It nows appears that murderer and Neo-Nazi James W. von Brunn was drawn to the Holocaust museum by the performance of an Anne Frank play. Reportedly a World War II veteran, von Brunn was a holocaust denier with a particular fixation with the play.
von Brunn, 88, is a native of St. Louis and reportedly Stephen Tyrone Johns as soon as he walked into the museum. , a six-year veteran of the museum’s security staff, later “died heroically in the line of duty,” said Sara Bloomfield, museum director.
von Brunn created an anti-Semitic Web site called “The Holy Western Empire” where he spends a great deal of time challenging the fact of Anne Frank’s diary.
von Brunn is the classic model of a neo-Nazi with a history of unhinged and hateful acts that eventually consumed his mind and life. He served six years in prison for trying in 1981 to kidnap Federal Reserve board members because he was upset with high interest rates. He blamed his conviction on a “Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys” and “a Jew judge.”
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