Following a hostage scene last Friday, Devon Arthurs led Tampa, Florida police to his apartment, where they found bomb making materials and the bodies of Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18.
Outside, they discovered a distraught Brandon Russell, now charged by a federal court with possession and unlawful storage of the HMTD explosive.
Arthurs, a recent convert to Islam, had killed his fellow neo-Nazi roommates for insulting his newfound religion. Russell had arrived home from National Guard service to discover his friends already dead.
Arrested by the FBI on Sunday, Russell — like the rest of the men who shared the apartment — is an admitted adherent of the Atomwaffen Division, an avowedly fascist and racist hate group based out of Texas that appears to focus on college campus activity, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. During February, affiliates of the group placed racist posters on the campus of Washington University and Boston University, local news reports say.
Yet recent press stories had also noted the group’s social media accounts glorifying terrorist acts perpetrated by Muslims, claiming that Adolf Hitler would have “supported the Palestinians” and that “Hezbollah and Hamas are doing God’s work by attacking Israel.”
White supremacist and neo-Nazi Twitter accounts mourned the tragedy, with many seeing it as fresh reason to hate Muslims. Yet the bizarre story makes perfect sense according to “horseshoe theory,” which holds that extremists of opposing views are actually more like one another than the moderates in the middle.
The Tampa Bay Times says that Arthurs briefly took hostages at the Green Planet Smoke Shop on Friday after allegedly murdering the two men for criticizing his adopted radical religious beliefs.
“Do me a favor and get the f— on the ground!” he yelled to a female employee and male customer, the report states. Arthurs asked the customer, “Why shouldn’t I kill you?”
A few minutes later, another customer entered the store and Arthurs ordered him to get down. He told all three people in the store that he had already killed someone.
“He further informed all three victims that he was upset due to America bombing his Muslim countries,” according to the report, by police Detective Kenneth Nightlinger.
Because this story burns with stupid, it’s not clear how much Arthurs actually understood about Islam when he decided to ragequit the human race. Nevertheless, his confession blew the lid off of Russell’s criminal possession of powerful destructive materials.
Arthurs made references to “Allah Mohammed” as officers walked him to a patrol car.
“I had to do it,” he said, according to the report. “This wouldn’t have had to happen if your country didn’t bomb my country.”
According to the federal complaint, Russell told agents that the hexamethylene tiperoxide diamin explosive was intended as fuel for rocket engines, which seems unlikely.
“Arthurs stated that for some time before the murders, he had been privy to Russell participating in online neo-Nazi internet chat rooms where he threatened to kill people and bomb infrastructure,” the complaint says.
Police found a photo of Timothy McVeigh on Russell’s nightstand. In 1995, McVeigh detonated a fertilizer bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.
The Florida National Guard has yet to announce an investigation into neo-Nazis penetrating their ranks.
- How White Nationalist WH Aide Stephen Miller Became The Perfect Trump Voter - August 4, 2017
- Michele Bachmann Wants Church-State Separation To Protect Hate Crimes - August 2, 2017
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions Lied On His Security Clearance Form - July 13, 2017
- Trump Begins The American Kleptocracy With Air Traffic Control - June 5, 2017
- Neo-Nazi National Guardsman Converts To Islam, Kills His Neo-Nazi Roommates - May 23, 2017
- Morning Joe, Republicans Agree: Donald Trump Is Losing It - May 2, 2017
- Trump Waves Off Questions About His Russia Ties, ‘Wiretap’ Claims (VIDEO) - May 1, 2017
- For Michael Flynn, Orange Really Is The New Black - April 27, 2017
- Fox Five’s Greg Gutfield Wants To Inspire The Next Robert Dear - April 26, 2017
- Donald Trump Will Bear All The Blame For A Government Shutdown - April 24, 2017