White Supremacist James Von Brunn, Holocaust Museum Shooter, Dies at 89
I don’t mourn this man’s death. I mourn for the family of Stephen Johns, the black security guard that he killed. Especially, I think about his son who is growing up without a father.
I’m not alone in the feeling. One of the guards who shot Von Brunn in June, Harry Weeks, expressed mixed feelings of shock, relief, and sadness, but felt that the case should have gone to court. He lauded Johns, who he believes “was a good man. […] It’s been very hard, there’s not a day that I don’t think about him when I’m on post.”
I had a feeling that because of his advanced age, Von Brunn would not live to stand trial. But he went down with his murderous and racist feelings intact. No remorse at all.
A notebook that law enforcement officers said they found in Mr. von Brunn’s 2002 red Hyundai, which he had double-parked outside the museum’s 14th Street entrance before the shooting, appeared to offer insight into his thinking.
“You want my weapons — this is how you’ll get them,” Mr. von Brunn wrote in a note he had signed, according to the arrest affidavit.
“The Holocaust is a lie,” the note read. “Obama was created by Jews. Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do. Jews captured America’s money. Jews control the mass media.”
(CNN) — James von Brunn, who was accused of killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June, died Wednesday morning at a hospital in North Carolina, his attorney said.
“He was just very sick,” public defender A.J. Kramer said. “It is a sad end to a very sad occurrence.”
Von Brunn, 89, a self-avowed white supremacist, was a known Holocaust denier who created an anti-Semitic Web site called “The Holy Western Empire.”
Kramer said officials from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons transferred von Brunn to an undisclosed hospital, apparently realizing his condition was worsening. Before being moved, von Brunn was undergoing mental competency tests at a prison facility in Butner, North Carolina.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.
A federal grand jury indicated von Brunn in July on murder charges in the death of Stephen Tyrone Johns, a six-year veteran of the museum’s security staff, the Justice Department said.
Von Brunn, of Annapolis, Maryland, faced a seven-count indictment in the June 10 attack. Four of the counts could have made him eligible for the death penalty. He also was charged with gun violations and hate crimes.
Officers at the museum returned fire and shot him, and he was hospitalized.
In July, against his will, von Brunn was ordered to undergo psychiatric testing. He ignored the advice of the judge and his defense attorney and addressed the court during a hearing to fight any delays.
“Your Constitution guarantees me a speedy and fair trial,” he said from his wheelchair to U.S. District Judge Reginald Walton.
Von Brunn repeatedly claimed The Diary of Anne Frank, a widely read book about a teenage girl’s experiences under Nazi rule, was a hoax.
The museum shooting occurred on a day the museum was to stage a play based on Anne Frank and two days before what would have been her 80th birthday.