The Story of Oak Island
In 1795, three teenage boys discovered a strange, man-made hole on Oak Island, a small, wooded island just off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. As the boys began to dig, they found a number of intriguing artifacts. It was the end of the piracy era and rumors of buried treasure were rampant.
The boys’ discovery launched a treasure hunt that has spanned more than 200 years, cost millions of dollars and involved dozens of speculators, engineers and even famous personalities such as John Wayne, Errol Flynn and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The search had gone dormant, but now, Rick and Marty Lagina (see bios below), two brothers from Michigan, have bought most of the island and have renewed the efforts to discover the legendary treasure. Since childhood, Oak Island has been a magical place of intrigue for these men.
The Laginas insist that their goal is the fun of a treasure-hunting adventure, and if it becomes something that could splinter their brotherly bond, they’ll walk away. But obsession has been known to grip treasure seekers on Oak Island.
Many men have taken on the hunt with the best of intentions, only to be left with decimated fortunes, broken spirits and lost lives. An ominous legend says that seven people must die in pursuit of the treasure before Oak Island will reveal her secrets. So far, the body count stands at six.
Meet the Island Explorers
Rick is a retired U.S. postal worker from Northern Michigan who has been obsessed with the mystery of Oak Island since he was just 11 years old and read about it in the January 1965 issue of Reader’s Digest. Now he is heading up his own team of treasure hunters.
Raised by a humble, close-knit family, Rick is the kind of guy who sees the world in black and white; honor is everything, and when you commit to something, you see it through to the end. As Rick puts it: “Once in, all in!” This has been his lifelong dream, but is his determination to solve this 200-year-old mystery based on confidence or the same dangerous obsession to which so many before him have fallen victim?
Marty is Rick’s younger brother and has always looked up to him. He’s also shared Rick’s interest in Oak Island since childhood even though he’s a bit skeptical that anything was ever really buried there. He wants verifiable proof that major works were done on the island prior to the first treasure hunt in 1795 and also worries that Rick will fall victim to the island’s obsessive nature. Nevertheless, it is Marty who is primarily financing this adventure. He’s an engineer who made millions in the energy business and now wants his older brother to accomplish his dream, too.
Mondays are about to get a whole lot more mysterious this fall on HISTORY with the return of The Curse of Oak Island Tuesday, November 4 at 9PM ET/PT. In season two, Rick and Marty are ratcheting up their search for an elusive treasure that sits at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery. Catch-up on Season 1 and tune-in to Season 2 to find out if they can discover the secret plaguing Oak Island.