Aztec crystal skull

Crystal skull believers seek to unlock its powers

By John Christopher Fine

Ocean explorers in West Palm Beach found the treasure of Hernan Cortez.

Long after the conqueror of Mexico's death, his family was shipping some of his personal fortune back to Spain. The cargo contained Aztec crystal skulls.

The ship was lost in a fire at sea. It burned to the water line, then sank in deep water off Florida's coast.

Diver, art expert and undersea explorer Dr. Victor Benilous was contacted by a representative of the Cortez family and given information about the shipwreck.

Benilous was well known for his work on the oldest shipwreck in the western hemisphere, found off Juno Beach. The information he was given was sparse.

With the use of world-renowned psychics, Benilous and his team of divers located the wreck. One of the psychics was taken aboard the dive vessel.

"Dive here," the psychic said. Deep below the spot where the psychic said dive, not 10 feet from the place where the anchor was dropped, an Aztec crystal skull was recovered.

Power ? Special properties ? Healing and spiritual abilities ?

Margaret Ann Lembo thinks so. She is the affable owner of The Crystal Garden on North Federal Highway in Boynton Beach.

She invited Bill Homann from Indiana to speak at the Boynton Woman's Club and bring the famous Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull with him.