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February 19, 2013 0

Was Hatchet Wielder An Insane Clown Posse Fan?

Mug shot obtained by KUSA 9News

Cur­rently fac­ing crim­i­nal trial in Den­ver, Col­orado, is Jason Gemkow, 34.  Accord­ing to Den­ver tele­vi­sion sta­tion KUSA, Gemkow allegedly used a hatchet to attack his for­mer room­mate last June, strik­ing the vic­tim twice in the head.  The vic­tim, who was for­tu­nate to sur­vive, later described the attack, say­ing that “there was blood all over me.  It was like a foun­tain of blood.” 

Fol­low­ing the attack, Gemkow fled to the Pacific North­west, where a Lin­coln County, Ore­gon, sheriff’s deputy appre­hended him in July 2012 at the Bev­erly Beach State Park.  Even­tu­ally, author­i­ties extra­dited Gemkow back to Den­ver, where he has been charged with assault.

Gemkow’s mug shot reveals a promi­nent “WP” neck tat­too, which is most com­monly a white suprema­cist tat­too stand­ing for “White Power.”  Exam­i­na­tion of an old Myspace social net­work­ing pro­file belong­ing to Gemkow leads to another reveal­ing pho­to­graph:  a photo dat­ing from 2010 or 2011 that shows Gemkow wear­ing a cap with the logo of the Insane Clown Posse (ICP).  ICP’s logo fea­tures a man run­ning with a large hatchet.  

ICP is a cult favorite white hip-hop duo from Michi­gan whose mem­bers dress as clowns, as some­times do its fans, who are called Jug­ga­los.  Jug­ga­los are typ­i­cally not racist (in fact, many are anti-racist), but a small minor­ity of Jug­ga­los do have ties to white supremacy.  A minor­ity of Jug­ga­los also engage in vio­lent or crim­i­nal activ­ity, to the extent that some law enforce­ment agen­cies have—controversially—identified some Jug­galo groups as street gangs.

There has been at least one pre­vi­ous inci­dent in which a white suprema­cist Jug­galo used a hatchet in a vio­lent attack.  In 2006, Jacob Robida used a hatchet to strike patrons of a gay bar in the head.  He then pulled out a pis­tol and began shoot­ing the three vic­tims, who sur­vived the attack.  Robida fled to West Vir­ginia, where he picked up a woman, and together they fled west.  On Feb­ru­ary 4, 2006, Robida shot and killed a Gassville, Arkansas, police offi­cer who had pulled them over.  Fol­low­ing a chase, Robida even­tu­ally killed the woman and then himself.