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Judge Orders Neo-Nazi Bill White to Undergo Psych Evaluation

By Leah Nelson on August 8, 2012 - 2:06 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

A Virginia judge has ordered Bill White, the Virginia neo-Nazi and convicted felon who faces federal charges for violating the terms of his supervised release, to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, The Roanoke Times reports.

White, 35, is a notorious Internet gossip who was released in April 2011 after spending more than two years in prison on multiple charges of threatening enemies through phone calls and Internet postings. But he missed a scheduled check-in with his probation officer the next month and disappeared from his Lynchburg home. In May, he wrote on Facebook that he had accepted “an offer of asylum from a foreign nation that shares my view that the United States government is not legitimate. I shall not be returning.”

White indicated on Facebook that his new location was Tehran, but he was arrested on June 8 near the Mexican resort town of Cancun and has been in federal custody since.

Questions about his state of mind arose after he sent supporters and federal authorities a series of bizarre screeds describing the U.S. as a “demonic dream” from whose hold he had broken free.

In a letter sent in mid-June to the Roanoke federal building, White declared that while in prison he was given drugs that led him to communicate “with beings that … allowed [him] to explore certain hidden and obscured aspects of human experience.”

Neither the court nor the proceedings against him are real – and neither is he, he proclaimed. “[T]here is no white supremacist William A White. … I cannot be William White because William White does not exist.”

The federal prosecutor assigned to the case joined White’s defense attorney, Paul Beers, in requesting the evaluation. “Given some of the writings we’ve seen come from Mr. White’s pen recently, I think it would warrant a full evaluation,” said U.S. Attorney Pat Hogeboom, according to the Times.

Some of White’s supporters have speculated that White is in control of his mental faculties and that his letters are merely an attempt to manipulate the court.

“It is not clear whether … Bill has gone crazy, is trying to pull the clerk’s leg, is trying to convince the court that he is crazy or is up to some cunning plot. Inquiring minds want to know,” wrote one commenter on his fan blog.

On the white supremacist forum Vanguard News Network (VNN), another commenter speculated that White’s statement “William White does not exist” suggests that the Virginia neo-Nazi has bought into, or is pretending to buy into, a theory popular in the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement. “My guess is that Bill is attempting a garbled version of the straw man freeman capital letters name argument,” the commenter wrote.

White’s next hearing is set for Sept. 12 at the U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

  • aadila

    Anyone who has regular contact with prison populations is likely to confirm how common mental illness is within correctional facilities. Though perhaps our medieval prison system with its torture and execution is partly responsible for this.

    In any case, I don’t think anyone like Bill White is going to be all right in the head… but did he or does he have the mental faculties to distinguish between right and wrong? Moral confusion or amoral value systems do not necessarily indicate insanity.

    I personally would like to see a prison system that values humanity and strives for rehabilitation through (1) faith based counseling to provide ethical foundations and a new sense of self, (2) drug and alcohol abuse treatment, (3) education leading to GED or higher degrees as appropriate, (4) vocational training and skill building including such things as communication and conflict resolution.

    These four things alone or in combination have been shown to make a huge difference in keeping people out of prisons once they re-enter society. The zero tolerance and punishment model fails to do so.

  • someone

    I initially suspected some variant of the strawman arguments as well, but if you read the letter he wrote (linked in the June 27 post), he appears to be making a metaphysical statement instead. He also claims to have been given medication in prison that caused a psychotic state.

    Might be a shift towards esoteric Nazism? The Kali Yuga references suggest it. I guess it’s possible he’s setting up an insanity defense, but I don’t think so.

  • Kiwiwriter

    I don’t think Bill White is crazy. He may be nuts, but he’s not crazy.

    I wonder how he liked Mexico?

  • adamhill

    Bill White’s Facebook posts written while he was on the lam, a time when he was probably believing he would never be caught, were perfectly lucid, at least in the sense that they didn’t exhibit the kind of psychosis whose symptoms he is now (apparently) simulating. Even the most intelligent WNs lie at the lowest tail of the bell curve, because if one has half a brain, one doesn’t have WN beliefs.

  • Reynardine

    Aron: Check The Miami Herald files from the mid ’80′s for those terms.

  • Joseph

    He’s still got supporters? I figured they would have thrown him to the wolves for “projecting weakness”.

  • Mitch Beales

    Ruslan I’ve heard that White’s supporters are very athletic.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    OK Rey, now I’m interested. I’ve looked up Gib o’ the Woods and the King’s Men (in several permutations), and I can find nothing.

    Is there some hint you might be willing to drop?

  • Reynardine

    I would recommend that the judge in that case have a little talk with Rep. Alcee Hastings about Gib o’ the Woods and the King’s Men. Further I say not.

  • Erika

    You’d have to be completely crazy to try to fake an insanity defense. Being found NGRI is generally much worse than being found guilty because it can result in decades in secure “treatment” environments and practically guarantees a lifetime of supervision and forced treatment (medication). The side effects of many of the antipsychotic medications are also extremely nasty.

    But in any case, if he is in fact malingering they will be able to find out very quickly.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Some of White’s supporters…”

    Bill White still has supporters?

    ““It is not clear whether … Bill has gone crazy, is trying to pull the clerk’s leg, is trying to convince the court that he is crazy or is up to some cunning plot. ”

    It may be fake, but it’s anything but cunning. Just like the claim that he escaped to Iran.

  • Gregory

    He should be quite happy in a Federal prison, since he would be amongst so many of his followers.

  • http://twitter.com/aronl Aron

    Mitch,

    Do not stop. Proceed directly to Home and receive 200 Internets.

    That comment was HILARIOUS!

  • Mitch Beales

    If “Bill is attempting a garbled version of the straw man” argument it appears that he has gone to OZ in search of a brain!