by Nicole Nichols
Another year under our belts and a lot of reflection on our victories and our not-so happy moments is always good for the soul of any organization. As we were all clamoring around trying to pull all the 2005 events together we were absolutely amazed at all that had transpired in twelve short months. We were also more than pleased at the accomplishments we have racked up. That being said, let's get to the year in review.
January of 2005, had the disgruntled National Alliance members still smarting over the fact that Erich Gliebe had actually granted me an interview. While they were scratching their heads wondering why, Gliebe had a few more items on his agenda that he would be quite a surprise to everyone.
White came under the scrutiny of the NAACP for the discriminatory practices he invokes in renting his properties. The investigation which is still underway will certainly yield a bevy of infractions and cost him a considerable amount of money and a great deal of angst. But, true to form, he is fighting back. One has to wonder how he can bandy with the powers that be after his own discussions over how white his holdings have become. But, if you are Bill White, a narcissist, and omnipotent all things are possible.
White's law-suits and rental practices, histrionics and web postings, along with many letters of complaint written to the appropriate people all combined to make him the target of the nation's watchdog group in the area of Fair Housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is interested in finding the truth about Bill White and his company.
As is typical with White, nothing in his life is kept private. The pathology of his affliction will not allow him to keep things unto himself after all, his self-importance is such that the entire world is waiting to hear about his every thought and move. Of course, we would hear much more from White later in the year.
On a very sad note, however, the night of January 8, turned to murder. Daniel Judge, a skinhead Creator out of Joliet, Illinois, stabbed and killed Joseph Karpen and wounded his brother. Brian Moudry, the Creator leader in Joliet claimed that the murder wasn't racially motivated but the Karpen family and friends claimed differently. A plea went up from Moudry for financial assistance from his fellow Creators for Judge's defense. In so doing, he couldn't help but mention the circumstances surrounding the crime. His statement, "This stemmed from a altercation one of our other brothers was having with a black, and some race traitors came to the blacks defense…" Signaled nothing less than a racially charged set-to.
In writing about the actions taken by Judge, I had been in touch with family and friends and had a pretty good picture of the kind of man Joseph Karpen was. Conversely, I didn't know Judge but his savior, Brian Moudry, was familiar territory. At that time I wrote the following:
"The upshot of all of this is that another Creator went berserk, took a life, and wounded another. In August of last year, it was Hardy Lloyd that I reported on after he shot and killed his girlfriend. Prior to that the head of the Creator's had been convicted of soliciting the murder of a federal judge. Just a few years ago, it was Benjamin Smith who went on his shooting rampage killing 2 and wounding 9. And the list goes on and on. Where does it end?
Joseph Karpen was 25 years old with a whole lifetime ahead of him. His brother, Ben, is only 20 and will, undoubtedly, never forget the night of January 8, 2005, - the night his brother was killed and he was wounded by a crazed and sick man who had also been the victim of hate. Daniel Judge is 19 years old and his life is all but over."
Brian Moudry really didn't care for what I had to say and a series of emails ensued, in which he claimed to have no knowledge of exactly what happened because he was at home in bed, and at the same time he insisted that there was no racial aspect to the crime.
Daniel Judge remains in jail on First Degree Murder charges with a trial date of January 9th, 2006.