Yeah, I’ve tossed this around in my head and there’s so much I’ve pondered. The nature of his stash is timely with current fears, so many years later, and of course my writer’s brain thinks of the many stories that could be spun from the event.
Like Mike, I did question: Did Dunne die, suddenly and unexpectedly, and his decision to hide his wealth was a misfortunate one? Dunno. But a will would have been a smart answer for such a prosperous businessman. Was there a will? Dunno, but if not, Karilea could be spot on: He may not have wanted his family touching his money. Though if he was really mean, he could have sent them on a wild goose chase for it, complete with a map and had them tear each other apart for it. That was already a movie, wasn’t it?
Could it have been greed or paranoia or a combo of things? Who knows? What if it was dirty money!! Ooo the plot thickens (but that’s just my overactive imagination.)
$182,000 at 5% interest would be roughly $9.7 million dollars over 80 years, but his choice to hide the money saved it, I suppose? And it was worth much more to collectors than face value.
And yes, I too, thought Reece had one hell of a luau on 14k in Hawaii. LOL. AND she said $60 grand was stolen and she didn’t call the coppers…hmph. For some reason, I doubt her story.
But as Ron points out: It was the Reece’s home and owner’s entitlements come with the deed to the property. So the decision may have been very easy if there was never a contractor: Kitts. Reece would have claimed the money and no one would have known the better.
Kitts argument for 40% sealed his greed for me. Sorry. But I “find” things for people all the time and I don’t want anything. It’s just the nature of my job and I’m on their property and I have no rights to anything I didn’t bring with me, and I’d certainly never open any envelopes or boxes. But if someone offered me a reward? Ok, if one insists, 10% would have been entirely and completely generous.
But if I was the one knocking down the wall and found it, which I’ve knocked down a few walls in my lifetime affinity of old houses, (finding nothing but lots of dust) the Dunne name would have somehow personalized it for me, as well as the memorabilia. And I feel I would have sought out info on Mr. Dunne and his heirs. I mean it would be different if the money was anonymously stashed, since the house is so old that it had changed hands more than once, I’m sure. So no, I wouldn’t advertise “To any previous owners: I found some money. Is it yours?” lol.
But with my luck? It would have been mobster money or something so NOT good that trying to be the good person would get me nothing but some sporty concrete shoes, and I’d been tossed to the bottom of some scummy pond. Haha.
which reminds me.
I better make a will.
Yep, the attorneys make out when we fail to.