For over two hundred years, rumors have circulated about a stash of buried treasure hidden somewhere on Oak Island in Nova Scotia.
Among the rumored riches are jewels that belonged to Marie Antoinette, the manuscripts of William Shakespeare, and important religious artifacts of the Freemasons.
Over the years, the hunt for treasure has cost many explorers their life savings, their families, and for an unlucky few, even their lives.
In 1965, an eleven-year-old named Rick Lagina read about the Oak Island mystery in one of his father’s magazines.
“The article changed my life, and the life of my brother, forever,” Lagina said. “There’s no doubt about that.”
When he was just ten years old, Rick discovered a huge granite boulder in Kingsford, his hometown. He recruited his brother Marty, as well as some of their friends, to move the rock. Underneath the rock, Rick found a disappointing stockpile of soil and earthworms.
“But the point is, I’ve always had treasure fever in my blood,” he said.
Back in 1796, another inquisitive boy discovered an odd, circular depression in the ground on Oak Island. Eight years later, an expedition was launched by the Onslow Company to investigate the area. They found a buried stone tablet that bore an inscription that wouldn’t be translated for almost a hundred years.
“Forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried,” a Halifax professor eventually ascertained the text as saying.
During the interim, a local legend had sprung up, claiming that seven people had to die before the Oak Island treasure would be discovered.
To date, six have lost their lives in pursuit of it…