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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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January 23, 2013 0

White Supremacists Begin New Year With Plot, Murder

Anthony Baum­gart­ner at Char­lotte, North Car­olina, NSM rally in Novem­ber 2012

Amer­i­can white suprema­cists marked the New Year with vio­lence, open­ing 2013 with a mur­der in Ken­tucky and an alleged plot in Ohio.  Sus­pects in both inci­dents have ties to neo-Nazi groups.

The mur­der occurred near the small town of Wal­ton, Ken­tucky, south of Cincin­nati, Ohio, on Jan­u­ary 9. About a week later, Boone County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men on kid­nap­ping, mur­der and abuse of a corpse charges, stat­ing that the sus­pects had beaten the vic­tim in two sep­a­rate loca­tions and stabbed and stran­gled him to death at the sec­ond loca­tion, then dis­mem­bered his body and left parts of it in dif­fer­ent places. The vic­tim was a 19-year old drug addict who also allegedly sold heroin to sup­port his own drug habit.  

The sus­pects arrested were Anthony Baum­gart­ner, 23; Jef­frey Allen, 21; and Stephen Hark­ness, 22. At least one of the sus­pects has ties to the white suprema­cist move­ment. Baum­gart­ner, who has sev­eral white suprema­cist tat­toos, was a rel­a­tively recent recruit to the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), with the rank of “Stormtrooper First Class.” He attended a major NSM rally in Char­lotte, North Car­olina, in Novem­ber 2012 and also attended or orga­nized local NSM events in Boone County. He claimed to have in the past been involved with a Ku Klux Klan group; this has not been verified.

Baum­gart­ner and the oth­ers also admired out­law motor­cy­cle gangs and Baum­gart­ner claimed on one Web site that he was the for­mer pres­i­dent of a biker club called “SS Ban­dits.” This has also not been verified.

Recently, he posted to a white suprema­cist site that “I want to get back in the race war so me and a few other boys in my area are start­ing to clean up [the] area of drugs and so called street gangs…we had […] enough and its time we stand up and take back what is ares [sic].”

In neigh­bor­ing Ohio, mean­while, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in mid-January indicted another neo-Nazi, Richard Schmidt of Bowl­ing Green, on weapons charges. Schmidt, a con­victed felon, allegedly had a horde of weapons that included at least 18 assault weapons and more than 40,000 rounds of ammo. Accord­ing to NBC News, a law enforce­ment offi­cer said there was evi­dence that Schmidt pos­si­bly was plan­ning attacks on Jew­ish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area. 

Schmidt was a long-time mem­ber of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, recently act­ing as its Toledo con­tact point, and in the past also occa­sion­ally attended meet­ings of the NSM.

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June 13, 2012 2

The Bloody Trail of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

What’s the most vio­lent extrem­ist group in the United States today? The answer may be sur­pris­ing: it is the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas (ABT), one of the largest white suprema­cist prison gangs in the coun­try. Accord­ing to ADL records, since 2000, this racist group—which has no rela­tion­ship to the older, “orig­i­nal” Aryan Brotherhood—has killed more Amer­i­cans than any other domes­tic extrem­ist group.

Since 2000, ABT mem­bers and asso­ciates have com­mit­ted at least 29 mur­ders in the United States, all in Texas or neigh­bor­ing states. The true num­ber is likely con­sid­er­ably higher, as most mur­ders that occur behind prison walls do not get reported by the media. The 29 known killings are all “street” killings, more evi­dence of the grow­ing pres­ence of racist prison gangs on the streets of America.

Why are there so many ABT mur­ders? There are two main rea­sons. The first is that the ABT incul­cates an accep­tance of vio­lence in its mem­bers; vio­lence is as often as not the first—or even only—solution to a per­ceived problem.

The sec­ond relates to the nature of racist prison gangs in gen­eral and the ABT in par­tic­u­lar: the ABT is an orga­nized crime group as well as a white suprema­cist group. The ABT con­sti­tu­tion even acknowl­edges that it can be a “hin­drance” to put ide­o­log­i­cal beliefs before “busi­ness trans­ac­tions” and that the group has to gen­er­ate income to fur­ther its “mis­sion and growth.” The result is that many ABT mur­ders take place in con­nec­tion with their “tra­di­tional” crim­i­nal activ­i­ties, such as metham­phet­a­mine traf­fick­ing, home inva­sions, and iden­tity theft.

Even more ABT mur­ders are actu­ally inter­nal mur­ders, in which gang mem­bers kill their own, usu­ally because they believe or sus­pect the vic­tim has become an infor­mant or bro­ken gang rules, but also some­times due to fac­tional or other inter­nal fights. It is almost as dan­ger­ous to be an ABT mem­ber as it is to encounter one.

Iron­i­cally, only 3 of the 29 known mur­ders linked to this white suprema­cist group in the past 12 years were actu­ally hate-related, though there have been other hate-related crimes by ABT mem­bers, rang­ing from assaults to arsons of African-American churches.

There is no doubt­ing, how­ever, the vicious­ness of the ABT killings, some of which were torture-murders while oth­ers were execution-style killings, in which the victim’s body was burned, decap­i­tated or oth­er­wise dis­mem­bered in order to make iden­ti­fi­ca­tion difficult.

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