October 5, 2009
Man pulls practical joke from the grave
A man who died in 1976 is the likely culprit behind a mysterious note suggesting a chest of gold coins is buried in Springfield, Ill., an Illinois woman says.
Betty Atkinson Ryan of Mason City, Ill., claims the individual who likely left the recently-discovered note about the hidden treasure was former Journal-Register classified advertisement manager John
Jay Slaven, the newspaper said Monday.
Henken found the note in the stuffing of an antique chair and followed its details to a vacant Springfield lot.
The lot's owners helped in the search for the chest of gold coins Sunday by digging into the property with a back hoe. Unfortunately for all involved, no hidden treasure was found.
I am one of the worst practical jokers, Henken, who is still holding onto the possibility of finding treasure at the lot, told the Journal-Register.
I deserve to get this letter. He's got one on me. And I'll have to wait until I die to get him back.