This story reminds us how careful you may need to be when you sell a loved one's possessions. Emil Knodell, of Bellville, Texas paid $100 for a chest of drawers from an estate sale at a Missouri City, Texas home last week. When he loaded the chest in his pickup truck, he noticed some noise. He had already checked all 3 drawers. But hidden below the bottom drawer was a secret wooden compartment filled with a pirate's loot.
Inside was currency, jewelry with emeralds and diamonds, a lock of hair, military dog tags and even Civil War memorabilia. The chest belonged to a couple who were from Michigan, and later relocated to Texas.
Mr. Knodell, himself a marine veteran, immediately turned over the contents to the surprised grandson of the couple, who recalled the dresser, but had no idea that it contained anything of value. It is quite possible that Knoll could have kept the contents, having paid for the chest, but "I bought the chest drawers. I didn’t buy those things. If I kept them, I would never feel right about it. There would be a cloud over the whole thing. It’s a feeling more than anything else," Knodell said.