The Hatewatch blog is managed by the staff of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization.
Editor’s Update: According to a posting yesterday on the hate site Stormfront, longtime white nationalist April Gaede and her husband Mark Harrington also own property in Leith, N.D. Gaede’s post describes the town as a “Lovely Place!!!” Gaede is perhaps best known for promoting the idea of white nationalists moving to her hometown of Kalispell, Mont. This would create what she calls a Pioneer Little Europe community for “racially conscious” whites. Also posted on White Nations early this morning by “Spook Haunter” was this allegedly about Craig Cobb, the man who has been organizing the purchase of property by racists in Leith: “Craig mentioned he was just fired from his job.” Cobb is wanted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He left Canada before being charged with willful promotion of hatred for allegedly promoting hate material online while in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2010.
LEITH, N.D. –– Abandoned houses lean with the weight of years on city blocks connected by gravel roads. A grain elevator still operates on the edge of town, but it hasn’t seen good business in decades. The only storefront business is a bar, and on most afternoons it sits empty like the roads that disappear among sunflower and wheat fields in the distance.
While the economy in North Dakota has boomed in recent years due to the discovery of oil in the miles of shale beneath the state, business in Leith has been in decline for the better part of a century. So when officials in April 2012 noticed that one man was quickly buying up abandoned properties in what had become close to a ghost town high on the Great Plains, it was strange.
“I didn’t have a clue who the guy was until he showed up. All I know is he bought that house sight unseen, $5,000 cash, and had no idea what it looked like, where it was, other than he knew the directions to get to Leith,” Leith Mayor Ryan Schock, a farmer who has lived here all his life, told Hatewatch. ( continue to full post… )
A Canadian judge today extended an interim injunction prohibiting a bequest worth some $160,000 from being transferred to the National Alliance (NA), a U.S. neo-Nazi group. The estate was left to the group by a Canadian chemist and NA member who died in 2004, and included a collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins.
Attorneys for Isabelle McCorkill are contesting the will of her late brother, Robert McCorkill, on the grounds that giving the money to a hate group with a record of criminal violence violates Canadian public policy and law. Members of the NA have a long history of committing major crimes and acts of terrorism, and a book authored by its late founder inspired the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
The injunction, extending a preliminary ban that was for only 10 days, lasts until the matter goes to trial on Sept. 10. ( continue to full post… )
One of the more popular novels in racist circles is Jack’s War: Through the Gates of Hell, published last year. A crazy racial revenge story, the novel was put out under the pseudonym C.C. Conrad. Turns out C.C. Conrad is the Mobile, Ala.-based Steven Speece, a longtime neo-Nazi activist.
Speece was for years a key member of the National Alliance, which until the early 2000s was the most important and dangerous neo-Nazi group in the country (for a list of its members’ crimes, read here). Speece distributed the group’s literature and attended its leadership conference in April 2000 (right). He was at one time involved in White Aryan Resistance and various Klan groups. ( continue to full post… )
Jeremy Moody, a member of a small but violent racist skinhead gang called Crew 41, shocked South Carolina authorities last week when he told them that he and his wife shot and stabbed to death a middle-aged couple July 21 because the man was a registered sex offender.
But if ridding the world of sex offenders was Moody’s goal, he didn’t have to go outside of his crew to find one.
The head of the gang’s Colorado chapter, Archie Glen Ware Jr., is a registered sex offender, convicted of “accosting for immoral purposes.” ( continue to full post… )
Die Auserwählten, a little-known racist skinhead gang in Nebraska and several other states, is less than a year old. But in the last few days, the crew has been making a name for itself – in mayhem and murder separated by more than a thousand miles.
In a small college city in south-central Nebraska, the gang’s 28-year-old founder, Jonathan Schmidt, faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of a brutal assault Saturday night.
But that’s nothing compared to what another suspected member of the gang, Jeremy Lee Moody, 30, and his wife, Christine, 36, are accused of doing Sunday afternoon about 1,200 miles away in Union County, S.C. According to local news reports, the Moodys were each charged yesterday with two counts of murder in the slaying of Charles Marvin Parker, 59, and Gretchen Dawn Parker, 51. ( continue to full post… )
A Canadian judge has granted a temporary injunction that blocks distribution of a major bequest left to a notorious American neo-Nazi group. The move, won by lawyers for the sister of the deceased man on Monday, means the National Alliance (NA) cannot collect an estimated $160,000, after taxes, for another eight days.
Attorneys for Isabelle McCorkill are contesting the will of her brother, Robert McCorkill, also known as McCorkell, on the grounds that it violates Canadian public policy by providing funding to the NA, a group whose members have a long history of bombings, assassinations, arson attacks and other terrorist activities. Her lawyer, Marc-Antoine Chiasson, told the National Post newspaper that she acted because she was “disturbed” by who the gift was going to, not because she sought money. ( continue to full post… )
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Or perhaps descended is a better word.
Psychology professor Kevin MacDonald, a once-respectable instructor at California State University, Long Beach, who once may have inspired students to pursue the honorable path of examining and improving the human condition, now celebrates the imagined deaths of his enemies, including those of myself and a colleague. ( continue to full post… )
The National Alliance, the group that long dominated the American neo-Nazi scene but has shriveled since the 2002 death of its founder, is close to receiving a Canadian bequest that may be worth as much as $1 million, reliable sources say.
The money comes from the estate of Robert Harry McCorkell, a longtime Canadian member of the Alliance and chemist who reportedly spent time at MIT and the Smithsonian Institution before dying at age 67 in St. John, New Brunswick, in 2004. The estate includes, among other assets, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins, at least some of them gold, that McCorkell collected over the years and that was once displayed at the University of Saskatchewan Museum of Antiquities.
The news that the West Virginia-based Alliance could soon receive a huge infusion of Canadian funds set off a storm among human rights activists, several of whom suggested it might be possible to use Canadian law to halt the transfer. ( continue to full post… )
The manhunt for a white supremacist suspected in the brutal beating death of a comrade affiliated with the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations has dragged on for more than two months and stretched from Tennessee to East Texas to New York state.
Now, the U.S. Marshals Service has doubled the reward – from $2,500 to $5,000 – for information leading to the capture of David Gordon Jenkins, 46, of Manchester, Tenn.
Jenkins is the last of four suspects in the March beating death in rural Franklin County, Tenn., of Corey N. Matthews, 26, a volunteer firefighter who authorities say was affiliated, like his suspected killers, with the Aryan Nations. ( continue to full post… )
Some skinhead organizers, well, it seems, just can’t stop organizing the next generation of racist clubs, claiming they’ve now found the right formula. Take the case of Brien James, a tattoo shop owner from Indiana.
A household name in some racist circles, James has been organizing or attempting to organize neo-Nazi skinhead gangs since his teens. About a decade ago, he was a founder in the sometimes violent Vinlanders Social Club, a neo-Nazi gang with a reputation for drinking, fist-fighting and following a racist, pagan religion known as Odinism once practiced by Vikings. ( continue to full post… )