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ADL Connects Suspected Shooter at Wisconsin Sikh Temple to White Supremacist Skinhead Group

The man iden­ti­fied by law enforce­ment author­i­ties as the sus­pected gun­man in the Wis­con­sin mur­der spree on Sun­day, August 5, Wade Michael Page, 41, was a white suprema­cist skin­head known to the Anti-Defamation League for sev­eral years as the leader of End Apa­thy, a white power music band affil­i­ated with the Hammerskins. 

The Ham­mer­skins are a long­stand­ing hard­core racist skin­head group with a his­tory of vio­lence and hate crimes.  Page was him­self a mem­ber of the Ham­mer­skins (he was a “prospect” in 2011), and iden­ti­fied him­self as a North­ern Ham­mer­skin, part of the group’s Mid­west branch.  He was pre­vi­ously asso­ci­ated to vary­ing degrees with a vari­ety of other white suprema­cist bands. 

Page, who some­times referred to him­self by the pseu­do­nym “Jack Boot,”  is fes­tooned with white suprema­cist tat­toos, includ­ing a Nazi Death’s Head (Totenkopf) tat­too and a Ham­mer­skins tattoo.

Accord­ing to an inter­view Page gave to a Hammerskins-associated record label in 2010, he started End Apa­thy in 2005 and wrote many of its songs, as well as play­ing gui­tar and singing vocals. In recent years, End Apa­thy has been a fea­tured band at many Hammerskin-organized white power music con­certs, includ­ing the August 2010 “Meet  & Greet BBQ & Bands” in North Car­olina, the Ham­mer­skins’ St. Patty’s Day Show in March 2011 in Orlando, Florida, and Ham­mer­fest 2011 in Octo­ber 2011, also in Orlando.

Images of Wade Page:

Wade Page at Ham­mer­skin concert

Wade Page (on left) with Def­i­nite Hate

Wade Page (on right) at Ham­mer­skin event

Wade Page at Ham­mer­skin concert

Wade Page (on left) play­ing with Def­i­nite Hate

Wade Page and Def­i­nite Hate at 2011 Ham­mer­skins “St. Pad­dys Day” concert

  • CCjudy

    Wade page was white #suprema­cist known as that. Yet one day he really snapped. What’s that which causes that final snap? Can we be on the look­out for that before the tragedy?