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January 23, 2013

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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August 15, 2012

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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