Monday, July 16, 2007


Survivalist Gives Up, Fort on Market

Northern Idaho has been the home of the weird for a long time. All things change. For years and years I’ve seen places “off the grid,” survivalists’ shelters, either collapse or go on the market. The dream of self-sufficiency is appealing, but difficult to manifest. Even as a non-Bible-believing whatever, I like the idea of being able to ride out almost any storm.

I also remember some old old joke about emerging from your shelter after a major nuclear disaster, and seeing all the neighbors you machine-gunned as they came running for help. Hah-hah-h....

I wish this guy luck, but I can’t think of too many “Christian” nations that would want him.

Kamiah man selling home that's built to withstand just about anything
7/16/2007, 11:37 a.m. PT
The Associated Press
KAMIAH, Idaho (AP) — Do you envision a dream home that shields you from nuclear holocaust? Marauding outlaws? Agents of Satan?

You're in luck.

A $230,000, two-story, three-bedroom beauty nestled amid rolling pastures eight miles north of here is on the market.

The "Survivalist Home," as advertised in north central Idaho newspapers, was built in 1998 on 21/2 acres and designed as a haven from nuclear fallout and roving bands of outlaws, said owner Mike (Big Mike) Molesworth, 62.

"You won't find another one like this up here," he said.

His self-sufficient home is in part of Idaho that has drawn many people seeking havens from the world, such as those who came 13 years ago with constitutionalist Bo Gritz to form the Christian covenant communities, Almost Heaven and Shenandoah, which are on 600 acres nearby in the Woodland area.

Anyone on a country drive on Caribel Road will spot Molesworth's property and know it's special.

The well-kept lawn, short gravel drive, outbuilding with storage for 10 cords of firewood and garden plot are enclosed by a 6-foot-tall fence topped with a vicious 2-foot whirl of concertina wire. The entrance has floodlights at a military-style checkpost.

"It was probably, maybe, a little extreme putting the razor wire up there," Molesworth said. "But if things go bad, you won't have time to put it up later, or even go buy things."

The Bible warns of tough times ahead, Molesworth said.

Sometime soon, someone is bound to detonate a suitcase nuclear bomb and spark mass unrest. In the ensuing chaos, the razor wire can keep starving neighbors from raiding the garden, he said.

The home's crown jewel is the bunker.

Behind 8 inches of rebar-filled concrete is a bathroom, bedroom with bunk beds, a kitchen, two walk-in food and supply closets and a room for tools and power generators. The opening to a 3,000-gallon water tank is inside and there's access to a 1,700-gallon cistern that fills from a stream that crosses the property.

The bunker makes up about a third of the 1,725-square-foot dwelling and is a bit tight, but homey. Until recently, Molesworth lived in it, allowing a needy family to live upstairs in the more conventional part of the home.

The bunker is stocked with reading material, such as the U.S. Department of Energy's 1987 "Nuclear War Survival Skills," as well as movies, music and board games.

"You don't want to sit in here going nuts with nothing to do," Molesworth said.

He has new clothes too.

"If we have an argument with China, they're not going to send socks and underwear to us."

Molesworth can use electricity from the power company or switch a couple of plugs to use his own propane-powered generator. He keeps 3 1/2 years worth of propane, food and supplies.

While the Bible warns of seven years of tribulation, only half that time will require self-sufficiency, he explained.

"The Bible says in the last 3 1/2 years, you won't be able to buy or sell anything."

Molesworth is a tall, large man, hence the nickname Big Mike. He grew up in Maryland, the son in a Catholic military family. He's been married twice but has no children and has held many jobs, including one as a computer technician. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. He retired as a teamster in Las Vegas.

He's a jocular guy and doesn't proselytize. He heard about Idaho in Vegas from other truckers chatting on the citizen's band radio about "like-minded-thinking people, people that believe in Bible prophecy and all that."

He stayed out of the Christian covenant communities, saying he has friends there but isn't interested in the politics. And "like-minded" doesn't always mean pleasant.

"Don't get me wrong, you do get some nuts up here," Molesworth said.

So why sell the home he has sunk so much time into?

After some prodding, Molesworth admitted that he got cross-wise with the Internal Revenue Service a few years back and ended up with a felony. Now, he can't legally have a firearm and that doesn't sit well.

"I'm leaving the country."

He won't say where he's headed, only that his intended destination is a country with a good exchange rate, little crime and friendly, Christian people. His disability checks, for a back injury, and other Social Security will let him live well.

So far, he has shown the home to people from New Mexico and Washington. Another person from Utah plans to view it as well. The taxes on the place are $211 a year and his power bill, both for propane and the power company, comes to $40 a month.

Another reason he is leaving is because his elderly mother, who used to live with him, has recently taken ill and he needs $5,000 a month to pay for her nursing home. Now, he's alone in the bunker. He wants to start living again.

"I've just been sitting here waiting to die, waiting for the bomb to hit," Molesworth said. "I'm going to go start doing something."


Information from: Lewiston Tribune,

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Nice Post! I think we have a lot to worry about concerning nuclear threats, however, the US government is doing a lot to protect us as well. Check out this informative article where you can learn more about nuclear terrorists and suitcase nuclear bombs
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