The man identified by law enforcement authorities as the suspected gunman in the Wisconsin murder spree on Sunday, August 5, Wade Michael Page, 41, was a white supremacist skinhead known to the Anti-Defamation League for several years as the leader of End Apathy, a white power music band affiliated with the Hammerskins.
The Hammerskins are a longstanding hardcore racist skinhead group with a history of violence and hate crimes. Page was himself a member of the Hammerskins (he was a “prospect” in 2011), and identified himself as a Northern Hammerskin, part of the group’s Midwest branch. He was previously associated to varying degrees with a variety of other white supremacist bands.
Page, who sometimes referred to himself by the pseudonym “Jack Boot,” is festooned with white supremacist tattoos, including a Nazi Death’s Head (Totenkopf) tattoo and a Hammerskins tattoo.
According to an interview Page gave to a Hammerskins-associated record label in 2010, he started End Apathy in 2005 and wrote many of its songs, as well as playing guitar and singing vocals. In recent years, End Apathy has been a featured band at many Hammerskin-organized white power music concerts, including the August 2010 “Meet & Greet BBQ & Bands” in North Carolina, the Hammerskins’ St. Patty’s Day Show in March 2011 in Orlando, Florida, and Hammerfest 2011 in October 2011, also in Orlando.
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