Posted: July 2, 2003
On June 18, 2003, George Harold Davis was charged with 10 felony counts, including one count of murder and six counts of attempted murder, in the Madison County District Court in Montana.
Davis, a proponent of white supremacy and anti-Semitism, allegedly shot seven people, killing a 27-year-old man, after leaving a bar in Ennis, Montana. Several hours later, Davis shot and wounded a Ravalli County sheriff's deputy after the deputy pulled him over for speeding.
Davis, 45, was eventually apprehended in Missoula County after being shot in the abdomen and leading police on a six hour pursuit through three Montana counties.
In addition to the murder and attempted murder charges, Davis faces three counts of assault with a weapon. He was also charged with two additional counts of attempted murder in Missoula County for shooting at a Montana Highway Patrol officer and at a Missoula County sheriff's deputy who pursued him.
What motivated the shooting spree is still unclear. According to authorities, Davis, who had recently moved to Ennis and was working on a ranch, had been drinking heavily before the shooting and was kicked out of the Silver Dollar Saloon.
Davis had a prior criminal history and a past that indicated strong support of white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Between 1994 and 1997, Davis received four separate restraining orders in Olympia, Washington, including one for harassing a staff member of the Olympian. He reportedly wrote a letter to Olympian reporter Mindy Chambers, saying the newspaper is a "criminal organization which is psychologically controlled by the Jews" and that "only white supremacism can save nature's finest." He recommended a book to her, The International Jew, which is a version of the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Davis also sent Chambers a newsletter from the neo-Nazi group, National Alliance, which said, "We must halt the flow of Third World immigrants across our borders, and we must take whatever other steps are necessary to reclaim our cities from the hordes of non-Whites who have invaded them during the past 50 years."
Another Washington area woman, who says Davis tried to start a relationship with her, also claims to have received neo-Nazi literature from him at her work and in her yard. She also got a restraining order against Davis at that time.