Case File #0094
The Diamond Hoax of 1872
"The field had been salted"
When gold deposits were found at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California in January 1848 it began the American Gold Rush, which brought thousands of people through-out America and abroad into California in search of their fortune. So when two grizzled prospectors made their way into the Bank of California in 1872 and deposited a bag full of diamonds they claimed to have found whilst prospecting, it came as no surprise that local businessmen and tycoons flocked to learn more. But even they couldn't have foreseen that the diamond field was not at all what it seemed and these men were far more shrewd than anyone could imagine.
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