After a manhunt that lasted several days, police in Portland, Oregon, have arrested Gary Alan Lewis on murder and unlawful use of a weapon charges for allegedly killing a female tenant and hiding her body in the wall of a shed.
The search for both Lewis and the victim was complicated by the fact that Lewis had built an underground bunker on his property. Police also feared the possibility of booby traps as they searched the property.
The bunker, which Lewis built a number of years ago, was apparently a product of his “Patriot” movement anti-government and survivalist philosophy. Lewis viewed the government as a “Total Mafia Organization run by the Elites who want us as Slaves.” In 2013, Lewis claimed he wanted to move out of Portland and find a “safe place to escape to when the city becomes untenable,” a reference to the common survivalist belief of an imminent collapse of civilization. A year earlier he posted to a survivalist “Meetup” group that “collapse is eminent [sic] if you have been watching long.” People, he wrote, “need to prep for Martial law or UN law.”
Lewis, who also used the names Gary Allan Lewis and Gary Loomis, was in particular a devotee of survivalist guru James Wesley Rawles. Rawles, a blogger, author and survivalist consultant, is most well-known for having written a series of novels popularizing the notion of a “coming global collapse.” Rawles, though more well-known as a survivalist, has also been an adherent of the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement.
Rawles’ best known book is a novel called Patriots, about a band of survivors of a global collapse who find a refuge in northern Idaho where they rebuild a society based on “true Constitutional law.” Lewis described Patriots as “the book that tells it all” on one of his Facebook pages and repeatedly recommended it in on-line postings and comments.
Lewis is even listed on the Meetup group page as having attended a “Preppers Book Club” meeting in the Portland area in June 2012 to discuss another Rawles book, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It.
Lewis also described Rawles’ Survival Blog as his favorite website.