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Brit filmmaker lifts the lid on mystery £1.5m treasure hunt set by US millionaire and self-styled Indiana Jones Forest Fenn – after adventurers DIE trying to find gold stash in Rocky Mountains

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RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793:Brit filmmaker lifts the lid on mystery £1.5m treasure hunt set by US millionaire and self-styled Indiana Jones Forest Fenn – after adventurers DIE trying to find gold stash in Rocky Mountains on BenGummer.net

A NEW film has been made that charts the sometimes lethal lengths adventurers are going to find a chest containing $2million treasure hidden in the Rocky Mountains. 
In The Lure, viewers are made to feel they are on an epic treasure hunt to find the £1.5million stash of gold and jewels buried by a multi-millionaire adventurer and collector.
One of the treasure hunters scaling the steep Rocky Mountains in the acclaimed documentary The LureMoxie PicturesBritish born film-maker Tomas Leach is captivated by real life parable unfolding in the Rocky Mountains BBCBritish born film-maker Tomas Leach decided to make the film because he is fascinated by the idea of a modern day treasure hunt.
The hoard was hidden in the snow-capped mountains by the eccentric New Mexico art dealer and explorer Forrest Fenn, 87, who wrote a poem containing clues to its whereabouts in his 2010 memoir.
Since the book was published, an estimated 65,000 have ventured into the hills to hunt for the 12th-century bronze chest containing gold nuggets.
But Leach was also intrigued by the motivations of the people involved.
Some have given up their jobs and left their families and are risking their lives.
And just what are the motives of Fenn, who seems to enjoy stringing people along?
Could the whole thing really a hoax?
Film charts the some times lethal lengths adventurers are going to fin
Multi-millionaire Forrest Fenn is said to have buried £1.5million worth of gold and jewels somewhere in the Rocky MountainsRex FeaturesLeach looks for answers in his latest documentary by following searchers on their dangerous expeditions.
He said: “I couldn’t see clear solutions to any of it and that’s what made the story so intriguing.”
Fenn of course is a fascinating subject in himself.
A-list fans include Indy series director Steven Spielberg, he also caught the eye of the FBI . . . who probed him over grave-robbing claims.
He rode out that storm, protesting innocence, but native American chiefs have branded him “cursed” for his collection methods.
Now the treasure hunt he set up, to get Americans back into the wild, does indeed seem to be haunted by a Tutankhamun-style doom.
Some 100,000 adventurers have set off in search of his hidden gold but there are growing fears it is a foolish pursuit — after last month saw a second hunter in just over a year die looking.
More than 100,000 adventurers have set off in search of Fenn’s secret goldTexan-born Fenn first caught the explorer bug as a child, on visiting America’s Yellowstone National Park.
His passion grew as a decorated US Air Force pilot in Vietnam, before he began seeking out, collecting and trading ancient relics around the world.
By the 1980s his treasures included a mummified falcon from ancient Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun’s tomb, a jade mask older than Jesus Christ and Native American Sitting Bull’s peace pipe — which is valued at more than £850,000.
Tales of his escapades involved him rushing from caves to dodge rattlesnakes and poisonous spiders — just like Indiana Jones, played in blockbusters including Raiders Of The Lost Ark by Harrison Ford.
Universal News And Sport (Europe) Paris Wallace, 52, was found dead in the Rio Grande River, New Mexico last month while going for gold[/caption]
AP:Associated Press Randy Bilyeu, 54, died last year during his quest to hunt down the treasure[/caption]
Fenn once boasted: “In my mind I’ve always been the best in the world at collecting cool things.”
He hosted a world-renowned art gallery which welcomed the likes of President Gerald Ford, Jackie Kennedy and Cher.
They came to see Fenn’s costly collection and watch him feed his pet alligator, Beowulf.
Fenn’s home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, houses his collection, where other visitors have included Hollywood star Steve Martin.
Fenn claims the stash he hid in the Rockies back in 2010 includes a 17th-century Spanish ring, American eagle gold coins, gold nuggets, a vial of gold dust and two gold discs, plus rubies, sapphires and diamonds.



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He first hit on his treasure hunt idea in 1988 when doctors gave him a 20-per-cent chance of surviving kidney cancer.
He decided to stash a few gold coins and jewels in a small bronze box and go out shrouded in mystery — but his plan was scuppered when he survived.
Then, in 2010, he released The Thrill of the Chase, a memoir announcing he had packed a much larger, £1.5million load of loot in the same antique lockbox.
He said: “There seemed to be despair everywhere. I wanted to give people some hope and something to believe in.
“I have decided that having enough money is a lot better than having a lot of money.”
He also included a copy of his autobiography and has said he wants to have his bones added to the haul if he dies before it is discovered.
Rex Features Fenn first toyed with the idea of launching a treasure hunt back in 1988 during a cancer scare[/caption]
In a bid to draw in adventurers, he released a cryptic 24-line poem with nine clues, reproduced right.
One line advises the reader to “begin it where warm waters halt”.
The poem ends: “So hear me all and listen good, your effort will be worth the cold. If you are brave and in the wood, I give you title to the gold.”
Fenn’s 2013 book Too Far To Walk includes a map which stretches for 1,200 miles across the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
He has also revealed the chest is 5,000ft above sea level and at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe.
He advises hunters: “Read the clues in my poem over and over and study maps of the Rocky Mountains. Try to marry the two.
AP:Associated Press New Mexico police have urged Fenn to end the treasure hunt after its deadly turn[/caption]
AP:Associated Press Fenn called Wallace’s death a ‘terrible loss’[/caption]
Of the 100,000-odd hopefuls who have taken up his challenge, Fenn teases that some have unknowingly come within 200ft of the treasure.
But the challenge has had fatal consequences.
Last month pastor Paris Wallace, 52, was found dead in the Rio Grande River, New Mexico, while going for gold.
His body was found seven miles downstream from an area where police believe he was before he disappeared. His backpack was also discovered nearby.
But he is not the first to die while hunting the Fenn Treasure.
In January last year, Randy Bilyeu, 54, bought a raft and set out with his dog Leo to find the bonanza — but when ten days passed without word from him, his ex-wife Linda called police.
AP:Associated Press He refutes claims the treasure hunt is a ‘hoax’[/caption]
Rescuers found his raft and dog but no trace of Randy. Six months later, Santa Fe police discovered his remains in the Rio Grande.
Other searchers have got lost and one man even stalked Fenn’s granddaughter, suspecting the treasure was really a metaphor for her.
So Fenn is now under increasing pressure to call off his treasure hunt.
Following the latest tragedy, Linda Bilyeu blasted: “Only one man has the power to stop this madness. Yet, he continues to pretend he’s doing a good deed by getting people off the couch and into nature.”
Pete Kassetas, the New Mexico State Police Chief, was even blunter, urging: “I would implore that he stop this nonsense.
“Certainly, we want people to get outdoors and enjoy New Mexico, but you have to do it safely.
“I think Fenn has an obligation to retrieve his treasure if it does exist.”


As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.

Linda Bilyeu also branded the treasure a “hoax”.
But Fenn’s long-time pal Doug Preston — who claims to have seen the stash before it was buried — defends his friend.
The author, 61, who also lives in Santa Fe, said: “I’m absolutely sure that he hid that treasure chest.
“And also knowing Forrest for as long as I have, I can absolutely say with 100-per-cent confidence that he would never pull off a hoax.
“It’s hard to prove a negative. The only negative is that the chest is gone. It’s not in his house and it’s not in his vault.”
Fenn himself also refutes the hoax claim and issued urgent guidance, saying hunters should not look in “any place where an 80-year-old man couldn’t put it”.
Just last week, he added: “Please don’t over extend yourself.
“I was 80 or about when I hid the treasure and it was not a difficult task. I will soon be 87 and I could go back and get it if I were so inclined, I think.”
But Fenn, who called Mr Wallace’s death a “terrible loss”, is now seriously considering what to do about his treasure — and so the mystery may never be solved.
Fenn said following news of Wallace’s death: “The several hundred emails I have received today are overwhelming against stopping the search. My mind is open to finding a solution, but no decision has been made.”
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