"So it was this Mexican General, with this war chest filled with gold, jewelry and diamonds"


Moya Nkruma

martinezMoya Nkruma began writing short stories, performing in plays, and playing musical instruments at a very young age. With an ear for music, Moya soon discovered that she had a voice built for opera. After graduating from high school, Moya received a scholarship to study opera at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Intrigued by the business side of music, Moya returned to Los Angeles after her studies and began work in the music industry at major music companies like BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, and at radio station KPFK as an Associate Producer. Currently, Moya works at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and is writing the libretto for a new opera.

Curse of the Treasure of Cahuenga Pass

You know we’re going to die, don’t you? I cannot believe you talked me into this. After watching an episode of “Hollywood True Story” you got me out here on the Cahuenga Pass in back of the Hollywood Bowl digging for lost treasure like I am in some freakin’ movie. Man...if I wasn’t high right now...!  The funny thing, though, is that I believe it. You and your bright ideas, like that time at La Brea Tar Pits, you made me hop the fence. I’m sure they are wondering what a pair of Converse has to do with mammoth fossils, and plus you never paid me back for making me lose my sneakers. Oh, I see you gonna buy me new sneakers when we find what we looking for, 'cause it's worth millions of dollars, right?  You think we are the first to come up with this? I remember the true stories  about this secret treasure growing up. Wait...!  Is that..is that a coyote? Don’t move...!  Oh, he’s just passing through...wow...that was weird....  Okay, anyway, these four guys from Mexico, they have this war chest filled with gold, diamonds, Spanish coins and a lot of other shit. It was in the mid-1800s or something and during the Mexican-American War, when California was a part of Mexico. In fact, they signed the treaty right over there. Right there. See where that street lamp is? Two lights up from that park, where we go and smoke. Can you believe that shit? So it was this Mexican General, with this war chest filled with gold, jewelry and diamonds to trade for guns. He put these four soldiers in charge of of it.  They were supposed to take it to the San Francisco base.  Blah, blah, and for some reason a few miles before they reached San Francisco they had made up their minds that this treasure was never going to make it to San Francisco. They decided since the war was technically over they were gonna keep it. They buried it with plans to come back after the treaty was signed. The only thing was when they came back, they dug in the same spot and found the treasure was not there. They suspected each other of double dealing and with drawn guns simultaneously they shot each other dead. Little did they know there was a shepherd that saw them bury it. He took the treasure and was heading back to Los Angeles with it. That night he set up camp and dreamed he would die if he kept the treasure. So he buried it. Years later on his death bed he makes a confession to a priest giving him his last rights about the treasure and where he buried it. He tells him, “It is on the side of the pass opposite the higher lands.” The priest goes looking for it, and before he begins digging, has a heart attack. Fast forward to the 1930’s.  Some guys with a metal detector find it and get struck by lightening. Spooky, spooky. Now this last person, recent history, this is the one we saw tonight, only I will tell you the whole story, how I heard it....  There was this guy who was hiking with his dog, and the dog digs up a pouch; he opens it and sees it is filled with old coins. He takes it home and shows it to his wife. After realizing they are antiques, he gets them appraised and finds they are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. He tells her they will have a new life and all of their financial problems will be resolved. Only thing when she sees the coins she freaks out and tells him to take them back where he found them. He asks why? His wife being of Native American Indian ancestry knows about the curse; she begs him to trust her, and she will tell him when he returns. He takes the coins and buries them where the dog found them. But he does one crazy thing; he keeps one, thinking what harm could it do. He puts it in his pocket and gets into his car. He is driving along Mulholland Drive.  And all of a sudden his brakes go out, his car flies over the rail and over the cliff, plummeting down to a 100-foot drop. Dead. Man, I am telling you we are dealing with some spooky stuff here, and I know you say you you don’t believe in curses...but...! (Gasps for air.)

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