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Police: Hostage Taker in Alabama Standoff Has ‘Anti-America’ Views

By Ryan Lenz on January 30, 2013 - 8:53 am, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime

The man who ignited a hostage standoff in southern Alabama when he shot a bus driver and took a child into an underground bunker is a “survivalist” who has antigovernment views, an official with the Dale County Sheriff’s Office told Hatewatch this morning.

The gunman is identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, a Vietnam veteran. On Tuesday afternoon, Dykes allegedly stormed into a school bus in Midland City, Ala., shooting the bus driver four times with a 9 mm pistol before taking a child to an underground bunker behind his home. The bus driver, identified as 66-year-old Charles Poland Jr., later died.

Tim Byrd, chief investigator with the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, told Hatewatch that Dykes had “anti-America” views. “His friends and his neighbors stated that he did not trust the government, that he was a Vietnam vet, and that he had PTSD,” Byrd said. “He was standoffish, didn’t socialize or have any contact with anybody. He was a survivalist type.”

Law enforcement officials said the hostage, a 6-year-old boy who has not been identified, “is okay” and had recently been delivered some needed medication. Police continue to communicate with Dykes through a PVC pipe leading into the bunker. Officials have cancelled classes at local schools, and Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson cautioned local residents to avoid the scene.

It was not immediately clear what prompted Dykes to storm the bus, but his motives appear to be related to a menacing charge in December. That month, Dykes pointed a gun at his neighbor, James Edward Davis Dr., who told the Dothan Eagle that Dykes accused him of driving on his yard. Dykes was scheduled to have a bench trial today on the charge, and an unidentified girl who Dykes released from the bus told reporters that Dykes was referring to his upcoming case.

A neighbor of Dykes, who identified himself as Mike Creel, said that Dykes moved on to his property about two years ago and began building an underground bunker, measuring about four by six feet and eight feet deep, right away, according to WSFA-TV. “It’s the craziest thing,” Davis told the Dothan Eagle. “He will be outside in his yard digging at 2:30 in the morning.”

  • Chad

    Since I think abortion is wrong I am not a Liberitarian. This is stupid, I believe actions demand consequences, FOR ANYTHING. If it was a rape, you can have an abortion no problem. But if you had consentual sex with a man that has a risk associated with that and youve got to live with the consequence. How does this become an abortion issue? I believe murder is wrong; therefore I believe abortion is wrong because I think that abortion is murder. Not because of some blind religious affiliation or I dont like progressives. And because of my belief I am a hypocrit, that is rediculous. I stand up for what I believe in. And I dont care who came out against the Patriot Act first, I am against it no matter who talks bad about it.

    The fact that I am accused of hypocrisy simply because I do not think abortion is right is so stupid. Its because you all dont have anything else to argue with me about.
    kiwi: I am 20 years old, which would imply that I am in college. The fact that you assume anything about where I live because of information from this conversation points to a flaw in your judgement skills.

  • hofman

    To erika.

    The Democratic party represent the interests of the american jewish.

    The republican party represent the interests of the jewish that live in Isra-hell.

    No party represent the majority, the working class…

    The working class is just cattle for the system.

    Hate organizations like this one represent the interests of the american jewish because this organization is created by american jewish.

    The function of this organization is the creation of hate and racial tentions in the american society.

    The same super-whealty zionist iluminati elite that steal almost all the money from gentile nations create this type of organizations of hate to maintain unrest in the society and to maintain divided the nation.

    These ZIONIST iluminati, are so amoral that they grab all the money of the gentile nations and then create this type of organization raising the flag of poverty and racism when they are the creators of poverty and racial tensions in american society.

    The president of this hate organization have a jewish last name cohen….I bet that this man is super-whealty and done all his money with this organization from the federal check that the government pay him with the money of taxpayer

  • barbarotico

    To kiwiwriter:

    The SPLC where not behind the french revolution because obviously this hate group not existed on that time.

    The iluminati group that is behing this hate organization are the part of those that plotted the french revolution, the ww1 the ww2 and todays wars in the middle east. All are from the same small group that create wars and social unrest on gentile nations.
    The president of this hate group is a jewish, cohen is a jewish lastname that belong to the jewish high class. the owners of financial institutions and so on…

    If you are not jewish and you have some brain you would feel manipulated by these swindlers…

  • Kiwiwriter

    So, Chad, you don’t want the government snooping through your private life as long as you pay the bills…but you DO want the government to dictate to women what they can do with their bodies and make personal reproductive choices.

    Okay, just to be sure.

    So you’re not a libertarian, you’re a misogynist and a hypocrite. And you’re in your early 20s, which means you still know everything. I recommend you move out of your parents’ basement and live on your own while you still enjoy that condition.

    As for “Barbarotico” and his various sock puppets: try learning and using the English language properly before you make your arguments, and cut down on the jargon and buzzwords.

    The SPLC is responsible for the French Revolution? You’re giving it a little bit too much credit.

    The Illuminati control everything? We’ve heard that tired tale before. Come up with something new for conspiracy theories. This is the 21st century, you know.

  • Erika

    Chad, while all of you Tea Party types keep trying to claim that you on the right were opposing the Patriot Act (fact: the only initial opposition to the Patriot Act came from the left) and the expansion of the government under Dubya, nary a peep was heard from your side regarding abuse of power and the Patriot Act until after President Obama took office.

    Then suddenly it was a scandal that the government was taking people’s tweezers at an airport. Suddenly the massive budget deficit which did not matter between 1981 and 1993 or between 2001 and 2009 was so important.

    Rey beat me to pointing out how you want the government out of your busines – unless of course you happen to possess a vagina and then your purpose is apparently to produce lots of Christian babies. But it won’t stop me from making fun of your obvious hypocracy (real libertarians are pro-choice. Phony Koch Brothers/Fox News Tea Party libertarians are anti-choice because what they really oppose is Democrats). Real libertarians also do not expect governemnt to be a theocracy and operate according to certain religious beliefs either. Phony Koch Brothers/Fox News Tea Party libertarians on teh other hand.

    You right wingers are so adorable – its as if you expect as to really be as stupid as people educated in schools run according to modern right wing thought should be.

    So what is it – will your ideal publicly funded for profit “religious” schools teach that dinosaurs not fit in Noah’s Ark or did they die out due to lack of oxygen after the flood? :)

  • Aron

    Erika, you adorable and silly girl, giant dogs do not want to eat you for breakfast! They only want to give you millions of kisses; just like my puppy* is doing right now!

    *Bones is actually an 11.5 year old beagle/border collie. But he is most definitely still a ‘puppy.’

    PS It is a bad idea to tell someone try shouldn’t be interested in you in such a way as to be EVEN MORE adorable! And as for Rey, I was merely trying to do the merciful thing, being that vaccines are evil and all ;P

  • Reynardine

    In short, Chad, you believe in absolute liberty for everyone except women and people who don’t agree with you. Oh, well, this is for you:

    Rockabye, fetus, with helmet on top
    Armed with a machine gun for doctors and cops.
    When you shoot some doctors, we’ll stand up and cheer,
    But, once you’re a baby- you’re on your own, dear!

  • Chad

    When we were at war with Iraq I was 13 years old. I am not involved in the TEA Party, I am a liberitarian though once again not affiliated with the party. I am going off of the people I saw who were involved in the TEA Party, who were in fact small town people sick of the government trying to get in their business ie Patriot Act yes from Bush. I have no qualms whatsoever about a black president, I have every qualm in the world with any politician that tells me how to live my life or snoops around my business when I do not harm anyone else and I pay my bills. I am anti-abortion, I believe that people should be accountable for their decisions and also I believe that abortion is murder. I believe that liberty is one of the most important things on earth. But if you demonstrate you are not responsible enough with that, there should be real consequences. I can not find a single flaw in responsible people being free to make their own decisions as long as those decisions are obviously resonsible. There need to be laws, but just because something isnt necessary and dangerous doesnt mean it should be illegal. Fast cars are unnecessary and dangerous yet they are not and should not be illegal. It is not the car that commits vehicular homicide/manslaughter it is the irresponsible driver and so is the case on guns.

  • Reyn

    @ Ben and others — I’m very clearly White, my family has been here since the War with the Dutch was won by the English. We give money to SPLC. Trust me, I am not, nor is Jonathan, Jewish. We are neo-Pagan actually, and prior to being neo-Pagan I spent many years as a Christian, he as an atheist. I don’t always agree with SPLC (i’m a tad bit too free-speech for them sometimes) BUT – I do support them, we do donate periodically – and I don’t understand your problem.


  • Erika

    Maybe Coral Sea and aadila can explain the meaning of this Caveman to me :)

    just kidding, i’ll be good, i promise ;)

    please don’t toss me to the bees and dogs! :)

  • Erika

    First Aron wants to leave me on an island filled filled with dangerous Erika killing bees and now he wants to shoot Reynardine? What is going on here? :P

    and Rey, i am so very much glad that underwear technology (not to mention societal attitude) has improved since then but i was wondering if the “New Black Panters” weren’t a group of black labs. Because that does sound very scary indeed since i’m pretty sure that for big dogs their primarily goal in life is to eat an Erika for breakfast :)

  • Reynardine

    Tail of Hofman, didn’t we just kick you out of PoliticusUSA?

    Yeah, CM, and this bug is as tenacious as… Anyhow, enjoy your Cheshire Cat. He has a great purr, especially when he’s brought down a right-wing rodent.

  • Reynardine

    I suspect Ben is the same guy.

    Well, Ben/Mandatory/Machoviejo/Caveman, while semiliteracy is by no means probative of foreign birth these days, yours is idiosyncratic. Yet note that our Hays Office lets you publish your drivel. That is not a characteristic of any hate group I have heard of.

    You might be happier back in Retrograd, where, I am told, conditions have improved so much you will not be eating against your ideals, and I suspect will never be approached by any Black Panties, either.

    P. S. They printed your picture at PoliticusUSA yesterday. See if you can spot it.

  • CM

    Reynardine, thanks for the nod despite your flu. There are some unusually nasty bugs going around this year.

    As for Barbarotico, Caveman, Machoviejo, Ben, Borracho, Barbacoa or whatever your real name may be, do you really think we aren’t already familiar with your Elders-of-Zion-based conspiracy fantasies? Do yourself a favor: read Umberto Eco’s “Foucault’s Pendulum” and “The Prague Cemetery.” It might help relieve you of some of your profound ignorance.

  • hofman


    The resident of South Poverty Law Center is “Richard” COHEN!…

    Cohen is a jewish last name from the jewish elite.
    I bet that this Cohen is from the sacerdotal class, from the super rich and super capitalist iluminati!…

  • Ben

    The only “whites” that support the hate group SPLC are the jews…

    Because part of their agenda is the destruction of the gentile nations through these type of hate groups, wars, financial crisis and so on.

    None white support the splc…

    I’m inmigrant and I preffer to burn my money to support a RACIST hate group as SPLC.

  • Reynardine

    Actually, Aron, I am drinking water and taking showers just fine, and I haven’t bitten any of my animals, not even the rooster. All the chickens I have bitten were cooked. You can put away that Winchester now…

  • concernedcitizen

    Yes mandatory you have razzled and dazzled us with your eloquent use of the English language…

    In case you weren’t aware people who support SPLC come from many ethnic backgrounds including white.

  • Sam Molloy

    Is truth we got real winners some here now.

  • Gregory

    Wow, go away for a couple of days and the crazies come out. By crazies, I mean one commentor and his/her sock puppets. And yes, I am talking about you Barbaratico.

  • Reynardine

    Actually, Erika, my Aunt Liz was a Black Panter. They were made out of lace. I got into fights with a bunch of kids when I was fourteen, because they said she didn’t wear any at all. I saw them myself, though. She used to hike them up over her breasts and run around her house in them when it was hot or the furnace was overheating. They didn’t always stay up. You just can’t trust them Black Panties (whoops) Panters to stay in their place.

    Meanwhile, we have this person of a thousand names and the same idiosyncratic spelling trying to refight the Battle of Retrograd while eating against his ideals. Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

  • Aron

    Rey has hydrophobia? Christ, she’s rabid. Guess we’ll have to put her down.

    It was fun knowing you Rey, but if you would please follow me behind the shed…?

  • Mandatory

    To Reinaldine:

    No. you (haters) are alone in this…

    This problem of racism is only yours…
    You the haters of whites are who can’t live in peace…

    The very existance of the white man upset you, haaaaaaaahahahaha…
    That is amusing to see how the existance of the white man upset you…

    By all the things that you (the no racists) you show to the world that you are the true racists and the true haters…

    I enjoy your hydrophobia….ñaaaahahahahaha…

  • Erika

    Rey, be sure to ask them about the threat posed by the “New Black Panters” :)

  • Reynardine


    I hate to think of anyone who ate against the ideals of Retrograd. Although I am familiar with neither the city of Retrograd nor its ideals, I am sure that was a battle and a siege of epic proportions, and surely its defenders often ate things that were against their ideals, but I trust they are eating more in accord with them now. We sometimes have a gentleman here who could surely enlighten you on the Battle of Retrograd in no uncertain terms; regrettably, he is not present just now.

  • Aron

    Ladies and gentlemen, I think I’ve found the newest incarnation of the Jason Smith cabal!

  • Mandatory


    You will have to exterminate 3/4 part of the humanity to erradicate all the people that ate against your retrograd ideals.

    You create your enemies with your actions and behavior.
    So you will never fix your problem because your problem is only your.

    You are condemned to continually persecute the free men and women of this world, a monumental task that you will not achieve because the great majority of this world are against your plot.

  • Reynardine

    Gee, Machoviejo and Caveman,

    Maybe one day yu kin lurn to reed an spel gud. Yu kin spel al kineds ov wurdz then, lyk F-U-K an S-H-Y-T-E.

  • caveman

    To reinaldine:

    Which, I suppose, Barbarotico, makes it fine with you if a WHITE MAN grabs a little kid (in this case, also white), shoots the bus driver, and threatens to kill the kid if the murderer doesn’t get on TV. Maybe one day we’ll read about you.

    In this comment I see the biases toward the white man!!!…

    The black man do that too, they kidnap children too..and to a major scale…

    You speak as if only the white men do that…

    Everyone in this forum is biased…

  • Aron

    Look up Barbarotico on YouTube. It is the exact same character. They both use the same broken English. They both complain about the Jews and the Illuminati.

    And they are both horribly, horribly confused.

  • machoviejo

    Is truth what barbarotico say.

    This “organization” “south poverty law center”

    Is a hate group customed of civil right group.

    It behave exactly as a group dedicate to persecute people that not fall into their ideals.

  • Reynardine

    Well, Erika, to me, he sounds like the kind who grabs little boys.

  • DaveN

    I wandered onto the site looking for information on Jimmy Lee Dykes. Mostly what I have found is a lot of wild speculation and extremely biased and snide political views. Sigh!

  • Erika

    barbartico kind of sounds like a random word generator :P

  • barbarotico

    to cm:

    What a naive you are!…

    There are a lot of barbaroticos on the internet…

    Do you thing that you will intimidate me with that?

    Another thing: For your information, in this country exist the freedom of speech. something that south poverty law center want to ban….

    People, not send nor a $0.01 to this hate group!!!…

    This hate group is part of the iluminati, and in following an agenda to destroy this country.

  • Aron


    Judging by the writing style, this is indeed the exact same Barbarotico.

  • Reynardine

    CM, I haven’t given awards in recent weeks because of tenacious flu, but you get a Cheshire Cat to keep your Sleuth Hound company (and its big grin conveys, “See! I told you so!)

  • CM

    barbarotico said,
    on February 5th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    “I know that south poverty law center is a biased yellow press against the white people…”

    Would this be the same Barbarotico who once praised Hitler (in comments on a pro-Nazi YouTube page) as the greatest speaker who ever lived? Who advocated in comments on Steelmark that the U.S. Army be ordered to “exterminate” all “degenerated criminals”? Who has been banned or blocked from commenting on numerous websites over the years because of his vehement anti-Semitism and advocacy of violence as a solution to the world’s ills?

  • Reynardine

    Which, I suppose, Barbarotico, makes it fine with you if a white man grabs a little kid (in this case, also white), shoots the bus driver, and threatens to kill the kid if the murderer doesn’t get on TV. Maybe one day we’ll read about you.

  • Reynardine

    Dykes did consider himself a survivalist. He was inspired by the Newtown massacre to take children as hostages so he could leverage TV time. His bunker was booby-trapped with explosives, and he was shot before he could trip one.

  • barbarotico

    What really happened to that man to take such action?…

    I know that south poverty law center is a biased yellow press against the white people…

    This grupusculo of hate is always trying to spoil the truth of what really are behind all political and social happenings

  • Reynardine

    Concernedcitizen, he evidently considered himself to be one. Other than that, there is no parameter for a “survivalist”, as they have no overreaching organization, charter, or party.

    Incidentally, don’t fall for these overpriced “survivalist seeds”. They are basically open-pollinated varieties, collections of which you can get from various seedhouses, as “heirloom gardens”, from Burpee, Pinetree Seeds, etc. And seeds rarely remain viable for more than two years; plant the damned things, and save the best of *their* seeds.

  • concernedcitizen

    The word survivalists is being thrown around rather loosely, just because someone digs a big hole in the ground does not make them a survivalist.
    sur·viv·al·ist \-v?-list\ n (1970) : a person who advocates or practices survivalism ; esp: one who has prepared to survive in the anarchy of an anticipated breakdown of society

    As far as I can tell by reading this article the only anarchy was caused by the alleged “survivalist” himself”.

  • co

    @Reynardine: you said, ” Reynardine said,

    on February 1st, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Buddylove, you accuse us of using hate language, and then you call us all whores! I am both charmed and persuaded!

    Well said Reynardine, and @buddylove exercising 1st. Amendment rights is much nicer when done with tact.

  • mReynardine

    In fact, the boy has been rescued, but Dykes is dead. The manner of his death is not known; only that the boy had to be taken from him by force and appears unharmed.

  • Reynardine

    Mr. Johnson and Mr. Lulves: please follow the link I furnished.

  • Reynardine

    In fact, Dykes is a veteran, a paranoid, a survivalist, an addict of right-wing talk radio, and an evident lone wolf:

  • Sam Molloy

    Thanks for the valuable statistics, Don. As bad as this case is, there does not seem to be a hate group involved. Just a nut. This guy should never have been able to pass a Background Check for a firearm, obviously, and might be a real good place for Legislators to start looking at that system. But the SPLC is wasting the resources I donate to it digging up obscure, isolated cases like this just to push an agenda that reminds me of “The Music Man”: We got trouble, right here in River City…..

  • Kiwiwriter

    To the various posters who have been attacking the straw men of liberals, the ACLU, and so on, accusing the SPLC of being “anti-Conservative:”

    When “conservative” groups openly call for trampling on others’ rights, rebellion against the government, secession, sexism, and racism, you bet the SPLC will have something to say about it.

    SPLC opposes the lunacy of Glenn Beck, not the reasoned arguments of George Will.

  • William J. Lulves

    Will you please stop identifying Jimmy Lee Dykes as a Vietnam Veteran. He is not. Thank you.