Rachel, Nevada, located along Nevada Highway 375 (the “Extraterrestrial Highway”), sits across the dusty desert floor from the top-secret Area 51 military facility. With a population that once numbered 500 people and its close proximity to the Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51, the tiny town became a haven for UFO enthusiasts and UFO hunters. But lately, things have grown eerily quiet at Rachel. It seems as if a mystery man has been buying up all of the town’s property and closing down the local businesses turning the little corner of the extraterrestrial world into a veritable ghost town.
Connie West, owner of the local Little A’Le’Inn restaurant, a film location for The X-Files and legendary hotspot for tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the U.S. government testing out extraterrestrial hardware, expressed her puzzlement to reporters:
“Who is this person and why are you keeping yourself so secret from this community?”
The first Rachel business to be bought was the town’s only convenience store and gas station, the Quick Pik Mini Mart. The profitable Quick Pik store was quietly purchased in 2006 and then within a matter of weeks, and to the dismay of Rachel residents who relied on the store for gasoline and grocery purchases, the doors to the business were suddenly, and mysteriously, shuttered.
“It was the only gas station in town. Now we keep a little gas for emergency purposes, for people who don’t pay attention to the sign that the next store is 150 miles away.”
A few months later, the local trailer and RV park, home to dozens of Rachel residents, was purchased by the same owner. The new owner then shut down the park and evicted the residents, forcing an estimated 2/3 of the town’s population to move out of the city. The trailer park, which reportedly generated a steady source of income for its prior owners, is now a vacant lot. A local pastor whose church is located next to the old trailer and RV park, told reporters that the closure of the park dealt a death blow to the tiny town:
“The numbers were dwindling because I could look out the front door of the church and see the trailer park was completely cleaned out. The town population was going down.”
According to Nevada Channel 8 News, the local pastor (who was a former news reporter) began investigating the purchases and found that the same man who had purchased the store and RV park has also purchased “several large parcels of raw land in the heart of Rachel, Nevada”. Channel 8 noted that the man, Richard Bunck, then transferred the real estate holdings into the name of JHM Baptist Church, an entity that Watchdog lists as “a white supremacist outfit, in the same category with the KKK and racist skinheads”.
What Bunck’s intentions are is anybody’s guess. Some surmise that the land grab is a front for the fed’s purchase of more property around the infamous Area 51 facility in order to further hinder access to the top-secret area (Peadbody-Award winning journalists George Knapp reported that Bunck once told him he worked for the FBI). Others believe the purchases are being made to set up a global white supremacist enclave in the area (residents of Rachel say FBI agents have visited them asking questions about Bunck and his intentions). Regardless, residents of Rachel are concerned – and rightly so. According to one poster on a white supremacist’s message board, JHM Baptist Church is to be feared.
“They have zero problem killing anyone they deem non-white because they think they are doing God’s work killing demon like creatures.”