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From Live Science by Remy Melina, LiveScience Staff Writer Date: 09 February 2012 Time: 10:50 PM ET
Haunting and Haute Histories
Diamonds and rubies and sapphires, oh my! Precious stones hold more than glitz and fame. They also hold mystery and intrigue. For instance, famous some are infamous for the misfortune they’re believed to attract to their owners.
Other gems are notorious for the myths surrounding their history, such as La Peregrina Pearl, which Elizabeth Taylor proudly showed off during her cameo of the 1969 film “Anne of a Thousand Days.” Take a journey through these gorgeous gemstones and the titillating tales they hold. . . . Read Complete Report w/Image Album
R.G. Babcock and Norman’s Story of the Painted Rock
A certain “Norman” told author R.G. Babcock the story of an old Blackfoot Indian about a large horseshoe shaped outcropping of sandstone, called Painted Rock. The entire inside walls of this natural amphitheatre were heavily painted by former Indian visitors.
When this Norman was a boy of about 10 or 12 years old, an old Indian came to his school to talk about Indian customs. He claimed to be 100 years old, and he said he was a Chief of the Blackfoot tribe. His name was Horse Eagle. He was full Indian dressed with buckskin fringed trousers, beaded vest and war bonnet. . . . Read Complete Report
The Lost Dutchman Mine: One of America’s Haunting Mysteries
What strange secrets lie hidden near Superstition Mountain in Arizona? Did a lone miner really discover a fortune in lost gold here? And what strange force has caused a number of adventurers to die brutal deaths and vanish without a trace in this rugged region?
Located just east of Phoenix, Arizona is a rough, mountainous region where people sometimes go… only to never be seen again. It is a place of mystery, of legend and lore and it is called Superstition Mountain. According to history, both hidden and recorded, there exists a fantastic gold mine here like no other that has ever been seen. It has been dubbed the “Lost Dutchman Mine” over the years and thanks to its mysterious location, it has been the quest of many an adventurer… and a place of doom to luckless others.
What strange energy lingers here? What has caused dozens of people who seek the mine to vanish without a trace? Is the answer really as the Apache Indians say? Does the “Thunder God” protect this mine… bringing death to those who attempt to pillage it? Or can the deaths be linked to other causes? Are they caused, as some have claimed, by the spirits of those who have died seeking the mine before?
Let’s explore all of these questions and journey back into the haunted history of the Lost Dutchman Mine… and uncover the numerous deaths and the violence that surrounds it. . . . Read Complete Report
This is a clip from the 1990’s TV show “The Lost Dutchman’s Mine”. This program is full of historical and rare interviews with individuals like noted prospector and author Barney Barnard who passed away in the 1960’s. Barnard was part of a posse that discovered the bodies of many of those murdered while searching for the Dutchman’s gold mine. This show as well as the entire series “The World of Treasure”hosted by philip Michael Thomas is now available on DVD from http://www.amazon.com/shops/twothumbsupdvd