In 1863, Don Antonio Feliz died of smallpox and left all his lands to Don Antonio Coronel. Don Feliz’s blind, 17-year-old niece, Dona Petranilla, finding herself left with nothing, was said to curse Don Coronel. In the years that followed, a mysterious series of disasters struck the various owners of the land which would later become Griffith Park. Colonel Griffith, the last private owner of the land, turned the entire 3,000-acre property over to the City of Los Angeles in 1896 to serve as a public park. Seven years later, Griffith was convicted of the attempted murder of his wife in a Santa Monica hotel. He served a two-year sentence at San Quentin.
Source: Mysterious California by Mike Marinacci; Panpipes Press