On December 11, a federal grand jury in Orlando, Florida, indicted Virginia white supremacist William “Bill” White on charges of threatening a Florida judge, a former state attorney, and a law enforcement officer. The six count indictment includes five counts of making threats over the Internet and one count of unlawful use of identification information.
The charges stem from e-mails allegedly sent by White to the victims and from posts allegedly made by White on the comments sections of several webpages, including one belonging to the Anti-Defamation League. The communications followed on the heels of the May 2012 arrests of 14 members of the racist skinhead group American Front on conspiracy and other charges—the victims all had some involvement in that case. Ironically, almost all of the charges against the American Front members would later be dropped.
The communications alleged to have been sent by White threatened to kidnap, torture, rape, and kill the recipients, their spouses, and their children and grandchildren. Some of the communications made public the home addresses of the victim.
In the threatening comment made on the Anti-Defamation League’s Extremism & Terrorism blog, the poster (identifying himself as “Joe Tomassi, Charles Manson and Son of Sam”) wrote that “we are at your house, we are at your kids houses we are at your grandkids houses and we are sitting outside their schools” (punctuation as in original). The message then provided the home addresses of the victims. It demanded that authorities release the arrested white supremacists “or we will be sending you a message written in blood.”
White is currently in custody in Virginia serving a sentence for a 2011 federal conviction on threat charges. He also awaits sentencing on a more recent conviction of threatening his estranged wife. White also previously served two years in federal prison following a 2009 conviction on threat and witness intimidation charges. In that case, White used his website to encourage violence against the foreman of a jury in Chicago that convicted Matt Hale, a prominent white supremacist, of soliciting the murder of a federal judge.
White, a long time white supremacist, is the former head of the now-defunct American National Socialist Workers Party, a small neo-Nazi group; prior to that, he was a member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement.