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September 20, 2012

Tattooed Shootout Suspect is White Supremacist

Alaskan Jason Barnum has been charged with three counts of attempted murder following a mid-September shootout at an Anchorage hotel in which Barnum allegedly opened fire on police officers investigating a string of burglaries (wounding one of them).

Following the mid-September arrest in Anchorage, photographs of Barnum understandably went viral on the Internet.  Barnum has many striking tattoos, especially on his head, where a skinless jaw is tattooed on the right side of his face.  Most notable of all is Barnum’s right eyeball, which is itself tattooed black.

Now, ADL research has uncovered evidence that Barnum is also a white supremacist.

Barnum has at least two white supremacist tattoos on his body:  a curved swastika and the white supremacist version of the Celtic Cross.  He has also worn white supremacist jewelry, such as a necklace with a swastika superimposed on an Iron Cross, which appears on Barnum in a picture he posted to his Facebook profile in 2011.

In comments on other people’s Facebook profiles, Barnum has used common white supremacist codes such as “1488” (the 14 stands for the “Fourteen Words” white supremacist slogan, while the 88 stands for “Heil Hitler”).  Barnum also includes as one of his Facebook “likes” the Brotherhood Motorcycle Club, while one of his Facebook friends is a ranking member of that group.  The “Brotherhood” is short for the Aryan Brotherhood and the group is actually an offshoot of the Indiana Aryan Brotherhood that is active in Indiana and Oregon. 

Some of Barnum’s other Facebook friends are also white supremacists.  An examination of these individuals and their relationships to Barnum and each other reveals that most or all of them knew Barnum from shared time spent at the maximum security Spring Creek Correctional Center in Alaska, where they seem to have composed a small white supremacist prison clique.

Last January, Barnum complained on his Facebook profile that “[too] many people like to look at me & allways [sic] think that im about to do them harm.  When on the real im a friendly guy.”

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September 20, 2012

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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