Diamond hoax to be featured on Travel Channel
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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A film crew from the Travel Channel has traveled to central Kentucky to document a diamond hoax that occurred in 1872.

The News-Enterprise reports that the 19th century hoax involving Elizabethtown residents Philip Arnold and John Slack will be included on an upcoming episode of the series "Mysteries at the Museum."

The film crew spent time Monday at the Hardin County History Museum getting information about the hoax.

The newspaper reports Arnold and Slack convinced several people that western parts of the U.S. were filled with diamonds by using only a few industrial-grade gems. Notable people such as Charles Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co., and Baron F. Rothschild, a member of the British Parliament, were taken in by the scam.

The crew from the cable network also interviewed Bardstown resident Ron Elliott, who wrote "American El Dorado: The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872."

"I was just delighted they were going to bring some national attention to Hardin County," Elliot said.

He said the interview took hours. He said the crew took shot of him from all angles and he had to repeat lines several times.

"The process is much more grueling than what you'd think," he said.


Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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