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January 16, 2019

Happy New Year

Hoping that you have a GREAT New Year and that you find the treasures that you are wanting.


Finding Luigi

For me, digging for bottles or anything old has always been a complimentary adventure to metal detecting. Old town, city, and village dumps, as well as old outhouses have given up many of their goodies to me. I’ve found, coins, buttons, pottery, bottles, silver and pewter knives, forks, and spoons, Ford, Chevy, Mercury, Nash, Studebaker, Mack Truck auto parts, and so much more. The dump sites located at old home sites has also produced many hours of excitement. Like metal detecting, you never know what you’ll unearth.

John, my TV co-host and friend, (R.I.P. pale), and I were bottle digging in an old city dump. The hole we dug was producing a few, small, medicine bottles, and some old broken, pottery shards, but nothing that really excited us. Therefore, we kept digging deeper, while enlarging the circumference of the hole at the same time. The idea was that, through experience we knew that the deeper you dig, the older the finds.

“Hey Frank.” John yelled at me. He was behind me. Joking he says. “I found part of Luigi.” He held up what looked like a long bone.

I laughed. “Nope. That’s a cow bone. Maybe it’s leg.”

A few minutes later John says. “Hey Frank. I found Luigi’s hip bone.”

“You’re finding animal bones John. Remember, this is a dump. They used to throw everything into here.”

“Do animals wear leather shoes?” John asked while holding up a tattered, old, leather shoe.

I examined the old shoe and told him to remember how many times we’ve found old leather shoes, and boots while digging in these areas.

John joked again. “I think its Luigi’s shoe.”

The reason for John’s comical narrative about the bones belonging to some fictional person he named Luigi was because the mafia once populated this area. It was an area infused with stories of mafia murders, bootlegging, gambling, and political cronyism. In addition, because John and I lived near this area, we knew, and understood the historical truths of those legends.

“Do you think this was a hit on Luigi?” John said sarcastically as he laid the old, leather shoe next to the bones.

Like I often did, I just laughed at his remark, and shook my head.

Then John began singing as he continued digging.

“Come’a home'a for da pasta.”

“Luigi, Luigi, linguini, linguini, I dona know’a where’a you’a are’a. Com’a home’a for da pasta.”

A few minutes went by, and then I hear John say. “Oh boy. Hey Frank, this is no joke.”

In John’s hand, he held a human skull. We both stood there gazing at the human head that was staring back at us.

“We gotta report this.” John said as he set the skull next to the bones he had dug.

“Of course we do. And look at this.” I told John. I pointed to a hole in the side of the skull. The hole was about the size of a quarter. It was located in the temple area.

“That’s a hole made by a bullet. Maybe a 45 caliber. ” John said. “I’d bet my own life on it.”

“Ya. That’s what I’m thinking.” I told him. “Let’s leave this stuff exactly as we found it and get to the police station and report it.”

The dumpsite was a secluded area now densely populate with old growth trees and scrub brush. There was no one else around so we felt comfortable leaving the skull and bones where they lay.

The police followed us to the area, and after looking at what we found, they took a brief report from John and me. We never heard from the police as to the identity or reason as to why the skull and bones were in the dump. However, John and I had a sneaky suspicion as to why.

“Luigi probably owed money to Guido.” John said a few weeks later when we returned to the dump. We were digging another hole not to far from where we found the remains.

Again, he began singing while digging.

“Luigi, Luigi, he met his’a fate’a cause’a he’a no’a pay’a.

Luigi, Luigi, mama always’a tell’a you’a no mess’a with the Ma-fia.

“Oh Luigi Luigi, he met’a his’a fate’a cause’a he’a no’a pay’a.”

We returned many times to the dumpsite to dig for bottles and old pottery. In addition we metal detected around the surrounding area, which at one time was a Revolutionary War site. And of course, each time we returned, John reminded me of Luigi.

“Luigi, Luigi, Im’a sure’a he was’a very nice’a boy’a.”

Lost Gold Brothers

“There's gold in them thar hills! Or at least that's what brothers Josh and Jesse Feldman are hoping. The new reality series Lost Gold follows the Arizona natives as they venture across the West in search of hidden treasures.” Lost Gold Brothers

Man Inspired by Metal Detector TV Show Finds Precious 15th Century Ring

“A metal detectorist named Gordon Graham unearthed a 600 year old ring on the Isle of Man that has been declared “treasure” by the island’s Coroner of Inquests.

The silver and gilt ring is decorated with geometric patterns and is believed to be from the 15th century. It is now on display at the Manx Museum.”

Man's Ring Found

Metal Detecting Brothers Unearth Ancient Roman Coins in Belgium

“One of the many fascinating aspects of coins from Ancient Rome is that they are found over a very large geographical area. You’ll find them scattered across Europe, Britain, and North Africa in addition to Rome proper. This is evidence of the great territorial expanse of the Roman Empire and how far Roman coins traveled in the course of commerce and trade.” Metal Detecting Brothers

Super Hero With a Metal Detector

“Kate Hernandez received the best Christmas present ever.

She’d lost her engagement ring with its one-carat diamond at Merewether Beach. It was worth $8000 or so, not to mention the emotional value.

“We spent the rest of the night searching for it. It was very distressing,” Kate said.

The next morning her husband Jose tried to find the ring with a cheap metal detector. He had no luck.” Super Hero With a Metal Detector

Wedding Ring Hunters

“A man takes off his baseball glove in Central Park. His wedding ring slips off undetected and disappears into the grass. Hours pass before he notices that it’s missing.

A woman reacts in a fit of anger, tossing her engagement ring into the ocean. As it hits the water, pangs of regret settle in.”

Wedding Ring Hunters

Hobbyist with Metal Detector Discovers Historic Item From 1609

“The Bridgeville Area Historical Society kicked off its 2018-19 program meeting sequence with a presentation entitled “History Hounds — Preserving and Saving Local History Through Metal Detecting” by two hobbyists, Rob Hilt and Rob Best.

Hilt had given a talk on the same subject last spring; this time Best provided some additional information. The two speakers discussed their hobby and their commitment to local history.” Hobbyist with Metal Detector Discovers Historic Item From 1609

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