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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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March 28, 2012 2

Alleged Cop-Killer May Be Anti-Government Extremist

Source: Ogden Standard-Examiner
In the lat­est twist to a deadly shootout that stunned the res­i­dents of Ogden, Utah, a recently revealed search war­rant affi­davit pro­vides evi­dence that sug­gests the defen­dant, Matthew David Stew­art, 37, may have been an anti-government extremist.
The shootout began on Jan­u­ary 4, 2012, after police launched a raid on Stewart’s res­i­dence to exe­cute a search warrant—an infor­mant had alleged he was grow­ing mar­i­juana (16 plants were report­edly later found).  Accord­ing to police, Stew­art hid, open­ing fire on offi­cers as they searched his res­i­dence.  Six offi­cers were hit, some more than once, and Ogden police offi­cer Jared Fran­com was wounded fatally.  Stew­art allegedly con­tin­ued fir­ing as the offi­cers fled the res­i­dence.  Police even­tu­ally wounded and sub­dued him in a back­yard shed. 
Stew­art was charged with aggra­vated mur­der, seven counts of attempted aggra­vated mur­der, and pro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance in a “drug free zone,” along with a dan­ger­ous weapons enhancement.
In March, author­i­ties released an affi­davit explain­ing the results of the search.  Accord­ing to the affi­davit, Stewart’s for­mer girl­friend said that Stew­art was “into” con­spir­acy the­o­ries and that he believed the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had no right to col­lect taxes (the pri­mary belief of the anti-government extrem­ist tax protest move­ment).  She claimed that he had not paid his own fed­eral or state taxes since 2005 and that, if he were “forced” to pay taxes, he would “kill IRS employ­ees.”  Accord­ing to the girl­friend, Stew­art claimed that Okla­homa City bomber Tim­o­thy McVeigh was “misunderstood.”
The affi­davit fur­ther claimed that police recov­ered “computer-generated doc­u­ments” related to anti-government extrem­ism, anti-police Web sites, Okla­homa City bomb­ing Web sites, instruc­tions for mak­ing potas­sium chlo­ride (used in explo­sives), and a map to the clos­est IRS build­ing (where Stew­art once worked as a secu­rity guard), among other items.  Accord­ing to the affi­davit, police also dis­cov­ered “what appeared to be the mak­ings of a bomb,” which were later removed and det­o­nated by the bomb squad. 
Last sum­mer, accord­ing to police, Stew­art had allegedly told some­one that if police ever raided him, he would “go out in a blaze of glory and shoot to kill.”  After the release of the affi­davit, a neigh­bor of Stewart’s told a local tele­vi­sion sta­tion that Stew­art had allegedly talked about mov­ing to Mon­tana and “get[ting] myself a compound.”
Offi­cer Fran­com was the first police offi­cer to have been killed by a sus­pected domes­tic extrem­ist since May 2010, when two West Mem­phis, Arkansas, offi­cers were killed by anti-government “sov­er­eign cit­i­zens.”  Since 2000, 27 police offi­cers have been killed in the United States by domes­tic extremists. 

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March 15, 2012 0

White Supremacist Arrested for 2005 Arizona Murder

Source:  Mari­copa County Sheriff’s Office
On March 9, 2012, Mari­copa County author­i­ties for­mally “arrested” Toby Ray Gas­pard, a mem­ber of the Vin­lan­ders Social Club (VSC), a vio­lent racist skin­head group, for the 2005 mur­der of another racist skin­head, Cory Simp­son.  The arrest gave notice that detec­tives had finally cracked a mur­der case nearly seven years old.
Simp­son, 31 at the time of his mur­der, had been released from prison nearly a year ear­lier after serv­ing four years on an armed rob­bery charge. He was one of the lead­ers of the Canyon State Skin­heads (CSS), a local racist skin­head crew. The skin­head scene in Ari­zona in 2005 was com­pli­cated, thanks to the rise of the VSC and its growth through adopt­ing mem­bers of local racist skin­head crews, includ­ing mem­bers of the Canyon State Skinheads.   
On Decem­ber 24, 2005, Simp­son attended a party in Mesa for local racist skin­heads, held at Gaspard’s home. Gas­pard was also a high-ranking CSS mem­ber.  The party turned ugly when other skin­heads con­fronted Simp­son. One of them repeat­edly stabbed Simp­son, leav­ing him bleed­ing on his front lawn. Simpson’s wife and another racist skin­head, Christo­pher Gromberg, took Simp­son to a hos­pi­tal, but he had been fatally wounded.
Gas­pard became a sus­pect in the mur­ders. How­ever, wit­nesses, gen­er­ally white suprema­cists who hated the police, were not exactly will­ing to talk.  Some may have also feared retal­i­a­tion, which turned out to be a jus­ti­fi­able fear in April 2006, when Gromberg was shot to death, execution-style, with two shots to the back of the head (in Novem­ber 2011, VSC mem­ber David Bounds was indicted for the mur­der of Gromberg).  
Mesa and Phoenix police (espe­cially Phoenix’s Career Crim­i­nal Squad) did not give up on the case. In 2008, Gas­pard was extra­dited from Okla­homa to Ari­zona to face ques­tions about the Simp­son mur­der (he would later be con­victed on unre­lated weapons charges and given a five year prison sen­tence, insur­ing his future avail­abil­ity). Finally, in Jan­u­ary 2012, an indict­ment was handed down that charged Gas­pard with second-degree mur­der, assist­ing a crim­i­nal syn­di­cate, and mis­con­duct involv­ing weapons.  The for­mal arrest—a trans­fer from state prison to the Mari­copa County Jail—occurred in March. 
ADL assisted Mesa and Phoenix police in the inves­ti­ga­tion from the day of the mur­der onwards.

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