YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – According to the Associated Press a man in Wyoming just plead guilty to illegally desecrating a cemetery at Yellowstone National Park because he was searching for treasure. 52 year old Rodrick Dow Craythorn (unbelievable name) spent months digging up a cemetery “searching for a treasure chest containing coins, gold, and other valuables left in the backcountry a decade ago ago by Santa Fe, New Mexico, art and antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn.” Forrest Fenn is also an unbelievably good name.
It is a shame the man plead guilty. It’s been a spell since we’ve seen any good courtroom treasure drama.
The treasure Forest Fenn buried has been a storied and a generally quirky but harmless oddity. People have been coming to Yellowstone for years since Fenn first announced he had buried his treasure somewhere in Wyoming. It’s nice to know that people are still headed westward lookin’ for gold.
Between October 1st, 2019 and May 24th, 2020 Craythorn caused $1,000 worth in damage digging up the Fort Yellowstone cemetery. Honestly, it’s kind of impressive that the guy didn’t cause more damage in 7 months. That’s a lot of time to plunder.
If Craythorn is found guilty he could be fined up to $270,000 in damages and a 12 year prison sentence. Yikes.
Here at Men’s Humor, we understand the primal drive to set out into well charted government protected land to find gold coins. But we also think it’s a good idea to not dig up cemeteries!
Fenn himself, the man behind the treasure, passed away in September. Three months earlier, Fenn and his family announced that the treasure had been found by Jonathan “Jack” Stuef. That’s right. Stuef is a 32 year old man who goes by Jack and found buried treasure. Johnny Depp would be proud.