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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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December 20, 2012 12

Mike Harris, Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Has Neo-Nazi Ties

From white suprema­cists to con­spir­acy the­o­rists, extrem­ist cir­cles have been pro­mot­ing Mike Har­ris’ claim that Israel is behind the Sandy Hook Mas­sacre. Har­ris was given a plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate his hate­ful views on Press TV, the Iran­ian government’s English-language pro­pa­ganda network.

Har­ris has ties to mem­bers of the National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), the country’s largest neo-Nazi group. Har­ris was an asso­ciate of J.T. Ready, a for­mer NSM mem­ber and an anti-immigrant activist who shot and killed five peo­ple in May 2012, before killing himself. 

In Octo­ber 2009, Har­ris attended an NSM rally in River­side, Cal­i­for­nia, along with Ready (see photo). Har­ris joined NSM mem­bers for a group shot at the River­side rally. He is in the back row, the fourth per­son from the left. Ready is the sec­ond per­son from the left in the same row, hold­ing his hand in a “Sieg Heil” salute.

Harris’s con­spir­a­to­r­ial ideas about Jews extend beyond the tragedy at Sandy Hook. In 2011, for exam­ple, he wrote an arti­cle in the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today that blamed “orga­nized Jewry, the Neo-Pharisees that com­prise the unelected crim­i­nal shadow gov­ern­ment” for the tragic shoot­ing in Tuc­son in which 19 peo­ple were shot.

He called Con­gress­woman Gif­fords a “pawn” in the Jews’ “big­ger agenda,” which included per­pe­trat­ing 9/11 and the Okla­homa City bomb­ing as false flag oper­a­tions to help bring about a total­i­tar­ian state in Amer­ica which would “impose hell” on Amer­i­can citizens.

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August 15, 2012 4

Neo-Nazi Leader Arrested for Alleged Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl

Las Vegas Metro Police arrested the Nevada state leader of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), Josh Dav­en­port, 24, on August 11 on charges of kid­nap­ping and rap­ing a 13-year-old girl.  Police inves­ti­gat­ing a miss­ing child report were led to Davenport’s nearby apart­ment, but left when no one answered their knocks. How­ever, mem­bers of the kid­napped girl’s fam­ily sub­se­quently sur­veilled the apart­ment and later in the night allegedly saw the cry­ing girl leav­ing his apart­ment. They called the police again, who returned and arrested Dav­en­port with­out incident.

Accord­ing to police, the vic­tim said she had been sex­u­ally assaulted at gun­point and the sus­pect had threat­ened to kill the girl and her fam­ily. Dav­en­port report­edly told police that he saw the girl hav­ing an argu­ment with another boy, then invited her into his apart­ment for a short time before telling her to leave. He denied kid­nap­ping or hav­ing sex with the vic­tim. A sub­se­quent med­ical exam­i­na­tion found signs of sex­ual trauma on the vic­tim, while a search of Davenport’s apart­ment allegedly found items of the victim’s cloth­ing in a bag in Davenport’s bedroom.

Dav­en­port was charged with four counts of sex­ual assault on a vic­tim under 14, four counts of sex­ual assault with a deadly weapon, lewd­ness with a minor, kid­nap­ping, and bat­tery with intent to com­mit sex­ual assault. He has had a pre­vi­ous his­tory of vio­lence towards women.  In 2010, fol­low­ing an inci­dent with his then-girlfriend, he pleaded guilty to attempt to com­mit bat­tery con­sti­tut­ing domes­tic vio­lence by stran­gu­la­tion. He received a sus­pended 12-month sen­tence and two years of pro­ba­tion. As recently as July 16, Dav­en­port posted to his Face­book pro­file that “Half the time when i see a hot chick i wanna ask her out to din­ner.  And the other half time i just want to see what their heads would look like on a stick.”

Dav­en­port has been an active mem­ber of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment since 2007.  He has been the group’s Nevada state leader since 2011. Dur­ing this time, Dav­en­port orga­nized or par­tic­i­pated in numer­ous NSM events in Nevada, Ari­zona and Cal­i­for­nia, includ­ing a num­ber of anti-immigration events, such as a June 2011 NSM protest dubbed “Reclaim the South­west” held out­side a Las Vegas nurs­ery to protest day laborers.

Dav­en­port is heav­ily tat­tooed, with many tat­toos depict­ing occult sub­jects or hate sym­bols.  Among his tat­toos are sev­eral swastikas, the white suprema­cist ver­sion of the Celtic Cross, a Sturmabteilung sym­bol (the Sturmabteilung, or SA, were Hitler’s stormtroop­ers), a 14/88 (a white suprema­cist tat­too com­bin­ing the num­ber 14, which is code for a pop­u­lar white suprema­cist slo­gan, with the num­ber 88, which is code for “Heil Hitler”), SS bolts, the phrase “white power,” a Totenkopf skull, and the SS slo­gan “Meine Ehre Heisst Treue” (“My Honor Is Loy­alty”), among others.

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