Incidents of apparent hate crimes and hate group activities listed here are drawn primarily from media sources. These incidents include only a fraction of the approximately 191,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2005 government report estimated occur annually.
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San Bernardino, CA
Self-proclaimed white supremacist Thomas Joseph Murphy, 46, was sentenced to 248 years to life for the 2009 kidnapping, assault and battery of three women, animal cruelty and dissuading a witness.
Fort Lee, NJ
Nikolay Levinson, 31, a former Maryland corrections officer, was charged with harassment, bias intimidation and stalking for allegedly sending threatening, pornographic and racist letters to local officials, businesses and law enforcement agencies in two states over a five-year period.
Nathan Jessop, a member of the hate group Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), was sentenced to 90 days in jail on child injury charges for the mistreatment of teenage boys placed in his home as discipline by the sect.
Atlantic City, NJ
The car of the spiritual leader of a local synagogue was set afire. The fire damaged the parking lot and outer walls of the synagogue.
Wayne Steven Odegard, 43, was arrested for allegedly harassing customers at a gay bar and yelling gay slurs, and then using a BB gun to shoot a man in the leg.
Four individuals assaulted a man and yelled anti-gay slurs at him.
Fliers from the National Socialist Movement were left in a neighborhood.
Newspapers from the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were left in a neighborhood.
Racial slurs were scrawled on the side of a church bus.
Jack Alfred Dennis, 34, was charged with committing a religious hate crime and possession of an unregistered assault rifle in connection with vandalism of church signs.