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The tiny town of Leith, N.D. has won big.
Craig Cobb, the neo-Nazi who tried to buy up the windswept patch of weary houses, abandoned lots and gravel streets and turn it into an all-white enclave called “Cobbsville,” no longer owns any property in the town of 16 residents, according to The Associated Press.
Cobb, the AP reported yesterday, has deeded over his six remaining lots back to the town at no charge as he sits in a North Dakota county jail, awaiting sentencing for terrorizing residents of the community during an armed patrol of Leith last fall.
“I’m one of the most famous racist in the world, you son of a bitch,” Cobb, 62, shouted as he patrolled Leith with a rifle and his armed roommate, Kynan Dutton, on Nov. 16.
It was Cobb’s last day of freedom. Dutton was also arrested and charged with terrorizing Leith, but was released in January after pleading guilty to lesser charges and agreeing to testify against Cobb.
“I pray for you every day,” a resident told Cobb as he shouted and cursed his neighbors that day.
“Fuck you,” Cobb responded.
No wonder the mayor of Leith, Ryan Schock, told the AP that it “was definitely a huge relief” when Grant County Sheriff Steve Bay stopped by his office and showed him the deeds. ( continue to full post… )
The part black and completely over the top white supremacist Craig Cobb pleaded guilty Thursday to menacing and terrorizing the residents of the tiny town of Leith, N.D., which he once hoped to buy up and turn into an all-Aryan enclave called “Cobbsville.”
“I apologize for my behavior and I regret my actions,” Cobb told a judge in a Burleigh County courtroom, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
Cobb’s soft-spoken plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors that apparently will spare the 62-year-old racist, who discovered last fall that he was 14% black, much more jail time or a lengthy prison sentence, the Herald said.
Except for the few days he spent on a mental ward during a short-lived hunger strike, or “spiritual journey,” as he put it, Cobb has been locked up in the Mercer County Jail since Nov. 16. That’s when he was arrested and charged with seven counts of terrorizing as he led his racist acolyte and roommate, Kynan Dutton, on an armed “patrol” of Leith. Dutton, 29, pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was released in January after agreeing to testify against Cobb.
The profanity-laced patrol was recorded on a cell phone camera by Dutton’s girlfriend and later posted to the Internet by some of Cobb’s fellow white supremacists in an apparent – and successful – attempt to mock and embarrass Cobb. ( continue to full post… )
Infamous racist August Byron Kreis III, who once led a faction of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations in order “to save the white race,” has been arrested again — this time on six counts of sexually abusing children in South Carolina.
The 59-old-year-old white supremacist, whose racist theology of Christian Identity disparages Jews and minorities, was taken into custody Wednesday in Richland County, S.C., and is now being held without bond in the Alvin Glenn Detention Center in Columbia.
He is charged in Richland County with one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 and one count disseminating obscene material to a minor 12 years old or younger. Kreis also is charged in Lexington County, S.C., with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and in Kershaw County, S.C., with one count of that same crime.
It wasn’t immediately clear exactly how many child victims are involved in the six felony counts lodged against Kreis in the three South Carolina counties.
The newest investigation of Kreis’ activities started Feb. 3, when a woman contacted the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and reported that her daughter, whose age wasn’t provided by authorities, had been sexually assaulted. ( continue to full post… )
Bill Morlin, a Hatewatch blogger and the journalist who covered the Aryan Nations longer and better than virtually anyone else, has a great piece up about that group in the Blue Review, a journal of popular scholarship published by the Boise (Idaho) State University College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. Bill’s thought-provoking piece recounts the history of the neo-Nazi group that haunted northern Idaho for three decades, until founder Richard Butler’s death in 2004. In particular, it focuses on how Aryan Nations and kindred groups gave Idaho a reputation for white supremacy that it is still battling today.
The infighting over the remnants of the once mighty neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) is spinning out of control. At one time the country’s premier hate organization, the now flailing NA has spawned two offshoots recently claiming its inheritance. One of those spinoffs, the National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group, using the clunky acronym NARRG, is suing the NA Chairman Erich Gliebe and the group’s two remaining board members, Ryan Maziarka and Jayne Cartwright, over what’s left from the NA’s glory days.
The Alliance was founded by Dr. William Pierce, a former physics professor and the author of The Turner Diaries, the novel that inspired the Oklahoma City bombing. Since Pierce’s death in 2002, the group, which at one time had 17 paid staffers, 1,700 members and a seven-figure income, has suffered from near incessant infighting. In the past few months, Gliebe has ended the group as a membership organization and has put the organization’s West Virginia compound up for sale.
According to a posting on the NARRG website, the lawsuit is a civil action that aims “for the removal of said persons from their positions of authority in the organization and also each person to be held financially accountable for damages done to the organization under their watch.” The lawsuit is described as “containing a plethora of civil allegations of wrong-doing and complaints stemming from a myriad of instances of malfeasance, misfeasance, illegalities and irregularities” that cover the period from 2003 to the present. NARRG says the bulk of the suit is directed at Gliebe, but Maziarka and Cartwright are also targeted “for dereliction of duty as well as being accomplices under Erich Gliebe’s direction allowing the state of affairs to continue.”
The names of three of the individuals behind the suit have now been made public. The mailing address on the naarg.com website is the same address as a Carson City, Nev., engineering firm owned by Brian D. Wilson, Wilson Technical Services LTD. Wilson is a named plaintiff in the case filed against Erich Gliebe according Gloucester County, Va., court records. ( continue to full post… )
Dr. William L. Pierce was perhaps the most prolific and successful white supremacist leader of the late 20th century. Among racists, he was viewed as a brilliant intellectual. They say he gave up his family and the comfortable life of a tenured university professorship to save his race from extinction.
Over the course of three decades, Pierce’s organization, the National Alliance (NA), became a respected “brand” in the racist movement, with well-dressed, articulate supremacists recruiting union laborers, university students, soldiers and skinheads worldwide.
At the time of Pierce’s unexpected death from cancer in July 2002, his 1,700-member organization supported a multi-media empire, producing magazines, novels, newsletters, videos and rock music albums advocating a violent strain of white separatism that put the supremacy of the Aryan race above religion, politics or personality.
Today, almost a dozen years after his death, the Pierce legacy continues. Hundreds of Youtube videos replay his speeches. Dedicated blogs and countless discussion forum threads continue to celebrate the life of the former physics professor who racists believe gave everything to save his race.
Or maybe the guy was just trying to get a girlfriend.
Recent revelations from the current NA chairman, Erich Gliebe, and his former wife paint a more deviant portrait of William Pierce as a sex-starved, manipulative sociopath. Pierce, they say, ran naked around his compound, was obsessed with pornography (an industry he routinely blamed Jews for creating) and used his membership list as a dating service, trolling for twenty-something females foolish enough to apply for a “staff position” at the NA headquarters in rural West Virginia.
Two filmmakers are hard at work putting the finishing touches on a documentary about Leith, N.D., the town where neo-Nazi Craig Cobb had begun buying properties to establish a white supremacist enclave far away from the multicultural cities.
Here’s a preview of the film.
Christopher Walker, a producer, director and editor for the documentary, and his filmmaking partner, Michael Nichols, said they started following the story last year after this blog uncovered the first details of Cobb’s plans.
Cobb’s pipe dream appears to have been permanently snuffed out when he was arrested in November for terrorizing residents during an armed stroll around the tiny town. He now sits in jail under $1 million bail.
The Brooklyn-based filmmakers described their documentary as “a short film offering a glimpse into a town struggling for sovereignty against one man’s extremist vision.”
Three men were arrested earlier this week after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies uncovered a secret bunker hidden under a house that was filled with guns, ammunition and white supremacist paraphernalia in Littlerock, Calif., about 65 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Inside the soundproof underground bunker, investigators found a 25-yard shooting range, six pistols, 11 rifles, a World War II-era machine gun, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, over 100 magazines (some high-capacity), Nazi flags and pictures of at least one of the men posing in Nazi attire. Some of the weapons, like the machine gun, were illegal, and others were stolen, authorities said.
“It’s not something that anybody we’ve ever worked with has seen in their careers in law enforcement,” Sheriff’s Det. Julia Vezina told an NBC affiliate in Los Angeles. “When you open up the hatch, you look down and about 10 feet down, all concrete reinforced walls, soundproof with bars.”
Police took three men into custody after the Jan. 8 discovery: Royce Gresham, 33, Todd Hunt, 54, and Larry Finnell, 62, who lived in the house where the bunker was discovered. The men were charged with weapons violations and were to be arraigned at the Antelope Valley courthouse. ( continue to full post… )
National Alliance (NA) Chairman Erich Gliebe has shut down his neo-Nazi group’s websites, ended recruiting of members, and moved to liquidate many of the embattled NA’s remaining assets, including 289 acres of its West Virginia headquarters compound, where founder William Pierce was buried almost a dozen years ago.
But now two former senior NA members have announced their intention to bring what was once America’s most influential hate group back to its glory days by relaunching it in another state under their own leadership. One of them is William (Will) W. Williams, 66, a retired Army Special Forces operator, and the other is broadcast engineer Kevin Alfred Strom, 57, a convicted child porn enthusiast with a long history on the racist right.
The announcement comes at a time when Gliebe’s failed leadership seems to be driving the remnants of the NA into oblivion. But Williams, an outspoken and self-described “biological racist,” remains one of the most respected former NA officials in the history of the group, and he has high hopes of bringing it back. Williams has a reputation for being a fearless close quarters brawler on racist forums and an absolutist when it comes to Pierce’s unique brand of National Socialism. He also is known as someone ready and able to attack enemies both outside and inside the racist movement. ( continue to full post… )
For a cool million bucks – cash – Craig Cobb, the not-so-white white supremacist, can ring in the New Year without handcuffs or shackles.
Since his arrest on Nov. 16 for terrorizing the tiny North Dakota town of Leith that he hoped to turn into an all-Aryan enclave, Cobb has been locked up without bond in the Mercer County Jail in Stanton, N.D.
His only glimpses of freedom have been his trips to court or to a psych ward where he was sent for a few days after refusing to eat, the first step on what he described as a spiritual journey that would end in his death.
The journey didn’t last long. Cobb ended his hunger strike and was returned to jail, still without bond.
But on Friday, after the North Dakota Supreme Court issued a Christmas Eve order that the 62-year-old neo-Nazi was entitled to a “reasonable” bond, a North Dakota district court judge set the price of Cobb’s semi-freedom at $1 million cash. ( continue to full post… )