Chesterton man has connection to new Indiana Jones movie

By: Ryan Famuliner Email
By: Ryan Famuliner Email

Many are anticipating the new Indiana Jones movie coming out later this month, but none as much as one Chesterton man with a special connection to the story.

Bill Homann is interested to see "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" because he owns a world-famous crystal skull, with a story behind it that rivals any you'd see on the screen.

That story starts in Honduras almost a hundred years ago, with another explorer you probably haven’t heard of.

The hero in this story would have ranked right up there with Indiana Jones, British adventurer F.A. Mitchell-Hedges was someone who always sought adventure.

“He was a person you wouldn't mess with. But he was a very kind person who helped anyone he thought needed it,” Homann said.

The story goes when he was searching for a lost city in what is now Belize in the early 1900's, his young daughter Anna helped find a crystal skull.

“The crystal has a vibration and it does something to the human body,” Homann said.

So how did the "Mitchell-Hedges" crystal skull end up in bill Homann's living room in rural Chesterton?

It was willed to him by Anna... who passed away at the age of 100 last year.

“She was my teacher and my best friend and we always had a great time; and she trusted me because she knows I believe what she believes,” Homann said.

Homann believes the skull is between 17,000 and 50,000 years old, and was used by Mayans in ancient rituals.

To him, it's priceless.

“You know it could be a dollar it could be worth a billion dollars. It’s not something to be sold its something only to be given and be used in a positive way to help people,” Homann said.

Even though he already has a hero to believe in, Homann is excited to see Indiana Jones go after his most prized possession.

“In the other movies they had like the Holy Grail the Ark of the Covenant, you know they were not something you could see. This movie, it's right here you know, its pretty wild,” Homann said.

Homann says he recently visited the ruins where the skull was found for a documentary that's slated to air on the Sci-Fi Channel later this month, hosted by NBC's Lester Holt.

He wasn't actually contacted by anyone related to the new Indiana Jones movie, but says he thinks Mitchell-Hedges may have been an inspiration for the most recent installment.
Many don't believe the story… some websites allege the skull may have been made in the 1900's; or that Mitchell-Hedges may have bought it an auction and made up the whole story about how it was found.

But Homann chooses to believe it's the real deal.

For security purposes, Homann says he does not store the skull at his home, but at another "safe place."

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