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September 20, 2012 6

One-Time Domestic Terrorist Now Leads White Supremacist Biker Gang

A wise man once said, “Old extrem­ists never die. They just change uniforms.”

That seems to be the case for long-time Illi­nois white suprema­cist Den­nis Michael McGif­fen.  In the 1990s, McGif­fen and other white suprema­cists (most asso­ci­ated with a Klan group or Aryan Nations) formed a group they dubbed The New Order, after the 1980s ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion known as The Order.  In 1998, McGif­fen and five other mem­bers were arrested by the FBI on weapons and explo­sives charges in con­nec­tion with alleged plots to rob banks and armored cars, poi­son pub­lic water sup­plies, and to attack blacks, Jews, and civil rights orga­ni­za­tions.  Five of the defen­dants, includ­ing McGif­fen, pleaded guilty, while a sixth was con­victed in court.  McGif­fen received a seven-year prison sentence.

Now McGif­fen, 50 years old and liv­ing in Wood River, Illi­nois, has once again found a lead­er­ship role in the world of white supremacy. McGif­fen is pres­i­dent of the Sadis­tic Souls Motor­cy­cle Club (SS-MC), a white suprema­cist biker gang that started in 2010. In July 2012, the SS-MC for­mally merged with the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations, with which McGif­fen has had past ties. 

The Sadis­tic Souls are a small Illinois-based gang with approx­i­mately two dozen mem­bers and asso­ciates.  The bulk of the mem­ber­ship comes from small towns out­side of East Saint Louis, such as Wood River, Edwardsville, Brighton, God­frey, Alton, and Jer­seyville.  The gang’s “col­ors” (i.e., the emblems they put on their vests and jack­ets) include a Totenkopf death’s head and SS light­ning bolts.  Most mem­bers have added an Aryan Nations patch to their colors. 

Since the merger, Aryan Nations has heav­ily pro­moted McGif­fen and the SS-MC, even “donat­ing” one of its reg­is­tered Web sites for the use of SS-MC. On that site, the SS-MC dubs the rela­tion­ship “a new begin­ning.”  The site sells SS-MC mer­chan­dise and also pro­motes the McGiffen-owned Peck­er­woods Gym and Fight Club.  Mor­ris Gulett, the cur­rent leader of Aryan Nations, is clearly stak­ing much on this rela­tion­ship, per­haps because of recent defections.

In April of this year, McGif­fen and fel­low Sadis­tic Soul Ryan R. Duck­ett were arrested by the Madi­son County Sheriff’s Depart­ment and charged with felony mob action for an alleged assault at a bar in God­frey, Illi­nois.  Both posted bond and were released.

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August 8, 2012 3

Girlfriend of Suspected Sikh Temple Shooter Arrested

On Tues­day, author­i­ties inves­ti­gat­ing the Wis­con­sin Sikh Tem­ple shoot­ing arrested the for­mer girl­friend of Wade Page, the sus­pected shooter, on a weapons charge. Misty Cook (whose for­mal name may be Brenda Misty Cook), 31, was charged with being a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm after police allegedly found a weapon in the house she shared with Page.

Misty Cook (on right) with Volks­front mem­bers, circa 2007–2008

Accord­ing to court records, Cook had a felony con­vic­tion in 2005 for flee­ing and elud­ing police in Mil­wau­kee County. She received a sen­tence of 18 months’ pro­ba­tion and served 97 days in jail. Cook was not involved in the deadly shoot­ing, but like Page, was a white supremacist.

Cook’s con­nec­tions to the white suprema­cist move­ment date back a num­ber of years. Accord­ing to a post­ing she made on April 18, 2012, to an on-line forum for sup­port­ers of the Ham­mer­skins, a racist skin­head group, she “heard Pas­tor But­ler speak 8 years ago and it was very inspir­ing.”  “Pas­tor But­ler” is Richard But­ler, the deceased founder of the noto­ri­ous neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations. 

In the mid-2000s, Cook had a strong asso­ci­a­tion with the hard­core white suprema­cist group Volks­front, which has a pres­ence in the Chicago area, where she lived at the time. A Volks­front spokesper­son even admit­ted to the Mil­wau­kee Journal-Sentinel that she had dated sev­eral Volks­front mem­bers. How­ever, for unknown rea­sons, she broke with that group around 2008.

By 2009, she had become an active sup­porter of the Ham­mer­skins, join­ing Crew 38. Like other hard­core racist skin­head groups, the Ham­mer­skins do not allow women to become mem­bers.  Crew 38 (the 38 stands for “Crossed Ham­mers”) is a “sup­port group” they started for women, hangers-on, and peo­ple who wished to become Ham­mer­skins someday.

Cook posted fre­quently to the Crew 38 site, author­ing over 850 mes­sages in a three-year period. In many post­ings, Cook expressed sup­port for the Ham­mer­skins, stat­ing in one post, for exam­ple, “I have a lot of respect for what the Ham­mers do. I just tend to enjoy broth­ers who are local and I see them all the time.” On her screen avatar for that forum, she iden­ti­fies her­self as “Crew38 Wisconsin.”

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May 31, 2012 0

Virginia White Supremacist Arrested On Weapons Charge

Dou­glas Story at 2010 Aryan Nations
rally in Get­tys­burg, Pennsylvania

Agents from the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Joint Ter­ror­ism Task Force arrested a Vir­ginia white suprema­cist, Dou­glas Howard Story, 48, on May 29, 2012, on charges that he had ille­gally attempted to obtain an auto­matic AK-47.

Accord­ing to author­i­ties, Story met with under­cover infor­mants and requested them to con­vert an AK-47 assault rifle to full-auto for $125. Story report­edly said that he knew it was against the law, but that he could “claim men­tal issues because of a motor­cy­cle injury.” Law enforce­ment offi­cers arrested Story after he accepted deliv­ery of the osten­si­bly mod­i­fied gun.

Story, who used to work for the Vir­ginia Safety Ser­vice Patrol, a state agency that helps stranded motorists and removes debris from the high­ways, is a long-time white suprema­cist. “Now,” he wrote in 2007 on a white suprema­cist mes­sage forum, “if I see an acci­dent involv­ing a negro or other kind of brown filth, I just drive on by. Screw ‘em, let ‘em die.” Accord­ing to his Face­book page, Story is still employed by the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Transportation.

In 2010, Story received a brief flurry of pub­lic­ity after Vir­ginia author­i­ties revoked his per­son­al­ized license plates, which read “14CV88.” While the “CV” stood for “Con­fed­er­ate Vet­er­ans,” the “14” stood for a white suprema­cist slo­gan, the so-called “14 Words” (“We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren”), and the 88 stood for “Heil Hitler” (H being the 8th let­ter of the alpha­bet). For sev­eral years, Story has been a mem­ber of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and he par­tic­i­pated in a 2010 Aryan Nations rally in Get­tys­burg, Pennsylvania.

Story has often com­bined his racist and anti-Semitic beliefs with con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-government beliefs stem­ming from the anti-government “patriot” move­ment. In 2007, Story wrote that hous­ing sub­di­vi­sions existed so that the “pow­ers that be” could eas­ily herd peo­ple to “jew con­trolled con­cen­tra­tion camps.” These feel­ings inten­si­fied as it became clear that Barack Obama would be elected pres­i­dent. He urged other white suprema­cists to stock up on ammo, food, and sup­plies, and often referred to his AK-47 as his “home­land defense rifle.” Accord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, Story believed that mar­tial law would be enacted in the United States, and that if this hap­pened, he would ambush any law enforce­ment offi­cer who stopped him on the street. His views were dis­turbingly close to those of another white suprema­cist and anti-government con­spir­acy the­o­rist, Richard Poplawski, who ambushed and killed three Pitts­burgh police offi­cers in April 2009.

Story also fre­quently wrote about Obama, whom he loathed, being assas­si­nated, often adopt­ing a coy tone, such as one Novem­ber 2008 post­ing in which he claimed that “I’m not advo­cat­ing vio­lence against him, I’m just say­ing there are White folks out there that are none to[o] happy with his ‘election.’”

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