Being an informal chronicle of some of the crimes, mishaps
and misstatements of the wonderful Patriot movement...
Last Updated February 3, 1996
The neo-militia movement has generated a nice little
collection of anecdotes, quotes, incidents, mishaps and omens.
Some are funny, some scary, but they all help to provide a
clearer picture of the neo-militia movement. The following list
is a list of various items culled from newspaper and magazine
articles, militia newsletters and magazines, videotapes, and
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for the regularly updated and more comprehensive news section.
- Late 1993 (and at various points afterwards). Michigan
militia leader Mark Koernke gives a speech in which he
brandishes a coiled rope and says "Now I did some
basic math the other day, not New World Order math, and I
foudn that using the old-style math you can get about
four politicians for about 120 feet of rope...Remember,
when using it, always try and find a willow tree. The
entertainment will last longer."
- April 1994. Indianapolis lawyer and militia leader Linda
Thompson calls for an armed march on Washington, D.C.,
and treason trials for American congressmen.
- The Constitutional Common Law Militia, a Florida militia
group, mails threatening letters to a jury hearing a
fraud case against the members of the Pilot Connection
- June 1994. The Catron County Militia [New Mexico]
threatens to force an armed confrontation if New Mexico
state officials insist on inspecting the water
surrounding a gold mill in that county.
- July 1994. James Roy Mullins, founder of the Virginia
militia group, the Blue Ridge Hunt Club (which did no
hunting), and four other members are arrested and
indicted on a total of 36 counts of possession and sale
of unregistered silencers and other illegal weapons.
Three of them plead guilty.
- October 1994. A member of a Florida militia called
American Citizens Alliance is arrested for a plan to kill
federal judges, Congressmen, and BATF agents.
- November 1994. Grant McEwan, a militia founder in
Florida, is arrested on charges of filing bogus liens
against the IRS and threatening to take over one of its
- January 1995. Stuart Webb, leader of the Colorado militia
group Guardians of American Liberties, who had previously
been arrested for making threatening anti-semitic phone
calls, is arrested on charges that he tried to influence
a Jefferson County Sheriff's officer in a case involving
documents seized in another investigation.
- Early 1995. A child custody dispute in Ripley County,
Indiana, leads to a four-hour armed standoff between
militia members and local authorities.
- December 1994. Joe Holland, head of the North American
Freedom Militia, sends a letter to the attorney general
of Montana and other officials, which asks, "How
many of your agents will be sent home in body bags before
you hear the pleas of the people? Proceed at your own
- January 1995. Michigan Militia leader Ray Southwell
claims that "There is one last hope to avoid armed
confrontation, and that's if our state governments rise
up and tell the federal government to back off. If the
state does not rise up, the American people will."
- January 1995. Upset at discovering Russian tanks at Camp
Grayling, a National Guard base in Northern Michigan,
some Michigan Militia members form a plan to blow it up.
The plan is aborted after one member alerts federal
agents. Some militia members subsequently deny it ever
happened, others admit it but say it was just the work of
a few or of Mark Koernke, while one says that the plan
had been the idea of the informer himself. Matthew Krol,
a spokesman for the Michigan Militia, admits that there
had been some discussion of doing it, but claims that no
actions were taken or plans made.
- Spring 1995. Richard Maness, the founder of the Tulane
County Militia in California, forms his group after a
judge orders him to pay child support. He attempts to
place the judge under citizen's arrest for extortion and
is arrested for obstruction of justice and disturbing the
- March 1995. Samuel Sherwood, head of the United States
Militia Association, Idaho's main militia, tells people
at a militia meeting in Boise that they should "Go
up and look legislators in the face because some day you
may be forced to blow it off." He later confirms
that he made the comment, but in subsequent interviews
- March 1995. Two Minnesota men, members of a militia group
called the Patriots Council, are convicted of possessing
quantities of the deadly poison ricin with plans to use
it against authorities.
- March 1995. Cincinnati-area militia member Joseph Mann
shoots himself in the head while demonstrating the safety
mechanism of a 9mm semi-automatic pistol at a training
seminar for militia recruits he is conducting at his
- April 1995. When a Ravalli County, Montana, sheriff,
tries to arrest a woman for a vehicle violation, the
woman flees to her father's house. Her father, a member
of a militia group, and several other militiamen engage
the sheriff in an armed standoff. The father is later
arrested on charges of intimidating a law officer.
- April 1995. Kansas militiaman Roger Thornbrough calls
fellow militiamen for help on the telephone, claiming
that "They are coming after me. They are in the
trees. They are stealing my pigs. They are
shooting." John Walters, a member of the Kansas
Citizens Militia, and a couple of other militiamen, head
to Thornbrough's farm, where they discover Thornbrough
shooting wildly into the empty bushes and trees around
his house, shouting "See them? There they are, up in
the trees!" as he fires his weapon. Walters and the
others take off before the authorities arrive, but are
stopped by Sheriff Ken Lippert of Osage County, who
arrests them on concealed weapons charges.
- May 1995. James Alford and Howard Knight, followers of
Michigan Militia leader Mark Koernke, plead guilty to
multiple weapons violations and to illegal entry. They,
along with an accomplice, all bodyguards of Koernke,
broke into a rural farmhouse to set up a military
barracks. When police discovered them, they fled twenty
miles in their van until they drove into a lake. They
were captured along with a cache of weapons.
- May 1995. When newspapers fail to believe the claims of
Michigan Militia leaders Norman Olson and Ray Southwell
that CIA/FBI agents perpretated the Oklahoma City bombing
as turncoat agents for the government of Japan, Olson and
Southwell send them faxes that read: "COWARDS: We
have cast the pearls of truth before swine. Damn you
- May 1995. Indiana militia leader Linda Thompson is
arrested on disorderly conduct and resisting arrest
charges. She had gone to the Indianapolis city-county
building to file battery and stalking charges against a
freelance writer. Marion County Reserve Deputy Jeff Dunn
reported that Thompson became irate when he sought
details of her accusations and that she told him that
people were "shooting her in the head with radio
frequency weapons." She also complained that various
people, including the CIA, were trying to kill her
(Thompson later denied making these statements).
According to Dunn, when he asked her to show him her
permit, she put her hand inside her jacket and he grabbed
her arm to prevent her from drawing her weapon. She
resisted and he ordered her to stop resisting. He led her
down the hall, but she again tried to pull herself free
and jump through a window. He grabbed her and pulled her
down, when she kicked him in the leg and shoved him. He
grabbed her and held her against the wall, where she
scraped herself on a sign. As a result of this incident,
Linda Thompson files a $500 million dollar suit against
practically everybody in Indianapolis.
- May 1995. Joe Holland, mentioned above, is charged with
criminal syndicalism. Associate Calvin Greenup, Holland's
militia subordinate in Montana, threatened Judge Jeff
Langton of that state and had not been paying taxes for
some time. Holland becomes the subject of an
investigation of charges related to bank fraud,
bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud and tax evasion.
- June 1995. Linda Thompson sues an Indianapolis TV station
and one of its reporters for "stalking" her.
- June 1995. A Frazeysburg, OH, police sergeant stops a car
with illegal license plates that read "Militia 3-13
Chaplain." The driver, Michael Hill, a militia
"chaplain", drives off, causing Sergeant Matt
May to chase him down and stop him again. This time Hill
gets out of the car holding a pistol. May shoots and
kills the militiaman. Although other militiamen claim
that Hill had not drawn his weapon, later tests indicate
that bullet fragments in Hill's body were from a bullet
that fragmented as it hit Hill's weapon, showing that it
had been drawn. A grand jury clears May of blame.
- September 1995. USMA leader Samuel Sherwood says that
after Satan is defeated in an imminent "political
war," Jesus Christ will rule the United States
according to the U.S. constitution and homosexuals who do
not become heterosexuals within seven years will be put
- November 1995. Militia leader Willie Ray Lampley and
several others are arrested and charged with conspiring
to manufacture and possess a bomb. They wanted to bomb
abortion clinics, welfare offices, gay bars, and civil
- December 1995. Joe Holland pleads guilty to criminal
syndicalism and jury tampering in Montana.
- December 1995. Stewart Waterhouse, leader of the Citizen
Militia of Osage, Carroll County, Arkansas, is arrest for
conspiring to bomb Little Rock unless Willie Ray Lampley
and his accomplices are set free.
Know any more militia follies? Send them to me.