The Devil’s Tombstone and the Dutch Schultz Hidden Treasure
The treasure of Dutch Schultz remains a mystery. Many questions about its outcome are still asked, and because answers to these are not decisive enough, the possibility that this is an actual lost treasure, still to be found, exists.
It’s a fact that when Dutch Schultz was under investigation by the Authorities, he was concerned with being incarcerated. Because of this, it is known he had a special safebox made to hold, and then hide, much of his illegal wealth in.
Schultz was a successful 1920’s/30’s mobster. He had lots of cash, jewels, and other belongings he didn’t want the government to get their hands on. Where he put it, so this wouldn’t happen, is the mystery. And then there is the question, does it remain there?
The story, and there are variations, but the main one goes that Schultz and his trusted friend, Rosencrantz, traveled to upstate New York, Phoenicia, to bury his SafeBox. This was to keep his riches safe during his trial, and so he could later retrieve the box of treasures after he was cleared from charges or released from jail.
What happened though is he was shot down killed before he ever returned to his buried treasure.
Many speculate, since others were aware he hid a treasure, that it was found long ago by someone else (other mobsters, locals, etc). But there isn’t evidence of this. And so there still is the question, where is it, today?
There are thoughts, because Schultz’s last words mentioned ‘Satan’, and there are landmarks near Phoenicia named after the Devil, that this hints towards/confirms the hiding of his box near these places.
I visited the area and saw the ‘Devil’s Face’ and the ‘Devil’s Tombstone’. Totally awesome geographical features that could certainly be used to reference and orientate oneself to a secret hiding ‘spot’.
I talk about the Devil’s Face in a previous article.
The Devil’s Tombstone, however, sits along one of the roads heading out of Phoenicia. It is before the Devil’s Face and on the other side of the road. The immediate area surrounding the ‘Tombstone’ has been searched, dug up, but nothing discovered in the past. But if Schultz’s last words were actually referring to his treasure, they could indicate only that the he used the Devil’s Tombstone (or Devil’s Face) as a point of reference.
His last words were said to be, ‘Don’t let Satan draw you too fast’ (possibly leading to the tombstone and death). One question is, did he hide it there or somewhere else nearby? And his words merely offer a general location, not the actual location. Could it between the two landmarks, of the Devil’s Face and the Devil’s Tombstone?
One may never know unless the treasure is eventually found.
It was a great adventure to visit these ‘historical’ mobster spots….. The area is rugged, but beautiful. And so if you are in the area of ‘Phoenicia’, definitely check them out.
Best of luck with whatever you seek!
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