A Missouri leader of the racist and anti-Semitic Creativity Movement has been arrested for allegedly beating another member of the group for talking to the FBI.
Adam Daniel Jacobs, 27, was arrested at a mobile-home park in Springfield on March 11 for allegedly beating Anthony L. Williams repeatedly during a more than ten hour period. Authorities have charged Jacobs, who is being held in a Missouri jail on $500,000 bond, with first-degree assault, kidnapping and armed criminal action.
According to court documents, Jacobs accused Williams of helping an investigation by federal officials into the murders of the husband and mother of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow last month. Before a man killed himself in Wisconsin after admitting to having murdered Judge Lefkow’s relatives, investigators were exploring several possible theories behind the murders, including a linkage to members of hate groups.
According to police, Jacobs communicated with other members of the Creativity Movement by telephone and the Internet while beating Williams, who was treated for his injuries for five days at a local hospital.
For some time, Jacobs was the Florida leader of the Creativity Movement, but he moved several years ago to Missouri. After the arrest of Creativity Movement leader Matt Hale in 2003 for soliciting the murder of Judge Lefkow, Jacobs declared his Missouri home to be the "World Headquarters" of the Creativity Movement.
In a recent interview with a Pennsylvania newspaper Jacobs said, "It's part of our creed that everybody stay within the law, until it gets to a point where the law cannot protect us."