Photo by Anson Stevens-Bollen, The Santa Fe Reporter
Spoiler alert. Stop reading now if you don’t want to read the truth.
No – he’s not. He’s as mortal as the rest of us. Someday, we will all die.
Which made his response to a question from The Santa Fe Reporter Editor, Julie Ann Grimm¹, very curious.
She asked Fenn, “Are you sure no one has found it?”
He replied, “Don’t ask me how, but I am sure.”
An intelligence analyst would see the phrase “Don’t ask me how…” as an indication that the subject does not know how – and could not answer the question if, indeed, asked.
In other words, we believe that, unless the finder of Fenn’s treasure informs Fenn (or anyone else, for that matter) that they have recovered the treasure he hid, Fenn, like the rest of us, will never know.
Especially, if the treasure is recovered after Fenn has shuffled off this mortal coil. Because, as are we all, Fenn is not immortal.
And, then, it becomes irrelevant.
It also seems to us as if Fenn has come around to our way of thinking.
Grimm asks, “What do you plan to do when someone finds the treasure? Are you going to go out and meet them?”
Fenn says, “I am ambivalent about that. I have argued that with myself for a number of years. The fact is, it depends on the individual. I have got a feeling that the person that finds it is not going to tell anybody. There are a lot of problems if somebody knows that you’ve found a treasure chest.”
We agree with Fenn. Or, perhaps, Fenn agrees with us:
- If you recover the treasure, inform the media (providing them photographic evidence of your claim), but do so anonymously.
- Put the treasure in a safe place, known only to you, and do nothing further for at least 90 days. If you have the patience, do nothing until Fenn has passed.
- Never, ever reveal the location of the find to anyone, including members of your family. If asked, your response is “Where Fenn hid it.” If asked by someone in authority, refuse to answer, and if necessary, invoke your Fifth Amendment right that protects you from self-incrimination.
- After 90 days, contact a tax attorney. Tell them the story, including your desire to maintain your anonymity.
- Liquidate the treasure in its entirety as soon as possible.
- Go, quietly, on with the rest of your life.
Anyone who tries to convince you there is some benefit to revealing yourself as the finder has no idea what they are talking about. You don’t get paid for an appearance on “Ellen.” You get trouble. The likelihood there are multi-million dollar book or movie deals waiting for Joe and/or Jane Schmoe who, on their last family vacation, stumbled on a treasure planted by an eccentric old, white guy, beating 350,000 other searchers to the quest, is, well – slim to none.
Anyone who tries to convince you “…you owe it to us…” to reveal the location of the find is, well – after a piece of what is now your property.
Now, get out there and find that treasure before the summer’s end.
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¹ The Legend of Fenn’s Gold, Forrest Fenn opens up about history, hoaxes and his hidden treasure, Julie Ann Grimm, June 13, 2018, The Santa Fe Reporter