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Anna Mitchell-Hedges
Friday, February 8th, 2008
Anna Mitchell-Hedges was born Anne Marie Le Guillon on 1st January 1907 in Port Colborne, Canada. She was the sixth of ten children. Her Mother had emigrated to Canada from Breton, France while pregnant. Maybe this is why traveling was to play such an important role in Anna’s life.

Anna grew up to be a bright, lively, mischievous child.

Early childhood
Anna’s first memory occurred when she was five. Tragedy struck when she and her seven year old sister were playing by the Port Colborne canal. Her sister was playfully pushed into the canal by another girl and drowned. Another sister was burned to death when their house caught fire.

When she was seven years old, World War One broke out and her Father returned to France to fight. Her Mother tried to correspond with her parents back in France and not getting any reply sensed all was not well. Unable to leave all her children, Anna’s mother decided to send Anna back to France to find out what had happened. And so began Anna’s first great adventure.

On board the ship going to France, Anna sighted what she thought was a stick in the water. She pointed it out to one of the crew and next thing she knew panic reigned around her as everyone hastened to put on lifejackets. It was one of the first submarine sightings of the war. Fortunately, the ship wasn’t torpedoed.

Anna eventually arrived safely at her grandparent’s farm to find that her mother’s younger sister was living there. Anna was given some straw bedding and told to sleep in the roof. From there she saw her aunt taking food out to a barn. Anna sneaked into the barn where she discovered her elderly grandparents.

She ran off in an attempt to find her uncle who lived several miles away. When she didn’t return, her aunt sent men on horseback to look for her. Anna evaded them by hiding in a ditch and behind trees. She eventually found her uncle’s house and her aunt was eventually evicted from the farm. Anna returned to Canada – mission accomplished!

Her father returned on leave and Anna’s mother conceived another child. However, tragedy was once again to affect young Anna’s life. Back in France, her father died of the effects of gassing. Then her mother died in childbirth. Anna remembers being in the garden and hearing her mother’s screams. The baby was still-born.

Anna’s house was opposite a hotel where guests used to stay whilst on fishing vacations. Two Americans were regular guests and they took a liking to young Anna who used to find worms for them to use as bait. Occasionally, they would bring an English friend of theirs to stay who was also keen on fishing. His name was Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges. On hearing of Anna’s parents death, the two Americans tried to persuade Mitchell-Hedges to adopt her.

Anna wanted to stay at Port Colborne and was frightened of the Englishman with his dark skin like a Red Indian and deep voice. However, her eldest sister was unable to look after all the children and so against Anna’s wishes she was put on a train with Mitchell-Hedges and they traveled to his New York apartment. Once there, Anna was shown her room. It overlooked Central Park and Anna used to sit on the window seat looking down at the park and all the people in the street.

At first, despite Mitchell-Hedges kindness, Anna was too frightened to speak or go out. Indeed she was so afraid that ‘I used to pray, I never prayed so much in all my life.’

After a few days, he asked Anna to put some of his clothes away whilst he was at work. When doing this, Anna found a lot of dirty socks and washed them. However, she was frightened to leave them hanging up to dry in case he scolded her so she hid them until he went out again. When the socks were dry, Anna began mending them. As she was listening to the gramophone, she failed to hear Mitchell-Hedges returning and was caught with darning needle in hand.

Danger, my daughter
Mitchell-Hedges was surprised at the youngsters darning skills. The incident started a dialogue between them and formed a bond that was to last 43 years until Mitchell-Hedges death in 1959.

When Anna once did something silly, Mitchell-Hedges jokingly said ‘You silly Sam!’ The nickname stuck and Anna became known as Sammy.

A few weeks after adopting her, Mitchell-Hedges intended sending Sammy to boarding school but the thought of being parted from each other was too much for both of them and, literally at the railway station, they decided to stay together and Anna accompanied Mitchell-Hedges on his first expedition to Central America.

Anna relished Mitchell-Hedges’ company and quickly learnt to fish, become an accurate shot with the rifle and revolver and a difficult player to beat at poker. For the first time in her life she was truly happy.

However, as revolution broke out Mitchell-Hedges decided it was becoming too dangerous for a little girl of twelve and with great reluctance Anna was sent to a boarding school.

On Anna’s next trip abroad aged 13 when she was left on a small island with an elderly man named ‘Brownie’ with instructions to guard their supplies whilst Mitchell-Hedges and his co-explorer Lady Richmond Brown set off for the interior.

During the wait, Anna fished and caught a poisonous sea-snake. Fortunately, Brownie was at hand to kill it before it could bite Anna.

After twelve days, Anna feared that she would never see her Father alive again and well remembers her relief and excitement when his boat was sighted.

It was when her Father was supervising excavations at Lubaantun, Anna made a discovery that was to change her life. She saw a bright object sparkling amongst the stones of the pyramid and on her 17th birthday sufficient stones were removed for her to be lowered down to reach the object. It was the Crystal Skull.

Anna accompanied her Father on numerous fishing trips around the Bay Islands which encompassed stops at islands of archaeological interest for excavations. in between fishing trips.

Traveling in between the islands, Anna often did a spot of fishing herself catching rays and sharks that often weighed more than she did. She also landed the heaviest hammerhead shark ever caught by a woman. It weighed 1,500lbs – a record which stood until the late 1980’s.

For her own safety amongst natives, many of whom had never seen a white woman before, Anna carried a whip and a pistol. On two occasions she was forced to use the pistol to save the life of Jane Harvey Houlson – her father’s secretary. The first was when the two women were walking down a street when they were confronted by three rough men, all armed, who had drunkenly stumbled out a bar. They made unwanted advances towards the women. Anna ran off but Jane was seized. They went for their guns then Anna shot all three men with her pistol. Not one of them got up and the women escaped.

On the other occasion, Jane had refused to pay one of the crew from their boat as she knew he had not done some work he had been told to do. This particular man, Joe, was a known murderer and fugitive and had been, up to this point, a great deterrent to other troublemakers. As Joe came to see Jane, Frenchy shouted a warning to Anna in French as to what Joe’s intentions were. When Joe reached for his gun, Anna shot him through the hand.

It was whilst planting a sprouting coconut – something her father encouraged her to do for the benefit of future generations – that Anna made another fabulous discovery. Her spade connected with something solid and metallic. Much frantic digging later three chests full of treasure were unearthed obviously buried by pirates centuries earlier.

Travelling the world
In between expeditions, her father bought various properties in Dorset and Cornwall where Anna kept house.

In 1934 Anna went to Paris to learn a trade as a beautician. She was taught by none other than Antwon who was the most respected hairdresser in the world. He slept in a white satin lined coffin every night.

When she qualified, she cut and styled the hair of some of the most famous figures of Parisian society including Ann Morgan and Ann Vanderbelt, and Elsie De Wolfe and Rothschild of Paris. Other notable clients were Edward and Mrs. Simpson Duke of Windsor. Sammy remembers how incredibly nervous she was the first time she ever did Mrs. Simpson’s hair and described the Duke as having ‘the loveliest feet I have ever pedicured and he’s so nice and simple in his ways, too’.

Between 1935 to 1938, Sammy was the manageress of the Beauty Salon on board the Normandie ocean liner. During that time she met many famous people including Maurice Chevalier an acquaintance from Paris, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Benny and President to be Hoover .

During World War II, Anna lived with her Father at Fordingbridge in Hampshire. Here they entertained many Americans including General Hague and General Alexander. Anna also met Churchill, General Montgomery and General de Gaulle. It is typical of her generous nature that Anna also made a jungle stew (everything goes in it!) for the Italian prisoners who were clearing the River Avon that ran alongside the property. The Italian soldiers were so hungry they didn’t leave any for her!

Whilst painting a ceiling standing on as chair, Anna fell off and hit her head. She awoke in hospital to find a Priest standing over her bed administering the last rites to her – somewhat prematurely!

After the war, Anna and Mitchell-Hedges were invited to South Africa by General Smuts. Whilst there, they visited St. Lucia where Anna witnessed the most magnificent sight she’d ever seen – a spectacular sunset with flocks of flying flamingos.

After casually mentioning to Mitchell-Hedges that she could happily spend the rest of her life there, he casually mentioned to her the next day that he had bought the hotel and surrounding houses and shops for her. And so began a career in the hospitality business.

After nearly two years, Anna became restless again. To by-pass the difficulty of getting the proceeds from the sale of St. Lucia out of South Africa, the Russian icon The Virgin of Kazan was bought.

By this time, years of exploration had taken their toll on Mitchell-Hedges’ health and Anna devoted herself to looking after him. They moved to Farley Castle near Reading where they received a procession of visitors including Archbishops from the Russian Orthodox Church eager to see the icon. It was here that Anna found a faithful and loyal companion – her Pekingese dog. She would own one for the rest of her life.

They moved to Shaldon House at Shaldon in Cornwall where to, Anna’s great grief and dismay, her father passed away in 1959.

A comrade in arms
Mitchell-Hedges had asked his long-serving secretary Cynthia Cowles to look after Anna after his death. A promise Cynthia kept with great loyalty and dedication causing Anna to affectionately refer to her as ‘my Sergeant-Major’.Anna moved back to Reading for a while and it was here that she planned to carry out her Father’s other last wish. She returned to the Caribbean for the remaining pirate treasure chest and gave the contents of it to the two Americans who had originally brought Mitchell-Hedges and Anna together.

Anna also planned to sell the icon. Although she had numerous offers to purchase it from wealthy institutions and individuals, she wanted it to be returned to what she considered to be its rightful owners - the Russian Orthodox Church.

She agreed a price with the Church of Fatima in Washington, New Jersey and kindly allowed them six years to raise donations to pay for the exquisite icon.

In 1967, Anna returned to Canada where she embarked on a number of lecture tours about Mitchell-Hedges life and showing the Crystal Skull.

Whilst driving through Kitchener, she stopped to let her Pekinese dogs out the car and saw a motel which was for sale. She asked Cynthia if she would like to take on the challenge of running it and when Cynthia’s response was enthusiastic, bought it for her. Between them, they spent an enjoyable six years running it and built up a loyal and appreciative clientele.

Anna then returned to England where she lived for a number of years with relations before again returning to Kitchener.

After Cynthia passed away in 1990, Anna was never idle or lonely. She welcomed thousands of visitors to her home to show them the Crystal Skull and give interviews to journalists, authors, documentary-makers and interested members of the public.

Shortly after having reached her centenary anniversary, Anna passed away in April 2007.

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F.A. Mitchell-Hedges
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges was born on 22nd October 1882. He grew up to be one of the most extraordinary and unconventional characters England has ever produced.

An adventurer with a rare and true spirit who cared passionately about the world and who could articulate his experiences, thoughts and dreams to those sufficiently open-minded to listen.

His occupations ranged from a stockbroker, antique dealer, explorer, archaeologist, big-game fisherman, lecturer, writer and poet – all experienced in his quest for adventure, to live life to the full and inspire others to follow in his footsteps. ‘Life lived without adventure is not life at all.’

His mother’s maiden name was Julia Alice Mitchell and, as a tribute to his mother and out of his great love for her, he added ‘Mitchell’ to his Father’s surname of Hedges whereupon he became known to his many friends as ‘MH’.

His love of fishing showed at an early age when he sneaked onto a private estate near to his parent’s house in Buckinghamshire. He told the man who challenged him that he’d been given permission to fish by the Lord of the Manor. The man was the Lord himself but he was so impressed by the lad’s boldness that he let him continue to fish.

The seed of danger is sown
His independent spirit surfaced at boarding school when he was twelve. The Headmaster intended flogging him in front of the whole school but Mitchell-Hedges defied him and refused to submit to being thrashed. Instead, he threw an inkwell at the Headmaster and ran away from school. He was to spend a great part of his life battling against authority.

As a lad, he read the great adventure novelists of the day and fantasized of discovering lost cities, meeting fierce tribes and surviving encounters with savage beasts.

Such dreaming did not endear him to his Father who wanted him to enter the family business. To try and quash his son’s spirit of adventure, his Father arranged for the 16 year old Mitchell-Hedges to go on a harsh prospecting trip to the Arctic with Brooke Mee – a business acquaintance.

Despite embarrassing the young lad by putting a woman in his bed – a temptation that Mitchell-Hedges resisted - and then laughing at his naivety, the plan backfired as Mitchell-Hedges relished the outdoor life. He became friendly with an Eskimo, Poochee, and together they went hunting and fishing to get supplies for the camp. Mitchell-Hedges’ one regret was ‘I craved excitement and… here there were no fierce animals, no hostile savages, not even a few poisonous snakes. I longed to test my nerve.’

His opportunity came on the return journey home. Caught in a blizzard, their boat had to battle through heavy seas. For the first time in his life and, indeed the only time he admits to it, Mitchell-Hedges experienced real fear when he thought the boat was going to sink. Although two men from the expedition died of exposure, his Father’s plan never succeeded in stopping his roving instinct. If anything, it encouraged him.

Not Nine to Five
Back in England, Mitchell-Hedges nonchalant attitude to his work eventually resulted is his dismissal from the stockbroker job his Father had arranged for him. A furious confrontation between Father and son followed.

Worse was to come. Following a rowdy stag night, Mitchell-Hedges was arrested and ended up in court - much to his Father’s embarrassment. His Father now gave up on his wayward son and actually ordered him to leave the country rather than bring further shame upon the family.

In February 1900, Mitchell-Hedges aged 18 emigrated to Canada. It was whilst on board the Canadian Pacific Steamship Lake Manitoba that Mitchell-Hedges found he had a gamblers instinct for playing poker – a skill that was to come in useful many times in the future.

Ironically, on arrival, fate steered him to New York where he got a job as a stockbroker working with Jules Bache – one of the richest men in America. Mitchell-Hedges describes this time as ‘Life was thrilling, exciting, dangerous. There were handsome profits to be made and handsome losses, too.’ It was during this time he also met J.P. ‘Mighty’ Morgan – the richest man in America who inspired Mitchell-Hedges to be determined and to turn his dream into reality.

Mitchell-Hedges had saved sufficient money to fund his first expedition when he received news his beloved Mother was ill. He abandoned his plans and hurried home. His mother survived but his planned expedition never took place for in 1906 he married Lillian Agnes Clarke known as ‘Dolly’. Although they remained married for over 50 years, Mitchell-Hedges spent amazingly little time with her and described himself ‘being among one of the leading contenders for the title of Worst Husband In The World’.

Also in 1906, he went with his Father on a trip to France to purchase antique silver. Whilst there he met Mrs. Le Guillon – a chance friendship which was to have a major bearing on his life in later years.

For the next seven years, Mitchell-Hedges became one of the vast majority of people whose soaring spirits and high morale are ‘crippled by the confines of business’. His stockbroker business thrived enabling him to buy a house in Bayswater and one of the first Daimlers.

One day, he learnt of a plan by his business associates to oust him by ‘bearing’ a scheme whereby shares are artificially depressed on the stock exchange until small investors panic and sell at a loss.

Shocked and furious at their treachery, Mitchell-Hedges redeployed it to ensure the Directors were ruined as well as himself. When his last debt was paid, he bought Dolly a small cottage in the country and went back to America.

In 1913, after working as a cowhand in Texas and a waiter in New Orleans, Mitchell-Hedges eventually worked his way down to Mexico. Once there, he was captured by Pancho Villas bandits. Mitchell-Hedges only escaped being shot as an American by proving he was English by singing ‘God save the King’. Forced to join the bandits on several raids, Mitchell-Hedges was shot twice in the leg.

In 1914 Pancho Villa allowed him to return to England to fight for his country in World War One. However, because of his bullet wounds, he was told he was exempt from military service.

He returned to America where he got a job as a salesman. It was whilst doing this that, with the help of two other American salesmen, he looked up Mrs Le Guillon who had emigrated to Port Colborn in Canada. The trio went on regular fishing trips in the area using worms supplied by Mrs Le Guillon’s young daughter Anne Marie.

A kindred soul
In 1917, Mrs. Le Guillon died in childbirth and, as her husband had died a few months earlier in France, the two Americans persuaded Mitchell-Hedges to adopt the orphan Anne Marie. He did this somewhat against his better judgment. Anne Marie wasn’t particularly keen either, asking if she really had to go with ‘this ugly man with the wrinkled skin’.

Initially, Anne Marie refused to talk and sullenly sat in the window seat of Mitchell-Hedges’s New York apartment overlooking central park. She was terrified of his deep gravely voice. Try as he might to coax her out to buy clothes, meals or walks in the park.

However, one day Mitchell-Hedges returned to find Anne Marie darning one of his socks and a dialogue was struck up. And so began a relationship which was to last for the next 43 years.

Mitchell-Hedges parenting skills were well-meaning if amusing. He insisted on buying the ten year old girl the finest silk underwear. One day, Anne Marie did something foolish and Mitchell-Hedges labeled her ‘Silly Sam’. From that moment onwards, he always called her Sammy.

Mitchell-Hedges intended sending Sammy to boarding school but the emotion of parting proved too great and so Mitchell-Hedges took her on his first expedition to Central America. Mitchell-Hedges unorthodox approach to parenting meant he taught his adopted daughter how to fish shoot and play poker.

A revolution in Central America necessitated that Mitchell-Hedges continue his traveling alone and he was immediately arrested as a spy for photographing rebel troops. His freedom cost him two crates of whisky which wasn’t much of a hardship as he was teetotal.

Mitchell-Hedges also met General Lee Christmas, another rebel leader, whom he met at the poker table and whose troops he witnessed storming a bridge over a ravine at great cost of life.

The explorer is born
After two years of traveling around in Central America and hearing rumors of mysterious buried cities, inaccessible mountain ranges and lost tribes with strange ceremonies and grotesque customs, Mitchell-Hedges returned to London to try and raise funds for an expedition.

He also wanted to test his theory that much bigger fish existed than had ever been caught previously. He believed if such monsters of the deep could be landed, they would tell science much new information about ichthyology. And, if he was wrong, he would still have ‘an awful lot of fun!’ A chance encounter with an old friend, Lady Richmond Brown, provided both the money and an ideal companion.

They trekked deep into the jungle to encounter the San Blas and Chucunaque tribes. A great deal about the history and customs of these tribes was learned (including The Feast Of Hair Cutting and the Ritual Of Death). Much needed medical aid was dispensed and more hygienic practices introduced.

On their arrival amongst the Chucunaque, the tribe decided to kill the white intruders as it was a tribal custom that death should be dispensed to anyone violating their territory. Fortunately, Mitchell-Hedges had anticipated this danger and he had the foresight to bring some flares and Lady Richmond Brown’s Queen of Sheba costume.

A performance worthy of any theatre was put on which convinced the Chucunaque that Mitchell-Hedges and Lady Richmond Brown were Gods sent to cure their ills.

A huge number of fascinating exhibits were collected. Amongst these was the ‘Chief Fetish’ of the Chucunaque tribe used to treat males on the point of death. This was a human male fetus preserved by an unknown means so to be as perfect as it was when first removed from the mother.

Professor Sir Arthur Keith F.R.S., regarded as one of the greatest anthropologist of his day, examined the Chief Fetish and declared it had a skull formation ‘hitherto entirely unknown’. This anomaly has never been solved and the unique specimen was presented to The British Museum along with hundreds of others. Thousands more were donated to The Heye Foundation In New York.


Mitchell-Hedges then spent time fishing in Jamaica where he caught a record red snapper weighing 102.25lbs and a shovel nosed shark weighing in at 237.5lbs – the largest fish he had caught on rod and line at that time. He also caught hammer-head shark five foot three inches in length and a sting ray weighing 260 lbs. These catches are all the more remarkable when you consider Mitchell-Hedges was fishing from a relatively small and easily-cap sizable dinghy!

Perhaps the most notable event was to catch and kill a girl-eating shark in Kingston Harbour, Jamaica. It was caught on the less than conventional tackle of five empty fifty gallon oil drums and a hook baited with two dead dogs. The shark was only eleven feet long but its girth was eight feet six inches. It weighed 700 lbs. The shark was mounted and is now in the Kingston museum.

On Roatan, they discovered evidence of a cataclysmic event where giant boulders had been tossed about and cliffs contorted under enormous pressure.

In caves hewn out by man, hundreds of artifacts were found including a pottery ram or sheep with a branded mark. As the Maya didn’t keep domesticated animals, Mitchell-Hedges regarded this find as an important piece of evidence in support of his theory.

One of Mitchell-Hedges thoughtful habits was to plant coconuts wherever they found any sprouting. It was whilst doing this that they had the good fortune to unearth three chests of pirate treasure. Only able to remove two, the third was left.

In 1932, he visited New York. His easy-going English charm attracted the attention of Mrs. Shepherd a leading light of New York society who was so smitten that she announced the couples engagement. Mitchell-Hedges furiously denied it and quickly moved to Hollywood.

Mitchell-Hedges hired a house in Beverly Hills – the only one with a church organ. One of the many friends and film stars who visited the by now legendary Englishman was an MGM Studio Executive who encouraged Mitchell-Hedges to write a screenplay. This he did with Jean Harlow in the starring role, but the stars death put an end to the project.

In 1934, Mitchell-Hedges Father, John Hedges, died. It was a bitter blow to him that his Father had not remembered him in his will. Upsetting for emotional, not financial, reasons. All Mitchell-Hedges inherited was a title – Lord of Bantree which he never used.

Mitchell-Hedges spent time in New York where he became a popular radio broadcaster and lecturer. His deep voice, chiseled looks and cold eyes made him popular with New York ladies.

Vulnerable after his Father’s death he became easy prey for a New York gold-digger Dorothy whom he married after securing a divorce in Mexico. The divorce was later to prove illegible in Britain which was fortunate as the relationship with Dorothy was short-lived.

Mitchell-Hedges returned to England to live in Coverack, Cornwall. He began dealing in antique silver and some of the world’s most valuable pieces passed through his hands including Marie Antoinette’s mirror. He had the appreciation of a connoisseur and an eye for quality.

Mitchell-Hedges was planning another expedition when World War 2 broke out. Scotland Yard wrote to him requesting that he used his high-level American contacts to try and encourage America to join the war.

When this happened, he entertained such well-known names as General Hague, General Alexander, General Eisenhower, General Montgomery, General de Gaulle and Churchill. Indeed, Eisenhower and Nixon actually did the washing-up after one of Mitchell-Hedges legendary dinner parties.

In 1943, Mitchell-Hedges got embroiled in another controversy that still rages in some quarters to this day. In times before burglar alarms, it was not unusual to leave valuable items with friends if one was going away for long periods of time.

Mitchell-Hedges did this with a school friend, Sidney Burney, who had always shown an interest in the Crystal Skull. However, in 1943, Burney inexplicably put the Crystal Skull up for auction at Sotheby’s in London.

Mitchell-Hedges learnt of this the day before and was so furious that for a while he was unable to speak. Unable to contact Burney, he arose the next day at 5am and travelled to London to retrieve his property.

Sotheby’s informed him that the vendor was Sidney Burney’s son. When they refused to withdraw it from the sale, Mitchell-Hedges realized the easiest way of regaining his property was to purchase it back. This he did for £400.

After the war, Mitchell-Hedges became depressed at all the petty regulations and ‘the unedifying spectacle of official snoopers’. Mitchell-Hedges and Sammy were invited to South Africa by General Smuts.

Mitchell-Hedges reciprocated by making two incredibly generous gestures. Mitchell-Hedges took the silver cup and plinth presented at the instigation of George 3rd to Admiral Sir David Baird after he had reduced the Cape Settlement in 1805. He presented this to the people of Cape Town. It can still be seen in the Cape Town museum.

He also gave the impressive Shield Of Jove to the Government and people of South Africa for them to present to the South African athlete who most distinguishes him or herself in each Olympic Games.

Mitchell-Hedges was soon to surpass even this generosity when they traveled to the resort of St. Lucia on the coast near the Zululand. When Sammy said she would never tire of seeing the spectacular sunset with clouds of flamingos, he excused himself and returned within half an hour having purchased the entire resort.

When it came to be sold, it posed an awkward problem as there were strict regulations in force concerning taking currency out of the country. However, Mitchell-Hedges solved it legally and with typical ingenuity.

He bought the Black Virgin of Kazaan, the Russian icon that went missing from Russia after the 1917 revolution. It had previously helped rally the Russian people against Napoleon and was claimed to work miracles. It was encrusted with over one thousand precious jewels.

Mitchell-Hedges bought the icon in England but paid for it in South Africa.

Settling down
In 1953, Mitchell-Hedges bought Farley Castle in Berkshire. It made an ideal setting for his many treasures and several Archbishops from the Russian Orthodox Church traveled to see it there. It was his wish that the icon should one day be sold back to the Russian Orthodox Church although he did not want it to return to a country under Communist rule.

In 1954, Mitchell-Hedges’ autobiography ‘Danger My Ally’ was published. It was his sixth and final book. The others he wrote were;

Land Of Wonder and Fear, published 1927
The White Tiger, published 1931
Battles With Giant Fish, published 1923
Battles With Sea Monsters, published 1929
Pancho Villa’s Prisoner, published 1947

In addition he also had a chapter of his exploits in Heroes Of Modern Adventure. It is a little known fact, and perhaps surprising, for such a swashbuckling explorer that he also wrote poetry with great passion and sensitivity.

Mitchell-Hedges passed away in 1959 at Shaldon House, Shaldon. He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

He was a man of honor. His dying wish was that the remaining treasure chest should be given to the two Americans who persuaded him to adopt Sammy. This was duly carried out by Sammy.

In 1970 the Crystal Skull was examined by experts at the Hewlett Packard Crystal laboratories. Their conclusions surprised even themselves. They found that the Crystal Skull had been carved out of an exceptional piece of pure crystal against the grain or structure of the crystal. This should have caused the crystal to shatter. More puzzling still, there were no tool marks to be seen. Not even microscopic ones.

Although it is an anthropologically accurate carving of a human skull produced by a scientifically advanced civilization, they admitted that we couldn’t make it today and had no idea who had made it and for what purpose.

All findings that would have greatly amused Mitchell-Hedges greatly and had him reminding us of his theory.

But perhaps Mitchell-Hedges greatest achievement is not the adventurous lifestyle that has led him to be described as ‘the real Indiana Jones’ or the thirty seven thousand artifacts now residing in various museums all collected at his own expense, but the widespread admiration and love he earned from all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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The Heir: Bill Homann
Sunday, February 10th, 2008
Bill Homann, Heir to the Crystal Skull

Spirituality and God have always been the center of my life as far back as I can remember. I went to a Christian school and religion was my favorite subject. After graduation I continued my studies in world religions and various spiritual pathways, always being open to the experience of a more holistic way of living and thinking.

In the 70’s and early 80’s I studied Ekencar and that was where I learned to go within for the ultimate truth. Since then I have worked with the Rosicrucian teachings which have influenced me until this day.

The first time I heard about the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull was when I was in the air force while stationed at Panama in 1968. I remember seeing a picture of it in an article I was reading and I thought it was strange that I couldn’t take my eyes from it.

While in Panama I ended up staying at a base near the canal. The pictures of F.A. Mitchell-Hedges that were on the wall intrigued me along with the corresponding stories.
One story is that F.A. was called to the canal to free it from a giant squid that had stopped all of the traffic. He had to harpoon it, carve it up in smaller pieces and tug the pieces out to sea.

While I was on the lovely island of Toboga off of the coast of Panama I stayed at a wonderful hotel on the beach. The owner told me stories of Mitchell-Hedges and his daughter Anna. They stayed at this hotel while sailing into the bay fishing for great sharks. These and other stories remained with me through the years.

Many years later I heard about Anna Mitchell-Hedges (Sammy) and the Crystal Skull from friends in Chicago. I called Anna and set up an appointment to meet with her and the skull in 1981.

Meeting Anna for the first time left me feeling like I have known her forever and we became instant friends. That feeling only grew stronger as we spent more and more time together and we both came to realize that our bond was karmic.

When I saw the Crystal Skull for the first time it felt like meeting with an old friend. There was a feeling of respect, connection and communication with it. I almost felt compelled to work with it.

In the last eight years of Anna’s life I had the privilege of having her live with me so that I could watch over her and take care of her. Because of our strong bond she has honored me by trusting that I will carry on her wishes concerning the future of the skull.

A message
I believe the main message that the skull is trying to share with the world is for all of us to drop our egos and to work and support each other as if we are all one. That all living beings contribute to the whole and all are sacred. We are not separate from each other; we are all connected through love. Rather than live in our own single minded consciousness we need to embrace unity consciousness.

I also feel that the crystal skulls are here to help man connect to a higher consciousness. That they work by connecting with the heart of man by breaking down the barriers that keep people from feeling oneness with each other. This is where the great healing takes place and this is why we are now calling this “The Skull of Love”.

There are many stories and beliefs about what the skull is, where it came from and how it was made. I can not honestly say I know for sure any of those answers. No one does. It is up to each individual to come to their own conclusion and belief around this. It should be experienced in order to get an intuitive feeling about what it means for you.

Some of you may even wonder why I am now the keeper of this skull. I believe because of my past ties the skull is where it wants to be. It is multidimensional and would be gone if it didn’t want to be here in this reality.

Anna was one of my favorite teachers; a great soul and a blessing to me every day.
I plan on letting the world know about two great souls, Anna and her father. I want everyone to know about their life, their adventures and what they did for mankind.

I also plan on letting as many people that are interested in the skull have the opportunity to experience it. The public interest in crystal skulls is increasing and so I will do my best to communicate the message of the skulls through lectures, conferences, research, workshops, documentaries and traveling around the world.

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The White Tiger Speaks
Saturday, May 31st, 2008
F.A. Mitchell-Hedges
Member of the Maya Committee of the British Museum

Internationally famous explorer whom the Indians named “El Tigre Blanco”

MITCHELL-HEDGES has given over thirty-seven thousand specimens of great historical and educational value to various museums; yet has never been financed by any one. He is without question one of the greatest of scientific explorers – and among the explorers he is probably the finest speaker. Despite his scientific attainments he is a man of action, a great speaker and an outstanding personality. Named by the Indians, who at once fear and revere him as “’El Tigre Blanco” (The White Tiger) he, with his intrepid assistant and secretary, Jane Houlson, have had adventures almost too fantastic to chronicle.
His previous books, “Battles With Giant Fish,” “The Land of Wonder and Fear.” etc., together with his radio experiences, have caused him to be known from one end of this country to another, yet until now he has never been offered for an extended lecture tour.
It is our pleasure to present Mr. F. A. Mitchell-Hedges as one of the most important adventurers, scientists and lecturers of his day.

Illustrated With Magnificently Colored Lantern Slides

Life among the Zutuhilc Indian living in the region of Lake Atitlan. Bloodless revolutions some not so bloodless. Impenetrable jungle, unexplored territory where rivers debauch from the bowels of the earth and volcanoes are ever active, belching forth smoke, molten lava and lire.

Some of the most remarkable pictures ever taken of great fish and the great adventures involved in their taking. Pictures of the death-ray, poison-grouper (certain death within three to six minutes to anyone it strikes), the barracuda, the liger shark, the sea scorpion, living horrors of the lovely tropical waters.

The jungle gives up her treasures. A deserted city of ghostly mystery is found. A white woman, unwillingly invests herself with occult powers. Adventures among the Maya Kekchi descendant of the once highly cultured Maya race.


WHO would believe that prehistoric tribes of people still dwell on the American continent? Tribes whose manner of living has not advanced as far as the Stone Age. Who have never seen a white man, have never beard of a ship, a railroad, money, the Great War, or the United Stales of America. Who dwell in complete seclusion because they take every precaution to keep their village hidden. Who by the word of their gods savagely oppose any stranger seeking entrance to their territory. Yet some of these primitive natives live in the shadow of magnificent ruins of a once great civilization that flourished before the time of Christ and has since completely vanished from the lace of the earth.
HOW did Mitchell-Hedges find his way into these hidden places, walled in by thousands of square miles of solid jungle? Why did the natives accept this strange while man, name him “El Tigre Blanco,” allow him to take part in their strange ceremonies and rituals? Not one tribe of Indians, but twenty, be has lived among. Each one distinct, each with its own strange customs and superstitions. He penetrated the very heart of the interior of the greatest […] of all and is in possession of the most amazing facts about primitive life that have ever been collected. Daily life in the primeval jungle. Night in the jungle, when animal life awakes and the darkness is jewelled with gleaming eves, and rent with strange cries, as the age-old battle of survival of the fittest is fought to the death. When dancing lights on the hillsides mark the stronghold of the witches for those who would consult the occult. What weird knowledge is sought by the Indians who creep through little known trails to visit the wizards?

GAINING the confidence of the Indians he learned secrets which have been closely guarded for centuries. How much of these strange legends are based on fact, only the patience and courage to push on year after year through solid jungle can ever tell. Many of the rumors have already proved fruitful, leading him in one instance to the oldest Mayan city yet discovered, which he named Lubaantun, (city of fallen stones). Its principal citadel covers eight acres, and it brought to light the first amphitheatre found on the American continent, having seating accommodations for at least ten thousand people.

LAND of Wonder and Fear. Mitchell-Hedges has termed his beloved Central America. For year alter year its wonders lure him hack for fresh discoveries, while the dangers lurking in its unknown depths are a constant challenge to this great adventurer. Will he ever find the great white city which legend avers as a place of immense pyramids, temples and courtyards, gleaming like frosted ice in the sun-light? Have the Indian- revealed its location to El Tigre Blanco? And where is the stronghold in which Tecum-Umane, last of the great Quiche kings, is said to have concealed the vast treasure of the Indians at the time of the Spanish Conquest? Wondrous tales of an ancient race are written on fallen stones, while only time can tell what unsolved riddles still await discovery in the vast unexplored regions of the land of Wonder and Fear.
He spent nineteen years in Central America, fought his way to jungle depths never before penetrated by white men, discovered a new race of people, unearthed the oldest Maya city yet discovered. His deep sea research in the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean brought to light many strange monsters in support of his theory that prehistoric life may still lurk in the depths of the sea. Shunning cities, refusing to be lionized, he returned only long enough to get supplies, arrange new expeditions and dispose of his amazing collection of hitherto unrecorded specimens which have been donated to the British Museum, the Museums of Oxford and Cambridge, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York, and others.


Scott S (816)
Tuesday August 5, 2008, 8:14 am

it does not take much time, or research, to find out that everything, that is listed as recorded history, is all made up, ... so easy to see through, if you choose to look into any of this.
some key words,.. the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, the knights of
templars, golden horseshoe, ancient, knights, round table, niagara,
escarpment, port,colborne, quarries,per square miles,serpent mounds, michigan,tablets,runestones,illuminati,marker,millstone,port,colborne, no,grist,mill mill,no water-drop,welland,canal,days,no water,falls,grist,mill,did,not,exist,ancient,history,rewritten,merritt,nwo,
,all,lies,mounds,get,conscious,save,our,earth,agrogreen,North American legends,grasshopper,war,East Star Man, Peace Maker, Pale One, Dawn Star,
the sugarloaf grist mill, was listed as being on scholfield creek, which is a very small drainage ditch, at times, a few inches deep,surrounded by wet marshland, no roads, or any developements,the ditch,is about, half a mile long, total.the millstones were placed all over north america as markers by the nwo, of an "event". crystal skull,in port colborne,
tennessee,avenue,southern,northern,comfort,indians,history,holy,grail,Anna's was five. Tragedy struck when she and her seven year old sister were playing by the Port Colborne canal.Her sister drowned. Another sister was burned to death when their house caught fire.Get Conscious,Help Save Our Earth, and Yourself.


Scott S (816)
Tuesday August 5, 2008, 9:14 am

Christ in North America - Native Accounts Tell of His Arrival From the Direction of the Rising Sun

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 5, 2008, 3:03 pm
This was a fascinating story which I relly enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Owens (1647)
Tuesday August 5, 2008, 5:37 pm
An amazing story thanks Scott.

. (0)
Tuesday August 5, 2008, 6:10 pm
good story thank you

Gregory S (257)
Tuesday August 5, 2008, 6:19 pm
I used to have a crystal skull at the corner of my driveway and someone took it. That sure looks like my crystal skull granny...

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday August 5, 2008, 7:30 pm
Amazing , have to read it again , thanks !!!

Scott S (816)
Wednesday August 6, 2008, 5:23 am

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,. Anna Had Stopped in Port Colborne and Brought the Skull With Her. ..

Teresa Soares (82)
Sunday August 10, 2008, 7:30 am
Beautiful story, thanks Scott.

Carol Beck (0)
Thursday November 20, 2014, 6:14 am
Enjoyed reading more about this crystal skull and Anna Mitchell Huges life, thank you. Carol Beck
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