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Tattooed White Supremacist Arrested in Oregon Knife Slaying

By Bill Morlin on September 24, 2012 - 10:34 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

A white supremacist with a 10-state criminal record dating back to the 1980s was arrested in Oregon over the weekend and charged with the brutal knife killing of a recently retired man he had apparently never met.

It was extensive media coverage and the use of electronic billboards displaying the image of Erik John Meiser that apparently led Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies and federal marshals to arrest the suspect at gunpoint Saturday outside a motel in Corvallis, Ore.

Oregonian newspaper reported in weekend editions. A conviction could result in the death penalty.

Meiser, a 37-year-old drifter who has the word “NAZI” tattooed on the fingers of his left hand and “HATE” on his right calf, was arrested 66 miles away from the upscale Portland suburb where he’s accused of committing the murder.

Friends gathered Sunday for a memorial service for Hayes, a recently retired information-technology professional who was attacked, authorities said, after he and his wife returned to their home in Lake Oswego at 6 a.m. and apparently startled a burglar.

Margaret “Maggie” Hayes, 56, wasn’t injured as she ran from the residence and called police who used tracking dogs in the initial manhunt in the affluent neighborhood. The victim’s wife provided a description of the 6-foot-5 bearded attacker and an artist’s drawing was released.

Authorities have not disclosed what led them on Thursday to identify Meiser as a suspect in the Hayes killing, triggering a West Coast manhunt and massive public awareness campaign that generated dozens of tips, eventually leading investigators to Corvallis two day later.

Not a lot is publicly known yet about Meiser’s white supremacy background, but he reportedly has ties to St. Paul, Minn., and Santa Cruz, Calif.

Shortly after Meiser was identified as the murder suspect, police in Ogden, Utah, announced they, too, were looking for Meiser. He is named in a Utah warrant charging him with a Sept. 8 knife assault on a man whose face was severely slashed in an apparently unprovoked bus station attack.

Meiser has a criminal record dating back to 1989 when he was 14, authorities say. He has previous arrests in California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, dating back to 1989, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Those arrests were for burglary (multiple counts); resisting arrest (multiple counts); providing false identification to police; possession of narcotics; vandalism; disorderly conduct; battery; trespassing; theft; assault (multiple counts); domestic violence (multiple counts); cruelty towards a child; violation of a protective order; obscene phone calls and ethnic intimidation, the sheriff’s office said.

“We’re thrilled to have him in custody,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said after a citizen’s tip led to Meiser’s arrest, The Associated Press reported.

  • Aron

    Rey, that was exactly what I thought of the first time I heard of his knuckle tattoos

    ‘Night of the Hunter’ is an intensely chilling thriller. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Reynardine

    In fact, this character may have drawn his inspiration from the psychopathic clergyman portrayed by Robert Mitchum in “Night of the Hunter”, who had L-O-V-E tattooed on the knuckles of one hand and H-A-T-E on the knuckles of the other.

  • Aron

    Erika, I guess I’ll unpack that blood-donation kit I was about to send you… Damn.


  • Reynardine

    Hard cider ingredients procured. Happy Allentide!

  • Erika

    Aron, EEEEWWWW GROSS!!! :P

    (seriously, its a good thing you clarified because i was about ready to be extremely disturbed).

  • Solomon

    That was a close call for me. I don’t live in Lake Oswego, but I do live and work in the Portland area. I never imagined a white supremacist presence so close to home. It really concerns me.

  • Reynardine

    Aron, I have stated my intention to make hard cider, but at one time, I made some really interesting mead, too.

  • bjorn olson

    I find it interesting that local CBS news did not mention he was a white supremacist with hate tattoos. Strange how the local news is so superficial–in this day and age.

  • Aron


    If that’s the case, would you mind sending me a bottle full of your tasty, tasty Viking Blood?

    (It’s actually really yummy mead:

  • Erika

    Reynardine, that is definitely a strong possibility.

    being able to trace my family tree to actual Vikings i hope its the right one :)

  • Reynardine

    Not hardly, Peter. I agree with you to the extent that this man is a dangerous mental case, though not one that meets McNaughton. The rest of your post is useful for fertilizing gardens, though not ones with vegetables.

  • peter

    ???? i see some of the worst murderers in the usa have ties to mainstream churches , so what is the interest in someone who has the word nazi on his fingers ? he sounds like a criminal . what has this to do with politics
    must be a no news week , or are u saying someone who is right wing which this man is not murders people to steal a few dollars ??? do u realy believe that , more murders have nbeen commited by communists in the last century than right wingers anyway all of which proves nothing
    there is no need to lie and make of storys unless you are just trying to drum up money for yourselves ,, hmmm, might have hit a nerve there

  • Rontogeny

    I agree with Gavin Dillard about the headline (though not with the content of his tattoos). I’d estimate that at least a third of college students of a certain age have at least one tattoo, often something benign like a butterfly. The headline was unfortunate, because it seems to indicate that tattoos are themselves threatening or guilt-related. However, tattooing of NAZI and HATE is another matter. …

  • Adoniel

    @Ezra. Couldn’t read the story in the Tribune, but I doubt the a hate crime was comitted in this instance. O think the crime was politically rather than racially motivated. Perhaps you should review the definition of hate crime statutes.

  • Reynardine

    Gavin, I live in Volusia County, Florida. Though I myself have only the natural patina that comes from sticking my hands in large dogfights, catching other people’s runaway horses, chopping thorn hedges, and bathing cats, most of my neighbors, as well as my co-author, are embroidered like the Tapestry of Bayeux. That doesn’t bother me. Now, if they were embroidered with, “Exercise your Second-Amendment Remedies”, “KKK”, “Bitches are Made to Bleed”, or certain other items I shan’t list here- well, damme, I’d tend to avoid such people.

  • Gavin Dillard

    I am bothered by “tattooed” appearing in the headline, as if this somehow makes the guy scary. It is a prejudice and unnecessary. The guy is scary for other reasons, not because he is tattooed. I am covered with tattoos—all prayers or incantations for the Divine. Some of the kindest, most enlightened people I know are heavily tattooed.

  • Reynardine

    Erika, they think it sounds Teutonic. Patricia, I remember clearly when such people would have been hospitalized. I think the whackwingers figured the more dangerous they could make the streets, the more people would vote for Law and Order above all else.

  • Patricia Ecklund-Ruch

    Reynard – you are RIGHT ON when you blame the Reagan Admin. for not having more mental institutions and rehab. centers for Criminals with “criminal minds” and almost all States throw these “mentally sick” nut-jobs in with pot smokers and those who are not mentally impaired, but just plain BROKE or homeless or have committed minor infractions. TOO BAD the “law” is all we have and true justice is harder to discern.

  • Erika

    Getting the word “NAZI” tatooed on your hand pretty much assures that you will never ever be able to get a real job.

    What a loser – but can someone please tell me why so many of these neo-Nazi losers have to be named Erika or Erik?.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I agree Kiwiwriter.

    I’m surprised that this abhorrent white supremacist is hardly tatted up. Given to the untold number of times he’s been in jail, in several states. Only to have ended up with just 2 stupid tats. Especially with the word “HATE” on his calf. How lame is that? Just what is it about “hate” that this guy cherishes? I wouldn’t exactly call this bonehead a “tattooed” racist. Just a petty racist criminal.

  • Reynardine

    I’d add that this guy appears to suffer from a pituitary condition called acromegaly. Normally, this doesn’t have behavioral implications, but occasionally, it does.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, if you wonder what he was doing on the streets, go back thirty-two years in time, when the Reagan administration decided there was something better to do with *our* money than maintain long-term mental hospitals or fund community outpatient clinics. Now, we just wait till they murder somebody and then we execute them.

    Eat your ketchup. It’s a vegetable.

  • Sam Molloy

    I’m thrilled that he is in custody. What was he doing loose on our streets? Don’t let him go this time, you idiots.

  • Gregory

    Yet again, JasonAnnieEzra shows that s/he cannot distinguish the difference between murder and assault and battery in an attempt to change the subject.

  • Reynardine

    In all fairness, he appears to be a psychiatric case, if an extremely dangerous one, and his racism is more likely to be a manifestation than a cause of his disorder. I note he has *not* been charged with a hate crime, nor does such a charge appear appropriate, from what has appeared so far.

  • Reynardine

    What it demonstrates, Ezra, is how normal brawls are in Cook County. I got in quite a few as a schoolkid because they were saying my aunt didn’t wear panties. She did, so, wear panties. They were black, and they were made out of lace. I saw them with my own eyes.

  • adamhill

    “…possession of narcotics; vandalism; disorderly conduct; battery; trespassing; theft; assault (multiple counts); domestic violence (multiple counts); cruelty towards a child; violation of a protective order; obscene phone calls…”

    Yet another racist demonstrating the moral and intellectual superiority of the white race.

  • Kiwiwriter

    A Nazi drifter.

    A man who has done absolutely nothing in his life but cause chaos and leave pain in his wake, and he thinks he’s the superior race.

    I just shake my head in disgust.

  • CoralSea

    I, too, am thrilled that they have this guy in custody, as it appears that he is very dangerous.

    As for the tattoos — how fortunate that he has four fingers on each hand so that he could have one letter each to spell out HATE and NAZI on them. I get the impression that he is sufficiently deranged so that longer words would be tough for him to remember without having to take off his shoes and socks. It’s too bad he didn’t initially go with LOVE and PEACE (he’d have to use a thumb for the last one), as these words might have inspired him in a different direction (although if you sufficiently deranged, I suppose a sick mind would have transformed those words into RAPE and PIECE (as in “cut to pieces”).

    Sad, very sad, that our country devotes so few resources to working with people when they are first identified as troubled. Perhaps he could have been helped to take a different path if they’d begun working with him when he was 14. Now I hope they just keep him away from other people so he can’t do any more damage.

  • Ezra_mead

    There was the case of the “Tinley Park Five”, a violent left-wing gang, who beat up people in a Chicago area restaurant. They have not been charged with a ‘hate crime’, though the punks are still sitting in jail. This illustrates how ‘hate crime’ laws are used selectively to fit a political agenda.

    Here is a story on the attack: