I have just been listening on Canadian public radio to a strange tale from Austin, TX.
A man named David Overton who d. Feb 1996 in a nursing home in Austin, was a widower who was somewhat eccentric. A retired instructor or teacher, he often wandered around his property wearing no clothes, and repaired his roof at the age of 75 while "in the buff".
David Overton also was involved with a group of people who believed there was a 9-foot alien who was ready to take them all off the Earth and on a long space voyage. It seems he was quite a wealthy man - although he lived like a pauper and did not reveal his true worth to anyone. He purchased at least $300,000 in gold coins and donated these to this group so they could all prepare to depart on the space ship and (literally) "take it with them".
As it turned out, a few people in the "space crowd" buried the coins in their own back yards rather than donating them to the cause. Meanwhile, David Overton became ill with cancer and died in Feb 1996. The executor of his estate came across records of the gold coins, then questioned the whereabouts of the coins, and the people planning the "alien escape" got upset when they discovered their collagues had tried to hide this large fortune. The bottom line: the money was recovered from the "alien cult" and has now been locked up in the vault at the Court House while everyone fights over it.
It seems that David Overton had no close relatives when he died in 1996, although he may have some distant cousins. Assuming he was in his later 70's when he died, he must have been born ca 1915-1920. Does anyone posting here recognize a David Overton born during this time period who may have "disappeared" from family view many years ago and who ended up in Austin TX ? He seems to have been very intelligent, yet strangely attracted to personal eccentricity.
The "Austin American Statesman" newspaper had a female reporter (didn't catch her name) who was covering the trial about the "pot of gold". They may have more info if anyone reading this thinks they may be connected to this Overton person. The executor of the estate was a close friend of David Overton, but his name was not mentioned during the radio interview.
After all, there could be 300,000 reasons to check it out. Better than sending it into outer space !
Somebody has GOT to make this into a TV movie of the week ! What do they say about truth being stranger than fiction ?...
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