Forest Fenn treasure hunter claims author Barbarisi ruined her reputation

Forest Fenn treasure hunter claims author Barbarisi ruined her reputation

Forest Fenn’s notorious treasure hunt continues to be digging up battle.

A faithful discoverer who allegedly spent huge bucks chasing the chest of gold and jewels Fenn hid within the Rocky Mountains in 2010 — sparking a years-long pursuit which left 5 individuals useless — claims her rep has been ruined by an creator who described her as “bankrupt” in a ebook concerning the treasure hunt.

Stephanie Thirtyacre is suing Daniel Barbarisi and Penguin Random Home over the tome “Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Loss of life and Glory in America’s Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt.”

Thirtyacre launched a weblog concerning the hunt referred to as ChaseChat and wrote a ebook contending Fenn might be DB Cooper, the mysterious determine who hijacked a airplane in 1971, demanded $200,000 money, and disappeared into the Pacific Northwest after leaping out of the airplane.

Thirtyacre claims she “expressly forbid” Barbarisi from utilizing her identify.

“She would ultimately spend properly into six figures on fruitless searches, go bankrupt, and see her marriage crumble as a direct results of her involvement within the chase,” Barbarisi wrote of Thirtyacre, who stated in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom papers that she’s not filed for chapter.

Barbarisi is being sued over his ebook “Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Loss of life and Glory in America’s Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt.”

A search of court docket data confirmed no chapter submitting for Thirtyacre, who instructed The Publish by means of her legal professional that her monetary state is “simply positive. I pay all my payments and have zero debt and by no means filed for chapter.”

The Florida girl insisted Barbarisi agreed to present her confidentiality, and that she didn’t know he too was attempting to find Fenn’s treasure.

“I felt very snug sharing issues with Dan, beneath this confidentiality and even shared doable options [to the treasure hunt]. I had no thought till his ebook got here out that he was additionally thought-about a searcher and was not slightly below the journalist umbrella,” she stated.

The creator by no means promised Thirtyacre that he wouldn’t use her identify, and used the time period “bankrupt” in a “colloquial” means, a lawyer for the writer instructed her, based on a letter included in her authorized submitting, which seeks unspecified damages.

Thirtyacre claims she “expressly forbid” Barbarisi from utilizing her identify.

A medical scholar stated he discovered the treasure in 2020.Jack Stuef/medium.com

The hunt for Fenn’s treasure ended in the summertime of 2020, when a medical scholar stated he discovered it. Fenn died in September 2020 at age 90 after a fall in his house.

Thirtyacre’s declare is “meritless,” a lawyer for Penguin Random Home and Barbarisi stated, calling the ebook “deeply researched and responsibly reported.”

“A number of sources, together with Forrest Fenn himself, corroborated that Ms. Thirtyacre exhausted her financial savings pursuing the treasure,” legal professional Daniel Novack stated in a press release.

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