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Hidden Treasures & Unusual Stories

Fifty miles off the coast of Nantucket, 250 feet beneath the Atlantic, lies the RMS Republic and her secret treasure. As soon as Republic sank, rumors spread of a precious cargo, but the ship has kept her secrets intact for over a century, until now. Life-long treasure hunter Martin Bayerle joined Connie Willis (email) for all four hours to discuss how he has devoted the past 35 years of his life researching the shipwreck and proving the existence of her reputed cargo of 150,000 American Eagle gold coins, a bounty worth a billion dollars in today’s economy, and his quest to recover the it on his second attempt at the Republic.

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Hidden Treasures & Unusual Stories

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Date: Thursday - May 14, 2009
Host: George Noory
Guests: Lionel Fanthorpe, Howard Bloom

Incomparable storyteller Lionel Fanthorpe discussed hidden and lost treasures, as well as vampire lore & time slips. He also shared unusual & favorite stories such as the mystery of the Barbados coffins, the Green Children, and Spring Heeled Jack. Treasure can be what people typically think of-- precious metals and gems, but it can also take the form of magical secrets or lost knowledge, he noted. Egypt's Pharaoh might have chased the Israelites across the Red Sea in order to recover the Ark of the Covenant, an object that contained secret knowledge, he conjectured.

At the ancient Goblin Hill in Wales, excavators found a prehistoric sheet of gold, while archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann uncovered artifacts in Anatolia that he believed belonged to the ancient city of Troy, Fanthorpe reported. Digging at the mysterious 'Money Pit' in Nova Scotia yielded a coded sign saying that millions of pounds were buried there, yet no treasure was ever found. He speculated that the site could have been a protected Templar grave. Some treasures are associated with curses such as the Hope Diamond, which was said to have been stolen from an Indian statue.

Fanthorpe recounted Augustus Hare's tale of the 'Vampire of Coglin Range' in which a scarecrow-like creature with red eyes clawed its way through a window and attacked a woman. He also detailed the life of Vlad the Impaler, who killed thousands with spikes outside his castle. In 1931, his tomb was exhumed, and a golden crown and other items were taken to a Bucharest museum, where they were later stolen.

Fitting In & Standing Out

First hour guest, author Howard Bloom reacted to a story about how in the animal kingdom, freaks of nature survive because of their traits. Relating this to humans, he suggested that people first seek out others they fit in with, then within this group, they try to stand out and show their individuality.

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