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LAS VEGAS – A former “skinhead girl” now nearing middle-age, wearing sensible shoes and jailhouse shackles was the star witness in a federal courtroom here Wednesday, the first day of testimony in a racially charged double murder trial 16 years in the making.
Mandie Abels, who has the words “skinhead girl” tattooed across her back, was escorted by U. S. Marshals into courtroom 7C from a prison cell where she is serving a 15-year sentence for her role in what she called “a vile deed”—leading two anti-racist skinheads to their deaths in the desert just outside of Las Vegas.
In the early morning hours of July 4, 1998 Lin Newborn, 24, and Daniel Shersty, 21 were ambushed and shot to death, prosecutors say, by four white supremacists. “They despised what the victims stood for,” federal prosecutor Patricia Sumner told the jury during opening arguments Wednesday.
The killings were a shocking escalation in the violent—but until then rarely deadly—nationwide conflict between racist skinheads and their anti-racist rivals. Newborn, who was black and worked at a popular Las Vegas body piercing shop, and Shersty, who was a white U.S Air Force airman stationed at the nearby Nellis Air Force Base, were leaders of a fledging group called Las Vegas Unity Skins. ( continue to full post… )
An associate of the neo-Nazi Keystone State Skins (KSS) died last week in a car crash in Philadelphia after speeding away from the scene of a reported rape.
Vincent Pellegrino, 24, was identified by a 26-year-old woman who told police she was sexually assaulted around 1 a.m. on May 20 inside a 2004 Nissan Altima in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. She called 911 after escaping the vehicle which sped off.
Shortly after the reported rape, Pellegrino was reportedly driving the same vehicle at a high rate of speed when it hit a concrete wall on Westmoreland Street near the McKinley Playground.
Pellegrino, who was alone in the car, was declared dead at the scene 10 minutes later.
Pellegrino and his brother Nunzio Pellegrino “have been regular associates of KSS for an unknown length of time,” One People’s Project reported, citing online photos of the brothers standing with “well-known KSS members.”
The Keystone State Skins – KSS – was founded in 2001 and, for a time, was considered one of the most active white nationalist organizations in the United States. In 2009, the group changed its name to Keystone United, but is still frequently called KSS.
Last October, the neo-Nazi group sponsored its seventh annual rally in Philadelphia to celebrate Leif Erikson, the Nordic explorer who is believed to have been the first European to land in North America. It’s not known if the Pellegrino brothers were among those in attendance.
An estimated 40 racist skinheads showed up at the city’s Fairmount Park where they were met by about 100 anti-racist counter protesters.
Matt Heimbach, considered to be one of the leaders of a new generation of white nationalists and now affiliated with the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), spoke at the rally.
On the night of July 3, 1998, two anti-racist skinheads — Lin Newborn, a black, charismatic body piercer, and his best friend, Daniel Shersty, a white, U.S. Air Force airman — were lured into the desert outside of Las Vegas by a woman promising a night of partying under the stars.
Instead, the young men were ambushed and shot to death in the sand. It was a pivotal event and a deadly escalation in the long civil war pitting racist skinheads against their anti-racist counterparts. Until that night, most of their clashes at music venues, on street corners and in back alleys ended in broken bones and bloodied noses, not bullet-riddled bodies.
John “Polar Bear” Butler, the leader of a Las Vegas neo-Nazi skinhead gang, was the only one arrested, charged and convicted of the killings. Butler was sentenced to death, although the sentence was overturned and he is now serving two life terms. But Newborn and Shersty’s grieving families and their comrades in the anti-racist movement always contended that there were others involved who should also be charged, including the woman who they said set the trap.
In 2012, nearly 14 years after the killings, the woman, Melissa Hack, her brother Ross Hack, and their friend Leland Jones, were arrested and charged in federal court with the murders of Newborn and Shersty.
The three proclaimed their innocence, but on Friday, according to the Las Vegas Sun, Hack, who was Butler’s girlfriend at the time, pleaded guilty in federal court to her role in the killings. Hack also agreed, the paper reported, to cooperate in the case against her brother and Jones, who are scheduled to go on trial in Las Vegas Aug. 18. ( 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… )
Jeremy Moody, a member of a small but violent racist skinhead gang called Crew 41, shocked South Carolina authorities last week when he told them that he and his wife shot and stabbed to death a middle-aged couple July 21 because the man was a registered sex offender.
But if ridding the world of sex offenders was Moody’s goal, he didn’t have to go outside of his crew to find one.
The head of the gang’s Colorado chapter, Archie Glen Ware Jr., is a registered sex offender, convicted of “accosting for immoral purposes.” ( continue to full post… )
Die Auserwählten, a little-known racist skinhead gang in Nebraska and several other states, is less than a year old. But in the last few days, the crew has been making a name for itself – in mayhem and murder separated by more than a thousand miles.
In a small college city in south-central Nebraska, the gang’s 28-year-old founder, Jonathan Schmidt, faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of a brutal assault Saturday night.
But that’s nothing compared to what another suspected member of the gang, Jeremy Lee Moody, 30, and his wife, Christine, 36, are accused of doing Sunday afternoon about 1,200 miles away in Union County, S.C. According to local news reports, the Moodys were each charged yesterday with two counts of murder in the slaying of Charles Marvin Parker, 59, and Gretchen Dawn Parker, 51. ( continue to full post… )