STATEMENT BY BEN HAMMOTT
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It has been a long time coming and something that is long overdue. And to tell the truth, for once, I am glad it has all finally come out and I thank Andrew for being the intermediary that facilitated this outcome. I have thought many times about coming clean and telling the truth, but lacked the guts to do so.
Everything I said I discovered is a hoax, planted by me and only me.


Sandy, Bill, Pat, Rene and Bruce, my brother, and everyone else were unwitting pawns in my game, for the lack of a better word. I have no idea why I did it, or carried on what was at first a stupid prank that escalated out of control. My intention was never to deceive, but then of course it was by doing what I did.
Perhaps I did it for the money, though very little was ever forthcoming and realised early on that it probably never would.
Did I do it for fame and attention? Perhaps. I did enjoy it at times but it wasn’t the driving force behind it.
Maybe I just carried on to see what I could get away with. I really don’t know.


I know saying sorry to the many friends and acquaintances I have made and deceived over the years, can in no way make up for what I have done. There is probably nothing I can say or do now to right the wrong. But I am very, very sorry and know that many of them I will lose, which apart from the deceit, is perhaps the worst thing about this sorry and despicable act of mine.


Have I made money from my exploits, yes, a bit through book sales, but nearly all the money I have made has paid for further research and my many trips to rlc to try and find something real that I still believe to be there, to in some way hope to make up for my past deeds. I do believe Saunière found a secret, something hidden in the vicinity of Rennes-le-Chateau, and there is something truly amazing to be found. It is something that I will continue looking for.


I have had nothing since bad luck since I become involved with the Rennes-le-Chateau affair, bad karma, almost certainly. Today I have no money, no family life, no home and now probably very few friends. It is perhaps a well disserved outcome.
I apologize to everyone who has supported me over the years, everyone who bought my book, but most of all I apologize to my friends and family for letting them down. I cannot say sorry enough to Sandy, Bill, Rene and many others for being my friends and supporting me all these years. I have lied to you and let you down in such a big way I cannot even hope for your forgiveness.
Anyone who would like to return my Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar book can contact me for a refund and when I have the money I will reimburse them.*

I wish I could explain why I started it or why I let things steadily spiral out of control. I am not even sure myself at this stage. The solving of the clues in Sauniere's church to find the cave where I staged the tomb, (See my Secrets of Rennes-le-Chateau books for varification) and some of the other locations, were all real, it was just someone had always been their before me, so I just used these locations to stage my hoaxes. I had been hoping I could find the real secret of Rennes-le-Chateau, whatever form that may take, in the belief that it would in some way make up for the hoax I had committed. But after many years had passed involving many trips to the area searching for this secret, I finally realised that perhaps I would never find it or if it was still there to be found, just like before perhaps someone had already beaten me to it.

My Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar book also contains a lot of original research that includes an in depth look at the brutal murder of the Abbe Gelis and lots more. All of my other Rennes-le-Chateau publications, except for my Discoveries album, are all based on fact and are not affected by my hoax.

*Refund only applies to books purchased before 2nd April 2012

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