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Hunting Rebel Gold
December 5, 2007 2:35 AM   Subscribe

A man seeking Confederate gold and his own family's hidden history uncovers a cryptic trail that may stretch back to a secret society and Jesse James.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders (13 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
From Jack the Ripper to Jesse James. Was there ANYBODY in the 1880's that wasn't a freemason?
posted by oh pollo! at 3:04 AM on December 5, 2007


No.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 3:39 AM on December 5, 2007


Was there ANYBODY in the 1880's that wasn't a freemason?

Sure. The Bolsheveiks, the Mustache Petes, the James Street Gang, the Ashkenazi, the "dead cards" of Tokugawa's hanafuda, the Zapatistas, the Ottomans, and the Amish.
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:57 AM on December 5, 2007


And of course, the Zulu and Watusi. But that goes without saying.
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:59 AM on December 5, 2007


Yeah, that's what they want you to think.
posted by oh pollo! at 4:42 AM on December 5, 2007


Given that this looks like PR for National Treasure.... did he find it yet?
posted by pompomtom at 4:56 AM on December 5, 2007


Is there one among us who hasn't felt the call of detectorism, however weakly?
posted by imperium at 5:15 AM on December 5, 2007


Yes.
posted by effwerd at 6:01 AM on December 5, 2007


SO glad to see that the FPP text was the article's subhead -- I was worried that stupidsexyFlanders had suddenly gone for the "NBC Dateline" tone of news delivery.

"There are no ifs ands or buts about it, and if you don't get it, the 'butt' will be yours."

"It's my damn story," he says, "and if they don't believe it I'm not gonna worry about it, damn it. Pardon my French."


Garwsh, but ain't nuthin like a coupla yokels gettin interviewed by the big city folks to bring out the Kountry Kolloquial, is there? (see also: the West Memphis Three)
posted by pineapple at 6:11 AM on December 5, 2007


Was there ANYBODY in the 1880's that wasn't a freemason?


























He knows too much.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:20 AM on December 5, 2007


He has all he needs: a good family, enough money to pay his bills, a nice house on a patch of land where he can step out his front door and shoot deer and wild turkey all day long.

For some reason, that got me more than all the symbolism, history, and buried treasure.
posted by bassjump at 7:05 AM on December 5, 2007


Damn, this means there is going to be third awful Nick Cage National Treasure movie, doesn't it.

(shakes fist impotently at sky) "CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!"
posted by Fiberoptic Zebroid and The Hypnagogic Jerks at 10:34 AM on December 5, 2007


I first heard this story on the Coast to Coast radio show during one late January night in 2004. That particular episode also featured personal Oujia board success stories and interviews with people who talk to the dead.

So, basically, I'm conflicted.

I want to believe.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:37 PM on December 5, 2007


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