Notes on the recently released foreword to Fenn’s new book – a foreword written by Douglas Preston.

There’s an old saying in the intelligence community. We stole it from Ian Fleming. “Goldfinger,” if I recall correctly.

It goes like this: “Once is happenstance, twice coincidence, and three times, enemy action.

As we predicted, the search community, for the most part, has been sent into a tizzy over the release of the foreword to Fenn’s upcoming book, “Once Upon a While.” The book, according to the announcement, will be “launched” at an event at the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe on November 2. It is, apparently, a reediting and reorganizing of 39 of Fenn’s previously published “Scrapbooks.”

We conclude that the foreword, while written by Preston, was produced with the council and edit of Fenn. It does exactly what was intended.

At this juncture, the only prediction we can make with a high level of confidence is that, before the end of 2017, some poor soul will be arrested attempting to dig in or around the Denver Museum of Nature and History.

The treasure has not been found, and none of this Fenn-driven effort will get you any closer to finding it. On the other hand:

  • It will sell books on behalf of Fenn’s beneficiaries, Susan and Lou.
  • It will guarantee a standing room only crowd at Collected Works and very likely, media coverage.
  • It re-energizes a flagging search community. (Although some of the more “introspective” have already announced their departures from the search in long, boring, pedantic and manipulative missives. You know who you are, cowboy, don’t you?)
  • It waves yet another shiny object to simultaneously misdirect and enthuse searchers who will question the validity of the “solves” they have been nurturing for years.

There are easily recognizable patterns in this, all of which are in the benefit of Chief Marketing Magician, Fenn – and, none of which will get searchers any closer to the treasure than the infamous map included in “Too Far to Walk.” Contrary to what some are already imagining, this is not a Fenn attempt to ensure the treasure is found before his death. If anything, it ensures that it will NOT be found before his death. A happy Fenn is a Fenn that dies knowing his legacy is intact.

More analysis and conclusions to follow in an upcoming video. You can download the full version of Preston’s foreword here: Treasure of Another Kind.

Until then, here’s the short version of our advice: Believe the poem, and question everything else from the master of misdirection, especially when it includes a dozen or more distinct rabbit holes in a single pass. If you needed any more evidence that Fenn’s treasure is hidden in New Mexico, Preston’s Foreword to Fenn’s next book is it.

Colorado? Seriously?

Why Fenn has “gone quiet.”

Shelley and Forrest, Santa Fe, May 18, 2017

There is much discussion in the various forums about how Fenn has recently, for lack of a better way to describe it, stepped back from the search. Surprisingly, to me, some have come to the conclusion that his standing down is due to the possibility that one or more of them has either “solved the poem” and Fenn has become aware the solution exists, or that the treasure has been found, and not announced.

I can assure you with a high level of confidence that, as of this writing, neither of those conditions is true.

No one has solved the poem.

The treasure has not been found.

The 200 foot rule still stands four years after he first said it in 2013. (Made more amazing by the fact that the “200 footers” have not returned to locate the treasure.)

Prove me wrong. Prove the treasure’s been found. No excuse or “explanation” will be good enough. Because, excuses equal bullshit.

In our opinion, Fenn made a conscious decision to step back from the search after the events of May 18, 2017 at the screening of “The Lure,” in Santa Fe. I was there and saw it all. I spoke with him that night about it. I exchanged emails with him for a few days afterwards.

His decision was reinforced by the media and community activity associated with the loss of the second searcher.

In addition, he’s 87. He suffered a bout with cancer. He’s missing a kidney. The end is drawing nigh. He’s done everything he needs to have done to ensure the treasure is one day found. Short of providing geographic coordinates, there is nothing more he can say that will make a difference in finding the treasure. Or, not.

He can, effectively, and comfortably, retire.

Let him go.

Apparently, there’s some confusion about my retirement…

To clarify: I am retiring as CEO and Executive Director of Videotero, LLC, the production company I founded in 1979. I am also dissolving the corporate entity and deleting all Videotero’s on line properties except Videotero’s YouTube Channel. There is one remaining project for a single client that will require our effort until March of 2018, but we will not be taking on any additional work.

I, along with my search partner, Shelley Carney, will continue to:

  1. Search for Fenn’s Treasure until we find it.
  2. Maintain this blog.
  3. Maintain the “A Gypsy’s Kiss” Facebook Page.
  4. Continue to maintain the “A Gypsy’s Kiss” YouTube Channel, updating it at least once a week with new content.

Hope that clears up the confusion.


Additional Thoughts on Our Video “Forrest Fenn DID NOT Hide a Treasure in 2009 or 2010!”

One of the challenges of producing video is that it establishes our state of mind at a specific place in time. And, after watching the video, it is inevitable one will expand their thinking on the matter. It has happened in this case. I will continue to update this blog post as new thinking, either ours, or someone else’s, arises.

6.10.2017 The olive jar plays an important role in whether or not Fenn hid the treasure before 2003. Fenn has described it as containing at least two items for certain, 1. a miniaturized copy of his autobiography, and 2. some hair from his head. There may be a third, as he indicated in the 2013 “Everything is Stories” interview; an “IOU” for $100,000, giving a reason for the finder to let Fenn know the treasure’s been found. The IOU made sense. The biography, knowing Fenn, also made sense. The hair makes sense in only one case. It provides the DNA evidence that Fenn hid the treasure if there was a chance the treasure would be found before he published the book. It is the only situation in which the hair is relevant. Since the treasure will be found after the publishing of the book, and either before or after his death, it is irrelevant.

6.1.2017 Fenn confidant, Dal Neitzel (his blog is at didn’t quite believe me when I said on video that Fenn did not hide the treasure in 2009 or 2010. He was so convinced that he decided to prove my thesis wrong by contacting a Fenn-family member who happened to be a trusted friend of his, Skippy’s son, Crayton. In his blog post, Neitzel says he wrote Crayton an email asking, “What year do you think it was that you saw it in his home?” – referring to the treasure, and apparently having been told that Crayton had seen the treasure at some time.

Crayton’s response was, “Our best guess is that it was on his dinning room table in 2009.” Neitzel accepts it as if it were an answer to the question he asked. It is not. Read both the question and the answer carefully. Effectively, Neitzel asks, “…what year did you see the treasure,” and Crayton responds, “…it may have been on his dining room table in 2009.” It may very well have been, but it does not answer the question Neitzel asked. Nor does it indicate that Crayton “saw the treasure in 2009.” In addition, I’m sure you could imagine why the “it’s a secret if the other person is dead” guy is highly unlikely to have left a treasure chest with an estimated value of millions on his dining room table.

The response, while not an outright lie, is as diversionary as “Why are you making such a big deal out of that, Ritt,” or “I tell people that I was 79 or 80 when I hid the treasure,” or “I was never good at math, but that’s the way I remember it.”

And, it worked. Neitzel accepted it enough to post a long entry on the matter. And, his readers accepted it as “proof.” It is not. If anything, it’s substantiation of what we’ve vlogged.

Fenn was a successful fighter pilot and a successful businessman. He was never good at math? Puh-leeze, ninja.

5.26.17 (Thanks Dan) Is it possible that Fenn could have made two trips to hide the treasure; one in 2001 – 2003 to hide the chest, and a second sometime later (including 2009 – 2010 to put the contents into the chest? That would resolve the “…I made two trips from my car to hide the treasure..” (My quotes, not Fenn’s.) While all the other possibilities remain in place, including the claim that some “…had seen the treasure…” after 2003.

5.27.17 Forrest once said that his father, Marvin, would know exactly where he hid the treasure. His father would have seen Fenn’s “special place.” The implication is: Marvin would have been there. Marvin would have been 80 in 1983, four years before his death. Could it be that Fenn took his father to his “special place” one last time before his father’s death? That would resolve the question of “…don’t look for the treasure in a place where a 79 or 80 year old man couldn’t go.” (My quotes, not Fenn’s.) And, certainly, it would make the location very special to Fenn, because of the love and respect he has for his Father’s memory.