A 20-year-old man accused of killing College of Pennsylvania pupil Blaze Bernstein is a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi and member of an extremist hate group that hopes to overthrow the U.S. authorities, in keeping with a report.
Samuel Woodward has been charged with homicide after Bernstein was discovered buried in shallow grave earlier this month in Lake Forest, Calif., with not less than 20 knife wounds.
Bernstein was visiting his dad and mom throughout winter break, and the 2 males knew one another from highschool.
Woodward instructed investigators that Bernstein kissed him on the lips, and prosecutors say they’re nonetheless trying into the potential of charging the 20-year-old with a hate crime.
He joined the Fascist group Atomwaffen Division in 2016, in keeping with two buddies and a former member who spoke to ProPublica.
Members, who revere Charles Manson’s concepts of a race struggle, have shared movies of themselves burning the U.S. structure and hope to overthrow the federal government by terrorism and guerrilla warfare.
Woodward was an lively member who attended a three-day coaching camp in Texas and photographs obtained by ProPublica present him giving Nazi salutes.
Social media posts and documented chats additionally revealed references to himself as a Nazi and “Nationwide Socialist,” in keeping with the web site.
Whereas the group, which interprets roughly to “Atomic Weapons Division,” consists of solely about 80 folks throughout the nation, its members have been tied to 4 different murders and a bomb plot previously eight months.
Devon Arthurs, one of many founders of Atomwaffen, was charged with murdering two different members he lived with after he transformed to Islam.
He instructed investigators the opposite members taunted him about his religion, “need[ED] to construct a Fourth Reich,” and deliberate to focus on a nuclear energy plant in Florida, in keeping with the Tampa Bay Occasions.
On the Atomwaffen web site, a graphic listed as “propaganda” depicts Arthurs with the phrases “race traitors get the f–king knife.”
Brandon Russell, a 21-year-old Florida Nationwide Guard member, who additionally lived with Arthurs, was charged with possession of unregistered harmful gadgets and illegal storage of explosive materials.