The Hoffman Institute:
Franklin ‘Frank’ Blackwell is a 47-year old American, Cambridge studied, Archaeologist and Egyptologist that once worked closely with Howard Carter, the famed discoverer of tomb of King Tutankhamun. The official story of the expedition to find more tombs in the Valley of the Kings is well documented. Its the unofficial story that is the most interesting and still the talked about, even today.
Ever since he step foot into the Valley of the Kings, Frank had been experiencing a series of waking dreams, of himself walking to or on one particular day, trapped inside a sealed tomb of the buried dead, surrounded by golden relics. Frank is affectionately known to his British counterparts as the ‘American’, because he was the only one from the US on the expedition. With just days left of funding and no real leads, the ‘American’ convinced Howard to dig in the area of his lucid dreams seemed to occur. Later, the stairs to Tutankhamun’s tomb would be discovered.
It would take another month of digging to reach of the tombs entrance. The expedition team paused to take in its lackluster quality and hastily carved inscriptions. It was doubted that there was any royalty in the tomb. Frank urged Howard to press on. Frank confided with Howard in private, that he had seen in his dream great riches beyond, that royalty was indeed in there. It was at this point, aided by Thomas Rathmore, a renowned professor of linguistics, Frank was able to decipher the hieroglyphics on the tombs entrance, which read:
“As for all men who shall enter this my tomb… impure… there will be judgment… an end shall be made for him… I shall seize his neck like a bird… I shall cast the fear of myself into him."
Digging stopped, and Rathmore urged that the expedition quit immediately or else everyone would be cursed if they entered to tomb. Rathmore left the expedition and returned to England.
The financier of the expedition, Lord Carnarvon, pressed the team onward. On November 29, 1922, the seal of the tomb was broken. Four months later, Lord Carnarvon would be the first to die of what is known as the ‘Curse of the Mummy’ or many of its other names. Throughout the years, the curse would claim more lives.
Today, Howard Carter, who is ailing from lymphoma, and Franklin Blackwell are all that remain of alive of the expedition. Frank continues to give lectures on the finding of the tomb of Tutankhamun that fuels Egyptomania in the United States.
It was after one such lecter, Frank was approached by men claiming to be from an organization know as the Hoffman Institute. They asked if they could talk in private and if Frank had knowledge about some some of the first photographs taken of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
One of the men begin speaking “According to Howard Carters journal, he believed that tomb robbers had been into the tomb after it was sealed after seeing footprints in the dust and objects shifted.”
The men from the Hoffman Institute laid down some photos in front of Frank. The first was a group picture of everyone on the expedition. One of the men asked if that was Frank as he pointed. Below the figure in the picture was written by hand ‘The American’.
Frank replied “Yes.”
The next picture showed the inside of the tomb, it was marked ‘November 29, 1922 — 0001’. In the background was a ghostly image of a man, dressed exactly like Frank from the previous photo.