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James Von Brunn: An ADL Backgrounder

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James Wenneker Von Brunn, the suspect in the June 2009 shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., died at a North Carolina federal prison on January 6, 2010, while awaiting trial.

According to authorities,Von Brunn entered the museum on June 10 and shot and killed  Stephen T. Johns, a black security guard, before being shot and wounded by other officers at the scene. Von Brunn could have received the dealth penalty if convicted of murder and other charges.

Von Brunn was a long-time neo-Nazi and white supremacist who had vehemently expressed his anti-Semitic and racist views for decades—and sometimes acted on them as well. Von Brunn, 89, was a peripheral but well-respected figure among American white supremacists.

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