During 1997, the number of hate groups exploded, while hate flooded the internet. Heinous hate crimes also sullied the year with violence.
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White supremacist and alleged murderer Chevie Kehoe may have been linked with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Terry Nichols, co-conspirator of Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, was convicted of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter, but his sentence has not yet been determined.
Mark Koernke, a key figure in the Michigan militia movement, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly attacking a court process server.
Since November 1997, several violent incidents have been perpetrated by racist Skinheads in Denver, including the murder of a police officer and the alleged murder of an African refugee.
Suspected murderer Robert Silveria has recanted his confession of murdering dozens of fellow drifters creates confusion in the case and sheds light on other violence possibly perpetrated by a train-riding gang.
New York City is caught unawares by common-law ideology when almost 100 city employees were arrested for tax evasion.
In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, many domestic antigovernment groups are under investigation for plans of violence and terrorism.
At a January 1998 anti-immigration meeting, the intermingling of extremists with 'mainstream' right-wingers illustrates a similar pattern throughout the country.
The successful prosecution of Richard Machado for committing a hate crime online could become an important precedent in future cases.