Authorities wanted to find wooden boxes and a treasure chest during a search of Burrell Mohler Sr.’s home because they might contain jewelry from his alleged victims, according to court records.

Authorities wanted to find wooden boxes and a treasure chest during a search of Burrell Mohler Sr.’s home because they might contain jewelry from his alleged victims, according to court records.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies last week executed a search warrant on Mohler’s home at 1302 S. Dodgion St.

Mohler is accused of multiple sex crimes against relatives over the course of decades that happened on his family farm in rural Bates City. Mohler’s four sons are also accused of molesting the family children, who have told investigators graphic tales of sex with animals, foreign objects and forced rape.

Deputies raided the Dodgion Street home where he had lived up to his arrest several weeks ago, looking for evidence that would tie the men to the crimes.

Officers interviewed one of the victims who said she saw people being killed at the farm. She saw Mohler Sr. with a wooden box containing necklaces and rings belonging to “victims” of the Mohler men, according to the search warrant application. Mohler told her that taking the jewelry off the victims “prevents them from being found by metal detectors.” Also, the victim told a detective Mohler Sr. owned a wooden box that contained numerous old coins that he referred to as “the treasure.”

Searchers located several wooden boxes in the master bedroom and the basement area of the residence that contained jewelry and photographs and a small treasure chest in the bedroom that contained old coins, according to court records. Also, other wooden boxes found in the bottom dresser drawer contained jewelry.

Deputies also seized pieces of paper with numbers and letter codes that a family member told authorities the Mohler men used to identify names, addresses, phone numbers, monetary amounts and locations. These codes were commonly written in different books like romance novels, Louis L’Amour books, massage books and instruction manuals.

They found a piece of paper with the name “Jeff-Alabama” written down.

The victims claim the Mohler men kidnapped and killed a man who they lured from Independence to the Bates City farm.

The wife of Burrell Mohler Sr. told detectives that Mohler lived in the basement after she discovered he was viewing pornographic magazines and videos. In fact, deputies found numerous pornographic materials the wife found hidden in false ceiling tiles. Some of the magazines referenced incest.

The wife unlocked a file cabinet for authorities. Inside were pornographic magazines with titles like Family Taboo, X Family Matters. Best of Family Secrets. Best of Family Touch and Family Affairs, according to court papers.

Burrell Mohler Jr. lived at a home at 10007 E. 20th St. in Independence. It too was searched. They found boxes of books, letters, journals, photos, VCR and audio tapes and an ax. It was not disclosed what was on the material.