Published on October 29th, 2019 in the Miami New Times:
Autumn rain flowed off Villa Paula’s rooftop balustrades, down the whitewashed columns, and across the colorful Cuban patio tiles. Two statues of Greek gods stood nearby, dripping amid pink bougainvilleas in the home’s garden.
Only a concrete sarcophagus in the corner of the backyard avoided a soaking. The thick roots of a ficus tree had grown over it, gripping it claw-like and funneling away the downpour.
It would take a chainsaw to free the box and a sledgehammer to solve the mystery of what — or who — is inside it.
Local lore holds that the sarcophagus contains the remains of Villa Paula’s first resident and namesake, Paula Milord. But like many a Miami story, the details are as shifty as the fall weather.
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