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Murder Suspect Fan Of “Patriot” Movement Survivalist Guru

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Gary Alan Lewis

After a man­hunt that lasted sev­eral days, police in Port­land, Ore­gon, have arrested Gary Alan Lewis on mur­der and unlaw­ful use of a weapon charges for allegedly killing a female ten­ant and hid­ing her body in the wall of a shed.

The search for both Lewis and the vic­tim was com­pli­cated by the fact that Lewis had built an under­ground bunker on his prop­erty.  Police also feared the pos­si­bil­ity of booby traps as they searched the property.

The bunker, which Lewis built a num­ber of years ago, was appar­ently a prod­uct of his “Patriot” move­ment anti-government and sur­vival­ist phi­los­o­phy.  Lewis viewed the gov­ern­ment as a “Total Mafia Orga­ni­za­tion run by the Elites who want us as Slaves.”  In 2013, Lewis claimed he wanted to move out of Port­land and find a “safe place to escape to when the city becomes unten­able,” a ref­er­ence to the com­mon sur­vival­ist belief of an immi­nent col­lapse of civ­i­liza­tion.   A year ear­lier he posted to a sur­vival­ist “Meetup” group that “col­lapse is emi­nent [sic] if you have been watch­ing long.”  Peo­ple, he wrote, “need to prep for Mar­tial law or UN law.”

Lewis, who also used the names Gary Allan Lewis and Gary Loomis, was in par­tic­u­lar a devo­tee of sur­vival­ist guru James Wes­ley Rawles.  Rawles, a blog­ger, author and sur­vival­ist con­sul­tant, is most well-known for hav­ing writ­ten a series of nov­els pop­u­lar­iz­ing the notion of a “com­ing global col­lapse.”  Rawles, though more well-known as a sur­vival­ist, has also been an adher­ent of the anti-government “sov­er­eign cit­i­zen” movement.

Rawles’ best known book is a novel called Patri­ots, about a band of sur­vivors of a global col­lapse who find a refuge in north­ern Idaho where they rebuild a soci­ety based on “true Con­sti­tu­tional law.”  Lewis described Patri­ots as “the book that tells it all” on one of his Face­book pages and repeat­edly rec­om­mended it in on-line post­ings and comments.

Lewis is even listed on the Meetup group page as hav­ing attended a “Prep­pers Book Club” meet­ing in the Port­land area in June 2012 to dis­cuss another Rawles book, How to Sur­vive the End of the World As We Know It.

Lewis also described Rawles’ Sur­vival Blog as his favorite website.

  • Steve

    These posts make the ADL look like left wing polit­i­cal hacks. So let’s see, whacked out guy kills girl and mur­derer is a “Patriot” (trans­la­tion is con­ser­v­a­tive) and prep­per. Is there any evi­dence pro­vided that either “Patri­ots” or prep­pers would endorse mur­der? Is there any evi­dence pro­vided that either group influ­enced him to com­mit the crime? Is there any evi­dence pro­vided that either group threat­ens Jews or any other group? What is the point of this essay other than to indict con­ser­v­a­tives through amaz­ingly dis­torted guilt by asso­ci­a­tion. Jews need to be more hon­est than this if we expect to be taken seri­ously on real issues.

  • jerry

    The ADL is a lib­eral racist group of peo­ple that demo­nize any Amer­i­cans that love this coun­try, that love the rights we have had fam­ily mem­bers die for. As a Mor­mon I don’t believe in mur­der, nei­ther do any other Chris­tians. This guy is sick. It is wrong to write the things you wrote tying this mur­derer with patri­ots. Unlike Jews that have another coun­try they can go to, we don’t.