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August 12, 2016

California White Supremacist Convicted of Murder

On August 11, 2016, a jury convicted white supremacist Billy Ray Mount, of Clearlake, California, on charges of second-degree murder.

Billy Ray Mount

Billy Ray Mount (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Mount, 36, a member of the racist skinhead organization Volksfront, killed Steven Galvin in a drive-by shooting on July 2, 2015, apparently in retaliation for Galvin’s alleged theft of a tablet computer.

According to prosecutors, David “Cyclops” Cox, a member of local racist skinhead group Modesto Hardcore, allegedly called for the attack on Galvin, and was in the car with Mount when the murder occurred. Cox, protected by a series of immunity agreements, provided key testimony against Mount during the trial, recounting the murder in detail, and telling the jury that Mount had confessed to killing Galvin.

Volksfront is a virulently racist and anti-Semitic group founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1994, whose primary agenda was to establish a whites-only region in the Pacific Northwest. Although the group claims to be non-violent, a number of their members have been convicted of violent crimes. While it is now essentially defunct, the organization saw a period of growth between 1999 and 2012. Their California presence has been intermittent, based on the comings and goings of key leaders, but many Volksfront adherents still identify with the organization and socialize informally. A number of members also cross-identify with the white supremacist group Blood and Honour.

In addition to the second-degree murder conviction, Mount, who has a prior criminal history, was also found guilty of assault with a firearm, discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, and a number of “special” allegations. Prosecutors expect Mount’s sentence, to be handed down on September 6, to range from 25 years to life.

 

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August 8, 2012

Girlfriend of Suspected Sikh Temple Shooter Arrested

On Tuesday, authorities investigating the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting arrested the former girlfriend of Wade Page, the suspected shooter, on a weapons charge. Misty Cook (whose formal name may be Brenda Misty Cook), 31, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after police allegedly found a weapon in the house she shared with Page.

Misty Cook (on right) with Volksfront members, circa 2007-2008

According to court records, Cook had a felony conviction in 2005 for fleeing and eluding police in Milwaukee County. She received a sentence of 18 months’ probation and served 97 days in jail. Cook was not involved in the deadly shooting, but like Page, was a white supremacist.

Cook’s connections to the white supremacist movement date back a number of years. According to a posting she made on April 18, 2012, to an on-line forum for supporters of the Hammerskins, a racist skinhead group, she “heard Pastor Butler speak 8 years ago and it was very inspiring.”  “Pastor Butler” is Richard Butler, the deceased founder of the notorious neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations. 

In the mid-2000s, Cook had a strong association with the hardcore white supremacist group Volksfront, which has a presence in the Chicago area, where she lived at the time. A Volksfront spokesperson even admitted to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that she had dated several Volksfront members. However, for unknown reasons, she broke with that group around 2008.

By 2009, she had become an active supporter of the Hammerskins, joining Crew 38. Like other hardcore racist skinhead groups, the Hammerskins do not allow women to become members.  Crew 38 (the 38 stands for “Crossed Hammers”) is a “support group” they started for women, hangers-on, and people who wished to become Hammerskins someday.

Cook posted frequently to the Crew 38 site, authoring over 850 messages in a three-year period. In many postings, Cook expressed support for the Hammerskins, stating in one post, for example, “I have a lot of respect for what the Hammers do. I just tend to enjoy brothers who are local and I see them all the time.” On her screen avatar for that forum, she identifies herself as “Crew38 Wisconsin.”

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