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Updated: 08/23/2016 08:13:16PM

Jesus’ wife evidence led to Venice

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SUN PHOTO BY MADISON HEID, mheid@sun-herald.com
Walter Fritz' home on the north side of North Port has several signs warning people to keep out -- fairly common for some of the homes in the area off Tropicaire Boulevard.

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Several pieces of papryi that suggests Jesus had a wife is the focus of an investigation by "The Atlantic" as to if it is a hoax or not. A North Port man owns the papryi.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY LISETTE POOLE, THE ATLANTIC

North Port's Walter Fritz is the focus of a story in "The Atlantic."

PHOTO PROVIDED BY LISETTE POOLE, THE ATLANTIC

North Port's Walter Fritz is the focus of a June story in "The Atlantic."

By Scott Lawson

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A journalist’s investigation into evidence suggesting Jesus had a wife led him to Southwest Florida, ultimately to Venice and North Port, and then to Germany and back to North Port resident Walter Fritz.

Fritz, 50, maintains he purchased a papyrus that looked to be ancient from his longtime friend and sometime business partner, Venice resident Hans-Ulrich Laukamp, in 1999.

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