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May 31, 2012 Off

FBI Arrests Chicago-Area White Supremacist For Hate-Motivated Arson

Photo credit:  Will County Sheriff’s Department

FBI agents on May 30, 2012, arrested long-time Chicago-area white suprema­cist Brian James Moudry, 35, for allegedly set­ting fire to the home of an African-American fam­ily in Joliet near Moudry’s own home in 2007. Nine peo­ple were in the house at the time, eight of them chil­dren, but they escaped the fire with­out injury.

Pros­e­cu­tors have charged Moudry with arson, using fire to inter­fere with hous­ing rights on the basis of race, and using fire to com­mit another felony. If con­victed, Moudry could face up to 40 years in fed­eral prison.

Moudry has a lengthy his­tory of both arrests and white supremacy. By his own admis­sion, he spent most of his teenage years in juve­nile insti­tu­tions. By the time he was 18 he was already a white suprema­cist. In 1996, he wrote a fan let­ter to the white power music mag­a­zine Resis­tance in which he talked about how much he and his father enjoyed the arti­cles and ended his mis­sive with the cry of “WHITE UNITY and WHITE POWER!!” Within a few years, he was arrested for aggra­vated assault and hate crimes for assault­ing two African-American men in a restau­rant park­ing lot and spent some months in the county jail for the assault.

At first, Moudry was pri­mar­ily active on the white power music scene, edit­ing a white power music fanzine dubbed Hate­mon­ger and play­ing in a white power band called Xeno­pho­bia while call­ing him­self “War­head von Jew­grinder.” Xeno­pho­bia per­formed songs such as “Vomit on the Rabbi” and “Delenda Est Judica,” and appeared on a com­pi­la­tion CD along with Flam­ma­ble Hebrews, with which Moudry also performed.

In the early 2000s, Moudry met Matt Hale, then leader of the Illinois-based World Church of the Cre­ator (WCOTC; now known as the Cre­ativ­ity Move­ment), and became an active mem­ber of the group, styling him­self a “Rev­erend” and orga­niz­ing WCOTC ral­lies and protests and pass­ing out white suprema­cist lit­er­a­ture in north­ern Illi­nois. Moudry quickly became the “state leader” of the WCOTC for Illi­nois. The WCOTC col­lapsed in 2004 fol­low­ing Hale’s arrest and sub­se­quent con­vic­tion for solic­it­ing the mur­der of a fed­eral judge; in sub­se­quent years Moudry was part of a small band of Hale loy­al­ists try­ing, largely unsuc­cess­fully, to keep the group alive fol­low­ing Hale’s arrest.

In July 2010, FBI agents paid Moudry a visit to ques­tion him about an alleged threat by Moudry to an African-American postal car­rier; no charges were filed, but accord­ing to author­i­ties he was “encour­aged to behave.” How­ever, not long after, in August 2010, local police arrested Moudry for allegedly threat­en­ing a youth with a weapon. That case is still pending.

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