The Homer William Tell Experiment

Suppose, dear reader, that a person with a grudge against treasure hunters, were to decide to pull a tremendous hoax; proclaiming to the “world” (as in world of treasure hunters) how he had found the Lost Dutchman mine, and not only was this just the mine of Jacob Waltz but also of the Peraltas, as he could show how the Peralta stones proved it. As the hoax develops, on investigating further, this person (Homer) finds other clues that show the site to be not just an infamous lost gold mine – but has been created long before Columbus by the Knights Templar, and the treasure is far more fantastic than anyone dreamed. It gets even more complex as more layers are found by Homer in studying his information and inspiration.

Homer argues with the various Doubting Thomas’es and Thomasinas (for treasure hunters are not a single gender, both sexes seem to be about equally drawn to this pursuit) about providing any kind of solid, incontrovertible evidence, when argument failed (or insults got too hot) relying on the vastly superior intellect of Homer and pointing out that the site must be “protected” because no one would ever understand it, for the lowly treasure hunters intellect is so far below Homer as to be like trying to explain the expanding universe to an ant. As the scenario Homer planned and carried out developed over time, additional new discoveries are added on to this ultimate netherworld located in (where else) the brooding Superstition mountains of Arizona, a region with a dark and complex history without even relying on any outside sources. The site is not simply the lost treasure of the Templars, put there by Portuguese long before Columbus, it is also the tomb of Montezuma and the lost homeland of the Aztecs, Aztlan.

The incredulous treasure hunters play along with the game, perhaps a few becoming “true believers” which fills Homer with glee, while others retain their doubts, which irritates him. When the treasure hunters become too insistent with their questioning or too insulting, Homer threatens to leave the group and thus dry up the conversation with nothing being settled. Even the most doubting treasure hunters hate to see a fellow treasure hunter run off by the bad behavior of a few, and much worse there is that tantalizing possibility that Homer is not just pulling everyone’s leg. So Homer keeps the game going week after week, month after month, alienating some treasure hunters who had attempted to be friends and convincing others of his mental instability, but keeping that “tease” going.

So Homer ran his joke on the treasure hunters community, getting his jollies at the expense of those he hates most – treasure hunters. The game was fun and exciting for him, we can imagine his joy when someone would “bite” at his bait, and yet the game was losing the players, though Homer did not much notice it for a while. Homer’s super-intellect had failed to conceive of how such wild claims would strike real treasure hunters – a group that is in general quite intelligent and quite good at historical research. When flaws were found and pointed out in the various claims, Homer did his best to quickly change the subject, often changing the whole theory of what his discoveries are.

New treasure hunters would join in the game, not necessarily “new” to the game of hunting treasure but new to the game of fooling treasure hunters. Homer did not like the appearance of such new people in his game, people only too ready to test his claims and demand to see some kind of solid evidence, so he resorts to the tried and true method of insulting them. All the while Homer can even brag about his exploits of duping the treasure hunting crowd to his other friends, his “real” friends in his own community, where treasure hunters are an alien species just a little despised and not understood.

Some of the treasure hunters, even as they grew disenchanted with the extravagant claims of Homer, found themselves busy looking up history, checking facts and even re-reading historical texts they had once read but forgot. This habit of being forced to go and check real history, real facts, was just a little intoxicating for treasure hunters, people whom are by their very nature attracted to history and legends. So even in cases of complete disbelief, these treasure hunters found they were enjoying the banter, if for no other reason than it forced them to return to the “bibles” of their nature. For eighteen months Homer kept the game going. From his first claim, as audacious as it was, Homer progressed to ever greater treasures and mysteries, along with his own personal description developing from a slightly handicapped treasure hunter with an interest in the bow, to being an Indian Witch-man, capable of traveling through time and space in a variant of remote viewing, and on to being one and the same with God himself. Claims like these rubbed a few treasure hunters the wrong way, and made the whole body of his statements appear in a quite different light from what he started out with.

One day it finally dawned on the treasure hunters just what was happening, how they were being duped for the entertainment of Homer, his own act of personal revenge against those hated spoilers – treasure hunters. Along the way I actually got to know Homer a little, through private messages, and I learned of his own personal health problems, that he really had been out in the Superstitions of Arizona, and that at his core he was not a bad sort. I did not learn what his personal grudge was against treasure hunters, but by bits and pieces the core of his hatred for these folks could be made out. What had caused this grudge, this burning desire to get even with treasure hunters, to make public fools of them to as grand a degree as could be done? One possible answer is that Homer had been made a fool by treasure hunters; perhaps he had been hunting for treasure in the Superstitions, and had fallen into the trap laid by such skilled liars as Barry Storm and Bicknell, of believing the overlaid tales from other regions that these writers had “transplanted” into the Superstitions, and worse – for there are a small percentage of treasure hunters who will deliberately mislead others, and Homer might well have been fooled by fellows like them. What sweeter revenge than to make complete fools not just of those who had fooled Homer, (after all those writers are deceased) but the very best treasure hunters that can be found!

It has been an interesting journey, to say the least. As a treasure hunter I try to keep an open mind, for some surprising things have been found over the years, and as they say it is those “dreamers” who make the biggest discoveries. I have run into some genuine whackos over the years too, so for someone to claim they are God is not the first time I have run into it – but it is certainly not a great way to start conversations. If you (dear reader) have the impression that I have any resentment towards Mr Tell, it is mistaken for I have no such resentment and did enjoy the banter – even found myself doing some of that fact-checking, which was even helpful to one of my own pet projects more than once with the discovery of a history fact-tidbit which supports the theories in my book. Besides – Homer, for all his effort to deceive the treasure hunting community, may have achieved his goal along the way; he may even return to the Superstitions to once again hunt for his treasure, and I wish him well. Or perhaps the Homer William Tell Experiment will continue ad infinitum, or until the internet itself fades into history. I only hope that I can recognize such an experiment if ever I should run into it again, and not be lured into the endless regime of wild claims followed by questions, and being led in circles. If you are curious about who or whom Homer Wiliam Tell is and want to participate in the Experiment, it is a simple matter to work out what this pseudoname means as a Forum identity.  Don’t expect too much more “play” from Oroblanco in the experiment however – I have a few treasures to hunt for myself, after all.

Good luck and good hunting to you, dear reader; I hope that you find the treasures that you seek.


~ by Oroblanco on May 8, 2008.

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