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A treasure hunter, an L.A. park and the curse of the severed hand

A treasure hunter, an L.A. park and the curse of the severed hand

Recently I took up metal detecting as a hobby. While Los Angeles is, of course, the greatest place to live in the world, our city parks are too new to offer much excitement for "dirt fishers." The East Coast, with its deep-rooted (though not-so-deeply-buried) history, is more fertile. So I was pleasantly surprised on Sunday, Aug. 2, when I found a dismembered, decomposing human hand in Harold A. Henry Park. It was an hour from sunset when I arrived. Quickly I located a target with my metal detector, dug down about three inches and discovered a layer of aluminum foil. Directly below that, a large piece of blue plastic — a bucket! Hoping so hard that it was buried...

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