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Almost 100 people were murdered over the last five years by registered users of Stormfront, the largest racist Web forum in the world, according to a report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The forum in effect acts to nurture budding killers and give them moral support, the report says.
A similar racist forum, Vanguard News Network (VNN), was used by neo-Nazi and former Klan leader Frazier Glenn Cook (formerly Miller), who was charged earlier this week with the murder of three people he mistakenly believed were Jews. Miller logged more than 12,000 posts on VNN in recent years.
Read the report here.
Last fall, the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, Heidi Beirich, spoke on multiple occasions with Frazier Glenn Miller (aka Frazier Glenn Cross), the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shootings at two Jewish community centers in Kansas. Miller, who once plotted to assassinate SPLC founder Morris Dees, wanted to invite Beirich on to a right-wing talk radio show and arrange a debate with her on the racist Vanguard News Network forum. During one of the calls, Miller reacted incredulously when she accused him of wanting to kill Jews.
Beirich and Miller discussed his ideology, history in the white supremacist movement and violent past. Miller said he joined the cause after reading the racist, anti-Semitic “Thunderbolt” newsletter – “I’ve been obsessed ever since 1974 when I became Jew-wise,” he said. “When I read that thing, my hair stood up, my neck turned red, and I knew I had found a home.” He went on to praise National Alliance founder William Pierce as “probably the best” and called David Duke “super-persuasive.”
Miller was convinced that whites are facing extinction at the hands of Jews and blacks and accused Beirich of supporting “anti-white genocide.” She told him that SPLC is trying to “stop people like you who want to kill Jews and exterminate Jews.” “Who the hell is killing Jews, who’s exterminating Jews?” Miller asked incredulously. Beirich responded that Miller’s associate Alex Linder, who runs the Vanguard News Network forum, where he was a senior member, says that Jews should be exterminated. Miller said that was just a “god damn opinion.”
Miller went on to explain how, in his view, Jews are increasing and whites are dying off. “Everything that’s killing us was brought about by Jews,” he said, citing abortion, which he says has killed “40 million white babies.”
Beirich and Miller spoke not long before racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed. Miller said Franklin, who was convicted of eight racially-motivated murders and implicated in many more, had a “rationale” for his actions – “he thought he was doing the right thing,” he said. Miller then declared Franklin “a righteous vigilante.”
Miller expressed a variety of anti-Semitic views and theories during the course of his calls to Beirich. “They don’t deny they control media,” he exclaimed. When told that Jews “are just like all other people,” he asked incredulously, “Why is it that that their DNA makes them all equivalent of fourth and fifth cousins at least?” “All you got to do is Google ‘Jew DNA,” he said. ( continue to full post… )
The shooting rampage at two Jewish community centers in suburban Kansas City yesterday afternoon that left three people dead, including a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather, also left the radical racist right casting blame and pointing fingers at each other.
Much of that blame is being directed at Alex Linder and the gutturally racist website Vanguard News Network (VNN) he founded in 2000. The site declares, “No Jews. Just Right.”
The alleged neo-Nazi gunman, Frazier Glenn Miller, who was arrested shortly after the shooting and shouted “Heil Hitler” from the back of a police car, has posted over the years more than 12,000 times to VNN, a site one white nationalist critic calls “a swamp.”
But the 73-year-old Miller is not the first VNN user to turn to murder and mayhem.
Brad Griffin, the editor of the white nationalist website Occidental Dissent and who writes under the name “Hunter Wallace,” posted on his site today that VNN is “the same swamp that gave us the Curt Maynard, Yankee Jim, and JT Ready murder suicides, Joe Snuffy the Spokane bomber, Todd Van Biber who blew himself up with a pipe bomb, and Craig Cobb’s plot to take over Leith and his ‘patrol’ of the town.”
Maynard, who used the screen name “Melcur” when posting on VNN, shot his ex-wife to death before killing himself following a police chase in 2010. In July 2008, Maynard posted to VNN, urging Miller to “lead by an example.”
“I’ve heard you and dozens of others condemn blogging as a waste of time, and constantly encourage others to sacrifice themselves,” Maynard wrote to “Rounder,” Miller’s screen name on VNN. “Why don’t you do it, I mean why don’t you strap on some explosive and walk into a room full of kikes and blow yourselves to Kingdom come.
“I say this in the nicest and most respectful manner possible, why don’t you lead by example and relieve us, this world, of a dozen goddamned Jews.”
In 2008, the body of VNN poster James “Yankee Jim” Leshkevich, 52, a prolific white supremacist blogger, letter-to-the editor writer and radio host, was found hanging in a garage attached to the home he shared with his 55-year-old wife, Deborah. She was found beaten and strangled to death in the couple’s bedroom, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide.
VNN poster “Joe Snuffy” is really Kevin Harpham, who was sentenced to 32 years in prison in 2011 for building and planting a bomb – “a weapon of mass destruction” – along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in Spokane, Wash.
The bomb was concealed in a backpack. The lead sinkers in the radio-detonated device were coated with Warfarin rat poison, evidently intended to increase bleeding.
Had it gone off, dozens of men, women and children would have been killed or injured. ( continue to full post… )
Frazier Glenn Miller, Suspected Kansas Shooter, May Have Been Marking Birthday of ‘Hero’ Racist Serial Killer
One of the loudest and most loyal advocates for racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin in the months before he was executed last November was Frazier Glenn Miller, the former Klansman and neo-Nazi arrested for killing three people in separate shootings yesterday afternoon at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home in suburban Kansas City.
Yesterday, would have been Franklin’s 64th birthday.
Whether Franklin’s birthday had anything to do with the timing of Miller’s deadly shooting spree is unknown at this time. What is clear is Miller’s admiration for the racist killing machine.
On the neo-Nazi web forum Vanguard News Network (VNN) Miller, a raging anti-Semite, frequently praised Franklin, who did most of his killing from long distance and from the shadows, for his bravery.
“So far, Joseph Paul Franklin is the bravest, therefore the greatest White Nationalist hero America has ever produced,” Miller wrote, using his VNN handle “Rounder.” “His proven courage, initiative, dedication, and willingness to sacrifice everything he owned, including his life, is unequaled on this continent, in my judgment.”
Franklin, who was also a former Klansmen and neo-Nazi, was convicted of killing eight people and was suspected of killing as many as 20 unarmed men, women and children, during a three-year cross country murder spree.
Most of his victims were black men and boys. But Franklin received his only death sentence for the 1977 sniper murder of a 42-year-old white man coming out of a synagogue after a bar mitzvah in suburban St. Louis.
Miller was ridiculed by some of his VNN fellow travelers for heaping such high praise on Franklin while failing to follow his violent example.
“I gather Glenn must have been stung by VNNers’ criticism (calling them ‘anonymous pussies),” Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, the largest white supremacist web forum in the world, posted hours after Miller was arrested yesterday in Overland Park, Kansas. “They had kept asking him why he didn’t follow his ‘greatest American hero.’”
Frazier Glenn Miller, Suspected Kansas Shooter, Posted Thousands of Messages to White Supremacist Board
A day before he allegedly went on a weekend killing spree targeting Jews, Frazier Glenn Miller publicly discussed talking by phone with another white supremacist who wanted to turn a small North Dakota town into a whites-only enclave.
But that is only one of 12,683 anti-Semitic, racist Internet postings Miller has made on one racist site alone – the Vanguard News Network – in the past decade.
In other postings, Miller has discussed the potential impacts if President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were both assassinated. In another post, Miller applauds a recent commentary by Pat Buchanan who said Russian president Vladimir Putin is merely protecting the ethnicity of Russians in his standoff with Ukraine, comparing Russia with Israel protecting Jews worldwide.
It’s his most recent posting – just a day before the shootings – about his conversation with fellow racist Craig Cobb that likely will get the attention of the FBI. Agents likely will pay Cobb a visit in his North Dakota jail cell, asking if Miller gave any hint about what he may have had planned for Palm Sunday, the day before the start of Passover.
On the VNN Forum, Miller, using the screen name “Rounder,” posted a public message claiming that he had received a phone call on Saturday from Craig Cobb, who is in jail in North Dakota. Outgoing calls from the jail are logged, perhaps even recorded, so that evidence likely will be of interest to investigators.
Cobb has made his own headlines in the past six months. He is in jail on seven charges of terrorizing people last November when he and a fellow racist walked through the tiny town of Leith, N.D., where they were buying up homes in a failed attempt to create a whites-only town. He apparently is among Miller’s shortlist of white nationalist heroes. ( continue to full post… )
Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, of Aurora, Mo., was arrested today for the murder of three people at two separate Jewish Community Centers in Overland Park, Kan. Miller, who was arrested using the alias Frazier Glenn Cross, has been in the movement nearly his entire life. Miller is the former “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which he founded and ran in the 1980s before being sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against African Americans.
After subsequently forming another Klan group, the White Patriot Party, he was found in criminal contempt and sentenced to six months in prison for violating the court settlement. He went underground while his conviction was under appeal but was caught by the FBI with a weapons cache in Missouri. He served three years in federal prison after being indicted on weapons charges and for plotting robberies and the assassination of SPLC founder Morris Dees. As part of a plea bargain, Miller testified against other Klan leaders in a 1988 sedition trial.
Miller is a raging anti-Semite who has posted more than 12,000 times on Vanguard News Network (VNN), whose slogan is “No Jews, Just Right.” VNN founder Alex Linder has openly advocated “exterminating” Jews since December 2009. Miller, a close partner to Linder, has called Jews “swarthy, hairy, bow-legged, beady-eyed, parasitic midgets.” Miller is also one of VNN’s largest donors and he printed and distributed thousands of copies of VNN’s newsletter, The Aryan Alternative.
This isn’t the first time a VNN user has been arrested for violence. On January 17, 2011, less than 12 hours after posting on VNN, Kevin William Harpham placed an improvised explosive device concealed in a backpack along a Martin Luther King parade route in Spokane Washington. The lead sinkers in the radio-detonated IED were coated with Warfarin rat poison, evidently intended to increase bleeding. Had the device functioned, dozens of men, women and children would have been killed or injured. Harpham also distributed The Aryan Alternative.
Our research shows that racist killers are hiding among us in plain sight. A forthcoming two-year study by the SPLC will show that nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by active users on another prominent racist website, Stormfront.org.
In a phone conversation with his wife Marge, who has apparently never been active in the white supremacist movement, the SPLC was able to confirm that Miller had gone to a local casino in Missouri yesterday afternoon. He called his wife this morning at about 10:30 AM to tell her his winnings were up and all was well. She has not heard from him since, but law enforcement was at her door at 8:30 PM and she told the SPLC that they told her Miller was arrested for the shootings.
City officials in Leith, N.D., are now openly challenging a misdemeanor plea bargain tendered to white supremacist Craig Cobb whose attempt to build a whites-only community fizzled when he was arrested on seven terrorizing charges.
Leith Mayor Ryan Schock, City Councilman Lee Cook and Gregory Bruce, the town’s media representative, filed a formal complaint last week against North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz who offered Cobb the plea deal.
Instead of facing the possibility of years in prison for felony convictions, Cobb faces only a short sentence if a judge accepts the misdemeanor plea bargain.
The complaint, sent to the North Dakota Bar Association, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, accuses Schwarz of unprofessional conduct and demands he be replaced with a special prosecutor. The complaint contends the prosecutor didn’t consult with all the victims, including the mayor and Bruce, and that he used vulgar and unprofessional language during interviews with other victims.
It is the latest development that has turned the tiny North Dakota town, 30 miles from Bismarck, into a microcosm of hate in America and how government officials and the criminal justice system deal with it. Since Hatewatch first reported on Cobb’s plans to take over the town and turn Leith into a whites-only enclave, there has been subsequent media attention. The BBC has documented the flap, and National Geographic is scheduled to air a special report later this spring.
Bruce, who told Hatewatch today he has exclusive authority “to speak for the city,” said that he, the mayor and city councilman are outraged that Cobb was offered a get-out-of-jail plea bargain. ( continue to full post… )
In an amicus brief filed yesterday in federal court in Michigan, the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) –– a student organization concerned with promoting white identity –– has taken up the mantle of defending the “sanctity of marriage” against “Culture distorters” who seek to reject “originalism.”
The brief was filed in the case of April DeBoer, a nurse in Hazel Park, Mich., who sued the state after she and her partner, Jayne Rowse, were prohibited from adopting their three children jointly because they did not have a legal marriage. Last week, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled in their favor, striking down the Michigan Marriage Act as unconstitutional. But his decision was temporarily put on hold by an appeals court.
The defense of “traditional” marriage represents something of a shift in focus for TYN, which has historically concerned itself with “Tribe and Tradition” and encouraging young people to unite against “decadence, individualism, Marxism and Modernity.” Its co-founder, Matthew Heimbach, rose from the ranks of white nationalism and has aligned himself more closely with racist activists than with conservative groups standing against same-sex marriage.
But Matt Parrott, a spokesman for TYN, told Hatewatch on Wednesday that standing against same-sex marriage was well within parameters of the group, even if the majority of TYN’s focus deals with race. “We’re fighting for tradition,” Parrott said. “Traditional marriage is within our sphere of activism.”
The language in the brief, however, takes a much harsher tone against same-sex marriage than a simple defense of traditional values, claiming that the judge’s ruling is an “affront to thousands of years of the Western legal tradition and hundreds of years of the American legal tradition.” ( continue to full post… )
Kyle Hunt had grand visions of thousands of white men coming out of the woodwork this weekend to stand up and defend their interests in a public march that would grab the nation’s attention. Like a lot of such plans, things didn’t exactly work out that way.
Hunt, a 30-year-old former Google employee currently living in Massachusetts, promoted the “White Man’s March” this past weekend through a variety of white supremacist outlets, including his own outfit, Renegade Broadcasting, an Internet radio station devoted to covering “the destruction of the white race.” The plan was to hold the main event in New York City, with satellite marches occurring in various other cities around the country.
The marches, Hunt claimed, were a response to fears that white people are being “mocked, displaced and violently attacked” through an insidious liberal idea known as “diversity.”
But no one seems to have actually marched in the “#whitemanmarch.” It was more of a series of brief banner displays and Twitter photo postings of racist flyers and stickers affixed to various objects around the country. The banners were large red-and-white affairs reading “Diversity = White Genocide”. ( continue to full post… )
The League of the South (LOS) held another of its anti-immigrant rallies against “Southern demographic displacement” this past Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla. The event targeted Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for his support of “Third World immigration” and “amnesty.” Making his racist views perfectly clear, LOS head Michael Hill told a reporter, “I’m standing up for my people – white Southern people – no one else.”
The Florida event was just the latest in a series of protests the group has held in places such as Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. And it seems that the ranks of protesters become more extreme every time. For the first decade and a half after its founding in 1994, the LOS was known for filling its ranks with PhDs into white Southern history. But starting with their August rally in Uvalda, Ga., it’s more often neo-Nazis and other hard core types who are showing up.
Let’s just take a look at who joined the Tallahassee protest. On hand was Floyd Eric Meadows of Acworth, Ga., who was once in the Klan and had a picture on his Facebook page wearing an SS bolt patch and a 1488 patch. Gina Brashear of Fort Myers, Fla., who likes to “like” pictures posted on the LOS Facebook page, was there, too. Brashear has a long history in white supremacist circles, having posted in 2008 that she has been “a member of several white websites, and an active member in my community for defending our race” on Vanguard News Network, whose motto is “No Jews. Just Right.” For years, Brashear’s avatar on VNN was an image of a pistol pointed at President Obama with what appears to be a bullet wound in the president’s forehead with the text: “Get it over already.”