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November 1, 2013 9

White Supremacist Arrested For Shooting Salt Lake City Synagogue

On Octo­ber 30, a fed­eral grand jury indicted white suprema­cist, Macon Michael Open­shaw, 21, on charges related to an early 2012 inci­dent in which he allegedly defaced and dam­aged the Kol Ami syn­a­gogue in Salt Lake City, Utah.macon-michael-openshaw-skinhead

The indict­ment alleges that Open­shaw, of Salt Lake City, was moti­vated by hate when he fired sev­eral rounds at the syn­a­gogue, break­ing win­dows and dam­ag­ing the build­ing.   Author­i­ties charged Open­shaw with a civil rights vio­la­tion and sev­eral gun pos­ses­sion crimes. He has pleaded not guilty.

On Storm­front, a white suprema­cist on-line forum, Open­shaw claimed mem­ber­ship in a local racist skin­head crew. He also claimed alle­giance to the now-defunct Vin­land Folk Patri­ots whose mis­sion, accord­ing to their Web site, was to awaken the white race “to the detri­men­tal and ulti­mately cat­a­strophic real­ity of racial extinction.” 

In his pro­lific on-line pres­ence, Open­shaw uses the numeric sym­bols 14 and 88. The 14 refers to the “14 words,” a white suprema­cist mantra about pre­serv­ing the white race and “88” sig­ni­fies the eighth let­ter of the alpha­bet, “HH,” which stands for “Heil Hitler.” He also uses SWP, a com­mon acronym used by racists to sig­nify “Supreme White Power.”  Addi­tion­ally, Open­shaw has sub­scribed to many white suprema­cist videos on YouTube.

On the white suprema­cist social net­work­ing Web site Newsaxon, Open­shaw praised the Aryan Brotherhood’s use of vio­lence.  He also wrote,“this is a war, the goal, death to zog. even if it means get­ting dirty.”  ZOG is a white suprema­cist acronym for Zion­ist Occu­pied Government.

Open­shaw has a crim­i­nal his­tory, which includes pos­ses­sion of a deadly weapon.

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