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Craig Cobb, the racist activist who was working to build an all-white enclave in the tiny town of Leith, N.D., until he was arrested on charges of terrorizing the townsfolk last month, has been sent to a state mental hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.
Cobb’s hospitalization last week came after he stopped eating as part of what he said was a spiritual journey. According to Sheriff Dean Danzeisen in Mercer County, where Cobb was being held, he was only drinking water. When he was asked if he needed to see a doctor, he agreed to a psychiatric evaluation.
“So, just like any other prisoner, we took him to the doctor,” Danzeisen told Hatewatch. “It wasn’t like he was drugged or in a straitjacket.” ( continue to full post… )
A former Ku Klux Klan leader in Alabama and his mother, who also was a Klan member, face federal charges related to a 2009 cross burning in a predominantly black neighborhood.
Steven Joshua Dinkle, 28, was arrested by FBI agents on Nov. 25 in Mississippi following the arrest four days earlier of his mother, Pamela Morris, 45, the former secretary of a Klan chapter in Ozark, Ala., the Justice Department said in a statement.
Dinkle, the former “exalted cyclops” of the Ozark chapter, is named in a five-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate housing rights, criminal interference with the right to fair housing, using fire to commit a federal felony and two counts of obstruction of justice.
The indictment alleges Dinkle and another person, who’s not publicly identified, built a 6-foot cross, wrapped it in jeans and towels and set it afire on May 8, 2009, on Johntown Road, near the entrance to a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Ozark. ( continue to full post… )
Craig Cobb, the mixed-race white supremacist jailed and charged earlier this month with terrorizing the tiny North Dakota town that he hoped to turn into a little Aryan settlement on the prairie, now wants to play “let’s make a deal” with government officials.
In exchange for dropping criminal charges that could send him to prison for up to 35 years, the Associated Press is reporting that Cobb said he is willing to sell his house in Leith, N.D. – his separatist dreamland – and leave the state forever.
“I’ll be glad to get out of the state,” Cobb, 62, told the AP Tuesday from the Mercer County Jail in Stanton. “And I’ll never come back to North Dakota.”
Cobb has been in the jail since being arrested and charged on Nov. 16 along with another aspiring Aryan warrior with four felony terrorizing counts after he confronted several town residents while brandishing a rifle. Cobb told the AP he has not eaten in six days as part of a journey of spiritual enlightenment that ends in death. ( continue to full post… )
Federal prosecutors now have guilty pleas from fully half the 36 members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) who were indicted last year for committing multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking.
To date, 18 of the defendants have entered guilty pleas, and the remaining 18 are scheduled to stand trial May 12 in U.S. District Court in Houston. Other guilty pleas likely could occur between now and the trial date.
The ABT is considered one of the most violent crime syndicates in the United States – responsible for crimes both in and out of prisons. It was established in the early 1980s within the Texas penal system, modeling itself around the white supremacist philosophy of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang formed in that state’s prison system during the 1960s. ( continue to full post… )
The Louisville Police Department today identified a man who was shot to death two weeks ago as Joshua Cowles, the former recruiting director for the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) and one of the defendants in a lawsuit brought against group members by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2007.
A coroner’s report found that Cowles, 31, who also went by the names “Massimo Carlucci” and “Gotti,” died from multiple gunshot wounds on Nov. 7 inside a Louisville home. Several people were inside at the time of the shooting, including a woman police believed to be a person of interest. No further details were immediately available. Louisville police did not return several telephone messages left today.
Cowles was among the four IKA members who accosted 16-year-old Jordan Gruver while on a recruiting mission at the Meade County Fair in Brandenburg, Ky., near the group’s compound in Dawson Springs, in July 2007. Without provocation, they threw whiskey in his face, called him an “illegal spic” and brutally beat him. Gruver, a U.S. citizen of Panamanian Indian descent, suffered severe injuries, including a broken jaw and nerve damage. ( continue to full post… )
The Aryan Brotherhood, a prison-based white supremacist gang, reportedly has issued a $10,000 reward for the killing of two black teenagers accused of beating to death a World War II veteran in Spokane, Wash.
Delbert “Shorty” Belton, an 88-year-old vet who fought in the battle of Okinawa, was attacked in his car at the Eagles Lodge parking lot in North Spokane on Aug. 21 and died the next day.
Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, were arrested separately and charged with what police described as a robbery-homicide in a case that has drawn national media attention.
The reported bounty posted by the Aryan Brotherhood is mentioned in court documents explaining why Superior Court Judge Debra Hayes ordered the suspects transferred from a juvenile detention facility to protective adult custody in the Spokane County Jail, The Spokesman-Review reported today. When suspects are led from the juvenile facility to court, they pass through an open courtyard accessible by the public, but the adult jail doesn’t allow that access. ( continue to full post… )
Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a story posted yesterday, reflecting the fact that Joseph Paul Franklin was executed early this morning.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. – The one-time poster boy for modern-day American terrorists was executed here early this morning after 33 years behind bars.
Joseph Paul Franklin, a former neo-Nazi and Klansman who crisscrossed the country for three years in the late 1970s killing as many as 20 people – blacks, Jews, interracial couples – was put to death by lethal injection.
“He was calm, he was peaceful, he was cooperative,” Mike O’Connell, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, said minutes after the execution at the antiseptically named Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, about 60 miles south of St. Louis.
Franklin, who was 63, took his last breath around 6:10 a.m., but only after a roller coaster night of last-ditch legal maneuvers that stretched all the way to the United States Supreme Court and deep into what was Franklin’s last morning. ( continue to full post… )
Editor’s Note: Hours before Joseph Paul Franklin was scheduled to be executed, a federal judge in Missouri granted a stay of execution. The Associated Press reported late Tuesday that U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughery ruled that a lawsuit filed by Franklin and other death-row inmates must be resolved first.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. – The racist sniper serial killer, Joseph Paul Franklin, preferred to hide and strike from the thick bushes, the distant shadows or the gloom of an abandoned building – anywhere he could pull the trigger unseen.
The state of Missouri plans to kill Franklin much more openly. And instead of a gun it will use a needle. Shortly after midnight Wednesday, Franklin is scheduled to be strapped to a steel gurney in a brightly lit room here and poisoned as at least eight government witnesses watch him die.
Franklin’s execution by lethal injection after 33 years behind bars will be the last killing in a life twisted and consumed by murder, childhood abuse, racial hatred, madness. Law enforcement officials suspect Franklin, now 63, may have shot to death as many as 20 people as he roamed the country from 1977 to 1980, robbing banks and trying to ignite a race war with a hunting rifle. ( continue to full post… )
A father and his son who share extremist views, a dislike for the law and a love of illegal firearms were arraigned today in Phoenix on a seven-count federal indictment that could send them back to federal prison for 10 years.
Trial was set for Jan. 7 before U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow.
Kirby K. Kehoe, 65, and Cheyne C. Kehoe, 37, were arrested Oct. 14 after heavily armed federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raided what they now describe as an “off-the-grid compound” 140 miles north of Phoenix. What they found, court documents disclose, was a commercial-grade marijuana operation.
Cheyne Kehoe was part of a major white supremacist group, the Aryan Peoples Republic, that his brother Chevie led and that worked in the 1990s to carve an all-white nation out of the United States. Cheyne, who was convicted of lesser charges in that plot, was released in 2008. Chevie is still serving a life sentence in connection with the murder of an entire Arkansas family, including an 8-year-old girl, the killing of a romantic rival, and other charges. Their father, Kirby Kehoe, was convicted of related weapons charges in the case. ( continue to full post… )
Last night, on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” I tried to explain how a note written by alleged LAX shooter Paul Ciancia contained several hallmarks of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement’s animating “New World Order” conspiracy theory. My remarks were based on references to the Federal Reserve and “fiat currency” that were exclusively reported by Hatewatch over the weekend.
My jousting partner in the exchange was Michael Medved, a conservative radio show host, frequent television commentator and columnist. Medved told the audience that my comments were “very dangerous” and “unforgiveable,” that I was “completely unfair” to use the word “Patriot” in describing a key sector of the radical right, and that I was “try[ing] to tar” the political right with the Nov. 1 shooting that left one TSA agent dead “when the clear problem is mental illness.”
Even as Medved spoke, the FBI was, in effect, backing me up with its own suspicions about Ciancia’s motives. The Associated Press reports the FBI obtained a warrant yesterday to search Ciancia’s cell phone for, in the words of its request, materials reflecting his “views on the legitimacy or activities of the United States government, including the existence of a plot to impose a New World Order.” ( continue to full post… )