The fact there hasn't been any conclusive evidence for this being a hoax, and that the 1885 pamphlet is a genuine document, keeps searchers looking for either the lost treasure (or proof of it's existence), or finding a reason for the publishing of the story.
It would seem the remaining two codes of the pamphlet, once deciphered (if possible), will provide answers.
Jenny, an honest question about this specific hunt. Wasn't it pretty much proven that it was a scam?
I have read articles and watched documentary videos where the cipher was analyzed by cryptography experts and they found discrepancies, and one point the person got lazy and just kept duplicating the alphabet during the coding of one paper. What is your thoughts on that? They claim it was a scam to just make money.
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Hi wymustigo, Yes, there are those who believe it is a scam. But there are also many who still believe there is something to the story. Nothing, either way, can be proven. There could be other reasons, like double encryption or proof of concept, for why the strings are found in B1. This is part of the 'proof' many point to say 'scam'. But no one knows for sure.
I'll be writing more on this all later....hope to cover more of this in detail then....
This is what I was working on before my Mom talked me into looking at Forrest Fenn"s treasure hunt , I don't know how many hours I worked on the ciphers....ha ha too many !!! I did however come up with a solve of my own and it's on my list of things to do!!!!