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December 3, 2015 0

Bonnie and Clydes Rare—But Not Unheard Of—In Violent Extremism

Syed Farook

Syed Farook

Back­ground infor­ma­tion on Syed Farook and Tash­feen Malik, the mar­ried per­pe­tra­tors of the tragic mass shoot­ing at the Inland Regional Cen­ter in San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia, is still sparse, as is clar­ity con­cern­ing the motive behind the vicious attack that left 14 dead and 21 wounded.

How­ever, accord­ing to media reports from the in-progress inves­ti­ga­tion, there is grow­ing con­cern among law enforce­ment offi­cials that the shoot­ings may have had a con­nec­tion to Islamic extrem­ism or that there might have been a mixed extremist/workplace motive behind them.  The FBI has said that it is now treat­ing its inves­ti­ga­tion of the killings as a counter-terrorism investigation.

One thing that is exceed­ingly rare in tra­di­tional work­place shoot­ings is for there to be mul­ti­ple per­pe­tra­tors, as there was in this case.  As one law enforce­ment offi­cial told The New York Times, “You don’t take your wife to a work­place shoot­ing, and espe­cially not as pre­pared as they were.  He could have been rad­i­cal­ized, ready to go with some type of attack, and then had a dis­pute at work and decided to do something.”

Mul­ti­ple per­pe­tra­tors are cer­tainly com­mon in extremist-related crimes, of course, despite the exis­tence of the “lone wolf” phe­nom­e­non.  Women are also fre­quently involved in extremist-related crim­i­nal activ­ity in almost every extrem­ist move­ment in the United States.

How­ever, when one exam­ines recent crim­i­nal cases in the U.S. involv­ing domes­tic Islamic extrem­ists, one finds that female part­ners of male perpetrators—even when them­selves involved in crim­i­nal activities—have not typ­i­cally engaged in vio­lence.  Over­seas, women have some­times taken on more vio­lent roles, includ­ing as sui­cide bombers.

If an Islamic extrem­ist motive is con­firmed in the San Bernardino shoot­ings, the fact of husband-and-wife shoot­ers would be a new wrin­kle in the his­tory of the vio­lent tac­tics of that move­ment in the United States.

Extremist-related vio­lence involv­ing hus­bands and wives—or non-married partners—is actu­ally not unheard of in the United States, but it tends to come from a very dif­fer­ent source:  right-wing extrem­ism.  Though not what one could call a com­mon phe­nom­e­non, such vio­lent “Bon­nie and Clyde” cou­ples do emerge with reg­u­lar­ity from within both the white suprema­cist and anti-government extrem­ist move­ments in the United States.

In fact, right-wing extrem­ism even pro­duced an exam­ple of the exceed­ingly rare phe­nom­e­non of a mar­ried cou­ple both of whom were on death row:  anti-government extrem­ists Linda Lyon Block and George Sib­ley.  In 1993, the two sov­er­eign cit­i­zens non-fatally stabbed Block’s ex-husband, then while on the run mur­dered an Alabama police offi­cer in a shootout.  Both were exe­cuted in the 2000s.

In more recent years, extrem­ist cou­ples have been involved with every­thing from stand­offs with police to hate crimes to ter­ror­ist con­spir­a­cies.  But some of the most shock­ing “Bon­nie and Clyde” inci­dents have involved mul­ti­ple homi­cides com­mit­ted by white suprema­cists and anti-government extremists:

  • Jerad and Amanda Miller, a young mar­ried cou­ple who adhered to the anti-government ide­ol­ogy of the mili­tia move­ment, tar­geted two Las Vegas police offi­cers for assas­si­na­tion in June 2014, killing them at a pizza restau­rant as they ate their Sun­day lunch.  The cou­ple crossed the street to a Wal-mart in antic­i­pa­tion of a final shootout with first respon­ders, where Amanda killed an armed civil­ian try­ing to stop them.  As they had intended, they did both die dur­ing a shootout with law enforce­ment at the store, with a wounded Amanda killing her­self after Jerad was shot.
  • Jeremy and Chris­tine Moody, white suprema­cists from Union County, South Car­olina, killed a nearby mar­ried cou­ple in July 2013 in a par­tic­u­larly grisly dou­ble homi­cide in which both vic­tims were shot and stabbed.  The Moodys had tar­geted the vic­tim because they wanted to kill a reg­is­tered sex offender and found the male victim’s name and address on the Inter­net.  They killed his wife because she had mar­ried a sex offender.  Both pleaded guilty to mur­der in 2014, receiv­ing life sen­tences with no parole, but were unre­pen­tant, with Chris­tine Moody call­ing the day of the mur­ders “the best day of my life.”
  • Holly Grigsby and David Ped­er­sen, a white suprema­cist cou­ple from Ore­gon, embarked upon a multi-state mur­der spree in 2011 that totaled four killed before police could find and stop them.  The pair trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton to mur­der Pederson’s father and step­mother, each killing one vic­tim, then killed a young man in Ore­gon to steal his car and because they thought he might be Jew­ish.  They killed an African-American man in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia in another car­jack­ing attempt, though they did not end up tak­ing the vehi­cle, then were finally appre­hended by the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol.  Grigsby told the arrest­ing offi­cers that they were to Sacra­mento to “kill more Jews” when they were stopped.  Both pleaded guilty to a vari­ety of crimes and received life sentences.

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August 1, 2013 1

Suspected Killer Of Sex Offender Published Book Advocating Killing Sex Offenders

Jeremy Moody, the racist skin­head charged along with his wife, Chris­tine Moody, in the mur­der of a reg­is­tered sex offender and his wife in Jonesville, South Car­olina, on July 21, pre­vi­ously pub­lished a book in which he called for the killing of sex offenders.jeremy-moody-book-post

Moody’s 85-page self-published book, Yes­ter­day, Today & For­ever, is in most respects a typ­i­cal white suprema­cist screed. Its title was bor­rowed from the name of an album from the Florida-based Oi! band Chil­dren of the Reich. 

The book, which Moody claimed “will live on through the ages,” includes sec­tions that deny the Holo­caust, that claim whites are more intel­li­gent than non-whites, that engage in 9–11 con­spir­acy the­o­ries, that rail against homo­sex­u­al­ity, and that elab­o­rate on Moody’s Chris­t­ian Iden­tity beliefs.  Chris­t­ian Iden­tity is a racist and anti-Semitic reli­gious sect that claims that white peo­ple are descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel; Moody writes about a future time when “God’s cho­sen White Adamic men and women” will “attack…Zionist and negro whores.”

But Moody also includes con­tent on another sub­ject, what he terms “the low­est of all the species.”  That sub­ject is “child moles­ters.”  Indeed, Moody goes so far as to include a spe­cial sec­tion enti­tled “Child Abuser (I Seek Your Death).”    He admit­ted that “this topic does not flow with the over­all theme of this book,” but explained that “it’s a topic that I’m pas­sion­ate about just the same.” 

After tak­ing some time to recite alleged sta­tis­tics about child abuse in the United States, and assert­ing that “it is not pos­si­ble to reha­bil­i­tate a child moles­ter,” Moody gets to his pro­posed “solu­tion” to the prob­lem of sex offend­ers.  “The only cure for child abusers and moles­ters,” he pro­claims, “is to have every mem­ber of their imme­di­ate fam­ily killed.”  Moody’s ratio­nale for killing not only sex offend­ers but their fam­i­lies as well is that “these nefar­i­ous crimes and peo­ple should not be allowed to pro­cre­ate.”  By destroy­ing the fam­ily, asserts Moody, “you purify the blood­line.”  This is the only way, Moody writes, that sex offend­ers or their fam­i­lies can­not ever hurt chil­dren again. 

Antic­i­pat­ing crit­i­cism, Moody claimed that his sug­ges­tion was not “imma­ture.”  Rather, he wrote, “I think it’s the only answer, and if you don’t agree, then you too should be destroyed.”

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July 26, 2013 2

Racist Skinhead Couple Arrested For South Carolina Double Homicide

Deputies from the Union County, South Car­olina, Sheriff’s Office arrested racist skin­heads Jeremy Lee Moody, 30, and Chris­tine Moody, 36, for the alleged mur­der of a local cou­ple, one of whom was a reg­is­tered sex offender, on July 21. 

Deputies had found the vic­tims’ bod­ies two days ear­lier.  One vic­tim, Charles Parker, the reg­is­tered sex offender, had gun­shot wounds to the neck and chest; his wife Gretchen had a gun­shot wound to her chest.  The bod­ies also had mul­ti­ple stab wounds.jeremy-and-christine-moody

Law enforce­ment offi­cials char­ac­ter­ized Jeremy Moody as a pos­si­ble vig­i­lante, report­ing that he had told them he had gone to the Parker res­i­dence because Charles Parker was a reg­is­tered sex offender (the names and addresses of reg­is­tered sex offend­ers are eas­ily acces­si­ble on the Inter­net).  Jeremy Moody report­edly had intended to kill another sex offender on the day of his arrest. 

Both Moodys had been white suprema­cists for some time; Moody claimed ear­lier in 2013 that he had been a skin­head for 16 years.  He sports numer­ous white suprema­cist tat­toos.  The Anti-Defamation League first became aware of Jeremy Moody in 2010.  At that time, Moody iden­ti­fied him­self as a mem­ber of Crew 38, a “sup­port group” for the Ham­mer­skins, a large and vio­lent racist skin­head group. 

Around this time, Jeremy Moody also penned an 85-page self-published screed, Yes­ter­day, Today and For­ever, expli­cat­ing his big­oted views about Jews, blacks, homo­sex­u­als and oth­ers.  Moody sold copies of the book for the sym­bol­i­cally impor­tant amount of $14.88 (“14” is a ref­er­ence to the white suprema­cist slo­gan known as the “14 Words,” while “88” is white suprema­cist code for “Heil Hitler”).

Both he and his wife Chris­tine fre­quently adopted the last name of “Men­gele” in their on-line post­ings; Josef Men­gele was the infa­mous Nazi doc­tor who per­formed med­ical exper­i­ments at Auschwitz.  Both Moodys had a his­tory of mak­ing racist com­ments that often resulted in the sub­se­quent dele­tion of on-line pro­files they had cre­ated.  In com­ments on a Face­book pro­file, they also both expressed a love of the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show Dex­ter, about a ser­ial killer who engages in vigilante-style killings of other murderers.

In early June 2013, the Moodys joined a new racist skin­head group, Die Auser­wahlten Skins, cre­ated by a dis­en­chanted mem­ber of another white suprema­cist group, the Aryan Ter­ror Brigade, in early 2013.  As of Jan­u­ary 2013, the group claimed some 25–30 mem­bers around the country. 

The Moodys expressed inter­est in cre­at­ing a South Car­olina branch of the Auser­wal­hten Skins.  Chris­tine Moody took on the role of a recruiter for the group, though she com­plained in late June that it was hard to find recruits “when all the white bitches down here have fu–ed ni—rs and the men are all a bunch of drug addicts.”  Iron­i­cally, both Moodys were arrested in 2012 on nar­cotics dis­tri­b­u­tion charges.

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