By Paul D Bloom
From page 21 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved
An armed robber and sneak thief, debaucher of young women, murderer and self-proclaimed cannibal, Beckwith was not the kind of person anyone with half a brain would choose to swindle.
In the depth of the fierce Canadian winter, a semi-literate old man drew is pad of paper closer and began to write (see inset) Folding the letter carefully and placing it in his safe, the sheriff of Columbia County turned to his assembled deputies and announced simply, Boys, I think we got him.
Today however, there are probably only a handful of individuals who are aware that in 1885, an unholy mix of gold mining and cannibalism occurred in the little town of Austerlitz, along the New York-Massachusetts state borders.