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  1. #1

    Aug 2007
    Anywhere there's treasure
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    Strange Victorio Peak Info... Maybe the answer to where the gold went?

    While doing some research on gold currency use in the US, I came across an interesting website discussing the sale of gold bars to England in 1967 & 1968 orchestrated by President Lyndon Johnson. Maybe the VP gold was used for the sale. Just a thought...

    Copyright Š 1999 by Freemarket Gold & Money Report. All Rights Reserved.

    First published on December 13, 1999 in FGMR Letter #256
    In the 1970's a very courageous gentleman named Edward Durrell claimed that substantially all of the US Gold Reserve being stored at Ft. Knox was gone. Only 1,000 tonnes or so of the 8,500 tonnes supposedly being stored there remained. The rest had been secretly taken from Ft. Knox and shipped to London in 1967 and early 1968 for sale by President Johnson in an ill-fated attempt to keep the price of Gold at $35 per ounce.

    Mr. Durrell provided a lot of anecdotal evidence to support his claim. These included eyewitness accounts of hundreds of Army trucks leaving Ft. Knox in the middle of the night over a period of many weeks, supposedly loaded with the Gold bounty. Other interesting but circumstantial evidence was the sudden and unexpected dismissal of Gordon Tether, business editor for London's Financial Times, who published Mr. Durrell's claims. To my knowledge, no mainstream US newspaper dared to publish Mr. Durrell's allegations.

    More circumstantial evidence emerged in the late 1970's when the US Treasury auctioned some Gold in an attempt to keep the Gold price from rising rapidly. The bullion banks bidding in the auction received 'coin-melt' bars, not good delivery bars. The coin-melt bars were fabricated in the 1930's after the Gold confiscation at that time. Coins are only 90% pure Gold, with 10% other metals added to provide durability to the Gold so that it can be used as coin without excessive wear or damage. In contrast, good delivery bars are 99% pure.

    Mr. Durrell alleged that the coin-melt bars were not taken to London because their source could easily have been identified, the US being the only country that seized their citizens' Gold. Had the coin-melt bars been sold, the secret nature of the operation would have been compromised, so the coin-melt bars remained at Ft. Knox while the good delivery bars were sold in London in President Johnson's diabolical, unsuccessful scheme. Subsequent administrations, too afraid of the consequences from telling the truth, have continued the cover-up.

    Clearly, the above examples are not sufficient to prove Mr. Durrell's claim, but one piece of evidence does raise serious questions. He claimed that a proper audit of the Gold reserve had not been made since the late 1950's during the Eisenhower administration. Moreover, despite his best efforts to get an audit completed, including as I recall offers to pay for the audit himself (which were not hollow promises because he was a very wealthy businessman), no audit was undertaken. The reason? The US Treasury said it was unnecessary 'because everyone knew that the Gold was still in Ft. Knox'.

    The Treasury's curious response always seemed incredulous to me, so I have remained open-minded about whether the Gold was there or not. After all, we now know that President Johnson had lied to the nation about the Gulf of Tonkin incident that dragged the US into war in Viet Nam, so who is to say that he didn't also lie about the Gold in Ft. Knox?

    Mr. Durrell passed away at age 90 in the early 1980's. With his passing, and the decline in inflation and the Gold price from the 1980 highs, over time this controversy was largely forgotten. I too put it largely out of mind until the early 1990's when I came to know a very wealthy industrialist with an interesting story.

    I wrote about this gentlemen and his story in April 1994 (FGMR #143, Thinking the Unthinkable). He had requested anonymity, so I only refer to him as André, which is not his real name. André provided some additional interesting details, many of which filled in some unexplained gaps in Mr. Durrell's allegations.

    Earlier in the year I reprinted this article because it was becoming clear to me that Mr. Durrell's and André's contention that the US Gold reserve was missing helped explain what was happening in the Gold market. As the huge weight of Gold being loaned and borrowed grew seemingly without end, it appeared to me that the Gold supposedly in Ft. Knox must be part of the equation. So I asked myself what could I do about it?


  2. #2
    Jan 2007
    Out & About
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    Re: Strange Victorio Peak Info... Maybe the answer to where the gold went?


    40 years of dirt fishin' & I still get excited!

  3. #3
    Jan 2008

    Re: Strange Victorio Peak Info... Maybe the answer to where the gold went?

    Google Dr Peter Beter or got to peterbeter.com and read more of this story.

  4. #4
    Aug 2008
    2 times

    Re: Strange Victorio Peak Info... Maybe the answer to where the gold went?

    that theory is not worthy of comment !

  5. #5

    Oct 2005
    NM/AZ/CA/Co/Utah & P.I. Tx.
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    Re: Strange Victorio Peak Info... Maybe the answer to where the gold went?

    If you are really interested in:
    Where the all of gold went & etc

    THE! TRUE Story of Victorio Peak ..
    Just buy the book...
    "100 Tons of Gold"

    It'll answer and explain all!
    Cptbild & Bugs

  6. #6
    Oct 2008

    Re: Strange Victorio Peak Info... Maybe the answer to where the gold went?

    Some years ago I was introduced to a person by the name of Bobby Finch who claimed to have resmeltered the bars on the Johnson ranch in Mexico. I don't know if he was telling the truth or not but the story he told made sense.


  7. #7

    Oct 2005
    NM/AZ/CA/Co/Utah & P.I. Tx.
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    Re: Strange Victorio Peak Info... Maybe the answer to where the gold went?

    How about this ??
    On the Johnson Ranch there were/are, built two Underground
    Storage Bunks!
    The Gold from "V.P." was shipped, by plane from The El Paso Airport
    To both Mexico and to Canada
    Right Now !
    One of the Pilots, is living in Silver City, NM !

    I would say THAT the odds are !! He was telling the truth!
    (The above info was told to me, personally, by one of Doc's Grandsons )
    Cptbild & Bugs



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