Angie Murray Discusses Life in the Christian Identity Movement
Just days after graduating from high school in Spokane, Wash., in 1993, Angie Murray left her middle-class, Roman Catholic family to become the polygamous second wife of Chevie Kehoe — a hardened white supremacist who earlier this year was convicted of murdering three members of an Arkansas family, including an 8-year-old girl.
She remained in her common-law marriage just 54 days, but in that time she accompanied the abusive Kehoe as he traveled around the country. A young and naive woman when she took up with Kehoe, Murray soon began to see his dark side. She left him before he went on a multi-state rampage and renounced her racist beliefs.
Now living in Canada, she has remarried and is the mother of two children. The Intelligence Report asked Murray about her life in the movement and the anti-Semitic Christian Identity theology.
INTELLIGENCE REPORT: How did you meet Chevie Kehoe?
MURRAY: I met him through my sister, Sue, and her husband, Jake Settle, in the summer of 1991 when they were looking for property. The property was owned by Chevie's parents, Kirby and Gloria Kehoe, and was in the Deep Lake area, near Colville, Wash.
He was this kind of quiet person, and we didn't really talk much. In the months to come, I'd go up to Stevens County and spend time with Chevie and his wife, Karena. His brother, Cheyne, was there, too, and we'd all spend time together.
Chevie wasn't abusive to anyone at that time. We'd drink beer and smoke pot.
IR: So how did you come to marry Chevie?
MURRAY: I still ask myself that question. Before I met Chevie, I began studying the Bible with my sister and her husband. They started telling me about God's law.
At that point in my life, doing the right thing, and being the good wife and mother weighed very heavily on my mind. I was partying and drinking and doing everything you weren't supposed to do.
Then Chevie came into my life. He and Jake and Susan convinced me that I shouldn't live my life the way I was and that I should follow their [Identity] lifestyle and beliefs. I guess I just fell into it. I didn't love him. I thought I was doing it for God.
We never actually got married. There was no wedding. We just spent a night in a motel in Spokane, then went up to the Aryan Nations in Idaho. Chevie told everybody I was his second wife.
IR: What was Chevie's relationship with his parents like?
MURRAY: Chevie was always trying to be the authority figure, even around his mother and father. He wanted to be the boss. His mother bowed down to him.
Chevie later bragged to his parents that he had two wives. His dad didn't really say a whole lot, but I know that he wasn't pleased. Gloria wasn't pleased at all.
IR: How did you relate to Chevie's parents?
MURRAY: His mother, Gloria, was into Christian Identity, but not polygamy. She told me I was a whore and concubine, how it was just a horrible thing for me to do. I agreed with her totally.
She warned me all the time that Chevie was going to beat me.
IR: What was it like at Aryan Nations?
MURRAY: The people at Aryan Nations didn't seem to like polygamy. While we were there, Chevie beat Karena. She was seven months pregnant. He gave her a fat lip and a black eye and a bloody nose. He told her that was her first beating and that it wouldn't be her last.
We left from there to stay in the cabin his parents owned near Deep Lake. During that time, I told Chevie that I wanted to leave. He told me that he would kill me if I tried to leave. After that, I was never allowed to walk by myself.
IR: How extensive was the abuse?
MURRAY: Whenever Karena was upset or crying about the polygamous marriage, he would hit her. He wouldn't hit her in front of me, but I always heard it.
I heard him sock her a few times — on at least four different occasions during the 54 days I was with them. Karena put up with it, I guess, because she apparently felt she had no choice.
IR: What did you do after staying in the cabin near Deep Lake?
MURRAY: After a couple of weeks there, we went to Yaak, Mont., where he said we were going to live, but we only spent a day there before going to Ellensburg, Wash., where we stayed a couple of weeks with one of his friends.
Then we left for Elohim City, going through Wyoming. I spent the last two weeks with him at Elohim City.