The US-based Hollywood Nazis of the National Socialist Movement (which, incidentally, appears to have just the one, local member in the person of internet broadcaster Carl D. Thompson) has lost one of its leading members, Jeff Hall. On May 1, Hall was allegedly shot to death at the family home by his young son. The news follows another unfortunate incident last month when, just a few days shy of Adolf Hitler’s birthday, the NSM held a gathering in New Jersey which was attacked by anti-fascists. Hall’s shooting death also follows closely upon the murder of neo-Nazi skinhead and ‘American Front’ organiser David Lynch in March…
White Supremacist Leader Is Shot and Killed at Home; Young Son Is Held
The New York Times
May 2, 2011
RIVERSIDE, Calif. A leader of a Southern California white supremacist group was shot and killed on Sunday at his home here, investigators said.
The victim, Jeff Hall, 32, was a regional director for the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group based in Detroit.
Mr. Hall, a plumber and the father of five children, was shot at his suburban home on Sunday morning, said Lt. Jaybee Brennan of the Riverside Police Department. Lieutenant Brennan said the police responded to reports of gunshots at Mr. Hall’s home just after 4 a.m. The police later detained Mr. Hall’s son, believed to be 10 years old. The department said no other suspects were being sought.
A neighbor said she saw several guns being removed from the home.
An official with the National Socialist Movement in Southern California said that he had seen Mr. Hall on Saturday night and had planned to have breakfast with him on Sunday.
“All I can tell you right now is Jeff’s dead,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the nature of the investigation and his group’s activities.
Mr. Hall was an impassioned speaker seen as a rising force in the National Socialist Movement. On Saturday afternoon, he held a monthly meeting of the Southern California chapter at his home, a gathering of about a dozen members that The New York Times had sent a reporter to cover.
At the meeting, he discussed both mundane housekeeping items — the need for members to sell raffle tickets for a fund-raiser, for example — as well as a May “patrol” at the Mexican border in Arizona, a militia-style activity meant to combat illegal immigration.
“This is a very active area right now,” Mr. Hall told his members, adding that he felt that the federal authorities were dropping the ball on border patrols. “You guys get your Glocks cocked and get ready to rock,” he said. “We’re going to the border. That’s how we do it.”
Mr. Hall discussed a recent rally in New Jersey and praised his members’ participation, which earned several of them promotions in the group.
“You guys get out there in the street, you get out on the border,” he said. “And you did a good job.”
Ian Lovett contributed reporting from Los Angeles.