On October 30, a federal grand jury indicted white supremacist, Macon Michael Openshaw, 21, on charges related to an early 2012 incident in which he allegedly defaced and damaged the Kol Ami synagogue in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The indictment alleges that Openshaw, of Salt Lake City, was motivated by hate when he fired several rounds at the synagogue, breaking windows and damaging the building. Authorities charged Openshaw with a civil rights violation and several gun possession crimes. He has pleaded not guilty.
On Stormfront, a white supremacist on-line forum, Openshaw claimed membership in a local racist skinhead crew. He also claimed allegiance to the now-defunct Vinland Folk Patriots whose mission, according to their Web site, was to awaken the white race “to the detrimental and ultimately catastrophic reality of racial extinction.”
In his prolific on-line presence, Openshaw uses the numeric symbols 14 and 88. The 14 refers to the “14 words,” a white supremacist mantra about preserving the white race and “88” signifies the eighth letter of the alphabet, “HH,” which stands for “Heil Hitler.” He also uses SWP, a common acronym used by racists to signify “Supreme White Power.” Additionally, Openshaw has subscribed to many white supremacist videos on YouTube.
On the white supremacist social networking Web site Newsaxon, Openshaw praised the Aryan Brotherhood’s use of violence. He also wrote,"this is a war, the goal, death to zog. even if it means getting dirty." ZOG is a white supremacist acronym for Zionist Occupied Government.
Openshaw has a criminal history, which includes possession of a deadly weapon.