The builder added to the mystery when he put up a chain-link fence around his property with no trespassing signs and refused to allow interviews or photographs of his house. The house sat on pilings and had two electrically operated drawbridges and an elevator that could lift a vehicle into the house. Large utility pipes were placed across the sand roads for extra protection against intruders. Locals could take their pick of rumors about the mysterious owner, some claimed he was part of the Mafia, or that he was the son of a wealthy doctor, or he was a rich oil company executive. Other stories say that he was running from something or that the house had connections to a government spy operation.
The truth is, no one really knew much about the owner until April 20, 1970 when he was found dead in the sand dunes and identified as 44-year old John Maeder of Mount Vernon, New York. The newspaper reported that he had been driving a tractor in the dunes when it tipped over on a 15-foot slope. Maeder’s head was crushed in the accident but near his body a nickel-plated pistol and three spent bullet casings were found by the investigators. Inside his house the authorities discovered several cases of ammunition, anti-aircraft artillery shells, and several guns. There was an inquest into his death which was ruled accidental. Even with all that, Mr. Maeder remains a local mystery.
The strange house has been dubbed the Mafia House by locals who often used it as a landmark when giving directions. “Go past the Mafia House two miles” or “on the beach in front of the Mafia House.” Over the past decades this once remote area has become solid with new beach houses and high rise condominiums. Today it is a little difficult to find the Mafia House, but it is still there sitting between two high rise buildings where it has been used for a club house. Several previous owners and renters of the weird house have reported seeing the ghost of Maeder in the house. Allegedly his ghost has been seen on the roof by people walking the beach. Locals seem to know all about this place; unfortunately everybody has a different opinion and there is still nothing to connect it to the Mafia.
Built By The Mob
That house they call the Mafia house has always been there. I think it was built by the Mafia a long time ago. There was a man killed there, I think he was shot by the mob but the reason it was built was so they could use boats to bring drugs in from ships at sea. Anyway that is the story that I heard. –ducky67
Built By A Rich Man
Built By The CIA
Built By A Drug Lord Or Something