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Affidavit: Racist Quadruple Murder Suspects Planned to ‘Kill More Jews’

By Bill Morlin on October 12, 2011 - 7:35 am, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime, White Supremacist

Two white supremacists arrested after a West Coast “vicious, wild reign of terror” were heading to California to “kill more Jews” after allegedly committing four murders, newly filed court documents say.

David “Joey” Pedersen, a 31-year-old white supremacist recently released from an Oregon prison, and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, are each charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the documents filed in Snohomish County.  The charges are related to the Sept. 26 murders of Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Pedersen, 56, and his wife, Leslie “DeeDee” Pedersen, 69, the suspect’s stepmother, in Everett, Wash.

“In the flight that followed these two murders, the defendants committed a series of crimes that spanned three states and included two additional murders,” Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Craig S. Matheson said in the charging documents.

Two other victims linked to the suspects are 19-year-old Cody Myers, of Lafayette, Ore., allegedly killed because the suspects thought he was Jewish, and 53-year-old African-American, Reginald Alan Clark, found shot to death in his truck in Eureka, Calif.

Both suspects have given statements to detectives and a California newspaper, confessing to the racially motivated crime spree.

The elder Pedersen was fatally shot in the head as he took the two suspects to a bus station in Everett. Joey Pedersen told the Marysville, Calif., Appeal Democrat newspaper that he developed the plan to kill his father because the elder Pedersen had sexually abused his daughter – the suspect’s sister – when the two were children.  That claim has not been verified, authorities say.

The suspects then returned to the Pedersen home where Leslie Pedersen’s throat was slashed and she bled to death after she was bound with duct tape. A sword was found near the body.

After those killings, Joey Pedersen and Grigsby drove south 250 miles to Newport, on the Oregon Coast where they encountered 19-year-old Cody Myers, a 19-year-old college student who had talked of becoming a minister. The teen’s body – shot in the head and chest – was discovered on Oct. 4 in the Marys Peak area of Benton County, Ore., west of Corvallis, Ore. Authorities say they now believe he was murdered in Lincoln County after driving to Newport to attend a weekend jazz festival.

After Pedersen and Grigsby were arrested Oct. 5 driving Myers’ stolen car in Marysville, Calif., Grigsby gave detectives a statement saying the Oregon teenager was “killed because his last name made them think he was Jewish.”

Grigsby also told authorities that she and Pedersen “were on their way to Sacramento to kill more Jews,” the Washington state arrest affidavit alleges.

Grigsby allegedly said that the 2010 Jeep, containing the elder Pedersen’s body, had been driven from Everett and pushed off a logging road, over a steep embankment, north of the Yellowbottom Campground, about 30 miles east of Corvallis in Linn County, Ore. The vehicle and his body were recovered on Oct. 7.

The following day, Pedersen reinitiated contact with police in Yuba City, Calif., where he had been in jail for three days. “In the interview that followed, Pedersen admitted to yet a fourth murder,” the shooting death of Clark in Eureka, on either Oct. 3 or 4, the arrest affidavit says.

On Oct. 9, Pedersen granted an interview to Appeal Democrat reporter Ashley Gebb “and further confessed to the crimes,” the court document says.

“He told the reporter that Grigsby wasn’t complicit, which is contrary to her earlier statements,” the document says. “The day the couple were booked into jail a note was found written by Pedersen, sent to Grigsby. In it he appears to lay out a plan whereby he will take all the blame for everything.”

The prosecutor said in the charging documents that the suspects “appear to have committed four first-degree murders, with at least one aggravating circumstance, on three of the four, and spread out over three states and two weeks.”

The document says Pedersen has four prior felony convictions – two for second-degree robbery, one for second-degree assault and one for threatening to murder a federal judge who handled the “Ruby Ridge” case of white separatist Randy Weaver. Weaver’s wife and son were killed on an Idaho mountaintop on that name, along with a federal marshal, in a 1992 standoff that became a cause célèbre on the radical right.

Grigsby has five prior felony convictions in Oregon, three for identity theft and two for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The couple remain in jail in Yuba County, Calif., and it’s not known when they were be extradited to Washington state.

  • Andrew Cort

    It really is extraordinary that this sort of empty headed hatred and violence simply lingers and festers no matter how obvious its sickness and foolishness is. I guess we just keep plugging ahead, knowing there will always be some poor souls who just can’t be rational no matter what.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Ah MST, one WN has already appeared in another entry on this story to explain why they did it. See, they tell us that Latinos and black Americans commit crimes because it is genetic, that they have nobody to blame but themselves for their situation. But “whites”? Oh they have a million excuses. They were driven to do bad things by TV and movies.

  • Isaac

    While I could agree with Sergio that the fall out from child sexual abuse (and any form of rape) is both far deeper and creates far more collateral damage than most think, I believe that laying that as the trigger for killing spree is a bit of a stretch.

    The suspects killed the accused abuser, apparently, long after the fact. Further, they bound the wife and slit her throat allowing her to bleed out.

    Matt, above, chocks this up as “…a sex abuse case more than anything else, more suitable for a jerry springer show.”

    As a resident of the same county the initial two murders took place in I would say that only the opposite is proven at this point; two deranged individuals aligned with hate groups decided to kill at home and then take the show on the road looking for some Jews to kill.

    When Mr. Pedersen has “SWP” (Supreme White Power) tattooed on the front of his his neck I can’t help but presume he’s a true believer.

    The other thing this story screams of is numerous missed opportunities for early intervention. Intervention at the time of the alleged sexual abuse. Intervention with Mr. Pederson and the near certain warning signs that probably started early on. (Noting that he spent 16-31 in prison, for among other things threatening a Federal Judge and assaulting an officer.)

  • Phila

    Is this the work of white supremacist? or criminals?

    To assume there were no racial motives here, you’d have to ignore the part of the article that says “Grigsby gave detectives a statement saying the Oregon teenager was ‘killed because his last name made them think he was Jewish.'” And the part that says “Grigsby also told authorities that she and Pedersen ‘were on their way to Sacramento to kill more Jews.'”

    Maybe you didn’t read that far before commenting?

  • MST

    White supremacists are always talking about murders of whites by Latinos and blacks, but when one of their own kills people, they are silent. I know you white power types are out there — any comments?

  • Matt

    Is this the work of white supremacist? or criminals? You have proven this is a sex abuse case more than anything else, more suitable for a jerry springer show.

  • Anna S.

    Is this David Pederson related to the David Pederson who appears to be a leader of Southern Asatru (extremist group)? The group has members in the Deep South, California, Texas, the UK and Scandinavia.

  • sergio

    the sad part is that if the abuse is substantiated it will explain why we are talking about a killing spree
    abuse of children has consequences far beyond the reach of just one child or one family