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Longtime White Supremacist to Serve on Penn. County GOP Committee

Posted in Racist Skinheads by Leah Nelson on May 30, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Steve Smith, a longtime racist activist with a history of violence and top-level ties to numerous white nationalist hate groups, has been elected to a 4-year term on the Republican Party’s county committee for Luzerne County, Penn., One People’s Project reports.

Recruited into the neo-Nazi movement while he was stationed at Fort Bragg in the 1990s, Smith, of Pittston, Penn., has been active in an extraordinary array of white nationalist, skinhead, and neo-Nazi groups, including American Third Position, Keystone United (formerly Keystone State Skinheads), and the Council of Conservative Citizens. He is a former Aryan Nations member and former leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, which was created by former Klan leader David Duke but is no longer associated with him. Smith also belongs to a Pennsylvania-based group called the European American Action Coalition (EAAC), which according to its website was formed in fall 2011 “by a few well known White activists in the great and historic state of Pennsylvania.” ( continue to full post… )

FBI: Washington White Supremacist Plotted to Kill Obama in 2010

Posted in Hate Crime, Neo-Nazi, Racist Skinheads, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on May 10, 2012 - 4:50 pm

The FBI in 2010 disrupted what its agents now believe was a terrorist plot that involved killing President Obama, according to testimony and court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane, Wash.

The revelation came at the two-day sentencing hearing for white supremacist Wayde Lynn Kurt, the accused mastermind of an alleged plot that was foiled with his arrest on federal firearms and forgery charges.

At the time of his arrest on Aug. 30, 2010, Kurt was associated with a gang of violent neo-Nazi skinheads and white supremacist Odinists who proudly talked of carrying out “coon-hunting” racial attacks in the Pacific Northwest. Their conversations were captured on a videotape that was later turned over to the FBI and shown in court during Kurt’s sentencing hearing. ( continue to full post… )

Racist Skinhead Leaders Arrested in Florida Conspiracy

Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads by Mark Potok on May 7, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Three Florida leaders of the American Front, a California-based group of racist skinheads known for its predilection for violence, have been arrested on conspiracy and hate crime charges, along with four other members of the gang. ( continue to full post… )

Skin Who Punched Victim Before Reading Pleads in Assault

Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads by Bill Morlin on December 12, 2011 - 11:27 am

Round 2 for the racist skinhead who didn’t read the fine print before assaulting a black man went like this: A no-contest guilty plea to a felony charge of malicious harassment.

In Round 1, as you may recall, Daren Christopher Abbey was laid out flat last summer, complete with a black eye, outside a Bayview, Idaho, bar after yelling racial slurs at and then assaulting Marlon L. Baker. ( continue to full post… )

Ken Mieske, Skinhead Murderer of Ethiopian Student in 1988, Dies

Posted in Racist Skinheads by Robert Steinback on July 27, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Ken MieskeKen Mieske – who lived up to his heavy-metal-music moniker “Ken Death” by savagely beating an Ethiopian immigrant to death with a baseball bat in Portland, Ore., in 1988 – died Tuesday in an Oregon hospital.

Mieske and two other members of a racist skinhead group called East Side White Pride (ESWP), Kyle Brewster and Steve Strasser, were involved in the beating and subsequently pleaded guilty to murder, assault and racial intimidation in the attack on graduate student Mulugeta Seraw and another Ethiopian man. The case provided the basis for a landmark Southern Poverty Law Center civil suit against White Aryan Resistance (WAR) founder Tom Metzger, one of most notorious and influential American white supremacists of the last 30 years.

Mieske, 45 – known as “Ken Death” during his days as a death-metal rock musician – had been imprisoned since his arrest. Prison officials did not give a cause of death, but according to The Oregonian, Mieske had long suffered from Hepatitis C.

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News Roundup for July 11, 2011

Posted in Anti-Latino, Militias, Racist Skinheads by Hatewatch Staff on July 11, 2011 - 1:47 pm

New evidence was released by prosecutors to bolster their position that members of the Alaska Peacekeepers Militia should not be granted bail. The evidence confirms the group’s plans to kidnap and even kill police officers and government officials if they attempted to arrest any of the militia’s members. It also includes a photographic inventory of the group’s arsenal of small arms and grenades and a white board detailing how the militia’s “security team” should deal with law enforcement officials.

A Boulder, Colo., woman has been charged with attempting to extort a Latino couple by threatening to turn them in to immigration authorities. Abigail Jane Suber allegedly told the couple that if they did not admit fault in a vehicle collision, which she was responsible for, and pay her $400, she would call immigration authorities on them. Suber has been charged with felony extortion.

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Notice to Neo-Nazi Thugs: Best to Read Before Attacking

Posted in Anti-Black, Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads by Bill Morlin on July 8, 2011 - 3:26 pm


A neo-Nazi skinhead, with a body covered in racist tattoos, is in jail under $75,000 bond on felony malicious harassment charges because he didn’t read the back of a T-shirt worn by a man he’s accused of assaulting.

The skinhead, identified as Daren C. Abbey (right), 28, formerly of Sacramento, Calif., is accused of verbally confronting and then assaulting Marlon L. Baker, a 46-year-old African American, inside a Bayview, Idaho, bar on July 3, authorities said Friday.

Not wanting a confrontation, Baker left the bar and walked toward a marina on Lake Pend Oreille about 9 p.m. Sunday to watch an Independence Day “boat parade” on the waterfront, said Kootenai County Sheriff’s Major Ben Wolfinger. “He didn’t want trouble, so he walked away,’’ Wolfinger said. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for July 1, 2011

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Crime, Klan, Racist Skinheads by Hatewatch Staff on July 1, 2011 - 1:52 pm

DNA evidence has been presented in the trial of two Illinois men alleged to have beaten and robbed a woman because of her sexual orientation. The defense is seeking a possible plea deal over the evidence, which may provide a definitive link to the crime in which the two assailants made anti-gay slurs at the woman before they punched, kicked and robbed her.

The FBI has begun an investigation into a possible hate crime in Nevada. As previously reported, a Native American family claims to have been targeted and assaulted by a group of three skinheads, which led to the arrest of one of the victims, Johnny Bonta, but not the attackers. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is disputing the claims, but concerns have arisen over one of the attackers being the son of a former deputy. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for June 28, 2011

Posted in Neo-Confederate, Racist Skinheads, Racist Street Gangs, Sovereign Citizens, White Supremacist by Hatewatch Staff on June 28, 2011 - 2:33 pm

White supremacist Mark Stroman will be executed in Texas next month after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case.  Stroman was convicted for killing two people and shooting another in a post-9/11 revenge spree targeting people of Middle Eastern descent.

A “general” in the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has been sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of a fellow gang member and his girlfriend in a dispute over a drug debt.

The state trial of sovereign citizens accused of plotting to kill several government officials may be delayed until federal charges are resolved. The defendants are members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, led by Schaeffer Cox. Militia members plotted a campaign of murder in the event Cox, a fugitive at the time, was captured. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for June 27, 2011

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Militias, Racist Skinheads, Sovereign Citizens, White Nationalism by Hatewatch Staff on June 27, 2011 - 12:49 pm

White nationalist Richard Poplawski was found guilty of murdering three Pittsburgh police officers in a 2009 ambush.  The jury today began deliberating Poplawski’s fate. He faces the death penalty.

A skinhead leader pleaded guilty to the revenge killing of a Missouri man. Eric Fairburn, co-founder of the Vinlanders Social Club and a former skinhead musician, admitted to shooting William McDaniel, who had caused the drunk driving death of a friend of Fairburn.

The residents of a Michigan town were startled when they discovered members of the West Michigan Volunteer Militia training in the nearby Manistee National Forest. Local authorities allowed the military-style training exercises, but residents’ concerns have been revived due to a recent increase militia activity throughout the state. ( continue to full post… )