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Kentucky Neo-Nazis Charged in Gruesome Murder, Dismemberment

By Don Terry on January 25, 2013 - 3:33 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

The 25-point manifesto of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) makes several hyperbolic “demands,” such as “all non-Whites currently residing in America be required to leave the nation forthwith and return to their land of origin: peacefully or by force.’’

But it appears that two Kentucky members of the neo-Nazi group and an accomplice took at least one of the over-the-top mission statements deadly serious.

Point 17 says, “We demand the ruthless prosecution of those whose activities are injurious to the common interest. Murderers, rapists, pedophiles, drug dealers, usurers, profiteers, race traitors, etc. must be severely punished, whatever creed or race.”

On Jan. 9, according to the authorities, the men lured a white, 19-year-old alleged small-time drug dealer into the back seat of their car, choked him, beat him with fists and a metal pipe, dragged him out of the car, slit his throat, stabbed him in the chest, rolled his body down a hill and left him dead in the bushes, covered in brambles, in a field in Boone County, Ky., essentially a suburb of nearby Cincinnati.

The next day, the men returned to the field and began dismembering the body with knives and a hatchet, apparently scattering the body parts in the field and a landfill. “The head, hands, feet and legs,” Detective Jeremy Rosing of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office testified at a court hearing last week.

The accused killers – Anthony Baumgartner, 23, Stephen Harkness, 22, and Jeffrey Allen, 21 – are being held without bail on charges of kidnapping, murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

The men told investigators that they disliked drug dealers and that is why they targeted their victim, who was identified by a tattoo of a cartoon character on his severed torso as Daniel Delfin, of Walton, Ky.

“Their thing was, we know he deals drugs, we’re against that,” Deputy Tom Scheben, a spokesman for the Boone County sheriff, told Hatewatch today. “They said he was a drug dealer and, in essence, a blight on society.’’

Both Baumgartner and Harkness are admitted members of NSM and can be found on the group’s social media forum discussing their interests and dislikes.

“Stormtrooper First Class Baumgartner NMS Kentucky” wrote on the forum that he dislikes “race traders [sic], greed, ignorance, drugs, jews, niggers, spikes, gooks and chinks and anybody that hates National Socialism.”

In the “About Me” section, he says that he was part of the Ku Klux Klan but left a long time ago on good terms and now wants “to get back in the race war so me and a few other boys in my area are starting to clean up area of drugs and so called street gangs.”

Harkness’s dislikes include: “Drugs, Gangs, Hippies, Faggots, All other races, People who think Jews deserve our pity.” As hobbies, he listed farming and gardening, and re-reading the works of “Herr Hitler and Commander Rockwell,” as in George Lincoln Rockwell, the former Navy commander who founded the American Nazi Party in 1959.

It is unclear if Allen is a neo-Nazi. But, “they’re all pretty tatted up with that stuff,” Scheben said.

The deputy said Allen told investigators that he had planned the attack on Delfin a week before. “I’m sure he’s not the only drug dealer they’re familiar with,” Scheben said. “But he wore the real baggy pants, the baggy clothes. In a small town like Walton, Kentucky, you stand out dressing like that.’’

Scheben said the men lured Delfin into their car on Jan. 9 by saying they wanted to buy heroin. Delfin was arrested last May for trafficking heroin in the area. “I would say we have a very definite heroin problem,” Scheben said. “It is the drug of choice in the tri-state region. It’s much cheaper than your pain killer pills.”

Harkness was driving. Baumgartner was in the passenger seat. Allen was in the back, sitting next to Delfin, who he “proceeded to physically assault” with his fists and a pipe, Rosing told a Boone County courtroom.

Rosing said Delfin suffered “severe head trauma” during the attack and apparently slipped into unconsciousness or death. The men drove to a field next to Allen’s home where Allen slit Delfin’s throat and stabbed him, the detective said, “underneath the ribcage, up into the heart and twisted the knife and then pulled it out.”

The next day, the men returned to dismember the body.

On Jan. 13, Delfin’s sister reported him missing. On Jan. 14, authorities got a tip, leading them to the three men, who were arrested on Jan. 15.

“Allen was the first to admit it,” Scheben said. “The others followed suit. Allen walked us to where the torso was.”

The authorities found Delfin’s torso and legs in the field. They searched a nearby landfill, using four pieces of heavy equipment for six hours before calling the search off without finding the rest of the teenager.

The owners of the landfill “told us up front, you’re pretty much looking for a needle in a haystack,” Scheben said.

The three men are being held in the Boone County Jail without bail, waiting to go before a grand jury in the next few weeks. “Their story now is that they were just going to assault him and work their way up the chain until they found the drug kingpin,” Scheben said.

Calls today to the men’s public defenders were not returned.

On Thursday in Verona, Ky., nearly 100 people attended Delfin’s closed-casket funeral. Two songs were played at the service: “Amazing Grace” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”

  • cherrieygrl

    I am by no means condoning what these young men did, but I personally knew one of them, and have to say he must be mentally ill, as the acts portrayed are not the acts of the man I knew.
    It’s a scary world, and it’s hard to believe that the people you believe to be your friends and loved ones, you may never truly know.
    My heart breaks for all those involved–the victim, his family, the broken, sick young men who performed this heinous crime, as well as they’re family and friends. It’s a sad, sad situation, and it’s a sad, broken world we live in, unfortunately, full of misguided individuals, intolerance, and hate.

  • Anti Gross

    If you don’t like a drug dealer why not have the police do something about it. There are many reformed drug dealers who turn over new leafs through the NA and drug programs. During the 60s, 70s, 80s, the CIA was manufacturing LSD and distributing it allover the country, plus making mescaline that was fed to Vietnam troops. I mean, how do you know who someone is really, and what if it was an FBI agent trying to get the bigger dude himself. You can’t go around killing people and it is gross and terribly cruel.

  • Erika

    Aron, i beat you to it by 2 minutes :P

    and i gess i got wat i deserved by writing the “new black pantesr” rather than “new black panters” in my making fun of barbartico. Stupid poetic justice ;)

  • Aron

    Hey Barbarotico,

    The NBPP IS classified as a hate group, you dolt. Read the goddamn blog. Use the search function.

  • Erika

    The new black pantesr?

    Is that a group who calls women and just breath heavily into the phone or something? ;)

    Seriously, dude, the New Black Panthers are listed as a hate group. Try reading more and writing less :P

  • barbarotico

    Just a question…

    Why kamau kambon done a press conference calling for the extermination of all whites of this world and south poverty law center not put him?

    Why the new black panters are allowed to call for the killing of whites and the south poverty law center not take that into account?

    I’m latin but I know that I’m in the list of that hate group too (new black panter)…

  • Sam Molloy

    Clark, Aadila does indeed know what she is talking about and writes it down better than you do. She is more idealistic than I am by far and you and I probably agree on quite a few points. A concept new to me that she has enlightened me with is the folly of the ” individualism” pre packaged by the Corporate Whores to allow us to feel special. Her Buddhist–ish concept of the interconnectedness of all life is all too rare in our greed based society.

  • Clark

    And as for you “aadila”… you have no idea what you’re talking about… we won’t eradicate “greed” and the misguided individuals who become influenced by those who come into power and “influence” as a result of their “greedy, and corrupt ways” from our system until we eliminate the system that allows it to find ways to get rewarded and prosper… meaning… the MONEY SYSTEM. As long as we use a rewards system that you can easily hide how you got your “points” (meaning cover up how you got your money) we’re going to have corruption… and it is those corrupt individuals who have “money” who are the ones who are misguiding and influencing the general populations in all societies all over the world…. So, why do these wealthy and powerful people spend so much effort, energy, and their TIME keeping a bunch of “crap” started between peoples… the answer really is quite simple, thow most won’t understand it even once they’ve been told… and the answer is “it’s because they’re STUPID PEOPLE… most of then are illiterate, and the rest of them have a “mental problem”… so why do so many of us so willfully follow them, because most of us are only looking at the end result of what someone has… not how they may have gotten it. All I have to do is throw a set of Mercedes Benz keys up on the counter at “any bar” and within 15 minutes I’ll have at least 5 ladies phone numbers… it ridiculous, and I don’t even own a Mercedes. Is there a solution… yeah, there’s a solution… it’s called THE VENUS PROJECT.

  • Clark

    Ha ha ha… they’re going to attack a little kid on the street… when TON’s of drugs come into our shipping ports… EVERYDAY! Hell, the Bush family, and the Kennedy family (and all the rest) made their money with illegal activity… but these three REALLY smart individuals went after a 19 year old kid selling “crack” on the street… claiming that this would help solve the problem… ha ha ha LOL. American’s are some really stupid people. Stop letting yourselves be lied to… think for YOURSELF.

    Now watch some CLOWN say… “it was heroin, not crack”… missing the whole point entirely.

  • Marisa

    I would love to hear in the future that these THREE murderers meet EXACTLY the same fate as they dealt out to this poor victim.

  • MattJ

    Sounds like a win win for society.

  • TC

    Dear me – what a horrific fate for the victim. Sad that poverty and opportunistic divisiveness can drive people to do the sorts of things that these guys did. I hope they get the maximum length of time in jail allowed so they can think about what they’ve done.

  • Erika

    Once again, here is your vanguard of the white race. Enjoy prison, losers.

    (no charity for these losers from this mean girl).

  • concernedcitizen

    @aadila
    Thank you for your post it was very nice.
    Yes I do believe that we should find communities that support unity and do not embrace the ignorance of hate and divide.
    These people equate drug dealers to death and I for one am very much against drug dealing. I have seen the most adverse affects on our neighborhoods, but we have laws and these individuals could have turned this guy in, taken pictures got the law involved but to exact this type of violence is unconscionable.
    No doubt they would do the same to anyone who did not fit within the paradigms of their distorted realities of the human race.
    It reminds me of an article I read where a group of skinheads killed a white mail on train tracks in order to earn the red shoe laces they wear that shows they have killed. Is the white community aware that these people are killing their own race because their hate and ignorance knows no boundaries.
    Any allegiance to such hate groups such as these should be made illegal (period).
    If we want to stop the violence we need to stop the propaganda that fans it.

  • aadila

    @concerned citizen

    I am moved by your compassion and share your view. How I cope with this sort of reality is to consider the evolution of consciousness in humanity.

    All of us are part of the evolution of humanity in terms of what we think, feel and do. At times, people pull us back to darker, more violent times. At times, people lead us forward into brighter, more peaceful times.

    This is not to minimize the huge challenges facing humanity since our destructive features as a species have now reached global proportions. But if you look around, even here, you can see there are people who rise above it.

    I think all we can do is seek to be the part of humanity that betters our species. We cannot eradicate violence unless we first tame the violence in our hearts. And the same for all ideals.

    If we can embody but one aspect of higher thought and expression in our lifetime than we started with, if we can perfect just one virtue, this is by definition evolution to a better world. Do not look to the monsters of our species to define us. Look to your own more evolved consciousness and be encouraged. You and people like you are the redeemers of humanity.

  • concernedcitizen

    Oh my God! I can’t believe what I am reading. These idiots are playing God. I pray that they get a Black Judge and a Jewish Warden.
    When they are in heaven may the Angel holding the keys be of persuasion that is on their hate list.

    It is horrible to imagine that we have individuals like this walking the face of this earth.

  • adamhill

    Nifongnation should be sent to Kenya. With a sign attached to his chest that communicates, in large black letters, how he feels about dark-skinned people.

  • Reynardine

    Thank you for the research, Aron. It must have been disagreeable.

  • Aron

    Nifongnation appears to be nothing more than yet another WND idiot. A Google search will tell you all you need to know about him.

  • Aron

    Thank you, nifongnation, for your brilliant observation. Really. Well done.

  • nifongnation

    Obama needs to be sent back to Kenya.

  • Ace

    Anyone find it ironic that they want all “non-whites” to be forced to return to their countries of origin? As if all people of color have that ability? As if the Americas are the white places of origin? Maybe these guys should set the example, and go back to Europe?

  • adamhill

    I don’t like spikes either.

  • John

    I don’t know if this guy is still affiliated with this group but in Louisville an ex Neo Nazi commander/ reformed guy has been out and about being an idiot. Even the Nazis hate this guy apparently.

  • Wolf

    I always find it amazing that those who commit this type of crime say they were doing good and have nothing to be ashamed of but yet try to hide the evidence. That in it self says they knew it was wrong

  • Linnea

    So these idiots want to clean up the streets, do they? Best thing they could do would be to take the blight of their own BS elsewhere, or better yet, give it up entirely. I know, I know, dream on.

  • hunglikejesus

    Yeah, we need to rid the world of cold blooded murders that kidnap people and beat them to death then go home and sleep, wake up the next morning and dismemeber the murder vitim’s body. Lord knows that kinda scum does not need to be amougst us good folk.

  • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com David Cary Hart

    The violence is horrific. The fact that three college-aged men are so profoundly uninformed and misinformed is a societal problem. While I would be a target (as a gay Jew), I still wish that I could figure out what it is that connects young people to nitwits like David Duke.

    One dead and three other young men as good as dead in the penal system at taxpayer expense. What a waste.

  • Sam Molloy

    Great film. Better subtitled than dubbed. They should show it on TV, although the news on every channel is incredibly similar.

  • Reynardine

    Stay the Hell away from them, Sam. As the goodhearted crazies said to Plumpick in “King of Hearts”, “Don’t go out there. They’re mean.”

  • Sam Molloy

    Hippies and Gays don’t cause trouble. I watched Shane’s link to the documentary on Liberia and I really liked “General Bin Laden” ( now a civic leader) and several others. I’m guessing I would not want to hang out with these here guys.