Now how often do you get the chance to bid on a piece of Americana like this? I say heritage item, yes indeed.
Today's lot is a 103 acre partially wooded tract set in scenic New Hampshire and formerly belonging to some major tax evaders, according to Uncle
Sammy. See? It's a beautiful property.
There is just one teeny tiny little problem. You might get blown up while walking your new property!
CONORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal officials preparing to sell the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of
weapons can't guarantee that explosives and other booby traps aren't hidden on the 103-acre spread.
In fact, they will openly warn bidders that land mines might be planted throughout Ed and Elaine Brown's bucolic property in the small town of
Plainfield. And they say prospective buyers won't be allowed on the grounds until they submit a winning bid that frees the government of liability
for dismemberment or death.
Serious fail on this, I say. First they take it the way they did which is in the past now, but go on to unload it without knowing if it's still a hot
area for live explosives? I'm curious...does the property come with felony ATF charges if you find some and call to turn it in? Possession after
Mikelson said she has contacted numerous federal agencies that have explosive detection equipment and dogs, and none could ensure a clean sweep of
the property, which is set back from the road and includes acres of storm-damaged trees and other natural debris.
"With the size of the property, there's no way to search it and have any guarantees," Mikelson said.
Well, that's just not acceptable on any level to my thinking. If 103 acres of purely civilian acreage that may have had ONE occupant get stupid with
unmapped IED's? What the hell do these bozos mean by telling us they've ever cleared former bases and ranges
dating back to World War II
, littered with crap no one ever
had maps for? Many of these areas do and have FAR exceeded 100+ acres.
and finally, just to put a laugh to the joke here....
By federal court order, the properties must be sold as is. Minimum bid for the Plainfield compound is $250,000, while the Lebanon office must sell
for at least $507,500.
So who wants to place odds on a insurance carrier for the property? Basic liability? Homeowners? Act of GOD insurance? Under those conditions, I
don't think they'd insure a go cart kept in the garage of the main house. What is Uncle thinking to pawn off what they have to work long and hard
just to come up with a release of liability statement to sell??
* Seriously. If they believe what they're saying here....and they apparently do, to work as hard as the article notes in that liability release? Then
perhaps letting these old folks out early in exchange for just TELLING THEM where any additional devices may be would be a fair trade? After
all...they didn't shoot the pope or even rob a bank. They screwed the Tax Man. Let them die broke and sorry they ever heard of the IRS, like everyone
else. Prison seems overkill when the result brings things like this??
Anyone want that fine property while the bidding is gearing to open, by the way? I'm sure it'll be in real high demand!