Brad Meltzer talks about some of the greatest conspiracy theories of all time

Brad Meltzer’s new book, History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, provides fascinating insight into 10 of the greatest conspiracies of all time. From D.B. Cooper to the fate of John Wilkes Booth to Area 51, Brad investigates the claims behind some of the most notorious conspiracies in American history. Brad joined Glenn on radio this morning to talk about some his favorite parts of the book and the most interesting things he learned while putting it together.

After talking about D.B. Cooper and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln last week, Brad decoded the conspiracy behind the Confederate gold.

“This is one of those great stories in history that people just don’t know about. And it’s really that in April 1865 the Civil War is over and Jefferson Davis says, ‘I’m going to gather the money together. One day is south will rise again and we have to save the money to make it happen.’ He’s got $20 million in gold and silver, and they put it in a train, and the train starts heading south toward Atlanta,” Brad explained. “The amazing part is, some people say it was stolen in one fell swoop, some say it was hidden over time, some way a group called the Knights of Golden Circle took it and, not only did they hide it, but they still have it and it still can be found.”

“My first thought was, again, I always approach these things looking not just to tell a story, but show the facts. There’s a group called the Knights of Golden Circle, you can look them up – one of the great secret societies of Civil War. And what made them famous is people said that John Wilkes Booth was a member and that they had some famous members like that. Now I’m listening. Now you’ve got John Wilkes Booth. I want to know if that’s true or not.”

Brad got in contact with a descendent of a Knights of the Golden Circle society, Bob Brewer, who has actually found $50,000 of gold and silver buried around Virginia.

“It’s not a crazy theory. He showed us what the codes are.  So if you go and you see on a tree an H, the H means for heart, so you are looking for something heart-shaped. If you see a ghost figure that means you are looking for a cemetery. If you look for a Number 8, you are looking for a eight-sided thing, like eight-sided bungalow or something like that,” Brad said. “Again, I kind of roll my eyes: Is this real or some guy racing around trying to find carved stuff on a tree? The best part of the story is we go out with him. He keeps helping us, we have to look for the heart… We’re in the cemetery and looking for those things. We get the plat of where the cemetery is. And as he opens it up, we see the entire cemetery is in the shape of a heart. And it’s one of those moments where you just go oh, my gosh. We brought in thermal sensors. Whatever was there was dug up. We found a pocket that was missing, but man, makes you think where to this day is all that Confederate treasury? It is still unaccounted for, $20 million in gold and silver.”

Watch the entire interview with Brad below:

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    I think I am going to get his book.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Almost all legends hold an element of truth to them, what is the difficult portion is to learn and discover what is fact and what is not.

  • Anonymous

    One time not so long ago we had a black president that could unite our country but that was not a myth it was just a lie . dam it

  • landofaahs

    The greatest conspiracy of modern time is Obama. We heard of GW’s gentlemen’s C in Harvard. We learned of even GW’s DUI. Why is it that we cannot delve into the little -ervert obama’s past? It must really be a juicy story or perhaps as I suspect it would indicate that Obama is an empty suit and those who take their orders from the likes of Soros are running things and Obama is just a dumbass who can only read a teleprompter and read from script. On his own he comes off as the retarded passed because of color fool he is.

  • jen

    Bush family is also the greatest conspiracy of modern times – they were so bad that they ushered in Obama and do not speak out against him. Infact, they speak in favor of amnesty and Bush Sr spoke of “NWO being good for America”.
    Actually, dui’s are not much. There is just as much dirt on Bush family as Obama’s.

  • HP McLovincraft

    How about the Glenn Beck puts vaporub on his eyelids so he can weep for the camera conspiracy?

  • HP McLovincraft
  • HP McLovincraft

    Your skull is way beyond Empty.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Why? You clearly can’t read or write in English.

  • HP McLovincraft

    You realize that teleprompters are just tech and Mitt Romney used one, Glenn Beck uses one, Sarah Palin is a retard and writes hand notes, TV personalities use them.

    Are you people that Fucking Retarded?

  • HP McLovincraft
  • HP McLovincraft

    Beck even lies about his Mother’s Death!

    “But the story Glenn Beck often tells about his mother is not quite the one recorded by the Tacoma paper. As Beck would later relate to millions of his listeners, his mother’s drowning was no boating accident. It was a suicide, he claimed, explained in a short note written on that fateful dawn and left on the mantel. And he said it happened in 1977, when he was 13, not 1979, when he was 15 (even though newspaper obits and government records confirm that a 41-year-old woman named Mary Beck died in Puyallup in 1979.) In fact, Beck’s first wife had never heard of Mary Beck’s alleged suicide until years after they married, when she heard her husband discussing it live on the radio.”

    http://www.salon.com/2009/09/21/glenn_beck/

    http://www.salon.com/2009/09/22/glenn_beck_two/

    http://www.salon.com/2009/09/23/glenn_beck_three/

    She’ll be disappointed when she sees him in Hell sucking cock with her, that’s for damn sure.

  • HP McLovincraft

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar

    “How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power”

  • landofaahs

    I did not say anything against teleprompters moron. I said that that “ALL” Obama can do is read from a teleprompter and script. He sure knows nothing about business and certainly is not even smart enough to hire people who are competent. He can’t find anyone to put up a webpage that is not a paid off friend.

  • HP McLovincraft

    He knew enough to own your dumb asses 2 elections in a row. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    Besides, have you tried to use THIS website? Glenn blech can’t seem to get one that functions properly either.

    Teabaggers are such phonies. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Yep thanx for the pleasure dam your good at that Sally

  • HP McLovincraft

    Non Sequitur. FAIL.

  • Anonymous

    Your a failure so we are right on track try another big word limpstagg  so we are go to go fail no WIN  and begin to wash your little monkey and go night night

  • Average Joe.

    The Failure is back. We thought he offed himself for the good of humanity. LMAO

  • HP McLovincraft

    It’s ‘you’re’ not ‘your’, I have no idea what ‘limpstagg’ means and you really need to learn how to write. Yikes. It’s like a partial birth abortion of the English language complete with little baby hands and a sad little face.

  • Anonymous

    TEAR  it up here we go these children need there own crap back at them it’s all they got brother

  • Anonymous

    Ok thanx because it does not mean that much to me to mean that much to you remember to much and you are a chronic.

  • HP McLovincraft

    That isn’t even remotely close to English.

  • Guest

    The idiot thinks morons’ is actually a word so he’s being hypocritical as usual.

  • HP McLovincraft

    The Pussy is back. Which identity is hiding behind ‘Guest’ this time? Man, you guys are little bitches.

    Hey, you aren’t the little bitch that made an empty DeviantArt page, in my honor, are you?

    Super lame.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Learn. How. To. Write. In. English.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Are you hiding behind ‘Guest’ again? Don’t you have some fake websites to run? Maybe you could play on your fake ham radio or fly around in your fake airplane! LOL.

    Don’t be mad at me because you don’t understand how to use an apostrophe.

    Be mad at your FancyBoy, Sam Fisher.
    He said that Jesus was ‘Impotent’.
    Man, you guys are dopey rubes.

    Buy my official Glenn Beck powdered spit!

    And lest I forget…don’t forget to Flag me! LOL

  • Anonymous

    Yea hit um’ a few times then leave him don’t answer it’s all jack bait has so take away his LONLY SATURDAY EVENING   :}

  • HP McLovincraft

    Average Joe, you are such a fuckin’ pussy, man.

  • HP McLovincraft

    I have you retard. Always there, like herpes or some shit.

    Average Pussy doesn’t have the balls the do shit other than make up alternate profiles. What a little bitch. You teabaggers are such fucking pussies.

  • HP McLovincraft

    You should get a book that tells you not to make fun of Jesus.

  • Anonymous

    Perfect wussy in person you would crumble the only time you have ever been tough in your life right behind those keys perfect like a fly in a hurricane did mommy slap baby to hard and now Prozac or maybe you did mom my wrong that just might be the real problem puppet .

  • HP McLovincraft

    Okay, you kinda grudgefucked the English language there but I think you’re making yet another vague internets threat…which means it’s time for the internets tough guy song!

    Internets Tough Guy!

    Internets Tough Guy!

    Internets Tough Guy!

    Internets Tough Guy!

    Internets Tough Guy!

    He’s Tough!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    Really stories from Salon. I guess you believe the moon landings are fake as well.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    And a Opinion hit piece based in lies. Boy you liberals are stupid.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    So repeating what the Bible says about Jesus is now making fun of him? What type of backwards logic is this?

  • Anonymous

    I can smell you it’s me tough guy I need not threaten the likes of you little one back under the rock Mommy has that switch crying won’t help you crying won’t do ya no good be a good boy and mommy will help build the wall and there just might be a Pixie- stick in it for ya Pito!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    I had 40 comments from this mentally unstable liberal last night and people wonder why I don’t use my real name.

  • Anonymous

    Ya me to brother I just wrote you . this guy is a real piece of work i’m telling you guarantee he wouldn’t last two seconds in a real fight so he has to play pretend tough.

  • Anonymous

    Why doesn’t Beck even mention that one of you fucking nuts just went postal at LA airport? I bet the FBI is all over this site looking at you fucking tea bag nut sack suckers.

  • Anonymous

    OK thanx  you know me right pick on someone who can’t kick your butt see ya .

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    And your proof is? Because the last time I check the police did not release a motive. Second of all that is sort of your side thing seeing how the all the mass shooters in the last three years where liberals.

  • HP McLovincraft

    You said he had a flaccid cock and can’t get it up, Sam.

    A poor musician blames his instruments.

    And, through the wonders of technology, there is a magickal function called ‘edit’ that allows one to correct mistakes missed in the initial proofread.

    It’s called make a correction. You say ‘we regret the error’ and then you correct the error.

    Also, try using a modern browser. Spellcheck is built in. The little red squiggly line means something has gone awry.

    You are welcome. I won’t even charge you for the tutoring session…this time…muah ha ha ha ha….

  • HP McLovincraft

    How are you going to ‘kick his butt’ over the interwebs?

  • HP McLovincraft

    The shooter released the motive. The TSA was ‘takin’ a-waaaa my rights’, which is the rallying whine of the piTea Party.

    It’s called reading Sam, you should try it sometime.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Oooh, I hope so! All the (way beyond) empty threats against others and the POTUS. Awesome. And just look at how many of these dumb motherfuckers use their real names! LOL

  • Anonymous

    my Aunty Sienna recently got
    a year old Jaguar only from working off a home computer… Recommended Reading
    J­a­m­2­0­.­ℂ­o­m

  • HP McLovincraft

    More Spam, because Glenn Beck doesn’t care.

  • HP McLovincraft

    We believe you, Sam. Jesus still thinks you’re a cunt, though, for calling him Limp Dick.

  • HP McLovincraft

    What’s a real Internets Fight?

    My nutsack was way beyond empty after you drained me.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Please, point out their inaccuracies.

    And stop saying Jesus’ peepee doesn’t work.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Derp Fail.

  • HP McLovincraft

    You got in fight with English and didn’t last 2 syllables. LOL.

  • Anonymous

    See ya bitch enjoy the life that is in front of you it will be a line you made for you and then that will be the place only you have to stand pleasant bleeding suction. oh by the way it’s starting to rain here everything is just great but the dog got out and my fly was as free as the wind but then something happened on the way to the store and I fell out of the car when your mom left and then some body picked me up and the cat came home because he likes mice and the mouse was bigger than anybody thought .AAANNDdd then the rain stopped and you read this and look like the fuckin’ fool you are, so pleasant dreams and always remember no matter what else you write to me or anyone else we all no you are such a poor little goo gobbler and being a choker it was such a shame that you could not see the darkness through the light and the light through the darkness and yet you think this is so fun because this is all you have so wipe off that chin and get back to being a simple minded nice guy I love you and thank you for the great sex it was awe some the way you do that stuff with your butt cheeks i’m sure it took years to learn that butt trick but in that line you stand alone again by the way we had homemade chile for dinner last night and the rain has begun again it might snow I don’t know but if you get a chance let me know how it feels to sit there and read this and know that it means as much to me as it means to you to know me and sure as shit it’s snowing and the dog is back and I wrote this to you as a goo d friend and your a great f riend for reading it to remember to always wash your hands because you know how you hate it when the keys on your power strokes stick because of the mess you have made but that’s all you have got don’t you know that a hand and a keyboard is not a girlfriend well i’m glad to of been of a great service to you by wasting the time we as lovers spend together oh and by the way get the fly out of the house those things are so filthy but I guess you are well stocked up on filth so I will let you go my friend thank you for the good times but I have to go now the next nut sack just got here so i’m sure you can see by now you don’t bother me at all I just thought I would waste some of your time because I love you so much that I think I have to go poop so very best to you little dick  i’m sorry things didn’t work out better for us I really thought you were the one  my heart is breaking so i’ll talk to you never ok your good buddy large one.

  • Anonymous

    OK that great I have to go because some thing happened on the way to heaven and then there were two people there and and and then I got happy because you got nothing but time to write me so best of luck oh mom just called she said she will be late she is in the mood for some serious shopping I don’t no what she meant but she said you would and just let you no . I love you cuddle’s your best buddy big one

  • Guest

    :-)

  • HP McLovincraft

    We were somewhere around GlennBeckistan on the edge of the dipshit desert when the drugs began to take hold…

  • HP McLovincraft

    Partial Birth English Abortion Fail.

  • HP McLovincraft

    Don’t be such a pussy, mmmmmmkay?

  • Anonymous

    Oh that’s right my mom told me about drugs she said drugs are bad but running in place is like running in place but you no that don’t you so I will leave you with this my silly little friend Good bye !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes you win sometimes you loose sometimes the joker also gets ahold of you it really makes me wonder who did what to you but i’m sure sorry that so much pain controls you my friend . We had fun but I really got to go so keep up with the hate and again I thank you for letting me waste your time . Don’t forget when you are in you are in, please don’t leave the  medication behind it helps with the pain bro if you ever want to talk in a serious manner write me bro but this has lost it’s fun ok when you become tired of this give real life a chance until then just abuse me I can take it God bless you my friend please don’t expect me to give you any sort of response ok i’m way to old for this but it was fun thank you much .

  • HP McLovincraft

    That’s a lot of exclamation points!

  • HP McLovincraft

    Isn’t that a Kenny Rogers song?

    Nonetheless you are welcome and I’m sorry I outed you as a Deep Cover Libtroll.

  • Average Joe.

    The sick little thing has been released from the Sanitarium again without his meds. I hope he doesn’t live near any school yards.

  • Anonymous

    You know some of these people love to be mean but they can’t relate to real life brother we try to talk in decent manner with each other and attack they do maybe it shows just how far gone this wonderful country has fallen . unfortunate that’s all when I was younger a big smack in the mouth kept people from running there pie hole in a disrespectful manner . bless ya bro

  • Average Joe.

    He’s what is called a piss-ant. A person who thinks he’s more important than every one else. He’s also illiterate with no life direction.

  • Anonymous

    Joe  your right i’m 51 and was a carpenter never had any use for the computer I got this one to watch GBTV in the very beginning now with it being on regular tv I sometimes wonder if life would be better to have never gotten one of these dam things i’m old school and these people always trolling around and disrespecting people i’m all for freedom of speech but what is the tough part is I also believe that these folks that enjoy being asses need a lesson in manhood you know what I mean to brother but I guess it’s like chasing the wind they are just vile pigs and the only glory they know is to be punks and try to get a rise out of good people . That hp suckingcraft is a real piece of work he probably got trophies for just being a loser ya know what I mean Joe. have a good one brother

  • Average Joe.

    HP’s a “fart in a hurricane”, he’s not important.

  • Anonymous

    These episodes were so good – I wish Glenn would dump the unfunny More On Trivia and have spent more time interviewing Brad.