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$7 Million in Gold Discovered in Dead Man’s Home

By Austin Amuzie - Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Walter Samaszko Jr. passed away with only $200 in his bank account, but when officials inspected his 1,200 foot home, they found gold. Lots of gold: $7 million of it. The 69 years old died from heart problems in June.

"You never anticipate running into anything like this," Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover told the Los Angeles Times." This guy was everybody's next-door neighbor." Glover said there were dos-pesos, five-peso coins, $20 gold pieces, gold sovereigns, Austrian ducats, Krugerrands, and more.

He had so much gold that it took authorities two wheelbarrows to haul it out, one source said.

In late June, neighbors called authorities because of a smell emanating from Samaszko’s home. He was a recluse who had told them he hated the government and feared getting shots, but still, it had been a while since they had seen him, according to the Appeal.

According to the coroner, Samaszko, 69, had been dead for at least a month. He died of heart problems, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

In came the cleanup crews, which discovered boxes of gold in the garage. According to neighbors, Samaszko was a quiet, recluse, and a hoarder -- he also had a brand new 1968 Mustang in the garage.

Much of the gold was from his mother who died in 1992. His father was a vice president of the J. Harris Pie Co. which later became Mrs. Smith's Pie Co.

Samaszko has a first cousin in San Rafael, who appears to be the only living relative to claim the money.
Glover said the Internal Revenue Service will take a sizable amount in taxes -- about $750,000 -- and that the rest will likely go to a first cousin, a substitute teacher in San Rafael, Calif., who is Samaszko's only relative as far as authorities can tell.

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