Police in New Hampshire have arrested a Pennsylvania white supremacist for the shocking double murder of his girlfriend and 18-month-old son inside the home they shared in the town of Effort, Pennsylvania.
Authorities in Pennsylvania have charged Michael John Parrish with criminal homicide, attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault. Prosecutors have announced that they will seek the death penalty due to the special provisions of the killing of a child under 12 and a double homicide.
Parrish, a racist skinhead, was an associate of the Vinlanders Social Club, one of the larger racist skinhead groups in the United States. He was also a corrections officer at the Monroe County Correctional Facility, despite sporting numerous blatant white supremacist tattoos on his arms, neck and hands, including a Confederate flag, a swastika, a Wolfsangel, the word "HITLER," and others. The tattoos apparently did not concern prison officials; according to them, he was close to completing his one-year probationary period after being hired as a corrections officer in August 2008.
On July 6, 2009, the body of Parrish's girlfriend, 21, was discovered with seven bullet wounds; their baby, who had recently received a heart transplant and still had to be fed through a tube, had been shot three times. Their bodies were found in the baby's room, where the little boy was wrapped in his mother's arms.
The murders occurred after the girlfriend was dropped off at home by relatives she had been visiting. Her brother and cousin allege that Parrish did not approve of his girlfriend spending time away from home, and was angry when they returned. They further allege that, after the woman entered the home, Parrish walked outside with a gun. After he went back inside, said family members, numerous shots were fired inside the home, then shotgun blasts were directed outside at them.
Parrish was arrested on July 7, after allegedly fleeing the area with a friend and fellow white supremacist, Conrad Jankowski. Parish and Jankowski, 23, had asked a gas station attendant in Somersworth, New Hampshire, if they could sleep in the parking lot. After agreeing, the man contacted police. After discovering the two men sleeping in the car, Somersworth police officers ran a background check and realized the men were wanted in Pennsylvania. According to a police affidavit, at the time of his arrest, Parrish had a loaded .357 Glock pistol on him, and ammunition in his pockets.
According to a relative of the victim, Parrish had been stockpiling food and other supplies in the attic after the election of Barack Obama. A number of white supremacists have been engaging in such stockpiling activities in recent months, including fellow Pennsylvania extremist Richard Poplawski of Pittsburgh, who was arrested in April for allegedly killing three Pittsburgh police officers. These multiple murders are among a wave of acts of extreme violence allegedly committed by white supremacists and other extremists across the United States in 2009.
Jankowski, who allegedly has a swastika tattoo on his chest, is charged with hindering apprehension during the investigation into the shooting.
Both men have additionally been charged in New Hampshire as fugitives from justice.