One of the more exciting things around our town and nearby was this fellow who claimed that he found a WWII U-boat that was sunk near the end of the war. It "could have been carrying" hitler's gold. And there had been lots of secret stuff involved in its sinking.
Additionally he was looking for investors to give him money. They would get all the valuable stuff on the sub and he would keep the story rights. But the story -- a bit farfetched and creative -- was the only thing of value.
And he got a Federal permit to search and dive on the U-boat. The excuse that he had was that this was a giant Typ XIB, that according to German naval history had never been made. But according to him it had been and it was on extended sea trials before becoming an official, commisssioned German ship of war. That way he was able to get a US Federal Court to give him the ok to dive on this wreck............. and hopefully, another permit later to plunder it.
Our friends and SC members in Germany went bananas over this.
Later, when I met this guy he told me that before it was sunk by the US Navy it was transmitting a coded message for about 20 minutes. And that he actually had the un decoded message. I had heard of this story earlier and someone had casually mentioned that he knew someone who could decode the message. When I met this fellow I then told him that it would be not problem to decode the message......... easy with it being part of a computer program. He kind of freaked out and said no, no we could never do that because it would cause international repercussions. I smelled a rat. A friend also smelled something strange and he found a civil case where this guy was sued by a bunch of investors for another salvage deal. Plus he had told a number of people that he was a US Navy Seal and also borrowed money and diving equipment from them and not returned either. BTW. he was only in the Navy 13 months and could never have been a Seal or even a beach chair master.
It has been about 10 years since he has done anything about the wreck site. And about 5 or more years ago he reportedly had a stroke and had blown a heart valve. He will never dive again.
We believe that we know the location of a real U-boat. But it is covered with a lot of sand. God, the US Navy, and some law enforcement and government types are protecting this spot. We also believe that it was sunk a full year before Michaud claims that it was. No gold. No Typ XIB. Rest in peace.
Here's his story -- many people worked to get this information.
Heroes or Villians II?
Michaud, Edward Richard aka Michaud, Edward aka Michaud, Edrward R. . Massachusetts,
Claiming SEALS and/or Frogman... Dob 1/57 Claims Navy Seal. ...
Give it about 20 seconds to download and then move the icon down to Michaud. Click onto the highlighted areas.
More details of the fairy tales.
This bunch includes bogus diagrams and fotos.
I've met and talked with the fellow who did the side scan sonar work and by chance met talked with the guy who paid for the work. It was just "sand waves" on the bottom that he claims to be images of the U-boat.