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Longtime Neo-Nazi Robert Ransdell Running For U.S. Senate

Posted in Neo-Nazi by Keegan Hankes on September 18, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Robert Ransdell, former regional coordinator for the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a current coordinator for the similarly-minded National Alliance Reform and Restoration Group (NARRG) is campaigning as a write-in candidate for United States Senate in Kentucky under the slogan “With Jews We Lose!”

Ransdell is running for the seat occupied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Although he admits he has no chance to win, Ransdell is using his campaign as a publicity stunt to push his white nationalist and anti-Semitic views.

“Equality does not exist,” says Ransdell in a YouTube video featured at the top of his campaign webpage. “There are differences between whites and blacks and blacks are more predisposed to criminal behavior and it doesn’t matter what kind of economic state they’re in. They are savages in a white nation, period.” The video, posted on Sept. 1, focuses almost entirely on “black-on-white” crime, a common talking point for white nationalists. ( continue to full post… )

William “Bill” White Guilty of Sending Death Threats

Posted in Extremist Crime, Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi, Racism by Heidi Beirich on September 15, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Last Friday, a jury in an Orlando, Fla., federal courtroom found William “Bill” White guilty of sending death threats to officials in May 2012. Sentencing is set for Nov. 21, when White, 37, will face the possibility of decades in prison.

William "Bill" White

William “Bill” White

White is already incarcerated in Florida for sending threats to other individuals. Before he was arrested in 2008, White had held posts in neo-Nazi groups and ran the movement gossip site, Overthrow.com. White is a particularly obnoxious racist, frequently using the most crude racial slurs available and constantly harassing people he doesn’t like by calling for their lynching or worse. He once put President Obama on the cover of his publication, the National Socialist, with a gun sight over his face. The text read, “Kill this Nigger?”

The charges against White stemmed from emailed threats against FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Agent Kelly Boaz, Circuit Judge Walter Komanski and then-State Attorney Lawson Lamar, prominent officials in the case against the American Front white-supremacist group whose Osceola County compound was raided in May 2012. ( continue to full post… )

Edgar Steele, ‘Attorney for the Damned,’ Dies in Federal Prison

Posted in Anti-Semitic, Neo-Nazi by Bill Morlin on September 5, 2014 - 12:49 pm
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Edgar Steele.

Edgar Steele, the “attorney for the damned” who unsuccessfully defended the Aryan Nations in a landmark civil suit, has died in federal prison in California where he was serving a 50-year term for a plot to murder his wife. Steele was 69. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi National Alliance to Appeal Canadian Court Ruling

Posted in Neo-Nazi by Mark Potok on July 8, 2014 - 11:54 am

The National Alliance (NA), a neo-Nazi organization that was once the most important hate group in America, has appealed a Canadian court ruling that struck down a bequest of some $220,000 left to it by a deceased Canadian member.

NA attorney John Hughes filed a notice of appeal with the Court of Appeal in New Brunswick, Canada, on July 3. The document alleged a series of judicial errors by Justice William T. Grant, who in early June found that the bequest, which included a collection of ancient coins, violated Canadian law and public policy.

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Harry Robert McCorkill

The judge found that the NA’s purpose — which he characterized as “promot[ing] white supremacy through the dissemination of propaganda which incites hatred of various identifiable groups — was criminal under Canadian law. He also found that contrary to the NA’s claims, the group had not distanced itself from its foundational documents, which spoke about the need to murder “homosexuals, racemixers and hardcore collaborators,” the importance of doing “whatever is necessary” to achieve “a White living space,” and the twin goals of a “racial cleansing of the land” and “a long-term eugenics program involving at least the entire populations of Europe and America.” Another NA document openly celebrated white racial violence as “a healthy, red-blooded response to the current situation in America’s cities.”

The judge called the NA documents “disgusting, repugnant and revolting.”

But in his appeal, Hughes argued that Canadian law should not apply to a bequest going to a U.S. group; that the distribution of NA materials in Canada via the Internet was not enough to give Canadian courts jurisdiction in the dispute; that the NA’s purpose was not “White Supremacy,” but rather “the survival of the white race”; and that Canadian law does not allow for that nation’s courts to interfere in the choice of who to leave property to. He also argued that the decision “gives undue weight to foundational documents of the beneficiary, and none to the evidence of the organization’s evolution,” allegedly into a kinder, less violence-minded group.

The judge’s initial decision enjoined any transfer of the estate’s assets to the NA, instead ordering it distributed to the brother and sister of Harry Robert McCorkill, a long-time NA member who died in 2004, leaving most of his estate to the NA. ( continue to full post… )

Heimbach Surfaces at League of South Protest, Then Returns to ‘Sabbatical’

Posted in Neo-Nazi, White Nationalism, White Supremacist by Ryan Lenz on July 2, 2014 - 5:12 pm

The last time we heard from Matthew Heimbach, head of the white nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network, he was one step away from saying goodbye to racist activism. His pastor at a Christian Orthodox church in Indiana had asked him to be silent on his racist views and spend time being the contemplative steward of his own soul.

But Southern nationalism dies hard, it seems.

Last weekend, Heimbach attended the League of the South’s (LOS) national conference at its headquarters in Wetumpka, Ala. While there, he was photographed standing on the roadside, holding a sign that read, “Immigration Hurts Southern Workers: League of the South,” and holding another (this time inside) that read, “We Will Not Be Silent So You Can Be Comfortable.”

So much for silence and contemplation!

Heimbach with other LOS conference attendees

Heimbach with other LOS conference attendees (second from left)

When contacted by Hatewatch on Wednesday for comment, Heimbach said he was still adhering to his “sabbatical” from racist activism, and that he was trying to focus on his faith –– a claim he has made for months since being baptized at an Orthodox Christian church. But, he promised, he is back in the League, paying dues, and convinced that the LOS message is right.

“If you look at the entire South, the South is not entirely southern now,” Heimbach told Hatewatch. “We live in a modern context and we face modern problems unique to this time. And there’s a modern solution. The solution that the League has been advocating is secession.” ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Accused in Kansas Triple Murder is Reportedly Dying

Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi by Don Terry on June 30, 2014 - 2:18 pm

A couple of days before he was arrested and charged with shooting to death three people at two Jewish community facilities in Kansas in April, Frazier Glenn Miller stopped by the Aurora, Mo., home of his friend Geraldine Perry. It was easy to see even then that the health of the 73-year-old neo-Nazi was failing.

“He couldn’t walk from the other side of the street to inside here to the table,” Perry told Hatewatch, “without having to stop and sit 10 minutes so he could breathe.”

Miller's mug shot

Miller’s mug shot

After his arrest, Miller called Perry from a Kansas county jail a few times a week, she said, before the calls suddenly stopped. The next time he called, after two weeks of silence, Perry said Miller explained that he had been in the infirmary, too weak to get out of bed, struggling for breath.

Now, it appears the accused killer is dying.

According to a report in the Kansas City Star, Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is dying of severe lung disease in a county jail infirmary.

Quoting friends and associates in the hate world, including fellow white supremacist Craig Cobb, the paper reported Saturday that Miller, once a heavy smoker, is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a progressive disease for which there is no cure.

“He’s dying now, there’s no doubt,” Cobb told the paper, adding, “He told me in January in a letter that he had one foot in the grave and one on a banana peel.”

Maj. Doug Baker, the administrator of the Johnson County Central Booking facility in Olathe, Kan., where Miller is being held on $10 million bond, told the paper he could not discuss details of an inmate’s medical condition. Baker did confirm, however, that Miller has been housed full-time in the center’s infirmary since May 30.

The Star also spoke with Will Williams, a longtime white nationalist from Tennessee, who said he has known Miller for more than 20 years. Williams said Miller had told him earlier this year that he was extremely ill.

“COPD is what he told me,” Williams told the paper. “He told me he could hardly walk to the mailbox.”

In a recent telephone call from jail, Miller told Williams that he had lost nine pounds and his health had only gotten worse behind bars. Miller seemed to blame his deteriorating condition on a black doctor supervising his care, accusing the physician of trying to murder him, Williams told the Star.

“He said this doctor deliberately cut his meds to where he had three near-death experiences,” Williams said.

Williams said Miller told him that he had filed several grievances with the jail and had recently “got his meds and was in lots better spirits.”

Baker, the jail administrator, told the paper that Miller had not filed any formal grievances and was “being provided the necessary medical care that’s provided to all detainees.”

Miller’s next scheduled court appearance is in November.

Miller’s Crossing

Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Don Terry on June 16, 2014 - 3:26 pm

After years of propagandizing, neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Miller is accused of a triple murder. The violence was a long time coming.

MARIONVILLE, Mo. – The troubled Miller boys are buried side-by-side, a few yards from the two-lane blacktop that cuts through the middle of the cemetery on the edge of this small country town. Each brother met a tragic end at an early age. One perished in a ball of flames, the other in a shootout with the law. Yet, even in death, their father, Frazier Glenn Miller, the notorious neo-Nazi and now triple-murder suspect in this spring’s Jewish community center terrorist attacks in Kansas, will not allow his sons to rest in peace. Engraved on their matching gray headstones is “88” – the numerical symbol for “Heil Hitler.”

Miller’s right-wing politics, prayers and delusions are all over the polished granite stones, which proclaim his sons to have been young “Saxon Braveheart” rebels who “Ride Now Forever” with the “Valkyrie Angels in the Heavens.”

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The graves of Miller’s sons

Mike, the youngest and wildest Miller brother, the one who tried hardest to please his daddy, was the first to take the ride. He was killed in 1998 in a fiery car crash. He was just 19 and not long out of prison for committing a racially motivated arson. In the middle of a winter night, when he was 17, Mike had lobbed a Molotov cocktail into the back of a trailer home, filled with sleeping people, including, most disgustingly, according to his father’s twisted life’s lessons, a young black man and his white girlfriend.

Jesse, a year older than Mike and in possession of a calmer spirit, died a decade later in what the Lawrence County Sheriff describes as an Old West shootout. Jesse was driving with his mother to put flowers on his brother’s grave, got into a car accident, and inexplicably shot to death a man who stopped to help. He then went marching towards town, brandishing a shotgun. When a Marionville police officer arrived, Jesse shot him, too. The officer survived and returned fire, killing Jesse, who died along the side of the road.

“I think a lot of it had to do with their upbringing,” the sheriff, Brad DeLay, told Hatewatch. “To me they kind of appeared to be Frazier’s muscle men. If something were to happen, while we never could directly link it to him, you just had that feeling they were probably doing something that daddy wanted them to do or had talked about.” ( continue to full post… )

Canadian Judge Strikes Down Bequest Left to Neo-Nazi National Alliance

Posted in Neo-Nazi by Mark Potok on June 5, 2014 - 3:59 pm

A Canadian court today struck down a bequest valued at about $220,000 that was left by a citizen of that country to the National Alliance (NA), a neo-Nazi group based in the United States that has long promoted violence against minorities. The presiding judge found that the bequest violated Canadian law and public policy.

“The evidence before this court convinces me that in the case of the NA the purpose for which it exists is to promote white supremacy through the dissemination of propaganda which incites hatred of various identifiable groups which they deem to be non-white and therefore unworthy,” wrote Justice William T. Grant of St. John, New Brunswick, in a 44-page ruling (PDF). “Those purposes and the means they advocate to achieve them are criminal in Canada and that is what makes this request so repugnant.”

NA Chairman Erich Gliebe

NA Chairman Erich Gliebe

The judge permanently enjoined any transfer of funds or other parts of the estate, which includes a collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins, to the NA. Instead, he ordered it distributed to the brother and sister of Harry Robert McCorkill, a longtime Canadian NA member who died in 2004. McCorkill’s sister, Isabelle Rose McCorkill, initially challenged the bequest, and she was later joined by two Jewish human rights groups in Canada as well as the provincial attorney general.

The judge brushed aside claims by NA representatives and supporters that the group had been unfairly tarred in affidavits from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and others that quoted the group’s foundational documents as well as other written and spoken materials produced by its officials. “All of these publications can only be described as racist, white supremacist and hate-inspired,” the judge wrote.

“They are disgusting, repugnant and revolting.”

The court decision comes at a time when the NA, once the dominant hate group in America, is struggling to survive. It has gone from an organization that once brought in about $1 million a year and had some 1,400 dues-paying members to a group that is nearly bankrupt and has only a smattering of supporters left. The group’s current leader is trying to sell off much of its West Virginia headquarters compound to raise money, and a faction led by the brother of the group’s late founder has sued it in civil court in an attempt to regain control of the organization. The loss of the bequest could help finally destroy the remnants of the once-storied NA. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist Materials Found in Home of Florida Man Who Fired 50 Rounds at Police

Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on June 4, 2014 - 3:40 pm
Dustin Harold Heathman

Dustin Harold Heathman

A Florida man who fired more than 50 rounds at police officers and now is charged with 10 counts of attempted murder had neo-Nazi literature and a stockpile of firearms and ammunition in his home, authorities say.

No officers were injured during last weekend’s SWAT encounter that began when they went to a home near Williston, Fla., looking for Dustin Harold Heathman, who had been sought on multiple arrest warrants.

As SWAT officers approached the home on Sunday, a woman inside took off running and Heathman opened fire, hitting a SWAT vehicle several times, WESH-TV in Orlando reported.

Heathman then turned his automatic weapon toward other SWAT officers who were approaching the home, according to the news report.

During an exchange of gunfire, Heathman was hit with glass fragments, but his injuries weren’t life-threatening, authorities said. After making antigovenment statements and suggesting he wanted to die, he was booked into the Marion County Jail.

Investigators have not released the list of items seized during a search of the home, but confirmed to Hatewatch today that neo-Nazi and white supremacist items were found, along with a cache of weapons and ammunition.

“We don’t know at this point exactly what his affiliations were,” Capt. James Pogue, the department’s public information chief, said today when reached for comment.

After his arrest, Marion County sheriff’s officials said Heathman reportedly made suicidal comments and he expressed antigovernment views similar to those of a sovereign citizen.

“His statement was that he was anti-government,” Marion County Major Tommy Bibb told WJCB-TV in Ocala.

“He did not want to let anyone come and arrest him,” Bibb told the television station.  “His initial [plan] was to shoot as many officers as he could and then die by suicide by cop.”

Public records show Heathman has convictions in Palm Beach, Fla., for robbery, burglary, possessing a destructive device, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, attempting to elude officers and motor vehicle theft.

As a felon, he wouldn’t have been able to legally possess firearms.  Federal authorities now are considering whether to file federal firearms charges in addition to the state attempted murder charges.

Neo-Nazi Teacher No Longer Employed by Central Arkansas High School

Posted in Anti-Black, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on May 14, 2014 - 3:34 pm
Philip Holthoff

Philip Holthoff

An Arkansas school district has accepted the resignation of a high school social studies teacher whose online racist comments and history of neo-Nazi activism were disclosed last month by Hatewatch.

Philip Holthoff, 53, taught at Star City High School in central Arkansas until he resigned abruptly following an investigation of his white supremacist activities, district superintendent Richard Montgomery told KTHV-TV in Little Rock today.

The school district has said nothing else publicly about its investigation or the teacher’s termination, and Holthoff has not commented publicly. It’s highly likely that he resigned after learning he was about to be fired.

Holthoff was placed on administrative leave after Hatewatch reported on April 24 that the high school teacher – using the screen name “David_Lee_Saxon” – had posted more than 400 racist comments on the Stormfront site.

What’s more, Holthoff had a long pedigree in neo-Nazi circles and was a significant financial contributor – a “sustaining member” – of Stormfront, the largest hate site on the Internet whose extremist users have murdered nearly 100 people.

The Star City School District has not disclosed what kind of background check – if any – they performed before hiring Holthoff, whose racist activism goes back 35 years. Records show he joined the neo-Nazi National Alliance in May 1980 at the age of 19, where he was given membership number A3148. Records also show Holthoff joined National Vanguard in May 2005 as member #V0547, and he is listed as a “lifetime” member of White Revolution.

In the past decade, while teaching young people at Star City High, Holthoff authored more than 400 posts on Stormfront, frequently making crude, anti-black comments.

“I teach high school and you would be amazed at some of the wild rumors Negro students believe,” Holthoff wrote in 2008.

In a 2009 post, Holthoff wrote: “I teach social studies in a public high school and I am racially conscious!” Later, following up on that topic, he wrote: “You don’t know chaos until you have seen Negro students going wild in the halls after the [2008] election screaming: OBAMA…OBAMA!!!”

In a post last year, Holthoff described his high school’s commencement ceremonies and complained about “that odor” of African Americans. “Its [sic] graduation time. I always get a kick out of how white administrators beg and plead for people to behave during the ceremonies. Black parents are the worse. The entire race must have ADD. Halfway into the ceremony they scream, shout, blow air guns and dance in the aisle when their child’s name is called. And that odor get in your clothes to! [sic]”

He applauded the often-expressed racist fantasy of rounding up “race traitors after the revolution,” Hatewatch reported last month. Just earlier this year he expressed the hope that a “top secret group” of white supremacists would “bring to justice” those “traitors” who promote interracial activities like the Super Bowl. ( continue to full post… )