- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: April 24, 2000
The sad story of Mel Fisher, the chicken farmer who became a celebrated treasure hunter before he ran afoul of the law. Fisher discovered a sunken ship filled with treasure in 1985. But the tale had a tragic ending when Mel was accused of selling counterfeit coins and then died soon after of cancer.
Mel Fisher was, for a time, the most famous treasure hunter in the world. And unlike many others who try their hand at this frustrating trade, he was successful--discovering the 17th century Spanish Galleon Atocha made him a millionaire and a folk hero in Key West, where he had moved when he took up the treasure hunt full time.
But thirteen years after his great discovery, a police raid made the island question the age-old dream of riches and treasure. KEY WEST: PIRATES IN PARADISE reveals how the popular Fisher was undone by an unscrupulous friend who gave him counterfeit coins to sell. Police detail how they first found out about the ruse, and islanders remember the effect the arrest had on the community. Defeated, Fisher pled no contest to the charges and agreed to reimburse any dissatisfied customers, but he died of cancer just weeks later.
In this classic tale of gold, galleons and greed, CITY CONFIDENTIAL exposes the soul of one of America's most distinctive communities, where the pursuit of treasure and the riches of the sea are woven into the very fabric of existence.