I am experiencing the EXACT SAME problem with JBoss3.2.0-Tomcat4.1.24. I posted a message earlier but got no replies.
I found out the problem is with the Coyote Connector. It worked for HTTP but not SSL. If you switch back to HTTP Connector it should work.
Now is it by design or a bug that Coyote does not work with SSL in JBoss? I have used Coyote in Tomcat 4.x standalone before & had no trouble running SSL.
Check other topics on the list, other people are having success with the Coyote connector. Here's one's story, pay particular attention to the Factory setting:
I've got SSL working on 3.2/4.1.24 using the CoyoteConnector. In jboss-3.2.0_tomcat-4.1.24\server\default\deploy\jbossweb-tomcat.sar\META-INF\jboss-service.xml