About Misha Williams
For twenty years Czech-born writer/director Misha
Williams has pursued the mystery of Colonel Fawcett. In between
working in television and theatre, Williams has financed his own
research to get to the heart of the mystery.
He went to Mato Grosso in Amazonia and followed in
Fawcett's own footsteps as well as investigating the false routes
taken by the misguided "rescue expeditions" of Commander
Dyott in 1928 and Albert de Winton in 1932.
First Williams set off from Cuiaba, Fawcett's base
in the centre of Brazil and headed North-East where he was pretty
certain Fawcett had not gone but was eager to confirm this in his
own mind. The Xavantes and Kalapalos (wrongly accused of killing
Fawcett in various accounts) were certainly not encountered by the
explorer, though they killed many other whites before and after
Fawcett's time. Anyway by 1925, East of Cuiaba was already infiltrated
by whites and not the sort of remote area that Fawcett was seeking
for setting up his secret "Great Scheme".
Williams then returned to Cuiaba and from there went
directly North to "Dead Horse Camp", the fabled geographic
point from where Fawcett sent his last letters home. It now emerges
from the "Secret Papers" that Fawcett invented the co-ordinates
to confuse any "rescue parties" following him. The place
where Fawcett shot his injured horse in 1921 is not nearly as far
north as the co-ordinates he gives in his last letters in 1925.
Fawcett intended to go North-West to found a colony
as has emerged from the family correspondence. The rivers Teles
Pires or Rio Sangue (The River of Blood) are the obvious canoe routes
for travelling in this direction.
Williams then took a North-West route from Cuiaba.
Although he had at that time no inkling that "The Secret Papers"
would reveal this was the actual route, he had an intuition that
the 1932 Stephan Rattin sighting was authentic. He headed for Apiacas
and then the Rio Bonfin a tributary of the Teles Pires where the
Swiss trapper is supposed to have made contact with a captive white
Williams also went to Fontanilhas on the Juruena River
into which the River of Blood flows. This is a probable location
for the expedition's objective. Here he traded for some beautifully
crafted spears and headdresses with the wild Canoero tribesmen who
still live and dress in the native traditional way.
On returning to Britain he worked again for BBC television
and was approached by the literary agent of the Fawcett family who
had heard of his researches. He met Fawcett's daughter Joan, now
very elderly and living in Switzerland. She gave him complete access
to her papers and recorded reminiscences of her father and brother
Jack who she knew until the age of fourteen. She directed him to
the contents of the secret trunk that was kept in Britain at the
home of her daughter and son-in-law , and they kindly lent it to
him for ten years. During this period he was able in his spare time
to analyse countless handwritten Fawcett papers, some in very poor
condition and so uncovered the totally new angle on the Fawcett
The whole saga he dramatized from direct transcripts
of real conversations and astounding real life events. We now have
the astonishingly revealing play "AmaZonia".