where his illegal booze business snowballed – some reports suggest that he was worth in excess of forty million dollars!
But it wasn’t all plain sailing – in 1925, George Remus was indicted for thousands of violations of the Volstead Act. He ended up having to serve a two year sentence in prison.
When he knew the game was up, and he was going to serve a sentence, Remus handed power of attorney to his wife, Imogene, and transferred all assets to her name.
Unfortunately, he made the mistake of letting this information slip in front of an undercover agent inmate named Franklin Dodge.
Dodge decided to quit his undercover position and started an affair with Imogene.
The pair really seemed to know what they were doing – they immediately liquidated Remus’ assets and hid the money for themselves.
Remus was left with little over $100 of his own empire!
Dodge and Imogene then went as far as trying to get the bootlegger deported from the country…but that attempt failed. They then hired a ‘hit man’ to take Remus out…but that also failed.
George was finally released in 1927 and Imogene at once filed for divorce. On October 6th, 1927, both Imogene and George were to attend court for the finalization of the divorce.
When Imogene was on her way to court she was unaware that George was following her car – a chase ensued ending up with Imogene’s car crashing into a barrier at Eden Park.
She exited the car and desperately tried to get away from her enraged husband…but he shot her in the abdomen and she died near the Spring House Gazebo.
Remus’s chauffeur had seen all this happen, and decided to make a bolt for it…leaving George stranded in the park next to the body of his dead wife.
Remus then calmly walked to the nearest police station and turned himself in for the murder of his wife.
When he eventually got to trial he decided to represent himself. He pleaded not guilty on the grounds of insanity – caused by the adultery, thievery, and betrayal of his wife.
He was ultimately acquitted in one of the first successful cases of the insanity defence – he ended up serving 8 months in a mental asylum.
By the time he was released, the underground bootlegging industry had been taken over by the ‘real’ gangsters – George never returned to this business.
Ever since her murder, there have been numerous reports of Imogene’s ghost being spotted in Eden Park. She is often seen in and around the gazebo she was murdered by.
Eyewitness accounts have her wearing a black gown as she cries silently by the gazebo. She has also been spotted by the nearby reflecting pool throughout the Autumn months – standing silently and gazing at the tree-leaves hitting the water.
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