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The signed confession
October 4, 2011
"The game is worth the candle..."
I always thought it was somewhat cruel, maybe even sadistic, of John William Sherman to leave us sleuthing for circumstantial clues to his authorship of The Beale Papers. Could he not have provided some solid proof?
Now, thanks again to Richard H. Greaves, we have compelling evidence provided by the author himself. In two recent copyright research papers downloadable below, Mr. Greaves has uncovered what is surely the last bit of mystery left in this saga.
With the author's permission, the following are a few highlights of these new findings.
"...and we will play it to the end."
We begin with the numbers used to describe the treasure in the C2/DOI solution, namely:
1014 lbs of gold 3812 lbs of silver 1907 lbs of gold 1288 lbs of silver $13,000 in jewels
Add these numbers to find a total of 21021, which in feet, is 3.98125 miles, or "about four miles", a coincidence surely. We then draw a circle centred on Buford's tavern with a radius of 21021 feet.
We now use the same numbers as bearings from the tavern as follows:
And we draw those lines on the circle:
Note here some more "coincidences". The 10° line goes to 190° on the other side of the circle,
which is the bearing indicated by the second shipment of gold, and the 38° line goes to 218°,
which is 90° greater than the 128° line which we did not draw, representing the second shipment
The two lines drawn can be seen as inverted arrows which, if flipped over, give us the third line shown
terminating at 24° and 204°. These are important numbers to retain.
The above is only a small example of the many calculations in the first research paper. We now proceed
to the second paper which deals with the alphabetical sequence numbers in the author's name.
The two papers contain many variations which lead to the number 204.
Gold 1014 10 = J 14 = N
1907 Add all the gold digits 1 + 1 + 4 + 1 + 9 + 7 = 23 = W
Silver 1288 Add the digits 1 + 2 + 8 + 8 = 19 = S
3812 Add the digits 3 + 8 + 1 + 2 = 14 = N
All of which gives Jn W Sn. More coincidences?
The second research paper provides many other such calculations pointing to his name.
Download Mr. Greaves' research in pdf format here:
Cryptic Geometry, Purpose Unknown (8.37Mb)
First: Middle: Last: (7.92Mb)
The locality of the vault?
The following is not part of Mr. Greaves' research, but is calculated on his discoveries.
I thank Albert Atwell for the coordinates to Buford's tavern. He cautions however, that his source,
Google Earth, is not always accurate. These coordinates should be confirmed with a GPS reader
on site before launching an expedition.
In the Google close-up view below, the site appears to be a cavity in the side of the mountain, just above a cliff and below a road.
It seems difficult of access and an excellent long term hiding place. The nearby buildings indicate it may be on private property.
If anyone wishes to explore this location with a metal detector, I will post here any results you provide me. I do not expect anything
to be there, let alone a treasure, but a tin can with a note in it, if it could survive all those years, would be nice.
Without doubt, many will find fault and shortcoming in Richard Greaves' findings. Nevertheless, the list of apparent
coincidences is too long to ignore. If true, it proves conclusively that
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