I love Nevada. We have wild horses, slot machines, legal brothels, and guys who die leaving $7 million in gold bullion stored in their garages. We also value a certain arms length congeniality. So when Carson City resident Walter Samaszko, 69, passed away in his home in June of a heart attack, it was a few weeks before anyone started wondering where he was.
“He was a good neighbor. I never saw him that much,” said Joe Baxter.
The men had exchanged waves on occasion from across Mountain View Street, a modestly quiet area in the northeast part of town. Baxter didn’t know Samaszko very well, but recently accepted an offer from a real estate agent friend to go through some of the dead man’s possessions prior to putting the house on the market. Imagine their surprise when they came upon a couple of ammo cans filled with 4000 ounces of gold coins. They contacted the Carson City County Clerk Alan Glover and that’s when the clucking started.
“The amount of it was what was overwhelming. They had to use a wheelbarrow to move boxes and boxes of gold from the house,” claims Glover, but while 4000 ounces is 250 pounds, the volume only occupies the space of about 1.5 gallons of water. I may well have used a wheelbarrow, too, but boxes and boxes? This sounds like something of an exaggeration of the facts. Easy to do in a case like this, but Glover continues.
“He was a hoarder. He had cases of salmon. Cases of tunafish.”
Apparently Glover doesn’t shop at Costco, where it’s common to see customers rolling Kirkland tuna out of the store by the case. And because Mr. Samaszko possessed what Clerk Glover characterizes as conspiracy books along with some guns and cases of ammo, he concludes that:
“It appears he did not like government very much.”
It’s not apparent in print, but if you watched the KRNV video, Glover clearly comments with some disdain about a man who really can’t correct any of Glover’s conclusions or possible misconceptions. For example, the use of the term “hoarder” in today’s vernacular connotes crazy people from reality TV who cram their homes with junk, but gold, guns, ammo, and food are not junk. We like that sort of thing out here in these parts.
And just what does Glover mean by conspiracy books? Did Samaszko have a copy of The Creature From Jekyll Island or, God forbid, Ron Paul’s End the Fed? Is that where he got the whacky idea that gold bullion might be a valuable thing to keep around. Wow. How crazy is that?