Repost from SPLC Hatewatch website.
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One day after John Russell Houser killed two people and wounded nine in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., a picture is emerging online of a man caught up with a number of far right-wing ideas and fascinated about “the power of the lone wolf.”
Photo of suspect John Russell Houser via his LinkedIn page
“Do not mistake yourselves for one minute, the enemy sees all posted on this website. I do not want to discourage the last hope for the best, but you must realize the power of the lone wolf, is the power that come forth in ALL situations.” Houser wrote on a forum dedicated to the New York chapter of Golden Dawn, Greece’s far-right neo-Nazi political party. “Look within yourselves.”
That comment was one of dozens of messages that Houser, 59, left on several Internet message boards, all of which provide a picture of a politically disaffected, angry man who viewed the United States as a “financially failing filth farm,” expressed interest in white power groups, anti-Semitic ideas, the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, as well as a number of conspiracy theories often espoused by the antigovernment right.
“Hitler is loved for the results of his pragmatism,” Houser wrote last January on the website stateofmind13.com. “There is no question of his being the most successful that ever lived. At this time the US is no more than a financially failing filth farm. Soon the phrase ‘ruling with an iron hand’ will be palatable anew.”
In a biography Houser provided on PoliticalForum.com, he described his interests as “hustling” and said that his political involvement was minimal, though he also belonged to a forum associated with Tea Party Nation. But as for voting, he said, “don’t vote, waste of time.” He also wrote of the Westboro Baptist Church, lauding its members who frequently picket funerals of soldiers and celebrities.
“The Westboro Baptist Church may be the last real church in America. [Members not brainwashed.],” Houser wrote on Twitter.
The shooting comes five weeks after another domestic terrorist, Dylann Roof, walked into a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., and killed nine people, adding to an ever growing list of attackers who, motivated by right-wing ideologies, have a left a growing body count of innocent victims.
Earlier this year, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report that found lone wolf terrorists were among the most violent threat emerging form the radical right. The study found that in the last five years, an attack from the radical right has been carried out or thwarted on average every 34 days, leaving 63 people dead at the hands of lone wolves animated by right-wing extremist ideas.
“It is a shame Tim McVeigh is not going to be with us to enjoy the hilarity of turning the tables with an IRON HAND,” Houser wrote of the Oklahoma City bomber on the Golden Dawn website.
Here is a sampling of Houser’s comments left across the Web:
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