By Nicole Nichols
"The Swastika stands for truth…for justice…"(Jeff Schoep April 22, 2006, from the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing)
(Picture from the National Socialist Blogspot - http://nationalist88.blogspot.com/)
Chomping on gum, swaggering to the microphone, Jeff Schoep stood before the group of protestors on a beautiful Spring day and spewed his rhetoric of hate and racism. It was evident that Schoep and the rest of his goon squad were making every effort to capitalize upon the problems currently beseiging America. Blasting the President and his war might be popular among most people today, and the immigration issue is really heating up, but the words of Schoep and friends weren't recevied any better than usual as the crowd saw right through the smoke-screen.
Schoep, who has been so low key as to appear non-existent, has all but relinquished the reins of the National Socialist Movement to Bill White. The big question on everyone's mind is why?" Why would Schoep, who struggled through the criticisms and disdain of even those within the "Movement," to bring the National Socialist Movement to the forefront, give up his control to someone like Bill White? In attempting to make some sense out of all of this, we must first look at some facts.
Over the last few years the entire racist movement has been in total and utter chaos. The death of William Pierce and the annointing of Erich Gliebe and Shawn Walker has been disasterous for the once largest neo-Nazi group in America, the National Alliance. Fraught with one scandal after another surrounding sex, hatecore music, and the mishandling of money they have lost a mountain of members and a lot of funds.
The Aryan Nations was fledgling after the head of that group lost a major lawsuit and its compound. The death of the infamous Richard Butler put the last nail in the coffin of that outfit and rendered it impotent with nothing but a few fragmented cells remaining.
The Creativity Movement (f.k.a. The World Church of the Creator) was dead in the water with the arrest, conviction, and sentencing of Matt Hale. While a few ersatz members tried to resurrect the "Church," it didn't stand a chance. This was largely due to the violent nature of Creator's and the string of crimes that they insist upon engaging in.
The arrival of David Duke back on the scene was welcomed by many on the racist right only to fizzle out after the New Orleans Protocol fiasco and claims that his organization EURO had gone soft.
This left the National Socialist Movement as the only "Organization" in the hate arena. It is natural to assume that some members of the previous groups switched allegiances and signed up. This, of course, meant more dues money and donations for Schoep's rag-tag bunch of Nazi's. Jeff Schoep, it has been said, is happiest when the money is rolling in.
It is unclear - and even debated - as to how and why Michael Blevins of Vonbluvens fame and Bill White jumped on board. Blevins was just remaining very low-key after a scandal surrounding him broadcasting his Nazi radio show out of the same place that housed a daycare center. It appears that it was the NSM that was responsible for putting him back on the air. White, on the other hand, is a little more of an enigma.
Considering White's narcissism and his need for constant attention, it might be safe to assume that since the NSM had become more and more active it appealed to his yen for the limelight. Additionally, since White could be seen as a cash cow by Schoep, it's possible he was recruited with a promise of being placed in a prominent position - for a fee, that is. Among those who stay abreast of the racist right there seems to be a consenus in belief that, whatever the reason, Bill White bought his way in and continues to throw around some dough in order to appease Schoep. This belief is furthered by a racist article that appears on Nukeisrael.com which references White as a "spokesman and financier."
Jeff Schoep has long been castigated for his acceptance of members of dubious character and his refusal to dismiss anyone who actually pays their dues. Several who have left the rank and file demonstrate great disdain for Schoep's love of money and how easily he is bought. Of course, this might explain Bill White, but there might just be something else at work here - something that the rank and file either know about and refuse to acknowledge, or something that is kept very quiet among the leadership. At any rate, someone knows about it - the information that is being leaked out of that group on a weekly basis is painting a very graphic, if unsavory, picture.
It is important to remember that Schoep isn't exactly the epitome of integrity or honor and was admonished severely when standing before a judge on charges of a burglary he and a girlfriend committed while children awaited them in the car. Additionally, it has been said that he has fathered several children by different women and that he does little on their behalf. Knowing all of this it is little wonder that as Schoep stood on the Capitol steps in Lansing and shouted "The nation that was once America back in the 1950's where a family was normal no longer exists," we all just cracked up. The very idea of Schoep using the words "normal" and "family" together is just incongruous.
Given the lifestyle led by Schoep it is likely that his "friends and comrades" fail to exhibit much in the way of character as well. One of Schoep's close friends who might just be able to shed a little light on the goings on within that organization is a man by the name of Anthony Pierpont. If that name rings a bell he is the guy who ran Panzerfaust Records and was on the fast track to becoming the biggest white power record company in the world. Alas, however, Anthony let his base love of Asian women get the best of him and when his exploits in Thailand became public knowledge along with compelling evidence that he might very well be of Mexican descent he was met with great ridicule and complete disdain by those on the racist right. Pierpont pulled out and, supposedly, left the scene.
I say Pierpont "supposedly" left the scene because that is what he and his friends would like everyone to believe. However, I have been informed by several different sources in the know that Pierpont is alive and well and playing in his litterbox out of sight. Maybe, however, Anthony isn't playing there all by himself.
It was no secret that the NSM wanted to purchase Panzerfaust Records when the Pierpont fiasco took place. What didn't seem to be known by many at the time, at least publicly, was that the relationship between Schoep and Pierpont was as close as it is. From those who were close to Pierpont there was much skepticism that Anthony could just walk away from the money generated by that which he had built. Maybe he didn't.
As I have been informed by various people who either left the movement or who know that Pierpont wouldn't just walk away, Anthony Pierpont is behind the latest NSM venture NSM88 Records. One look at the offerings and one knows that many of the groups are those who were being promoted by him and Panzerfaust.
According to an unnamed source who is inside the NSM, Jeff Schoep and Anthony Pierpont maintain an extremely close relationship and Pierpont remains a very integral part of the hatecore music industry. Last year Bryant Cecchini, Pierpont's former partner at Panzerfaust, told me that when Pierpont got egg on his face he remarked, "Now that I'm out of the limelight, I'll snort all the coke and bang all the whores I want."
Even though the relationship between Schoep and Pierpont has been reported to us on more than one occasion, I did a little more "nosing around" and along the way met up with Professor Jacques Pluss. Some may remember that Pluss is the college Professor who infiltrated the National Socialist Movement to gather experiences and information for a book that he is working on. As his writings are coming along nicely he had a little time to talk with me.
I have found Professor Pluss to be not only erudite and knowledgeable but quite humorous as well. My curiosity about the NSM's rank and file reaction to Bill White elicited this respose from Pluss:
"I think the rank-and-file of the Movement would give a nod of obeisance to
anyone with a loud mouth and a website. They sure treated me like g-d
after three or so of my radio shows. If it weren't White, it would be
someone like him. Would they jump to defend him? No. The NSM
rank-and-file ARE merely Hollywood Nazi's. Were he in trouble of some
kind, they'd pat him on the back, give him a seig heil or two, and go back
to whatever they do in their daily lives. Like most people in most groups,
the NSM rank and file are "sheeple." Even monkey man Brunson wouldn't lift
his leg to pee unless Schoep told him to. It's too bad that he was
"ordered" to hassle you. So, what do the rank-and-file think about
VonBluvens or White? Most of them don't do too much thinking."
Richard Brunson, by all outward appearances, is Jeff Schoep's man-servant and general lackey. Reportedly, he and Schoep share a room together anytime they are away and Brunson is in charge of making sure that nothing happens to Schoep. He takes his job seriously and to the extreme. He will be the first one on the scene whenever something negative is said about Jeff and is quick with a tirade and threats. A long-time member of the NSM who bailed about a year ago told me that "Brunson would wipe Jeff's ass and lick his boots if Schoep would let him."
It seems like the time Pluss spent inside resulted in some pretty valid insight into this organization. As we start to try to pull the pieces to all of this together, the thing that always keeps playing over and over in my mind is "follow the money trail." According to Cecchini, "PF was merely a subsidary of Victory Media, Inc., which was not a sole proprietorship, it was a corporation that Pierpont was merely the president of. But lots of money (I found out later) had a way of going from the business bank account straight to his personal account. In fact, one day last June, over $100,000 (in one day) was transferred from the business to his personal account."
Now that's an awful lot of money, folks - no matter how you slice it. Further questions of Professor Pluss resulted in the following revelations:
"It appears, according to my source, that NSM Records took up the distribution of some White Power music groups (particularly "Race War") originally sponsored or "discovered" by Panzerfaust. The NSM gets a large cut of distribution in-take, and, more importantly, Pierpont seems to, also. The NSM Record Label has taken over some of Panzerfaust's clients for a fee, but I could not find out exactly how any monies are divided or applied in a broad sense. Pierpont is there, in the background, masking his business interests behind his friendship with Schoep.
"…The take I got last night in a brief conversation with my contact indicates to me that Schoep's relationship with Pierpont is very, very close -- if you catch my
drift, as they used to say -- and, obviously includes more than business arrangements. Psychologically, Schoep's "macho" act with the women goes to
cover up his "shameful" desire to be with members of the same sex."
Whoa! Now, if all of this is true, that brings into question the real loyalties of those who purchase music from the NSM and thus from Anthony Pierpont. Those on the racist right are always quick to point out hypocrisy yet if they are aware of who their money is going to, how hypocritical is that? The truth of the matter, however, is more than likely few know what is going on.
Given the fact that Schoep has already proven himself prone to larceny a teaming up with Pierpont could be quite lucrative to both of them. But, what of the rank and file NSM and others who have turned to NSM88 for their music purchases? If there is validity in this, then their money is going to support none other than the man they wanted to run out of town on a rail.
And then there are the drugs…Anthony Pierpont is a dependent personality. He had previously served time for drugs and was busted again a little over a year ago for possession. It is highly unlikely that Pierpont, according to those who know him, can or will stay straight for any length of time.
Anthony Pierpont loved traveling to Thailand - according to him it was always one helluva party. Interestingly enough, a former member of the NSM, Mike McQueeny, who was dismissed after a violent episode at one of the groups confabs, has a tattoo shop in Thailand and enjoyed bringing back tokens of his appreciation to Schoep. Trips to Thailand cost a lot of money. But then if you are raking it in, you tend to want to live large.
As some questions get answered, more are born. One burning question in all of this is, if it is true and Schoep and Pierpont have a close relationship both personally and business wise, how much does Bill White know? When the NSM88 Record store opened I eagerly wrung my hands and openly waited for another Shop White fiasco as I was sure that Bill had his hands in that pie. He told me, "Actually, my whole contribution to this project was contributing to the bulk uploading of the image files -- grunt work.
"Jeff and company had this in the works since long before I joined the NSM."
I can't help but wonder if William A. White knows who the "company" in "Jeff and company" is. I'll bet he does - and I don't buy that his hands aren't in there somewhere - not for one minute.
For many years now I have chronicled the exceedingly violent and seedy realm of hate. The violence still appalls me. The degenercy of its members never ceases to disgust me. The illogic of their "logic" somehow still astounds me. But, their fickle nature when it comes to saying one thing and doing another simply blows my mind. For all of their bluster and blow about family and values and purety - few have families, most have no sense of value, and no one can claim "purety" with hearts as black as theirs. They call for unity and declare certain individuals and groups as people unacceptable, yet those are the very people who they cleave to when it appears that they are all alone.
It is often said that hate is born out of fear - fear of the unknown, fear of the unfamiliar, or fear of the loss of power. Their every day activities demonstrate the validity of this theory in many ways. Should the scenario just presented turn out to be valid, there is no way that any of them could ever hold their heads up again - or so sane people would think. Yet, they have a way of excusing the past and rationalizing ( as best they can) their acceptance of the very ones they castigated. None of this will make any sense to the rest of us. But, to them, in their own little microcosm of life, it will be justifiable.
I feel certain that there is much more on the Jeff Schoep/Anthony Pierpont than we have heard to date. There are many on the racist right who are still fuming over Pierpont and who consider him no more than last week's garbage. It will be interesting to see how many of his naysayers flock around him if he ever resurfaces. I've said it many times before, and I don't mind saying it all again - the racist "Movement" really isn't about anything other than money and a little bit of power. Those who know how to manipulate large groups of people float right to the top of the hate ladder where they manipulate others into doing their bidding and forking over the greenbacks while they are saying yes sir to their leader. None of this is based on principles or beliefs. It is merely a way to give the anguished someone to blame while the fleecing continues.