May we all be as prosperous as 69 year old prepper Walter Samaszko Jr., who was recently found deceased in his Nevada home.
Likewise, may we all be as tight-lipped about what we’ve got in our stockpiles.
When police entered his home after calls from concerned neighbors they were surprised to discover some $7 million worth of gold.
The operational security surrounding his stash was top notch, as not a single person had any idea what was hidden in his garage, throughout his house, and buried in his yard.
They found gold in boxes in the garage – lots of gold.
“At that point, we took the house apart,” Glover said.
That included a thorough search of the house itself, the crawl space beneath as well as a search of the entire yard using a metal detector.
Glover said they found box after box of gold coins and bullion, all neatly wrapped in aluminum foil and plastic cases.
Based on just the weight of the gold alone, Glover said he estimates the value of the gold at about $7 million but that, since some of the coins appear to be collector’s items, it could go much higher. Some of the English Sovereigns, he said, date to the 1840s. He is hiring an expert to value the coins.
How much gold? Enough that it took Glover two wheelbarrow loads to move it, enough that the boxes make a pile 2′ by 3′ by 21⁄2′ tall.
“Nobody had any clue he was hoarding the gold,” Glover said.
Of note is that Mr. Samaszko has been identified by the Nevada Appeal as “anti-government” – often a typical label given to those who are liberty minded and willing to explore non-traditional ideas.
Not only was he hoarding wheelbarrows of gold, but he was also stockpiling food and weapons:
Samaszko was “anti-government,” a recluse and a hoarder.
“He never went to a doctor,” he said. “He was obsessed with getting diseases from shots.”
There were a few conspiracy theory books in the home along with several guns, and supplies including dozens of cans of tuna and salmon among other things.
While he never needed to dig into the emergency food larder and self defense stockpiles, Samaszko had lived off the gold he and his mother purchased in the 1960’s. At that time, gold was pegged at $35 per ounce.
With the gold valued at current market price, there were roughly 4,300 ounces in his home when he died. At 1960’s prices, the original investment (not including numismatic value) would have been about $150,000.
By all accounts, Samaszko was his own central bank and totally independent of the system.
Despite being dismissed as an anti-government recluse by mainstream reporters, he probably lived a good life, especially if you consider that he hadn’t worked a traditional job for over forty years.