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How Sunken Gold Inflicted Its Curse, 150 Years Later

If only Tommy Thompson had never found it

(Newser) - Tommy Thompson was a brilliant gold-hunter who arguably made a huge mistake: He succeeded. Once dubbed a scientific "rock star," the ocean engineer uncovered a shipful of gold that pretty much wrecked his life and turned him into a wild-haired federal inmate who rarely tells the same story... More »

Treasure Hunter's Big Find Near Waterfall: a Man's Last Moments

YouTuber finds GoPro camera of Richard Ragland, who drowned in Tennessee in 2017

(Newser) - A recent find in the waters near a Tennessee waterfall won't bring back Richard Ragland, who drowned there two years ago, but it may answer a few questions and bring his family some closure. YouTuber Rich Aloha, who hunts for treasure as a hobby, tells WSB that he was... More »

Treasure Hunter Changes Mind on Returning Gold

Thompson now says he has no idea how to obtain coins

(Newser) - An imprisoned treasure hunter has taken back a pledge to turn over 500 missing coins minted from gold found in a shipwreck off the South Carolina coast, the AP reports. Tommy Thompson agreed last week to deliver the coins to a court-appointed receiver by Sunday to settle a lawsuit brought... More »

FBI: No Civil War Gold Here. Treasure Hunters: Oh Yeah?

Father-son team think the agency secretly grabbed up to $250M worth of the precious metal in Pa.

(Newser) - The father-son duo of Dennis and Kem Parada spent years combing a bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold. They felt certain they'd found the hiding place, but at the end of the court-sanctioned excavation, the FBI in... More »

4th Person Dies Seeking Elusive Treasure

Treasure hunter fell to his death in Yellowstone

(Newser) - A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels that has inspired thousands to hunt in vain across remote corners of the Western US, according to a report by park authorities. Billings, Montana,... More »

Hole in French Village Means One Thing: Treasure Hunters

Rennes-le-Château has dealt with this for decades

(Newser) - As the story goes, in the small French village of Rennes-le-Château a priest named François-Bérenger Saunière managed to accumulate an unlikely sum of money, giving birth to a legend that he had found buried treasure. It was said that he himself buried what he didn't... More »

After Death, Fenn Might Call Off Treasure Hunt

State's top cop wants him to 'stop this nonsense'

(Newser) - Forrest Fenn should retrieve the treasure he stashed in the wilderness before anybody else dies looking for it, New Mexico's top cop says. "I would implore that he stop this nonsense," New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said after searchers found a body believed to be... More »

Pastor Goes Missing in Search for Treasure Chest

While fellow treasure-hunters seek to help police in their search for Paris Wallace

(Newser) - The search for a Colorado pastor continues in northern New Mexico four days after Paris Wallace was reported missing while hunting for the elusive Forrest Fenn treasure . The Daily Sentinel reports tips from fellow treasure hunters, including Wallace's friend Wendell Smith, helped police locate the Chevrolet Tahoe Wallace was... More »

$18K Permit Stands Between Man and $130M Treasure

John Cruise-Wilkins isn't giving up his father's quest

(Newser) - It's known as the Holy Grail of pirate treasure—a haul of gold, silver, and jewels worth an estimated $130 million—and John Cruise-Wilkins says he knows where it is. So why is the man not yet swimming in diamonds and rubies? Well, getting to the treasure is not... More »

Ex-Treasure Hunter Again Told to Give Up Coins' Location

Tommy Thompson has been in prison nearly 500 days

(Newser) - A federal judge is warning an ex-treasure hunter that he could face another contempt-of-court charge if he doesn't reveal the location of 500 missing gold coins. Ohio Judge Algenon Marbley on Friday ordered Tommy Thompson to cooperate by granting power of attorney to allow the government to figure out... More »

Legend of Lost Treasure Ship Thrives in California Desert

Believers say it's out there, buried amid the rocks and sand

(Newser) - Alexander Nazaryan calls it "fake news for the romantic soul." Tales of a treasure-laden ship lost in the sands of California's Colorado desert that—though the details change—have persisted for at least 140 years. The Newsweek reporter takes a journey into the desert with a former... More »

Ex-Treasure Hunter Faking Memory Loss: Judge

Shipwreck explorer Tommy Thompson says he can't remember where gold coins are

(Newser) - An ex-deep sea treasure hunter is faking memory problems and intentionally deceiving authorities about the location of missing coins minted from gold from an 1857 shipwreck , a federal judge ruled. Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since last December, reports the AP , when Judge Algenon Marbley found... More »

Legendary Nazi Gold Train May Be Just a Legend

Treasure hunters admit they've found neither train nor tunnel

(Newser) - Explorers' great hopes for finding a legendary Nazi gold train in Poland appeared dashed Wednesday when, after digging extensively, they admitted they have found "no train, no tunnel" at the site, the AP reports. The legend has sparked a gold rush, drawing in treasure hunters from across Europe to... More »

Treasure Hunters to Finally Find That Nazi Gold Train. Maybe

A new search starts Monday in Poland

(Newser) - It's been a year since two treasure hunters claimed to have found a Nazi gold train buried under Poland and yet no Nazi gold train has actually been produced. That isn't stopping a team of 35 people, who plan to resume the hunt Monday, Deutsche Welle reports. Last... More »

'Gift From God' Helps Wife Recover Lost Wedding Ring

Rosa Pineda believed she'd never see it again

(Newser) - When Rosa Pineda lost her wedding ring in the Pacific Ocean, she cried and figured it was long gone—until her husband stumbled onto what she calls "a gift from God," ABC News reports. Rosa and Rudy Pineda were with their family on Shell Beach at Pismo Beach,... More »

What a Fugitive Treasure Hunter Had on Him

Tommy Thompson kept unique array of items nearby

(Newser) - You're a treasure hunter who's illegally sold about $50 million in loot and gone into hiding—now what do you keep with you? According to a court filing today in the case of Tommy Thompson, the answer is 16 photo IDs, 43 cellphones, six thumb drives, 15 prepaid... More »

Treasure Hunters Find $4.5M in Gold Coins Off Beach

Some people have the best jobs

(Newser) - Three-hundred years to the day after a hurricane sank 11 treasure-laden ships off the Florida coast, treasure hunters found 350 gold coins worth an estimated $4.5 million, Florida Today reports. Brent Brisben , captain of the salvage ship that found the sunken treasure, tells CBS News the timing was "... More »

Treasure-Hunting Family Strikes Gold Off Fla. Coast

Armada wrecked 300 years ago still giving up riches

(Newser) - Spending your summers hunting for sunken treasure can be "monotonous" and "demoralizing," Eric Schmitt tells the Orlando Sentinel —but the monotony is sometimes broken by a dazzling find like the one unveiled this week. Schmitt found more than $1 million in treasure from the 1715 Spanish... More »

Hunt for Man's Treasure Chest 'Out of Control'

Some have come within 200 feet, Forrest Fenn says

(Newser) - For a guy who stashed a treasure chest full of gold and jewels believed to be worth around $2 million and gave cryptic clues to its location, Forrest Fenn sounds almost surprised by the level of public interest. The treasure hunt is "out of control," the 84-year-old author... More »

Judge Stops Salvaging of WWII Shipwreck

Treasure hunter says it has valuable platinum

(Newser) - A treasure hunter's effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge. Greg Brooks' company Sea Hunters LP is no longer allowed to salvage additional items from the SS Port Nicholson, which... More »

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