The Veteran Whos Making Everyone Coocoo
A former Vietnam pilot, Forrest Fenn, is making people go coo-coo. The war veteran went on to be a successful art dealer, making millions over the years. He also claims he’s hidden a treasure chest worth more than your life’s saving somewhere in the rocky mountains.
Where is This Treasure?
Why he did this, no one knows, but people are going crazy to find it. Fenn didn’t make this search a cake walk. He released clued and a specified a massive range of land that this chest is buried. Apparently, the spot that X marks are 1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border.
Fenn estimates that around 300,000 people attempted the treasure hunt, and told CNBC that there’s no way of telling whether or not someone’s gotten close to finding the hidden treasure. He makes the mystery more intriguing by adding that “it could be found soon or 1,000 years from now.” Nicholas Cage, where you at?
“No one knows where that treasure chest is but me,” he explains. “If I die tomorrow, the knowledge of that location goes in the coffin with me.”
A 1,000-mile range of land is not enough to get people going on a treasure hunt. Fenn’s mercy hint is a 24-lines poem that is nothing short of cryptic. The poem is found in his self-published memoir “The Thrill of the Chase,” and has since been published on Instagram to get the youngsters going.
In an interview with Business Insider, he explains that the one who finds the treasure will figure out a way to make a connection between his cryptic poem and the maps of the Rocky Mountains.
“Read the clued in my poem over and over and study the maps of the Rocky mountains,” he says.“ Try to marry the two. The treasure is out there, waiting for the person who can make all the lines cross at the right spot.”
Fenn describes the chest as a square foot, and 40 pounds heavy when it is full. According to him, the chest contains rubies, gold coins, diamonds and valuable artifacts. Fenn’s credibility in the world of archeology is quite high.
Fenn Has His Critics
He’s a criticized and controversial archeologist that took the heat after he excavated the San Lazaro Pueblo Indian site after he bought it. The FBI even investigated whether or not he held and took ownership of historic artifacts found on the site.
They searched his home through and through, unable to make any charges. Perhaps some of these artifacts can be found in his treasure chest.
So Why Did He Decide to Catalyze a Crazy Treasure Hunt?
After getting diagnosed with cancer in 1988, he made a plan to drag his treasures to the mountains and die beside it. However, Fenn survived his condition and placed his goods in a vault in his home. Multiple of Fenn’s close friends saw the vault, confirming that the treasures do exist.
He decided to turn his valuables into a nationwide treasure hunt during the Great Recession. “Lots of people [were] losing their job, despair was written all over the headlines, and I just wanted to give some people hope,” he tells reporters.
The hunt caused people to go absolutely nuts. Fenn told ABC reporters about the multiple death threats he receives. Unwanted visitors showed up at his home and threatened to kill him if he didn’t tell them where the treasure was. Fenn never budged and didn’t plan on it.
The Danger Won’t Stop Fenn
Four people were killed in the search for this treasure chest. This led many to call for an end to the hunt. Fenn won’t end this “Thrill of the Chase,” but he did release more clues that keep hunters safe.
“The treasure chest is not underwater, nor is it near the Rio Grande River. It is not necessary to move large rocks or climb up or down a steep precipice,” he writes. “Please remember that I was about 80 when I made two trips from my vehicle to where I hid the treasure.”
Fenn clearly won’t give up on this hunt, and neither will the people who follow his clues. Although no one solved the mystery, Fenn feels more successful than he imagined. Afterall, thousands of people took on the challenge to find it!