A brief note:
15 years ago today (July 4), two skinheads — Lin “Spit” Newborn, 24, and Dan Shersty, 20 — were murdered by boneheads in the rocky desert northwest of Las Vegas, USA. They were killed because they were outspoken anti-racists.
In 2001 one bonehead, John Edward Butler, was sentenced to death for the crime (in 2004 his sentence was commuted to life in prison). On March 1, 2012, three more boneheads — Melissa Hack, Ross Hack and Leland Jones — were charged with the murders. Melissa Hack was Butler’s boyfriend at the time of the murders and is accused of luring Dan and Spit into the desert where they were shot; her brother Ross fled the US shortly after the murders using a false passport. He remained overseas for six years. Upon his return he was charged with passport offences and sentenced to three years jail.
The Hacks and Jones have had their trial date set for November 1, 2013.
It pains [Dan’s father] that his son’s sacrifice is unheralded while the media obsesses on the cultural war between liberal and conservative values. It’s a war, he says, that demands no risk whatsoever from its TV-talking head combatants. “Dan died as a soldier who believed in his cause — anti-racism,” says Walter. His son’s ARA troops are still fighting for the cause, though police advised them to leave when rumors surfaced that the Nazis had created a hit list. The cause unites them with something valued in military custom: courage and a code of honor.
~ Death in the desert, Lynda Edwards, Orlando Weekly, June 17, 1999