It’s tough to lose a house. It’s even tougher to lose an alien house.
That’s exactly what happened to the Sheahan family, who for more than a century owned a mining property that overlooked Area 51. When the family refused to accept a $5.2 million government buyout of the property, the U.S. Air Force condemned the mine and repossessed it by order of a federal judge.
Now the Sheahans, who did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Beast, have to figure out what to do with all the stuff that has accumulated in a property they’ve owned since Ulysses Grant was president. That includes, but is not limited to, human remains belonging to generations of Sheahans buried in an alien wasteland.
The mine is surrounded by a government buffer zone that is constantly guarded to keep curious visitors from gaining access to or seeing the secret test base (think Independence Day) known as Groom Lake, or Area 51.
The U.S. Air Force did not respond to a question about whether it repossessed the property to conduct further alien testing.
The repossession is just the latest challenge for the hardy Sheahans, who have witnessed military planes strafing their buildings over the decades and radiation seeping in from nuclear testing in the ’50s and ’60s.
“This has been, like I said, a 60-plus year nothing short of criminal activity on the part of the federal government, the AEC, Black Ops, CIA, and you can go on and on,” Joe Sheahan told Las Vegas’s CBS affiliate.
Not to mention having to fend off imminent alien threats in their backyard. Sheahan’s father is also buried on the property, near the area where the U-2 spy plane was crafted.
The family is seeking a jury trial, but the issues of said legal battle would only pertain to compensation for the land from the Air Force and distribution of equipment left on the site.
The Air Force values the land at $1.5 million despite offering the Sheahan family more than $5 million for the property. But the owners have always been adamant about holding on to the property until they were left with no choice.
“Everyone says, ‘Oh no, you’re going to come out with nothing,’” Joe Sheahan said in September when the Air Force first made its offer. “But I’m not going to let them take what my grandfather and father and mother worked hard for.”
“They created this problem,” Sheahan added. “The Air Force, the federal government. They created the problem.”