Trash-Strewn Property From ‘Murder Mountain’ Series to Get Cleanup and Be Resold
A Briceland property soon to be on the market is a scene straight out of “Murder Mountain,” says Marcus Schaible, a realtor with Country Real Estate. Literally, the land was featured in the docudrama “Murder Mountain”–a popular series about Humboldt County that recently came out on Netflix and gripped the nation as well as the Emerald Counties.
The series implies, though it isn’t stated, that the property is in the Alderpoint area on Murder Mountain which is more formally known as Rancho Sequoia.
“I’ve been up there a few times and the garbage is just incredible,” Schaible said. “There are diapers and garbage all around…17 and 18 cars up there…There are just a lot of cars in disrepair on the property. They are pretty much all intact except the wheels and tires. That ambulance is on the property. But inside it has carpet cleaning equipment.”
He pointed out on a Facebook post he made about the 35 acre property, “It is really a spectacular piece of land misused and left for someone else to deal with.”In contrast to the hum of violence that underlays the Netflix series, Schaible says he hasn’t seen any sign of guns having been used on the property. “I haven’t found any ammunition cartridges,” he said. “Just garbage…Like they just lived up there and never took any of the garbage down.”
Austin, the black market grower who lives on the property in the series, describes himself as a fairly recent immigrant from Utah in the series. And the property reflects some of the worst of the greenrush that flooded Humboldt since 1996 and legalization of medical marijuana.
Schaible, who came to Humboldt in 2000, said that he didn’t know what happened to Austin but “the person that lent on this property foreclosed on it and immediately started cleaning up.” Schaible explained that his job is to oversee the cleanup.
Luckily, he said, other than the garbage, the property hasn’t been really damaged. “There are no giant oil spills,” he explained. “There is that pond that is dug but it is not being fed by a spring. It is highly likely that there are not a lot of violations up there except for the nuisance of the garbage.”The owners, he said, “are not trying to grow on it again They just want to clean it up enough to sell it…I don’t think the cleanup is going to be very difficult.”
The vehicles he plans to load on flatbeds and take to a dump. “Eel River Disposal will take cars for $35 and they will do the paperwork,” he explained. “We’re bringing it back to a clean natural site.”
“This is a beautiful property,” he enthused. “There are roads throughout it [and] nice flat pastures. There is a small cabin. The cabin is like 20 x 30– about 600 square feet with a nice deck that looks over a meadow.”
“We’re confident that everything will be shipshape when [the crew hired to clean] are done,” Schaible said. They are just waiting for the weather to clear up. “We can’t do much when it is raining continuously,” he said.
Meanwhile, has Schaible thought about taking a metal detector and looking for an ammunition can full of money? “No,” he laughed. “That’s the old wives tale that there are millions and millions in these hills.”
UPDATE Sunday: A friend of Austin’s defended him and sent photos he said were taken prior to Austin’s arrest and the burglary that occurred then. The friend said,
As a matter of fact Kym, I found a whole bunch of pictures of the property that I helped take for him. To show the owners the improvements he was making as per their agreement. It really was a beautiful spot. I cant batch upload on your site, so I’ll just email them to you.
You can do whatever you want with them, I just felt like Austin was catching a pretty serious amount of flak, and people were ignoring the fact he lost everything he owned, his home, and livelihood all at once.
Then gets crucified by everyone here as if he was the perpetrator. Both sides of the story should probably get told. If you can post the photos I email to you, it’d do him a service and probably quell the lynch mob significantly.