Sus­pect linked to neo-Nazi site

Ac­cused Charleston gun­man’s man­i­festo re­sem­bles com­ments posted on the blog, an anal­y­sis finds.

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - By Kur­tis Lee kur­tis.lee @latimes.com Twit­ter: @kur­tisalee

Com­ments on a web­site with neo-Nazi lean­ings ap­pear sim­i­lar to pas­sages from the man­i­festo of Dy­lann Roof, the 21-year-old white man charged with killing nine black parish­ioners last week at the his­toric Emanuel African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church in Charleston, S.C., ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis by the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion, which tracks hate groups, ran text from the man­i­festo posted on LastRhodesian.com through pla­gia­rism de­tec­tion soft­ware and found that pas­sages were sim­i­lar to com­ments posted by the user “AryanBlood1488” to ar­ti­cles on the web­site of the Daily Stormer.

In one ex­am­ple, a sec­tion from the man­i­festo is nearly iden­ti­cal to a com­ment posted on a Jan. 31 Daily Stormer ar­ti­cle ti­tled “For­mer Swedish PM Fredrik Re­in­feldt: Swe­den Be­longs to the Hordes, Not the ‘Un­in­ter­est­ing’ Eth­nic Swedes.”

In a sec­tion of his man­i­festo la­beled “Blacks,” Roof dis­cusses white cul­ture:

“I mean that our cul­ture has been adopted by ev­ery­one in the world. This makes us feel as though our cul­ture isnt spe­cial or unique.”

Among the com­ments posted by AryanBlood1488 on the Jan­uary ar­ti­cle: “White cul­ture is World Cul­ture, and by that I don’t mean that our cul­ture is made up of ones from around the world, I mean that our cul­ture has been adopted by ev­ery­one in the world. This makes us feel as if it isn’t spe­cial, be­cause ev­ery­one has adopted it.”

Kee­gan Hankes, who con­ducted the cen­ter’s anal­y­sis, said he be­lieves Roof is AryanBlood1488.

“We’re con­fi­dent he searched hate web­sites and com­mented,” Hankes said Mon­day.

The Daily Stormer of­fers a dis­claimer that it is op­posed to vi­o­lence.

Roof ’s man­i­festo on LastRhodesian.com, which was reg­is­tered in Fe­bru­ary, was dis­cov­ered over the week­end. It says the 2012 shoot­ing death of Trayvon Martin, an un­armed black Florida teenager, marked a turn­ing point, fu­el­ing his ob­ses­sion with racial is­sues.

Roof’s web­site also re­flects the strong in­flu­ence of a white su­prem­a­cist group called the Coun­cil of Con­ser­va­tive Cit­i­zens, the cen­ter said.

Af­ter Martin’s death, Roof wrote, the coun­cil helped wake him up to black-on-white crime. In com­ments on a sec­ond Daily Stormer ar­ti­cle, also from Jan­uary, ti­tled “No Longer Post­ing Coun­cil of Con­ser­va­tive Cit­i­zens Ar­ti­cles,” AryanBlood1488 wrote:

“I have se­ri­ous, great re­spect for the CofCC be­cause they are the ones who woke me up to black on white crime in the be­gin­ning. It was the first site I went to the day that changed my life, the day I de­cided to type in ‘black on white crime’ into Google.”

On Mon­day, sev­eral Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates said they would re­turn cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions made by Earl Holt III, leader of the Coun­cil of Con­ser­va­tive Cit­i­zens.

Hankes said the law cen­ter will con­tinue por­ing over writ­ings it be­lieves are as­so­ci­ated with Roof. “We’re very, very in­ter­ested in places that might have con­trib­uted to his rad­i­cal­iza­tion,” he said.

Chuck Bur­ton As­so­ci­ated Press

DY­LANN ROOF is charged with killing nine peo­ple at a Charleston, S.C., church. A study of online posts in­di­cates he’s the com­menter called AryanBlood1488.

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