What do Presidents, Explorers and Inventors have in common?

We have all heard the saying – “Necessity, the mother of Invention” coined by Plato.  It was a truism in 400bc and it has proven to continue to be true for thousands of years.  When in need individuals tend to create the tools they need to accomplish the mission at hand.  This has never been truer than those few individuals throughout history that happen to be rugged explorers.

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Seems when faced with dire situations and life or death consequences, explorers tend to some up with some amazing inventions.  The following is a list of those elite who happen to of haven been or currently are famous explorers (whether explorers of land, new frontiers or futuristic technology) who also happen to be accomplished inventors.  Some of the people on this list may surprise you, since society today usually associates inventors with the laboratory-locked “nerd-stereotype” and not that of hardy adventurers, explorers and warriors.

George Washington

Explorer – Warrior – President:  ohio-webBesides being credited as the “inventor” and “Commander” of our nation, George Washington played a role in establishing the U.S. patent system. But why was he interested in inventing at all? Washington ran into a man named James Rumsey at an inn where both were staying. Rumsey showed Washington a model of his invention: a mechanical boat that could propel itself upstream by grappling on the bottom. Washington must have liked what he saw, because he wrote a letter of recommendation for Rumsey. Rumsey used Washington’s certificate to obtain patents and support for his inventions from various state legislatures. But Rumsey’s predicament required so much labor that it sparked Washington’s interest in supporting inventors. In order to eliminate the need for inventors like Rumsey having to go from state to state to get patent protection for their idea, Washington pushed for the development of a constitution that could help establish a unified patent system for inventors. In 1790, President George Washington signed the Bill that laid the foundations of the American Patent System.

Thomas Jefferson

Adventurer – World Traveler – Inventor – President:  Thomas Jefferson (Sully)In addition to penning the Declaration of Independence, holding the office of President, and being a highly regarded founding father, Thomas Jefferson also came up with many inventions throughout his lifetime. Two of his more famous inventions were the “personal plow” and the “macaroni machine.” An avid farmer, Jefferson decided to invent a plow that could dig two to three inches deeper than the standard wooden plow common at the time. Through his creation, Jefferson also helped prevent soil erosion, a major problem in many areas of Virginia. Along with his interest in farming, Jefferson enjoyed continental cooking. Taking delight in serving his guests food and drinks they could enjoy, he came up with a drawing of a macaroni machine that could give his guests and himself a way to enjoy a base food that has its start from curly shaped dough. It was Jefferson that commissioned the Lewis and Clark- Corps of Discovery Expedition (see below).

Abraham Lincoln

Militia Commander – Freedom Warrior – President: lincolnAbraham Lincoln is the only U.S. President to hold a patent. While an Illinois congressman in 1849, Lincoln was issued a patent for a “manner of buoying vessels,” commonly called a “floating drydock.” While growing up, Lincoln experienced a few close calls when traveling by boat. His idea featured attaching a set of bellows to the hull of the ship just below the water line so the boat could float clearly in shallow water. Lincoln’s patented invention was never commercialized. Lincoln called the development of patent laws one of the most important developments “in the world’s history.” He thought it “added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.” You can take a look at the model for his invention at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

Theodore Roosevelt

Naturalist – Explorer – Hunter – Author – Inventor – Commander and Chief:  theodore-roosevelt-at-yosemiteTheodore Roosevelt’s greatest contribution to inventing still delights children (and some adults) to this day. While visiting the south to settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana, President Roosevelt took a hunting trip in the area. His hunt was going poorly and his staff tried to help him by capturing something that he could shoot. The staff tied up a small Louisiana black bear cub for the president to “hunt.” However, Roosevelt could not, uh, “bear” the thought of shooting the cub, so he spared its life. A political cartoonist used the story as a metaphor for how he handled the Mississippi and Louisiana boundary dispute. The cartoon showed Roosevelt with his back turned on a cute little bear. A Brooklyn toy store owner was so inspired by the story and cartoon that he decided to make a stuffed bear and put it on display. Even though he only intended it as a display item, hordes of customers wanted to buy such a stuffed bear. The store owner asked for permission to use his name for making stuffed bears and the “Teddy Bear” had its beginning! The most ironic thing, though, is that Theodore Roosevelt loathed being called “Teddy.” Theodore Roosevelt was also the first President to ride in a car, to own a car and to ride in an airplane.

Some modern day examples of this rough and tumble, yet inventive crowd are the following.

Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Group head Sir Richard Branson sits on top of a solo piloted submarine during a photo opportunity at a news conference in Newport Beach, California April 5, 2011. Branson and explorer Chris Welch announced plans to launch the submarine to the deepest points of the world's five oceans. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT MARITIME SOCIETY BUSINESS)

Virgin Group head Sir Richard Branson sits on top of a solo piloted submarine during a photo opportunity at a news conference in Newport Beach, California April 5, 2011. Branson and explorer Chris Welch announced plans to launch the submarine to the deepest points of the world’s five oceans. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT MARITIME SOCIETY BUSINESS)

Adventurer – Explorer – Author – Eco-Warrior – Entrepreneur:  “If you opt for a safe life, you will never know what it’s like to win. Whenever anyone tells me that I’ve got no option, I try to prove them wrong.” As an English business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies.  His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label. Branson is the 4th richest citizen of the United Kingdom, according to the Forbes 2012 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of US$4.6 billion.

Known as a focused Commander, Branson attempted to accomplish the fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing. His first attempt in the “Virgin Atlantic Challenger” led to the boat capsizing in British waters and a rescue by RAF helicopter. In 1986, in his “Virgin Atlantic Challenger II”, he beat the record by two hours. A year later his hot air balloon “Virgin Atlantic Flyer” crossed the Atlantic.  In January 1991, Branson crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, 6,700 miles, in a balloon of 2,600,000 cubic feet. This broke the record, with a speed of 245 miles per hour.

In March 2004, Branson set a record by travelling from Dover to Calais in a Gibbs Aquada in 1 hour, 40 minutes and 6 seconds, the fastest crossing of the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle.  In September 2008, Branson and his children made an unsuccessful attempt at an eastbound record crossing of the Atlantic Ocean under sail in the 99 feet sloop Virgin Money.  After 2 days, 4 hours, winds of force 7 to 9 (strong gale), and seas of 40 feet, a ‘monster wave’ destroyed the spinnaker, washed a ten-man life raft overboard and severely ripped the mainsail. She eventually continued to St. George’s, Bermuda.

Commander J. Hutton Pulitzer

commanderExplorer – Adventurer – Author – Inventor – Entrepreneur:  “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt.    It is that quote by Theodore Roosevelt (on list above) that actually signs off every personal email sent by J. Hutton Pulitzer.  Known and referred to as “Commander” by his team of professional explorers and history researchers at ExpeditionHistory.org, Pulitzer has accomplished more historic re-discoveries than any historic or modern explorers.  Many know Commander as the author of over 200 history, legend, exploration and adventure books, but most do not know they use his patents and technology almost every day.  Pulitzer credited with being the Father of “Scan Commerce” and “Scan to Connect” is the inventor who dreamed up using your connected devices, PC and cell phone to scan both standard bar codes and unique Q Codes to get instant access and information on any product, idea or service in the world.  As a result of Pulitzer’s patents and invention over two billion users globally  daily scan codes to connect and an estimated twenty five billion global mobile devices are licensed to use Pulitzer’s portfolio of patents.

Commander and his team at ExpeditionHistory.org came to exploration fame by locating the 150 year old treasure legend called “The Lost Adams Diggings”, solved and found the legendary “Lost Ship of the Desert” located in the Mojave, calling the “discovery of America by Columbus” into academic question; and for discovering and proving the mythical origin myth of the Aztec peoples, by discovering Aztlan and its evidence as being in North America.  Aztlán is the legendary ancestral home of the Nahua peoples, one of the main cultural groups in Mesoamerica and, by extension, is the mythical homeland of the Aztec peoples. Aztec is the Nahuatl word for “people from Aztlan”.

James Stephen “Steve” Fossett

fossettEntrepreneur – record-setting aviator – Sailor – Adventurer – Author – Inventor:   Fossett (April 22, 1944 – c. September 3, 2007) was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. He made his fortune in the financial services industry, and was best known for many world records, including five nonstop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance solo balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo flight fixed-wing aircraft pilot.  A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, Fossett set 116 records in five different sports, 60 of which still stood when he disappeared.  Known for his patentable Carburetion/Fuel Injector modifications which helped him to pursue “Chasing the Wind” (name of his autobiography), Fossett contributed numerous improvements to the field of aviation.

Elon Musk

Elon-MuskEntrepreneur – Investor – Inventor: “I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself” – Musk is currently the CEO & CTO of SpaceX and CEO & Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors. After studying commerce at the Queen’s School of Business for two years, Musk transferred to the University of Pennsylvania to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He founded SpaceX and led Tesla Motors and PayPal.

Musk developed the person-to-person payment platform and renamed his company PayPal.  PayPal’s early growth was due in large part to a successful viral growth campaign created by Musk. In October 2002, PayPal was acquired by eBay for US$1.5 billion in stock. Before its sale, Musk, the company’s largest shareholder, owned 11.7% of PayPal’s shares.  Like Commander Pulitzer above, Musk is better known for his adventures than his technology inventions.  Hundreds of millions of users around the globe use his person-to-person payment technology to conduct billions of transactions annually.

So what is the common thread among these well-known explorers and inventors?

Seems the same school of thought and brain genius that enables one to seek adventure and tackle things others don’t even dream of doing is the same common thread to inventing ideas that change society and lead to a better way of life and productivity.

Of course there were other notables to add to this prestigious list and all could not be named here, but we will leave you with one interesting trivia point to share and amaze your friends with:

Q:  Which Explorer(s) – Adventurer is credited with creating the following:  (1) this first portable, collapsible and snap to assemble boat? And; (2) the first recorded “air gun” (precursor to pellet guns and paint-ball guns of today)?

A:  Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend Second Lieutenant William Clark – The Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson (on this same list above).

Seems the saying is true – “Necessity IS the mother of Invention” and who finds their needs challenged more than past and modern Explorers?  Plus I think we can all agree, those on this list would not come to mind when thinking of laboratory-locked “nerd-stereotypes” who come up with patents!


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Cracking History and Protecting It – AT THE SAME TIME! Oak Island Bronze Age NOT Native

Long ago when out of place symbols were found carved into rocks many an archaeologist would cut the entire inscription from the face of the rock (most extreme) or make a charcoal rubbing (least extreme) or they would grease up the rock face and then cover it with plaster of paris (moderately extreme) and make a mold.  All of these were attempts to study the symbol and try to decode if the symbol was ancient and significant to history. Problem is, all these part methods have certain level of archaeological destruction to them.

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 2.58.06 PMNowadays, yes one can take a photo and not long into the 20th century photographical documentation was standard, but one could still not ascertain the age or for full certainty the tool marks though mere photos of a symbol.  Technology has now change that all.   Last season on Curse of Oak Island you witnessed the “cracking of a mystery” and the “protecting of history” occur at the same time.

With a zero-invasive technology known as the Go!SCAN 3D™ you watched us fully investigate and protect this ancient symbol in the very same process.  Through scanning and lifting this ancient image from the rock face, we are able to study the symbol in high def and in 3d.  Look for our upcoming Archaeological White Paper on our discovery of the nature of the 8 Pointed Star in Nova Scotia and how the 3d scan technology will change the face of archaeological study. 

The results are amazing.  Now by passing around the data file other researchers can study the same data, but more importantly the scan proved something truly amazing.  Since the image has now been studied in depth and from all angles scientist are now able to confirm the image was NOT pecked into the rock face with other rocks, but hammered into the rack face with what seems to be bronze era tools.  Through looking at the high def 3d scan data experts are able to compare the “tool markings” of this symbol carved into super hard stone and compare it to known ancient symbols in the Levant and confirm the very same tools and techniques were used to manufacture each symbol, more than 4500 miles apart in ancient times.

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Through this new, non invasive way of both scientifically testing and forever protecting and archiving ancient symbols, we will now gain a better understanding of both how and when they were made.

We have included some great videos below for you to become familiar with this amazing new archaeological and investigative tool.


Can the Go!SCAN 3D scanner help resolve the 200 year-old Oak Island mystery?

The episode in which the handheld 3D scanner Go!SCAN 3D appears is called Return to the Money Pit, after an aptly named manmade excavation discovered centuries ago on the island. Dug many times by several different teams of anthropologists, historians, and archeologists, the pit never gave away its potential secret, only letting in tantalizing clues as well as booby traps that ended every attempt in flooding.

Other interesting and puzzling ancient historical artifact discoveries were made on the island over the years, including the petroglyph the portable 3D scanner Go!SCAN 3D was used for, representing an 8-pointed star surrounded by a circle, with small crosses between each branch. Expert J. Hutton Pulitzer, brought in to assist in the hunt, explained in the episode that the symbol can be found throughout Ancient History in the Middle East, and is linked to the Holy Land. Another layer of mystery!

In the episode, Marty Lagina was impressed by the Creaform technology, remarking that Pulitzer “has the most interesting gizmos… What a great thing, to be able to scan an inscription and then turn it to the inverse, flip it around and manipulate it.”

Indeed, with its small size, incredible ease-of-use, and quick color results, the portable 3D scannerGo!SCAN 3D has proved to be the ideal researchers and archeologists tool, helping anyone working in the Heritage Preservation field. As shown in the episode, it can be carried right to the field and used virtually anywhere to obtain a real-time, accurate 3D model of numerous objects and artifacts.

Technologies Changing History – Seeing Deeper into the PAST!

Technology is rapidly changing how we see and understand the truth about our ancient past.  Soon, gone are the days were a case for history is made up from a single bone or single tooth found.  Today is changing thanks to the technologies of the future and here are a few of the amazing tools rewriting history as we know it:TH HH meem battle 4 mind

In ‘Back to the Future – Archaeology meets Technology’, Producer Noel Murphy discovers how futuristic technologies are causing us to re-write our history.

Documentary Maker Noel Murphy has been travelling through time to discover how futuristic technologies are reaching deeper into our past than ever before and redefining our understanding of history and archaeology.

This weekend, Documentary on Newstalk joins Noel as he meets the people working with these new technologies. The documentary begins at the Discovery Programme, Irelands leading archaeological research institution based in Dublin.  In this somewhat antiquated building, Dr. Edel Breathnach and her team are using cutting edge technologies to record monuments in astonishing 3D detail using lazer surveying technology.

Noel travels to Killarney in search of archaeological treasure, meeting there with Gary Devlin from the Discovery Programme and Dr.Nora White of the School of Celtic Studies. But mysteriously they’ve arranged to meet him after dark at an old church ruins to look at an ancient Ogham stone. Their nocturnal adventure results in the recording of this stone in minutest detail for all eternity and for all the world to see, creating better opportunities to decipher its linguistics.  Next to Queens University Belfast, to see technology that can reach back 50,000 years. Here Professor Paula J.Reimer demonstrates how advanced equipment shooting particles at 0.3% of the speed of light can give us information from our past to help us with our future.  (Click top link to read full story)

Thermal Scan of Egypt’s Pyramids Reveals Mysterious Hot Spots

Built more than 4,500 years ago, during Egypt’s 4th Dynasty of pharaohs, the pyramids at Giza are some of the most celebrated manmade monuments in history. Yet no one really knows how these magnificent ancient structures were built, on such a massive scale, in a relatively short period of time. The recently launched Operation Scan the Pyramids project aims to probe this enduring mystery by using high-tech but non-invasive methods to examine the pyramids. Using one of these methods—infrared thermography—an international team of scientists and architects recently detected a mysterious thermal anomaly, or hot spot, on the eastern wall of the Great Pyramid of Giza, which may hint at some kind of passageway or chamber inside.

In recent months, experts have been searching for hidden chambers located within the Egyptian pyramids, as well as for additional insight into how these amazing structures could have been built. Organized by the Faculty of Engineering of Cairo and the Paris-based Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute, the Operation Scan the Pyramids project aims to conduct in-depth examinations of the pyramids using non-invasive methods such as thermal imaging and muon radiography, a Japanese technique that has been used to peek inside active volcanoes as well as the nuclear reactors of Fukushima.

Last week, an initial infrared temperature scan of the famous tomb belonging to the pharaoh Tutankhamen, better known as King Tut, turned up promising results: a temperature difference in the tomb’s northern wall, which may indicate a hidden cavity behind the wall’s surface. Their work follows up on claims made earlier this year by Egyptologist Nicholas Reeve of the University of Arizona, who proposed that ultra high-resolution images of Tut’s tomb showed hidden doorways leading to previously unexplored burial chambers, possibly including the final resting place of the legendary Queen Nefertiti, who was married to Tut’s father. (click link to read full story)

Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map

Archaeologists have unveiled the most detailed map ever produced of the earth beneath Stonehenge and its surrounds. They combined different instruments to scan the area to a depth of three metres, with unprecedented resolution. Early results suggest that the iconic monument did not stand alone, but was accompanied by 17 neighbouring shrines.

Future, detailed analysis of this vast collection of data will produce a brand new account of how Stonehenge’s landscape evolved over time.

Among the surprises yielded by the research are traces of up to 60 huge stones or pillars which formed part of the 1.5km-wide “super henge” previously identified at nearby Durrington Walls.

“For the past four years we have been looking at this amazing monument to try and see what was around it,” Prof Vincent Gaffney, from the University of Birmingham, said at the British Science Festival.

The research is also described in BBC Two documentary to be screened on Thursday.

“What was within its landscape?” (click links to read full story)


We are going to be doing a RIPCAST on November 10th with the Premier of Curse of Oak Island SEASON 3.

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While the Series Debut is airing we will be preparing commentary for EACH COMMERCIAL BREAK, then when each commercial break starts, we will pop up on your mobile phone BROADCASTING LIVE and adding “insightful reporting into the program”.  YOU CAN EVER ASK US QUESTIONS about what you just viewed and we will answer you LIVE right there for all to hear and see! 

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The Inquisition is ON! Confessions of a History Heretic

What if you found irrefutable proof that everything you were taught about history was wrong?

What if you found out the system knew it was wrong as well, but they intentionally published it that way?

What if you found the very system that was supposed to be teaching, sharing, educating on and broadcasting history was in fact no where near interested in the TRUTH ABOUT HISTORY?

Would you be upset? Would you work to change it? Would you do all you could do to get the information out?

In a word, yes.  Most people would say they want the truth about history. Heretics

Of course there is still a large audience which wants to stay with the status quo, not rock the boat and don’t ask too many questions.  Believe me I personally know how it is, a very large part of my family is exactly that way.  But, as for me, I cannot and will not stick my head in the sand.  Let me give you an example:  What if you stumbled upon one of the greatest discoveries of all time.  A discovery that would prove the history we have all been taught was wrong.

On one had the discovery should be enlightening and liberating right?  Yes, it could be.  But on the other hand, the discovery goes so much against the approved and engrained system, that not matter what happens- it will always be a battle.  Yes, I have transformed from Lost History Hunter into a History Heretic.  Every word I write and share will be attacked by those who just are not willing to accept some simple truths, i.e.; (1) man is older than thought, (2) we traveled the globe in the most ancient of times, and; (3) the system of recording keeping has made things become Forbidden Truths and has Hidden History from you and your family.heresy

One thing they are not counting on is just how open the world is now and day by day with new discoveries happening and new science evolving which will trump the recordation of history- there is very little chance of it all being held back.  The time has come for the world to learn and know the TRUTHFUL VERSION of HISTORY.

This will be a journey.  This is a transformation taking place.  People are transforming and we as a team are transforming.  So TreasureBusiness.org, becomes HistoryHeretic.org and one Lost History Hunter becomes a Truth Hunter and gets branded a History Heretic.  I embrace it and the calling.  Welcome to the new home of HistoryHeretic.org 


Infamous Oak Island claims 7th LIFE! Curse Completed? UNTOLD STORY Hidden Till Now

This story is VERY DISTURBING – SO WARNING and you are going to hear directly from the family.  

“He died as if in the middle of praying and he was not religious, but he was on his knees as if praying for his life!”

Did the search of an ancient masonic structure lead to the death?  Were the Masons involved?  Was this the Secret Map to finally bring ancient answers to the Mystery of Oak island?   

The Curse of Oak Island has struck and claimed the 7th Victim – but note, this information has been hidden, ignored and untold for a year!  NOTE: this article has even more additional information over and above the recorded interviews.  No one likes to be the bearer of bad news and no investigative reporter or journalist likes to do interviews such as this one, but there comes a time when enough is enough.  In this article (recorded interview to listen to) you are going to hear the direct story of how the Curse of Oak Island was possibly triggered by seeking an ancient, possibly Masonic Map of Oak Island which was hidden in secret, bricked up shrine in an old building.seven must die

My journalism work, investigative work and work as a news personality and on-air personality has spanned 30 years now. Whether it has been on ABC Radio, Fox TV or PBS and other networks, I have never conducted an interview quite like this.  Yes, there have been memorable moments in my on-air career such as being one of the last to interview Chris Farley before he died, getting stuck in the middle of the riots and chaos in Los Angeles with the  Rodney King verdict, or even doing countless radio hours as we broke the Starr Report (an investigative account of United States President Bill Clinton by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr) for download and examination by the world onSeptember 11, 1998.  In my years I have seen death, narrowly escaped death, watched death occur before my eyes, watched terrorist with bombs strapped to their bodies click the button and seen them vaporize right before my eyes in a mist of pink to only have their lower body still standing, then to see it topple over moments later when the rest of the body realizes what has happened. The things one has to see when one is involved in the media business can be pretty harrowing.  This story is no different.  Yes, this story is compelling.  Yes, it may reek of sensationalism.  Yes, it is a hard subject and topic to talk about it.  But the fact is it NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT.   HERE IS WHY.

This interview took place a few months ago from the date of posting this release.  The actual death took place just slightly under a year ago.  The individual who passed is Matt Chisholm a well liked, well loved and young and vibrant Producer on Season 1 and Season 2 of the Curse of Oak Island.  Now the very first thing you might ask yourself if “WHY AM I JUST HEARING OF THIS NOW?”  That same question has been rolling around in my head as well from the moment I got the news young Matt passed under very mysterious and still unknown circumstances, with no answers for the family or as to why he died or what caused it.  Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 9.44.03 AM

Two things you should know in listening to this disturbing story:

  1. Matt was tipped off by a local Nova Scotia Top Masonic Grand Master’s great grand daughter that a secret room, which was walled up and hidden away from the world for ages, was accidentally found and the room was like a secret Masonic Shrine or Temple and it contained an altar which over it was an old Map which showed Oak Island and it had all kinds of “unusual symbols and marking on it”.  It was mere hours before getting this possible secret ancient map in his hands for the series, that Matt was discovered dead!
  2. Matt and I were communicating on what he could do to verify the authenticity of the map, verify the story, location and individuals as a Producer should and then our team could test the paper the map was inscribed on, obtain an age and material verification and then such map could be brought to the series as a potential break through discovery and possibly bring some long sought answers to the incredible Oak Island Mystery.

Obviously, the death of Matt slammed the brakes on that important mission and discovery.  Once I heard of Matts death, at the consternation of the Producers of the series, I announced in it the Facebook groups we manage, posted photos of Matt and eulogized a great young man who died way too early.  But, I DID NOT disclose the facts of his mysterious death.  Mostly since the Producers were flipping out and besides what does a TV Series do when they have millions and millions invested in a story that “When the 7th DIES, this will be solved”??????

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This is Matt at the close of Season 2

I reach out to Matts mother Nancy and Matt’s source and partner in this secret mission to gain the map, Susan Conway; to find out the facts and to try to find out how and why Matt unexpectedly died.  We informed the Lagina Brothers and many with the Production and we waited and waited and waited.  We even suggested to the brothers they reach out to Matt’s Mother get the story and maybe they could get the Producers to do a tribute, or at the very least a one screen tribute to Matt somewhere in Season Two.  None of this occurred.  To me this was unsettling.  Could the “Curse of Oak Island” opening production sequence be so sacred and audience driving that they could not reveal someone intimately involved with the hunt, there every moment of Season One and Season Two’s filming, missions and expeditions and then one actually transcribing every single word said each day so he could send it back to LA for immediate review by producers, be SO IMPORTANT that they could not let the news be known that maybe the 7th life as claimed by Oak Island?  Is it that hard to go back, reedit a new sensational open and then at the very same time pay honor and respect to a valuable member of the team?

Few other things you should know:

  • The news of this incredible interview did leak and people monitoring our servers and uploads for scoops and advance stories did find the recording waiting for this release and they have already started the naysaying and such, in total disrespect to Matt’s memory and Matt’s Mother Nancy (shame on you Mr. Simpson and the Oak Island Treasure Group for using this to get others to listen to your rhetoric in Oak Island Hate Groups), and;
  • Back earlier in the year, Rick and I, sitting at Marty’s home sharing a pizza while Marty was attending an event honoring him as a top Businessman in Michigan; Rick asked me one of the strangest questions:

    Rick to me: “Do you think that Matt died from drugs since the production team was said to of have had numerous drugged filled parties during production and after production wrapped?”

Naturally this very direct question from Rick caught me totally off guard, but I did offer a response back.  “I have no idea.  I have heard rumors of several parties with all kinds of drugs being shared during production and at the wrap of the season, but I did not go to any of these and truly have no way to confirm or deny such.  All I know is Matt was a great kid, loved the series and there still are no answers to how he died.”

For the record,  this conversation over pizza, was an event which took place after a day long meeting at the Brothers offices in Traverse City where we were all discussing the content we proposed for Season 3, our teams participation in Season 3 and the very meetings where we disclosed to the Brothers the facts about the secret Map, Secret Location, the weird circumstances of Matt’s death.  Unexpectedly,  there were even issues which came up during this meeting as Marty being upset with me thinking we mislead him about our bringing in Nick Burchill and Brian Abbott to scan 10x in Season 2 finale.  Somehow, Marty, instead of focusing on content and the goals of Season 3, the issue became about Nick and Brian and us reaching out to and brining in the very best equipment in the world to try to get answers for the world.  At issue was “had we (my team) ever even worked with Nick and Brian before we brought them in as our scan and map team choice?” and the answer was no.  The fact is we sought out and reached out to the very best and the fine company Kongsberg Maritime sent their best equipment and best men for the job.  We were brought in as experts and we brought in additional experts with us to get answers.  The series is about getting answer right?  At issue, was IF we knew the guys before hand, not wow “these guys you found are the best in the world and thank you”.  One would think after all the messaging, emails, calls, conference calls, approvals in advance by the production company and its executives of the scan and map team we wanted to bring in, Marty would know the facts beforehand of how we managed to bring such technology and expertise to bear for the project.

The crack in the wall started widening at that point, while thinking to myself:   We have just shown you incredible historical breakthroughs, things never before discovered about the island, things which will rewrite the course of history and even showed you how a production team member died going after what could be a breakthrough historic map and you want to know how we “know Nick and Brian” and you glossed over the rest?  Then another shot was sent across my bow and I have to go back and listen to the meeting archive several times to make sure I heard it right, and it was as my ears hear it,

“What if we don’t want to share the screen time with you?”

BANG, share the screen time, when did this become about screen time?  My only answer was

“We don’t care about the screen time, we care about the history and continuing our investigations to get the real story and to get the truth out”.

Out of over 50 proposed investigative missions and hundreds upon hundreds of historical connective facts which need to see the light of day, they narrowed down four items they would consider for inclusion, three of which were; (1) find us the map Matt was after and take us to the secret shrine, and; (2) bring us the 90 Foot stone from the family who has it, and; (3) bring us the King Baldwin Coins found on Oak Island.  Don’t really remember the fourth since I was in a haze over the “sharing a screen comment”.  None the less, I asked them to reach out to Matt’s Mom and to see if the production company would do something in tribute to Matt.

Months went by, Season Two came and went.  No tribute to Matt and no mention of his death. But that was not the worst of it.  No one from the Series, the Network, the Production Company or Island Owners or Oak Island Explorers reached out to Matt’s Mother.  Even after we had documented all the circumstances, shared the weird and unusual facts surrounding Matt’s death and how he was working with local Susan Conway to bring this possible super secret map to light.  Nothing.

Months and months, not a call, not a condolence, and not even when Rick referred to Matt is his “nephew” in a kind, gentle and take him under his wing way, did ANYONE reach out to Matt’s Mother.

This is Susan Conway on the Island. She works for CAT in Nova Scotia and brought digging equipment to the island for Season 3

So now here we are, almost to the day a full year has passed.  9 of 10 episodes on Season Two could of been tagged (at least one) to honor a member of the team who was there every moment documenting this grand adventure for the public and yet it still was not important enough to mention in a  small footnote at the end of the show.  Was the “Seven Must Die” promotion and advertising so important that when an actual team member in THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND dies that it could not be mentioned for fear of having to pull back and re-edits promos and advertisements.  Did we not watch Discovery Channel embrace those who passed in deadliest Catch and honor them and those episodes become one of their top episodes ever?  When did format and pre-produced messages become more important that one of your team members? Pretty sure if Frog or Flash would of either one died in 10x it would of been a rating coup (we were the top viewed episodes) but when a real team member died in pursuit of the truth about Oak Island, since he was not on camera; was there not a compelling story there?

We did this interview with the full blessing of Matt’s mother Nancy.  Between the great story and facts shared by the brave Susan Conway and the sharing of Matt’s mother of the circumstances, lack of answers and the wonderful stories of Matt’s excitement and passion for the series and bits of his amazing and inquisitive childhood; we have hours of recordings.  You can hear in Susan’s voice and Nancy’s voice just how committed Matt was to the Series and the Search.  Each time I re-listen to these interviews one can hear the pain in a mothers voice over the loss of her son.  I cannot fathom the pain of losing a child.  It is hard to grasp, but Nancy does feel Matt was on to something and that Matt did in fact become the 7th victim of Oak Island.

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Petter being Blackballed by Producers for a differing opinion on how things on the Island should be run to a higher standard

Only time will tell if Matt’s death was the spiritual or soulful connective tissue which will allow the truth to finally be told about Oak Island.  No one person has control whether or not the truth is shared and told, one can only hope the truth be told and all the facts are examined.

In our guts (speaking for my team, myself and the groups and people we talk to daily) we ALL feel Oak Island is important and does have the potential to rewrite history as we know it.  But, in the TV world, if you have differing opinions and views from the Producers, or you talk too much or share too much you can become blackballed.  If you do not believe me, just look at the blackball email sent to researcher Petter Amundsen for disagreeing with the handling of things on the island.  If that is not a blackball I do not know what is.

This should be a quest for the truth, regardless of what the truth may be or where it may lead. Please remember Matt, a positive soul on a mission who died way too young and under very weird circumstances.  What say you?

P.S.  Yes there will be screaming and yelling over this tribute interview and there will be naysayers attacking it so they get some attention to, and there will be a flurry of letters and notifications (all of which we will share with you) to keep you in the loop.  But our hope is s focus on truth and history is what is the end result.

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Oak Island Burial Mounds DECODED- Archaeological Lesson

Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada – Commander Hutton Pulitzer

Recently we released our underwater investigation footage of the waters surrounding Oak Island, and although there are many history making announcements to come; we selected to lead off with the discovery of several ancient burial mounds connected to Oak Island.   As we have watched the post and video go viral among Oak Island aficionados, we have also watched as some of the current cast of naysayers have started seeding the public with “those are just ballast stones”.  

The use of the term “ballast stones” to the uninitiated in archaeological methods will sound plausible and those posting ballast stones comments may actually sound educated on the matter, but the truth is there is a huge scientific difference between ballast stones and underwater burial mounds.  So since the best way to inform is to approach it in an educational manner, welcome to our brief lesson in underwater archaeology and the difference between ballast stones and man made mounds of stone.

Lets start with the actual definition of “ballasts stones”:

Ballast is used in sailboats to provide moment to resist the lateral forces on the sail. Insufficiently ballasted boats will tend to tip, or heel, excessively in high winds. Too much heel may result in the boat capsizing. If a sailing vessel should need to voyage without cargo then ballast of little or no value would be loaded to keep the vessel upright. Some or all of this ballast would then be discarded when cargo was loaded.

Looking at the definition above you should notice a few important things:

  1. They are associated with “Sailing Vessels”
  2. Ballast is discarded as cargo is loaded onto the ship (making room for the weight counter balance)

So you gain an idea of what ballast stone is in relation to a ship, take a look at the following photographic exhibit:5620c1a354df6590631f4d62e0281039

In looking at the diagram of the ship above, one notices the bottom hold of the ship is filled with stone.  This is the “ballast stone”.  Now ballast stone is incredibly important to the truth about history!  Do you know why?  The ship was loaded with ballast stone when it left its original port to voyage to obtain goods.  When the goods were obtained in the foreign and ancient lands, the ballast stone was discarded.  Real ballast stones are archaeological smoking guns!  You know why?  Test ballast stone in Bimini Islands and one finds the stones are a genus of stone originating in China!  New scientific tests allow for this testing and will soon accelerate the rewriting of history.

Now lets suppose you are a Captain of a ship, cargo needs to be loaded and therefor ballast must be tossed to make way (NOTE:  ships also toss ballast in emergencies when they need to lift the draft of the boat, i.e., raise the boat in the water in times of trouble).  Okay, back to the picture.  You are the captain and you give the order to toss the ballast.  Thus the crew in varying sections of the ship, enter the belly of the ship; gather ballast bring it top side and start tossing ballast off and over board.  Now your crew has started tossing off the ballast.  HIT PAUSE FOR A MOMENT.

One of the very best ways to defend a find is to understand how it is going to be attacked. If you prepare for the attack then you can mount an educated defense and truth will rule the day.  The same comes when you produce evidence which reads contrary to the “approved archaeological history” of the area.  Then you must understand there are two types of dissenters to such historic finds.  Those who are just repeating the same old archaeological or anthropological rhetoric and those who have axes to grind for varying reasons.  With an educated and open minded archaeologists (depending on the country and institution) science and tests can be enough to begin to get them to pay attention to the historic find.  However, the opposite end of the spectrum is usually the uneducated, misinformed and untrained narcissist which no matter the science, the facts or the evidence; still must work diligently to try to taint the find and get as many people as possible to ignore the evidence.

Now you might ask yourself why would anyone ignore visual and scientific evidence?  These types of individuals are one of the most destructive forces to the advancing of the archaeological and historic records.  These are the people, no mater what is presented keep fighting and the most prominent reason is “they have already published items for the public which go counter to the findings and they will be overturned and embarrassed if the historic record is changed”.  Therefore, it is not about facts and science, it is about not being able to adapt and the narcissistic inability to changes ones opinion in light of the evidence presented.  So, since this is a lesson in archaeology, this is also a lesson in “how to combat the combative and out of date ideas”, then lets use that to teach you the best way to learn.   Real time examples.  So before we go back to tossing off rocks, lets do this real time.

Funny enough, speaking of tossing off, the following Oak Island “is a Hoax” Ancestral Naysayer who happens to be a local Nova Scotia Copywriter and High Knighted Exalted Chief of the small Nova Scotia Masonic Lodge, Kel Hancock.  His published ideas on Oak Island come from the point of that of an Oak Island defendant.  Mr. Hamcock is a far removed relative of Daniel McGinnis of Oak Island Lore.  To refresh, who is Daniel McGinnis?

In 1795, 18-year-old Daniel McGinnis, after observing lights coming from the island, discovered a circular depression in a clearing on the southeastern end of the island. Adjacent to the clearing was a tree with a tackle block on one of its overhanging branches. McGinnis, with the help of friends John Smith (in early accounts, Samuel Ball) and Anthony Vaughan, excavated the depression and discovered a layer of flagstones a few feet below. On the pit walls there were visible markings from a pick. As they dug down they discovered layers of logs at about every 10 feet (3.0 m). They abandoned the excavation at 30 feet (9.1 m)

Most people who research the island know the year, the boys being boys, the lights and the tackle/block being a an old Oak Tree are complete fabrication.  In fact, Mr. Hamcock has gone on the record to clarify the matter of the fabricated tidbits reported as truth.  However the more important item to note is one of “shame and fame”.  Here is what I mean by “shame and fame”.  Mr. Hamcock has grown up in Nova Scotia his whole life with the newspapers, television broadcast and locals whispering about how Oak Island was a hoax and was concocted to “steal money from people and rip off investors”.   Imagine growing up in a town, spending your life -sixty plus years – hearing everyone call your ancestor a “scam artist and thief”? That would be tough, very tough on your being, ego and overall emotional stability.  It would have to take a toll on one, as we all would agree.  So over a decade ago, Mr. Hamcock started publishing post and blogs joining in on “Oak Island is a scam” and he found favor and a new celebrity among the naysayers and distanced himself from a “shameful family past”.

Problem is, with the History Channel Hit TV Series “Curse of Oak Island” several things are happening.  The world is in love with Oak Island, more people than ever believe Oak Island is real and more an more evidence is coming forth that there is tremendous historical evidence, evidence which will rewrite history; which is being found on and near Oak Island.  WOW, talk about a double whammy!  First you suffer shame and distance yourself and now it is cool and hip to be “An Oak Island Insider”.  But what about the fame part?

The Producers interviewed Mr. Hamcock many times and even despite his direct family connection and being the best friend of Charles Barkhouse (who can be seen on Curse of Oak Island presented as a “historian”), he was still rejected for use in the series by the Producers and the island owners.

Confirming this story come an article from Richard Joltes of the blog Critical Inquiry, published February 7, 2014.  Mr. Joltes  reports about Mr. Hamcock;

In addition, I’ve long been in contact with people like Paul Wroclawski and Kel Hancock (the latter a direct descendant of Dan McGinnis, said to have been one of the “boys” who claimed to have found the Money Pit in 1795) who have done extensive research of their own.”The fact that none of us have been contacted, and that no actual historians or folklorists are part of the show’s cast, is indicative of the derision with which networks like History treat the subject. Rather than engage in actual research using legitimate resources, they instead involve a parade of “believers” who, they think, will make good TV.”

It is easy to see how Mr. Hamcock is angered.  He is a real life descendant of Oak Island Legends, yet he was passed over for the series, but yet his best friend who is NOT a historian is featured on the show as a historian.  Ouch.

But it goes even deeper.  With all the posts and publications by Mr. Hamcock confirming as an heir to the Oak Island legend, that the whole thing was a hoax; it is now very hard to back away from that position, so Mr. Hamcock must defend that position anyway he can.  This is indeed a very tough position to be in , but since we are working to help those who need to learn”how to combat the combative and out of date ideas” lets use our most outspoken naysayer as the platform and learn in real time.   His post is as follows:


Kel, responding to this in the online groups : when someone suggests to him a theory the first thing he demands is proof, does he not? But yet we are expected to take his theories without proof. It goes both ways

Kel Hamcock:  this was something that was presented to the Laginas as “evidence”. It was likely totally unsolicited and presented like a number of other similar items seemingly with the aim of injecting the individual into the limelight and center of the OI stage. None of which have borne fruit, been worth serious consideration or have meant that this “team” was ever a part of the actual operations on the island.

The one thing we are for, is the best evidence possible, so lets approach this as if we were putting something on trial.  Think of having to prove up a case to get a prosecution.  We need the best possible evidence which can be presented.  First, we do have to take into account local Nova Scotia laws.  In Nova Scotia, when it comes to this type of archaeological discovery, you can only video and photograph document, then you must apply for the proper permits to investigate further, which can include the removal of stones for testing and in fact, this is the only circumstance you can even touch the stones.  You must have a government permit.

So, what are the facts in this case, these are ancient burial mounds and not ballast stones?

CASE POINT #1:  The underwater video documentary of the site was made by an underwater archaeology certified diver who is trained to identify and study such structures.

CASE POINT #2:  The side of Oak Island these ancient burial mounds are found on are specifically located on:

  • The shallow, storm and storm surge protected side of the island, so virtually undisturbed over time, and;
  • In being considered ancient burial mounds, they correspond where the ancient riverbeds run concurrent with the island in ancient times.  What this means is: these mounds, in relation to an occupied site are located exactly where they should be in relation to the island.  Sheltered, near water and not where the open ocean would of been in ancient times.  These were constructed when Oak Island was not an island and on the side which would of fact connected to the main land at said time.  Simple: They are located in the right historical place to be ancient burial mounds.

CASE POINT #3: The photographic evidence shows these “mounds of rocks” to be intentionally constructed in a linear and decisive manner.


Now the playing field for you is level.  You know truly what ballast stone really is and you know what you are up against with the opposing counsel with this case.  So lets proceed with the prosecution of:


So we have already entered into evidence a historically correct drawing of where such ballast stones are located within the hold of a ship.  Now, if the jury allows, lets go back to the scenario of you are the ship Captain and you have ordered the ballast to be tossed.  We want you to consider your orders as a Captain.  (1) Did you order “toss the rocks”? or (2) Did you order, “Toss the rocks, but come up ONLY from this lower entry within the ship and only toss them over at the very exact spot on the side of the ship”.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?  Well style of “tossing off” has everything to do with this case.  You see, by the assertion made by the plaintiff in this matter, he maintains the reason said rocks are in a perfect pile is they were tossed off the side of the ship.

Here is what you need to know.  There are three types of ballast stone discoveries.  One is when the ship is usually moving in a storm or inking and all hands on deck are taking the rocks and tossing off in an efforts to try to save the ship.  Thus, these stones are easily found since they are in a straight line scattered behind the ship.  The normal sinking to the bottom after the tossing off, leaves them in a somewhat straight line.  Such straight lines are well known in underwater archaeological circles, since you can follow the line to the sunken ship. We can dismiss this type of ballast since we are taking a perfectly formed circle and not a line of rocks.

Next type of ballast pile is the ship went down and when the ship wood rotted away a pile of rocks was left and they happen to form the wedged or very elongated oval of the ship.  This style can be dismissed since we are not showing as evidence either a ship shaped or elongated oval formation of rocks underwater. 

ballast stonesSo now we must move on to the final type of ballast stone occurrence.  The tossing off of rocks to make way for cargo to be loaded.  This type of ballast has a unique geometrical feature as well.  Submitted to the jury is the following photographic evidence.  As the jury can see in this photograph, the stones are not stacked, are simply tossed and as one can see, when they are tossed they are just tossed off EACH SIDE OF THE SHIP, therefore they have the tell tale geometric shape of “being split down the middle”.  This is WHY we asked if you were Captain of the ship did you also tell them the exact point where you wanted them tossed off, thereby forcing your crew of 100 to 200 to fight up and down the stairs to go to the exact same spot and toss off rock, thus forming a dome pile on the bottom of the ocean floor?

Now chances are you did not, because you can see if is illogical and in ship mate and military terms would be a FOBAR of an operation.  But if we may, lets humor the jury and say we have in fact discovered the single most fastidious and neat ship Captain ever to live and he did in fact issue specific orders on where and how to toss the stones overboard.  What we would say then to “Captain NeatNick” is, “then fine sir, please tell us how you managed to sail between Oak Island and the main land in the shallowest of all waters around the island, with said ballast in tow, so that you may get to said point and toss such ballast in the first place?”  (Funny thing, when I wrote that the voice in my head was Jack Sparrow- LOL)

As you can see there is no way to defend this is just “ballast stone”. But lets let the photographs speak for themselves.  These are screen captures from the underwater documentation of the ancient burial mounds.  We will present marked educational ones first and then the clean native image for further inspection.

EXHIBIT ONE:  General build and height

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As you can see in this photo the ancient burial mounds have height from the ocean floor and the tell tale circular construction.

NOTE:  There is NOTHING under the water for a hundred yards or more except these mound and monoliths.  NO OTHER ROCKS OR ITEMS.

Here is the native pic for inspection, notice the intentional set stone formation.

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In this photo you can easily identify the stacking rows and these stones all are set FACE OUT, not jumbled ends.  This is an other telling sign.

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This is a known and proven ship ballast pile which does have mounding, but you can see the setting is erratic, not stacked and is made up of tossed ends and faces, not lined up as above with faces turned out in neat rows.

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As you can see in the bottom diagram, when it is just tossed it can mound (if tossed to one side) but it tapers and creates peaks and valleys.  The case of Oak Island is round, perfectly round, with linear stacked stones.

Putting all the data together researchers found that the structure is cone shaped, about 230 feet (70 meters) in diameter and nearly 32 feet (10 meters) tall. It weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. Diagram courtesy Shmuel Marco

There is much to review in these underwater ancient burial mounds connected to Oak Island.  Proven up, these mounds and the archaeological evidence which they may contain could rewrite the history of the Americas as we know it.  That is ladies and gentlemen, IF we get honest, factual and unbiased testing, commentary and research from as many parties as possible.


Hiding and Obfuscation of History relies on technobabble and big words to make YOU think you are wrong.  So you need to know how to find the facts.  Second, they also relay on beating you down, calling you names and trying to destroy your character.  Thats is all they have left when they cannot fight you on facts.  These lessons are to teach you how to fight the technobabble and to put the bullies and naysayers in their place with facts and science.  In short, to defend the rewriting of history you must learn to argue your case.

For now the case of Burial Mounds versus Ballast Stones is closed and decided in favor of Ancient Burial Mounds.  That is until they read this blog and come at the attack another way.  WHAT SAY YOU?

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Oak Island Gets A Dose of Halloween Fantasy

The Legend of Oak Island Treasure has never been a process focused on real facts than it has been on fanciful ideas, but with the broadcasting of the History Channels Hit TV Series “Curse of Oak Island” more and more fanciful writers are joining the fray with some of the best fantasy and creative writing ever.

Let’s take a look at the true and intentional works of fiction and then we will look at works of fiction trying hard to claim historic truth.


For 200 years, Oak Island in Mahone Bay kept its secrets. Treasure hunters came and left, spirits broken and bank accounts drained.

A British admiral’s wartime journal brings new hope – and new dangers – to museum curator Carlos Sheldon and his student assistant, Lauren Gates, as they join the hunt for the elusive Money Pit treasure.

When they respond to lighthouse keeper Rudy Maddock’s invitation to translate the admiral’s journal, they’re met with suspicion and careful cordiality. With mounting tensions between the two rival treasure hunting companies working Oak Island, another interested party isn’t welcome.
Desperation runs high as the Money Pit’s 200th anniversary shines the spotlight on the treasure hunting operations’ failures. With escalating debts and losses, one hunter takes a wrong turn, as another discovers the island’s secret riches or cruel hoax.
For Dr. Sheldon and Lauren, timing is everything.


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The Isaac Question: Templars and the Secret of the Old Testament (Templars in America Series Book 5)


While rooting around in the mysterious stone chambers of New England, historian Cameron Thorne stumbles upon a reinterpretation of the Biblical passage calling on Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.

It is a revelation—long suppressed by the medieval Knights Templar—that threatens to destabilize the Middle East forever. It is also a secret Cam wants nothing to do with.  David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston’s “Best Local Author” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert on documentaries airing on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS and Discovery Channel.


Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 5.16.31 PMThe Premise of this book is: This book is the true story of Oak Island. The mystery has been solved. I know that reading that statement it will be very hard to believe because, so many other writers have claimed that they have too solved it, but this book is much different. In this book you will read an amazing story, which you have never heard before regarding the Oak Island Mystery.

The Author of this book is an actual descendant of the people who buried the treasures on the Island. This book proves once and for all, what Oak Island is really all about, by using a secret treasure map that was given to him by his Grandmother, which led him to find secret anagrams of Oak Island hidden in early American documents.

This book paints a very dark picture about the founding of America and also proves that President George Washington in fact, had a hand in Oak Island. It also covers the never heard before, Sir Francis Bacon and the Freemasons connection.





  1. “This book has been compared to The Da Vinci Code and the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail by verified readers on Amazon Books.”  HERE IS THE DISCONNECT WITH THIS BOLD STATEMENT.  This was the original posting description of the book on Amazon, then almost immediately after posting for purchase THAT very endorsement showed up.  SO THE QUESTION IS:  How did Author Ludden KNOW before hand he was going to get such an endorsement?
  2. NOW THIS ONE IS A HUGE DISCONNECT:  Author Ludden reached out to us and the producers of Curse Of Oak Island just after the start of Season Two last year, claiming he had break through information given to him by his grandmother and she left him a secret map.  In trying to decide IF this content was real and plausible for the series, we asked to interview Mr. Ludden’s sisters to verify the story he was offering.  During the numerous recorded interviews and emails, Mr. Ludden had stated facts about his family; one item mentioning sisters.  Mr. Luddden claimed to be a part of a well kept family secret supporting evidence his family was directly connected to many powerful things; some of which were what was deposited at Oak Island, The Holy Grail and and such.  When we pushed for interviewing his sisters to verify the story, Mr. Ludden stopped communicating.  Shortly, thereafter he popped up with this book.
  3. This brings up the next disconnect.  Then Mr. Ludden was pushing for Season 3 inclusion and contacting the network, the brothers, the Producers and anyone who would listen as well.  Once again, he could not make the credibility and expertise cut and was not asked to appear on the series.
  4. NOW THIS IS STRANGE:  After no luck with the series Mr. Ludden apparently rethought his approach and considering the Producers of Curse Of Oak Island ALSO produce Ancient Aliens; Mr. Ludden modified his pitch and content. His new breakthrough theory?  Oak Island is an ancient alien base containing ancient reptilian aliens, of which George washing and Sir Francis Bacon were in fact Reptilian Aliens

When Mr. Ludden was first trying to a spot on “Curse of Oak Island” he was going by the name of (1)Samuel Winslow.  When he came out with the book, he was now (2)Samuel Ludden, which he attributed to being his actual middle and family name.  The Facebook shut him down for not using his real name and he posted as (3)Samuel Balsano.  ONLY PROBLEM IS- that name is an assumed name as well.  

Will the world ever know WHO the real author is and who is behind all these Oak Island Theories?  At the moment possibly NO, but many professional researchers following the various authors regarding Oak Island; think Samuel Ludden is a planted fake researcher, trying to see if he can get wild stories to take hold and be featured ON AIR, and then once he appears he comes out with:


The next book trying to gain a foothold as historical in nature, but is truly a work of fiction is:  THE OAK ISLAND MYSTERY SOLVED BY JOY STEELE

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For more than two centuries, adventurers, thrill seekers and treasure hunters have tried to unlock the secret of Oak Island, investing millions of dollars, and costing at least six lives. And the obsession continues: a television series in the winter of 2014 and seasonal walking tours of the area that include locations highlighted by the series. Theories and intrigue abound – a clandestine treasure trove? The resting place of some holy relic? A cache of priceless documents?

The promise of treasure is a powerful compulsion – the Oak Island story is embroiled with politics and treachery from its humble beginnings – and many have risked and lost entire fortunes, and in some cases their very lives, chasing these theories. The bald truth is that nobody actually knew what was there, and every imaginable theory, from the fantastic to the ridiculous was concocted to explain that unknown. Joy Steele’s thorough investigation reveals a remarkable and credible truth vastly different than legend would have it.


The Author Joy Steele  is very likable has been on the Oak Island scene for sometime and has somewhat of a local following.  In the book Ms. Steele uses old archive papers and stories but when fact checked, as in a supposed directional sailing location to get to Oak Island (such directions actually point to another island and bay many miles from Oak Island), Ms. Steele only commented “God told me to write this and therefore I know it is true and will not back down”.

Now we understand why she titled the Oak Island Mystery- SOLVED, that is because God told her directly what happened on the famous Island.

So historians and researchers there are some glaring disconnects of fiction presented as historical fact: 

  1. Oak Island was a pine tar manufacturing facility and that explains why the pits are there.  When asked, why would they sail pine trees from 100 miles distant to just use Oak Island as a “pine tar plant” she offers no answers other than “that is what it was”.  She expects the readers to believe old pine tar farmers would cut massive trees and haul them over 100 miles to a pretty island to make tar.  Not plausible at all.
  2. Remember those old sailing directions she says lead to Oak Island? Well they do not lead to Oak Island but where they do lead is to where old pines were cut for pine tar manufacture and said pits are located there.  Coincidence?
  3. Another problem is there has never been any pine tar, remnants of pine tar or normal sticky sludge associated with pine tar found on Oak Island.  There is normal black swamp rot, but no highly sticky pine tar.
  4. This last one is a huge disconnect for us.  Mr. Steele’s answer for 10x.  We all know the 18 stories deep 12 foot vault inside the island.  She claims this was a slave storage pit.  She claims whoever sailed to the island, instead of making cages, shallow covered pits or clamping slaves with iron; that these slave traders dug 250 feet down into the earth to fashion a room, since slaves were so valuable.  Does not matter that it would be an impossibility and over build for sure.  But, if she thinks it is logical to move heavy logs over 100 miles, small boat load by small boat load, to a pretty island with no regard for economics of efficiencies; then her slaves stored 18 stories deep works as well.

After all, on Ms. Steele book, God really wrote it, she was just the pen holder and who in their right mind would dispute God?

What say you?

P.S.  Another researcher and video and supposed to be book author, popped up named Peter Dutile.  Mr. Dutile shows himself trespassing on Apple Island and claimed to find a “spear of Christ blade and other powerful Holy Relics” on the island.  When interviewed about his find he stated “The Virgin Mary appeared to him and told him where to go and the whole story”.  Part of his convincing evidence was a ghoulish bearded carving supposedly on Oak Island, but missed by all other researchers.  However, when looked at closely two things were found:

(1) It was photoshopped, and; (2) Mr. Dutile is a photoshop editor and professional web page maker.

What about the artifacts Peter Dutile found?

They were shown and were actually LEVERITES.

Do you know what LEVERITES are?  

Those are just rocks, plain rocks one should “leave er right there” where they were found.

But to his credit Mr. Dutile has partnered with professional naysayer Tammy Sloan (seen defacing the Bedford Barrens 8 sided star with a make up brush), Local Nova Scotia government employee turned treasure hunter and symbol decoder Thomas Kingston, other Nova Scotia amateur history hunters and well know Alien Hunter, Alien Finder, Star Mapper, Star Chaser, and All Things Of The Gods – Wayne Herschel.  Together they have formed the new “Hidden Records Team” and are now running around Nova Scotia with a select group of Nova Scotians including from a local Mason “Big Kahuna”.

With the Virgin Mary, Information of the Gods, Aliens, Stars, zero credentials and a grand poobah Mason, that does in facts sound like a great reality series in the making and with all the God talking and mystical knowledge shared.  It also seems Mr. Ludden and Ms. Steel should be added to round out the team.  After all, History Channel does produce Canada specific reality programming, but it will not be in time for this Halloween Season.

What is YOUR Oak Island Theory?

Halifax, Oak Island, Nova Scotia – by Commander Hutton Pulitzer

Did you know there are over 20 different theories as to the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Oak Island?  There is a recent theory by extreme researchers who claim to of proven it is the home for a Reptilian Alien Base! (who knows since the Producers of Curse of Oak Island are the same ones who produce Ancient Aliens, maybe the “writer” is angling so a spot next to Giorgio?)

Below are some of the video and audio interviews and theories of WHAT IS YOUR OAK ISLAND THEORY!  Enjoy

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Would Fake Artifacts be Astronomically and Navigationally Correct? Burrow Cave Stones

Great Lakes, U.S.A. , Commander Hutton Pulitzer for http://www.InvestigatingHistory.org

This past week we were at the AAPS conference in Michigan for the Conference on Ancient America and one of the topics of many presentations was the Burrows Cave Artifacts.  Of course many have called them faked and a hoax, but all that yelling and rhetoric comes from the Academic Community.

One thing seriously troubles me when it comes to these artifacts being summarily dismissed as fakes and that is:

  1. Why are the navigational declinations and readings correct?
  2. Why are the orientations correct? and;
  3. Probably most important, why are the shoreline measurements (as in each shoreline sailed and depicted) correct? 

As we all know (and as evidenced in my AAPS interview with Dr. James Scherz – see link to broadcast below) Academia rushed to call the Burrows Cave Artifacts a hoax since they did not fit the “system approved line of historical thinking”.  All too often, people and academics alike jump on the fake bandwagon without ever putting it to scientific testing.  Why is that?

Archaeology and Anthropology are not part of the scientific study which apply the scientific method.  It simply is not studied by archaeologist and not required of their work .  But what happens IF one who is true to the scientific method applies it to some of this Forbidden Truth and Hidden History (the name of our radio program)?  Well, the archaeologist and anthropologist look like the humanities fools they are and their “toe the academic line” methods fall off the face of the earth.

Let me share with you, how science trumps Archaeology and Anthropology.

This is just one of SEVERAL THOUSANDS of Burrows Cave Artifacts!  Note to self: SEVERAL THOUSAND!  So lets start asking some simple science based questions?

  1. Most obvious: Why would SEVERAL THOUSAND stones need to be carved to perpetuate a hoax?  Would not a simple hand full do?
  2. Would ANY forger, so to the extent of doing several thousand for any one HOAX, not based on a tourist destination like say Ancient Egypt or Rome? (I could see why forgers would flourish in Rome or Cairo selling to unknowing tourists.  But was the Burrows Cave one just hoping tourist would some day pop up in southern Illinois and then he could sell his fakes to unsuspecting tourists?

For the moment, I won’t go into the difference between Illinois Lithographic Stone and the difference in Lithographic stone from the Ancient Levant (will slap archaeologists and anthropologists with that later), but now we got the simple logic questions out of the way which lead to this is not a hoax, perpetrated by a total super productive but totally marketing un-savvy artifact forger, lets look at the science.

EVIDENCE 1: a single Burrows Cave Artifact:


EVIDENCE 2:  Google Earth Snap Shot of Great Lakes

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EVIDENCE 3:  Google Earth and Burrows Artifact Layover

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  • Comparing the Burrows Cave Stone to Google Earth, known maps and excellent measuring and scientific tools (some as sophisticated as a protractor, which archaeologist  do not know how to use) we come up with the following “is this a coincidence or real – scientific facts:
  • Both the maps and the stone show from the Southern most tip of lake Michigan to the Northern tip of Lake Ontario a 68.73 heading
  • Both maps and the stone show from the Southern most tip of Lake Michigan and the Western most edge of Lake Superior a 328.49 degrees heading
  • Both maps and stone show from the Southern most tip of Lake Michigan to the Southern most tip of Lake Erie a 91.50 degree heading
  • Both maps and stone from the Southern most tip of Lake Michigan  to the farthest Northern tip of Lake Superior to be a 4.41 degree heading
  • Both maps and the stone show the entrance to such Great Lakes from the Saint Lawrence seaway depicted at a heading of 56.68 degrees


Lets say the supposed forger of the Burrows Cave Stones was stupid, but really really industrious and productive in making SEVERAL THOUSAND FAKE ARTIFACTS, then WHY would be or she go to the extent of the following?

  1. To make sure all the navigational headings were correct, and;
  2. To assure the scale of the lakes represented on the stone were 100% ratio correct to the amount of SHORE LINES surrounding each lake represented?

What say you?

Over productive fakers, putting out thousands of fakes, or simple logic- and they are very real and very ancient?

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