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Alex Curtis: 'Lone Wolf' of Hate Prowls the Internet RULE Growing Influence

Posted: January 1, 2000

About Alex Curtis
Growing Influence
Early Years
'By Whatever Means Necessary'
Cheering Hate Crimes
Message Behind Bars
Calling For Unity
Virulent Anti-Semitism
Evaluating Curtis

Though Curtis is young, many leaders in the racist movement respect him. Some of the prominent extremists who have corresponded with him include White Aryan Resistance leader Tom Metzger, World Church of the Creator leader Matt Hale, Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler, and Idaho-based Vincent Bertollini of the 11th Hour Remnant Messenger.

Curtis claims to send regular e-mail mailings to more than 800 recipients.
"I must commend you on your astute insights," Bertollini wrote to Curtis in April 2000. "You are absolutely correct in your thinking." Bertollini and Richard Butler allegedly distributed approximately 250 copies of the "Security Issue" of Curtis's Nationalist Observer magazine at the July 2000 Aryan Nations Congress in Idaho. Curtis sent an additional 50 copies to Matt Hale for distribution to his supporters.

Curtis is popular not only among racist leaders, but also with the white supremacist foot soldiers who can, and sometimes do, choose to act on their words. He claims to send his regular E-mail mailings to more than 800 recipients.

In his E-mail messages, Curtis often reprints his correspondence with numerous white supremacists currently serving time. For example, Curtis is apparently in regular contact with James Burmeister, who shot a couple dead on a dirt road in Fayetteville, NC, solely because they were Black. "Burmeister was always a racist activist," Curtis declares. "He is still the leader of a hard-core cell in prison. I correspond with him frequently and he has reached a lot of people behind bars." Others Curtis has been in touch with include Randy Duey and Richard Scutari, who were members of the white supremacist terrorist gang The Order, neo-Nazi Chris Scott Gilliam, who was sent to federal prison earlier this year for purchasing hand grenades from an undercover law enforcement officer, and Nathan Thill, who was given a life sentence without parole in 1999 for murdering a Black immigrant in Denver, CO.

A call was placed from the Palo Cedro, CA, home of Benjamin Matthew Williams and James Tyler Williams to one of Alex Curtis's telephone numbers on March 17, 1999, according to phone records obtained by police. On April 30, 1999, six weeks later, someone distributed hate literature at two schools in nearby Redding, CA. One of Curtis's phone numbers was on the literature. On July 7, 1999, the Williams brothers were arrested as the lead suspects in the arson of three Sacramento synagogues and the murder of a gay couple in Redding. They have since been charged with those crimes.

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