What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak

David Schweidel and Robert Boswell’s What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak

Why does New Mexico lend itself so readily to treasure stories? Have you ever hunted for treasure in New Mexico or elsewhere?

In general, caves and mining claims seem to be associated with many treasure stories. Caves are places where treasures can be hidden and mining claims are essentially places where treasures are found naturally. Furthermore, another influencing factor is Hispanic culture in general. Spaniards are culturally associated with treasure seeking behavior due to their associations with piracy and gold. Since New Mexico in the land that is the confluence of these notions, treasure stories are only natural to the state’s culture. The land is rich in natural resources and poor in Western civilization and European establishments of government, education, etc. As a result, the idea of finding treasure, whether it is a natural resource or a hidden hoard, becomes one of the only ways that poor people in the area can become rich. It reminds me a little bit of the lottery craze. It seems that only poor working-class or unemployed people ever win. Why? Because they’re the only ones that play.

The obvious love of quick wealth aside, what do you think treasure hunting might reveal psychologically about treasure hunters?

Treasure hunting seems to be an American ideal. The whole notion of why poor people came here and continue to come here (though not so much anymore) is this notion of the American dream. As a result, on its most primal level, treasure hunting is the distilled notion of the American dream.

As with the American dream, treasure hunting can easily become an obsession in the same way that investing in a Ponzi scheme can become an obsession. People see red flags that there is no treasure or that the investment is a Ponzi scheme but they ignore them. Why? Because they’ve already put in so much that the idea that they’ve wasted the last ten years of their life or threw away 100 grand is so ;devastating that they would rather continue on the path rather than face reality. As a result, it is easier to believe that something is indeed out there.

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2 thoughts on “What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak

  1. I was involved with Victorio Peak in 90’s and enjoyed Boz’s book. But, this book covers all the history and heavily documented info about the theft. Check below: The Victorio Peak books (The Gold House trilogy) are finally available!!
    After 8 years of research and writing by John Clarence and Tom Whittle, the Victorio Peak saga is finally available in hardcover and Ebook formats in a three-book sequel entitled the Gold House trilogy, which has been touted as the ‘Victorio Peak bible.’ I have read the reviews by prominent authors and scholars who support the charges leveled against the government and others made by Clarence and Whittle. I am also told the writers are planning to release a document book that proves the allegations made in the books. The books are packed with photos, endnotes, and an index and they are available on Nook, Kobo, Amazon-Kindle, iBookstore, and in a limited hardback first edition, which are available at http://www.victoriopeak.com. Here is the subject matter of the new books that are being released by the authors:

    “Book 1, The Discovery, covers the years when Doc and Ova Noss lived at their campsite in the Hembrillo Basin, before and after they discovered the treasure inside Victorio Peak. The Discovery details the events that took place during that time period and include: the discovery itself, the turbulent lives of Doc and Ova, the sequence of events that led to Doc’s murder, and Ova’s removal from the Peak by the military in 1955.

    “Book 2, The Lies, The Thefts, is a highly-documented account covering the years 1958 to 1978 when the treasure was being plundered by military and civilian personnel who were empowered by people at the highest levels of our government. Intrigue, documented thefts, lies, cover-ups, and murder are the underpinnings of this astonishing exposé. Names, dates, places, photos, and documents prove the case against the government and others.

    “Book 3, Executive Order, spans the years from 1979 to 2000 when Terry Delonas, Ova Noss’s grandson, mounted an expedition to recover what remained of the treasure. This book separates the facts from the lies and meticulously details the corruption and the crimes committed by the military at White Sands Missile Range to cripple the expedition, including, but not limited to: lies and deceit, false and deliberate overbillings, and illegal changes to the expedition’s agreed-upon license contract are cited.”

    -alex

  2. The Victorio Peak books (The Gold House trilogy) are finally available!!
    After 8 years of research and writing by John Clarence and Tom Whittle, the Victorio Peak saga is finally available in hardcover and Ebook formats in a three-book sequel entitled the Gold House trilogy, which has been touted as the ‘Victorio Peak bible.’ I have read the reviews by prominent authors and scholars who support the charges leveled against the government and others made by Clarence and Whittle. I am also told the writers are planning to release a document book that proves the allegations made in the books. The books are packed with photos, endnotes, and an index and they are available on Nook, Kobo, Amazon-Kindle, iBookstore, and in a limited hardback first edition, which are available at http://www.victoriopeak.com. Here is the subject matter of the new books that are being released by the authors:

    “Book 1, The Discovery, covers the years when Doc and Ova Noss lived at their campsite in the Hembrillo Basin, before and after they discovered the treasure inside Victorio Peak. The Discovery details the events that took place during that time period and include: the discovery itself, the turbulent lives of Doc and Ova, the sequence of events that led to Doc’s murder, and Ova’s removal from the Peak by the military in 1955.

    “Book 2, The Lies, The Thefts, is a highly-documented account covering the years 1958 to 1978 when the treasure was being plundered by military and civilian personnel who were empowered by people at the highest levels of our government. Intrigue, documented thefts, lies, cover-ups, and murder are the underpinnings of this astonishing exposé. Names, dates, places, photos, and documents prove the case against the government and others.

    “Book 3, Executive Order, spans the years from 1979 to 2000 when Terry Delonas, Ova Noss’s grandson, mounted an expedition to recover what remained of the treasure. This book separates the facts from the lies and meticulously details the corruption and the crimes committed by the military at White Sands Missile Range to cripple the expedition, including, but not limited to: lies and deceit, false and deliberate overbillings, and illegal changes to the expedition’s agreed-upon license contract are cited.”

    -alex

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