Matt Hale faces new charges
Posted: March 26, 2004
Another charge of solicitation to murder has been brought against Matt Hale, this time based on the testimony of former Creativity leader Jon Fox. Fox claimed in October 2003 that Hale attempted to have the attorneys opposing him in a trademark infringement case in 2002 killed. Fox also said that Hale, who remains imprisoned without bail for allegedly soliciting the murder of the judge in that case, had reason to believe that his disciple, Benjamin Smith, planned to go on a shooting spree that left nine people dead in 2001 – a charge that is currently being investigated by federal authorities.
Hale’s trial on both solicitation charges will begin in April 2004. He has pleaded not guilty, and has claimed moreover that his funds are exhausted – which led a judge to order the U.S. government to pay his defense costs. In a separate ruling, the judge ordered Hale and other current and former leaders of his group to pay a $200,000 fine for violating court orders in the trademark infringement case.
With their leader in jail, some Creativity members have joined other extremist groups, but the former World Church of the Creator is apparently making a new attempt to reach out to members, supporters and even possible recruits in the prison system. Illinois Creators have started a new newsletter, "due to the great success of our prison outreach program," called Outlook Monthly; it is "especially made just for our brothers and sisters behind the wire." The first issue contains updates on recent Creativity Movement activities, a biography of Matt Hale and the "Sixteen Commandments" of the Creativity Movement.