In recognition of the 20th anniversary of Stormfront, the foremost purveyor of racist ideology on the World Wide Web, here is a brief and by no means complete list of the violence they have perpetrated against others… and themselves.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Stormfront “the murder capital of the Internet” and claims that its members have committed approximately 100 homicides since 2009. Stormfront claims that SPLC lies.
Here is only a partial list of their violent acts:
In 1999, Stormfront user Buford Furrow Jr. went on a shooting spree, wounding three small children, a girl, and an elderly woman at a Jewish daycare center and killing a Filipino-American postal worker.
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Buford O’Neal Furrow Jr. is led out of federal court in Las Vegas in this August 11, 1999 file photo after he waived his right to an extradition hearing.
In 2000, Stormfront member Richard Scott Baumhammers killed a 63-year-old Jewish woman, shot the windows out of a synagogue, and painted swastikas on the walls. He then went hunting for non-whites and killed six people, including Indians from India, a Chinese, a Vietnamese, and an African-American. He also found time to spray a second synagogue with bullets before being apprehended. Baumhammers is now a resident of Pennsylvania’s death row. The public record does not reflect what happened to the girlfriend he met on the Stormfront singles page.
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A synagogue defaced by Richard Baumhammers.
In 2002, Stormfront Youth member Ian Bishop, 14, killed his brother with a hammer because he suspected the boy was gay.
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Ian Andrew Bishop
In 2008, a Stormfront user with over 5,000 posts in four years, James Leshkivich, strangled his wife and then hanged himself. What does this have to do with white supremacy? Nothing, but it’s more evidence that these people are seriously disturbed.
The next year, Richard Andrew Poplawski, an active poster on Stormfront for 20 months who had written fondly about his AK-47, used it to kill three Pittsburgh police officers and wound a fourth.
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Richard Andrew Poplawski
Stormfront proved that it does have some limits in 2010, when it came out that Curtis Boon Maynard had been kicked off the site for posting the personal information of a black juror who voted to acquit a black murder suspect. Stormfront brought this up when Maynard, who had posted on its site about 900 times, killed his ex-wife and shot his teenage stepdaughter before killing himself.
In 2011, Stormfront user Anders Breivik went on a rampage in Norway, killing 77 people, most of them teenagers. His written justification defined the enemy as Islam, feminism, and multiculturalism. Presumably, he meant mainstream Islam, since fundamentalist Islam agrees that feminism and multiculturalism are enemies.
In 2012, Eric Newman, who posted on Stormfront under two user names, tortured, killed, and dismembered a Chinese immigrant to Canada.
The Berlin police mugshot of Luka Rocco Magnotta, or Eric Newman taken following his arrest.
That same year, Stormfront user J.T. Ready killed four people, including an infant, before killing himself.
Also in 2012, Stormfront user Wade Michael Page attacked a Sikh temple, killing six and wounding four others.
Wade Michael Page
In 2013, the man Stormfront founder Don Black described as the first person he met in the white nationalist movement was executed for the murders of eight of the 20 people authorities believe he killed because they were non-white or Jewish. Black’s hero goes down in history as the first man Missouri executed with pentobarbital but we choose to leave him in deserved anonymity.