Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Title: A Family Album
Original Air Date: March 6, 2018
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Synopsis: We start with a flash back of Drake Tester writing “Forever Family” on the casing. Next, the original story is told by a descendant of both McGinnis and Vaughn. We learn about the Vaughn brothers opening a wood mill and became very wealthy. It was thought that they found some treasure on the island and that is what financed the mill. We then see clips of the McGinnis sisters who brought something for the guys to see. It was something that came from one of the three chest the three found. Samuel Ball and his history and involvement with the island is discussed next. There is also an account that names Ball as an original finder of the money pit. Next, an article written about the island and the search is mentioned. The forming of the Oak Island Treasure Search group is covered next. William Chappell and is vault find at 153 feet in 1870 is talked about next. The death of Maynard Kaiser, falling 100 feet to his death in the shaft, is covered next. We move on Bowden, a mining engineer, who joined the search with the Chappell’s. He felt that the lost crown jewels of France were at the bottom. Franklin D Roosevelt also joined the search at that time. FDR’s grandson speaks about him and the family. Marty reads a letter from FDR to a Mr. Hamilton, who is running the search on Oak Island at the time. Chappell had to bring in new searchers because his advanced age prevented him from continuing. He brought in Robert Restall and his family. Another theory, Captain Kidd’s treasure was buried on the island. Robert Restall’s daughter, Lee Lamb, speaks about her parents. The Restall’s moved to Oak Island in 1955. He studied everything he could about all the previous searches and work on Oak Island so he would not repeat mistakes. Bobby’s journals are mentioned and excerpts are read. They’d been on the island five years but never made significant process. Instead, he became obsessed. In 1965 Restall found he thought was an original flood tunnel. One day in that same year, Restall goes to check the shaft by Smith’s Cove. He falls in. Bobby goes to help and so do two more people. Four died that day. There was some kind of gas being emitted from the shaft that killed them. About 8 months before the deaths, a story about Oak Island was published in Reader’s Digest. This is also the article that inspired Dan Blankenship, Rick Lagina, and Marty Lagina. Robert Dunfield was in involved at this point. His daughter speaks about his work on the island. He was also on a deadline. The treasure hunting license only had six months left. He also created the causeway from the main land to the island. Once that was completed he started digging a massive pit. Essentially, digging up the entire area to a depth of about 100 feet. The new group is Fred Nolan, Dan Blankenship and David Tobias. Dan speaks about how his thoughts on finding the treasure was very different than the other two. Nolan was originally brought in as a surveyor by a previous hunter. He chose to stay. A feud developed between Fred and Dan. It spanned five decades. Fred believed the treasure was in the swamp, which was man made. Most likely a ship was sunk there that held the treasure. His biggest breakthrough was the boulders that formed a cross. The 10X shaft and that Dan hand dug it is covered. The video from his first dive is also shown which appears to have man made objects. He thought he was close to solving the mystery, but his money was running low. Rick now talks about reading the article in the Reader’s Digest about Oak Island. He showed the article to Marty. Tobias, Dan’s partner decided he wanted out and sold his half of the Oak Island Tours business. Rick and Marty bought that half. Rick and Marty speak of their first time on the island and meeting Dan for the first time. It didn’t go well. Their purchase of half the business happened ten years later. Rick and Marty’s goal was to heal as much as they could on the island. They ended the feud between Dan and Fred. They also created a visitor’s center. A time capsule was also buried by the marker of those that have been lost. They show a clip of the case that they named Dan’s Breakthrough. We also get a clip of the cross being found in Smith’s Cove.