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Monday, September 17, 2012

"Nobody had any idea [he] was hoarding gold"

Posted by on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM

My VERY FAVORITE type of story is one which features both corpses and treasure hoards:

A Carson City recluse whose body was found in his home at least a month after he died left only $200 in his bank account.

But as Walter Samaszko Jr.'s house was being cleared for sale, officials made a surprise discovery: gold bars and coins valued at least $7 million.

At a young age, DuckTales and common sense taught me that the best way to die is by diving into a pit of money. RIP, Mr. Samaszko, you American hero.*

And thank you, Slog tipper rob!, for making my day.

*Yeah, he died from heart complications. Still: $7 million in gold bars!


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Urgutha Forka 1
Glenn Beck would be proud
Posted by Urgutha Forka on September 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM · Report this
rob! 2
Carson City is a silver dollar's throw from the Comstock Lode (Virginia City), and was once important enough that they put a branch of the U.S. Mint there.

What's bred in the bone comes out in the [putrefying] flesh, I guess.
Posted by rob! on September 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this
Dougsf 3
Sad if he truly doesn't have any heirs. $7M, however, may produce some.
Posted by Dougsf on September 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
@2, that's awesome in every way.
Posted by gloomy gus on September 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 5
About 250 pounds, quite a bit, but gold is so dense the volume is the about the same or less than 10 standard masonry bricks. Not much diving.
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on September 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
A recluse hoarding gold? In Nevada? You don't say.

Seven mil is nothing to sneeze at, but a gold hoarding recluse in Nevada isn't out of the ordinary, just the amount he managed to hoard. Maybe he could've bought some friends instead of stockpiling.
Posted by SPG on September 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Simone 7
I a few times during my youth I pretended to be Uncle Scrooge and dive/swim in gold (copper pennies at the time).

Shoot, with 7mil. I'd travel around Europe.
Posted by Simone on September 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM · Report this
FAIL. You're supposed to spend the 7 million in Vegas and THEN die.
Posted by unpaid reader on September 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
What happens to 7 million dollars when there are no heirs?
Posted by mitten on September 17, 2012 at 6:01 PM · Report this
Dougsf 10
@9 - If there's no will, and no blood relative to come forward and claim it, it can become property of the state. In Nevada, I imagine that to entail a giant pair of craps table dice sticks appears and drag your possessions down a green felt street toward the capitol building.
Posted by Dougsf on September 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM · Report this
Cynic Romantic 11
Since when did anyone die in Duck Tales from jumping into a pit of money? I figured it was just Uncle Scrooge's daily swimming exercise.
Posted by Cynic Romantic on September 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
Looks like Romney just lost a vote.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on September 18, 2012 at 5:24 AM · Report this

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