2011-05-13 PBS - Report from Sante Fe


This week's guest on “Report from Santa Fe “is Forrest Fenn, author of "The Thrill of the Chase: a Memoir." Fenn describes the 11th century treasure chest and the magnificent jewels and gold that he has hidden in the mountains north of Santa Fe, and offers clues for treasure-seekers. Fenn has spent most of his eighty years in similar pursuits of passion and now wants others to share in the thrill of that chase.


Interviewed by Lorne Mills

Fenn's Words:

The treasure is an a 11th centry romanesque bible box (box of letters).  

I got the box and started filling it up with what I called precious things.  There are 20.2 troy pounds of gold in that chest and lots of jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, diamonds, emeralds, rubies.  (There is a bracelet that has 246 rubies, emeralds, and diamonds and a spanish 17th centry gold ring with a big emerald in it).  I bought that bracelet from Eric Sloan.  He had bought it for his wife but she didn't like it.  There are two gold nuggets that weight more than a pound a piece.  Placer nuggets from Alaska.  And 225 gold coins.  (And gold from from Costa Rica or Panama - pre columbian).  Precolumbian things that date to the 11th and 12th centuries.

The chest is more than 300 miles west of Toledo.  (he did not specify Ohio).

The chest is not in Nevada.

In my book (Thrill of the Chase) there is a poem. There are 9 clues in the poem.  The clues are in consecutive order.

If you want to find the treasure chest.  Read the book just normally - the poem and the rest of the book.  Then go back and read the poem 6, 8, 10 times.  Study every line, ever word.  Then after you do that read the book again slowly with the idea of looking for clues or hints that are in the book that will help you follow the clues (in the poem).  You can find the chest with just the clues (in the poem) but there are hints in the book (Thriss of the Chase) that will help you with the clues (in the poem).

I didn't want people to say that I did it, that the treasure chest was a gimmick to sell the book.  So I've given all the books to the Collected Works bookstore here in town (Santa Fe, NM).  All that they can sell, they can have for free.  They are putting in a fund 10% of the gross sales of the books and when we get enough money we are going to buy a cancer operation for somebody/kid that can't afford it.

Friday, May 13, 2011
PBS - Report From Sante Fe - Sante Fe, NM