Posted: November 20, 2003
On November 13, 2003, William J. Krar, 62, a right-wing extremist with connections to militia groups and an interest in white supremacist literature, pleaded guilty in federal court in Tyler, Texas, to possessing chemicals that could be used to make a dangerous weapon. Krar's co-defendant and companion, Judith Bruey, 54, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess illegal weapons.
In his plea agreement, Krar, owner of a company that makes gun parts, admitted to possessing sodium cyanide and other chemicals that can produce a lethal gas when combined. In an April raid on a storage unit rented by Krar and Bruey in Noonday, Texas, FBI agents found chemicals, including nitric and acetic acids along with the sodium cyanide, and instructions on how to produce chemical weapons. Agents also found machine guns, more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition and materials for pipe bombs.
According to FBI Special Agent Bart LaRocca, authorities also found white supremacist literature, including "The Turner Diaries," during the raid of the storage room. "The Turner Diaries," a novel about a white supremacist guerrilla army fighting to overthrow the government, was written by now-deceased National Alliance leader William Pierce. It has inspired terrorists from The Order to Timothy McVeigh.
Authorities also found weapons and false documents in Krar's vehicle, in a U-Haul truck at his residence, and in a storage facility in New Hampshire, where Krar used to live. Authorities in New Hampshire were familiar with Krar, who allegedly had ties to members of the militia movement there.
The discovery of the chemicals and weapons was prompted by a separate investigation; Krar had mailed Edward Feltus, 56, an admitted member of the New Jersey Militia, a package with phony documents, including fake birth certificates, a Defense Intelligence Agency identification card, a federal concealed weapons permit, and a United Nations Multinational Force identification card. The package, which included a note from Krar who hoped that it would not "fall into the wrong hands," was seized by authorities when it was mistakenly delivered to a residence on Staten Island, New York, in 2002. Feltus pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the transportation of false documents.
Krar faces up to 11 years in prison and $250,000 fine, while Bruey faces five years and a $250,000 fine.