Police in Boston have arrested two individuals with alleged ties to white
Leo V. Felton, 30, and Erica Chase, 21, were indicted June
20 on federal charges of plotting to blow up property perceived to have a Jewish
or African-American association in order to incite a "racial holy
Leo V. Felton in U.S. court exhibit photo
Source: AP Photo/U.S. Attorney Office-Boston
Felton and Chase were arrested April 19, 2001 when the two fled from police
after Chase allegedly attempted to pass off a counterfeit $20 bill at a donut
shop in East Boston.
A subsequent investigation by law enforcement and a search of the coupleís
apartment by federal officers reportedly revealed:
- Notes on bomb-making;
- Detailed pictures of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, which was
named in memory of the deceased former director of the Anti-Defamation
Leagueís Boston Regional Office;
- A calendar with April 20th (Hitlerís birthday) circled;
- Books on terrorism and subterfuge;
- Newspaper clippings about a planned remembrance service at the New England
Investigators seized writings by Felton that allegedly suggest he
contemplated gunning down blacks in New York City. It was alleged in the
indictment that days before his arrest in April, Felton had purchased materials
that could be used to construct bombs, including a 50-pound bag of ammonium
nitrate and a coffee maker from which Felton had allegedly removed the heating
and timing mechanisms. Felton reportedly ordered additional bomb components from
a company in Arkansas.
Felton, the son of a white mother and a black father, from whom he is
purportedly estranged, was released from a New Jersey State prison in January
2001 after serving 11 years for attempting to murder a black taxi driver in New
York City with a crowbar. While serving his sentence, Felton tried to slit the
throats of two black inmates. Felton, who is 6í7" and 225 pounds, has an
array of neo-Nazi and white supremacist tattoos that indicate possible adherence
to the White Order of Thule and the Straight Edge movement.
Chase, whose body also bears neo-Nazi and white supremacist tattoos,
reportedly is a member of the World Church of the Creator (WCOTC), the
virulently anti-Semitic and racist hate group headed by Matt Hale, and an
Indiana chapter of the Outlaw Hammerskins. She allegedly began writing to Felton
in March 2000. Prison outreach is one of the roles carried out by The
Sisterhood, an arm of the WCOTC, specifically designated for women. The WCOTC
believes in the coming of, and necessity for, a "racial holy war."
Felton and Chase are charged with conspiring to make a destructive device,
firearms violations, making and passing counterfeit currency and conspiracy to
obstruct justice. Additionally, Felton is charged with attempting to receive
explosive materials in interstate commerce with intent to use them in an
explosive device and for illegal possesion of a handgun.
Chase was arraigned on Monday and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Feltonís
arraignment was delayed until Friday, June 29, 2001. He made an apparent suicide attempt
early Sunday by inflicting wounds on his arm, neck and wrists with a
prison-issue razor. If convicted, Leo Felton faces a maximum of 65 years in
prison while Erica Chase faces a maximum of 35 years.