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James von Brunn, accused holocaust museum shooter, dies in hospital

The 89-year-old man accused in June's fatal shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum died Wednesday, according to his defense attorney and prison officials.

James W. von Brunn, a white supremacist, died of undetermined causes while in custody of U.S. authorities in North Carolina, where he was undergoing psychological tests at a federal prison, his attorney said.

His lawyer, the District's federal public defender A.J. Kramer, said he did not know the cause of death or the circumstances. Von Brunn was wounded by a museum security guard after he opened fire on another guard on June 10,. That guard, Stephen T. Johns, 39, died.

Von Brunn was shot in the face.

Prison officials confirmed the death. Felicia Ponce, a spokeswoman for the federal prison system, said Von Brunn was pronounced dead shortly before 1 p.m. at a hospital near the prison, where he has being held.

-- Del Quentin Wilber

By Washington Post editors  |  January 6, 2010; 2:36 PM ET
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Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

I know, there are crazy people everywhere, but here, they have guns and are eager to use them to slaughter innocents. This is civilization?

Posted by: babsnjer | January 6, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

You're right. Other countries only allow their crazies use knives and bombs to slaughter innocents. Much more civilized.

Posted by: tcfenstermaker | January 6, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I just hope Lieutenant Aldo Raine was able to carve a swastika on his forehead before he left.

Posted by: seriesoftubescleaner | January 6, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

He couldn't have died sooner and saved some of that money spent on hospital and trial fees? Good riddence.

Posted by: akchild | January 6, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

It might take several flushes to dispose of his body. He's a pretty big piece.

Posted by: PepperDr | January 6, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hey - Good-Bye

I hope von Brunn's body was placed in the nearest garbage dumpster where it belongs. Let the rats have a hearty meal to start the new year.

Peace

Posted by: Digital_Voter | January 6, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

And one of the largest religions allows its young teenagers to blow up themselves in order to kill innocent children and other infidels unsympathetic to its cause and beliefs

Posted by: michaelhunt277 | January 6, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

babsnjer, the murderously hate-filled have arms wherever you go. Look at the news around the world. Read history. The only real question about guns is, should normal decent people be stripped defenseless, forced to be helpless victims of the next armed attacker, or actually "allowed" the human and constitutional right to protect their own lives and that of their families?

Posted by: LStarr3 | January 6, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

open to leter to what i hope and presume is the, Alleged my but,t racist murder now dead made that way by again what i hope and believe was true justice from another inamte. Sadly, our prison system is the last and true test of ciminality and the last form of true justice. Since these criminals have more rights than the law abiding citizens these so called laws are in place to protect one can only hope a criminal is sent to prison where true justice rings. May that old nazi motha F'er burn in hell

Posted by: ursofakingdumb1 | January 6, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Again people try and blame the tools.

These days, firearms are not the main killers any longer anyway. Bombs do much more damage, can be detonated without the attacker even needing to be near (or detonated with precision if he or she is okay with going up with it) and are, in fact, much easier to acquire than firearms.

It's not about guns, that's a red herring. We need to get to the people behind the weapons, whatever they are.

When we can do so successfully, then we'll have earned the right to say we have become more civilized.

Posted by: mmajor1 | January 6, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Alleged?

Posted by: justanotherguy | January 6, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

If the emergency responders had taken their time and let von Brunn bleed out, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary helath care costs could have been avoided. This is one case where a "Death Panel" would have been welcome.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 6, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I know, there are crazy people everywhere, but here, they have guns and are eager to use them to slaughter innocents. This is civilization?

Posted by: babsnjer | January 6, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Hate to break it to you, but bad people who are well motivated tend to find their way to a firearm one way or another the world over. Or they just use something else. The kindergarten in Scotland, the grade school in Finland, the subways in Madrid and Moscow, the coffee shop in Port Arthur Australia, the buses in London, the poor immigrant who was machete'd in Switzerland by white nationalists... They find a way. We don't have a monopoly on crazy and/or violent by a long shot.

Posted by: ModestProposal | January 6, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for dying and saving us taxpayers the cost of a long trail and a stay on death row. Too bad the scum didn't die sooner.

Posted by: futbolclif | January 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

** Note: while writing this post, the author amended the title of the article to include the word "alleged"


Given the fact that our federal criminal justice system will soon be placed on the world stage (referring to the planned KSM trial in Manhanattan) - - I would like to ask the author these questions:

Why does the title of your article not refer to this deceased man as the "alleged" shooter? After all, he has never been tried or convicted of the charge. Nor will he ever be --unless of course we start trying dead people in this country. (Watch the trial attorneys start drooling now).

And to be even more politically correct, shouldn't your article state that he died an innocent man?

After all, we're repeatedly being told that one is innocent in this country until proven guilty.

I'm not being facetious. If these simple questions cause the average American citizen to have a mental short circuit, then how easy a task will it be for the Administration to explain and sell the $100,000,000.00 Manhattan trial of KSM as a model of justice to be respected by the Muslim world?

Note to the ACLU - this is your cue to rush in and defend the honor and memory of Mr. von Brunnof.

Posted by: TPaine76 | January 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The only real question about guns is, should normal decent people be stripped defenseless, forced to be helpless victims of the next armed attacker, or actually "allowed" the human and constitutional right to protect their own lives and that of their families?

Posted by: LStarr3 | January 6, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, there are probably other "REAL" questions about guns, don't you think?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 6, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

tcfenstermaker wrote: "Other countries only allow their crazies use knives and bombs to slaughter innocents. Much more civilized."
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No one is calling those countries to which you refer "civilized." But we shouldn't have to compare America to the the worst countries in the world in order to convince ourselves how great WE are. Let's compare ourselves with France, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden or are they too civilized for us, the greatest country in history, to aspire to?

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | January 6, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I hope it was painful as hell. Some people deserve it. This guy was one of them. Have fun in the flames.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 6, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Hole

Posted by: upland_bill | January 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Give him a Jewish funeral, that would be the ultimate irony...

Posted by: ozpunk | January 6, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

We should remember Steve Johns and simply forget this guy, whoever he was.

Posted by: impressed1 | January 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hope he lived his last 6+ months in unremitting agony.

Oh, and how's the would-be underwear bomber doin' without his b@lls?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 6, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I would have preferred he lived in confinment with his injuries for another 20 years just as I hope the Ft. Hunt shooter is forced to do. As to Constitutional rights (including the 2nd Amendment), what critics don't seem to understand is that they exist to protect you and, in order to assure their continuance, must be applied to all including total a-holes like von Brunn.

Posted by: Golem | January 6, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope Steve Johns is there holding the door for the chute to hell and then gives von Brunn a swift kick in the butt to speed him on his way.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | January 6, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse


I hope he burns in hell forever. I spit on this racist's memory.

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | January 6, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

to babsnjer:

I don't think anybody claims America is civilized.

We're a rich country that can't afford health care and a powerful country that's scared of everything - hence the need for guns, torture, unjustifiable war, etc.

Posted by: bflorhodes | January 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of Oswald.

Posted by: coqui44 | January 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha, good riddance you loser. Hope it was a painful death, filled with the knowledge that you were despised by all and respected by none.

Posted by: hangjbat | January 6, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Posted by: Ofnoan | January 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Shot in the face"???!!! The SOB should have been shot in the balls.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | January 6, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Alleged? hello, editor....

Posted by: wyatt1340 | January 6, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It's good this loathsome old racist died. Let's hope it was slow and painful. Carry him fast to his grave.

Posted by: dsrobins | January 6, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

So bflorhodes, since you think America is such a bad place to be, send us a postcard from whatever country you'll be calling your home from now on.

Maybe they'll be as glad to have you as we will be to see you go!

Posted by: NeverLeft | January 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This jerk wasted his life at every opportunity. Old, penniless and bitter he refused to take responsibility for his actions. He prefered to hate and blame others for his own failings.

He was the perfect perfect storm of loser & a'hole...

Posted by: rwolf01 | January 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

the Hoaxes continute....

Gee how convenient, the Holocaust Museum shooter dies before he can talk; the alleged shooter Hasan at Fort Hood is locked away in a hospital and can't talk apparently, the 2001 Shoe Bomber and the 2009 Underwear Bomber apparently are speechless and incompetent; the Madrid Train bombers apparently blew themselves all up all at once in one convenient poof of smoke, and the list goes on.

At what point are Americans going to recognize Mossad operations as part of political comedy???

Posted by: punkumin | January 6, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Boys, git to the store and git yerself some clorox. We gotta whiten up our sheetz fer the funeral.

Posted by: mintchocolatechip | January 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

At least the scumbag got to suffer for a few months before kicking it.

Hope he had some nice black and Jewish medical professionals helping him on his journey to hell.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 6, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

May he rest in peace

James W. von Brunn, a white supremacist

He shined a light on how holocaust denial is a intoxicating conciliator problem with white supremacists. His inability to learn the facts of history and reconcile his incorrect position is sad and disturbing. The problem it seems to me is that he at one point in his life may have felt inferior and looked up to leaders such as Hitler and later found out that [Hitler] was a monster.

His position on the Holocaust did not happen is a argument that took its toll. Imagine him trying to explain his position to young folks that are equipped with the internet and history textbooks that have the complete history of WWII.

Only skinheads would enjoy his company or his insights. He knew what Hitler done to Western Europe Jews during WWII, but this was flaw in his argument.

Posted by: nateminor | January 6, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Alleged? PC lives!

Posted by: JAH3 | January 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

so he was murdered and wapo doesn't want to say he was...
no matter what he did, he still had a right to a trial...
not an immediate death sentence...
and this goes for everyone...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

ozpunk wrote:
Give him a Jewish funeral, that would be the ultimate irony...
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Now that's a great idea!

Posted by: NormReisig | January 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

You and Hilter should have lots to discuss.

Posted by: dlkimura | January 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm in no way defending this guy, but I'm sure I will be attacked for it.

He was a bad man, but I'm shocked at the amount of posts saying they hoped it was a 'slow and painful' death. It seems that people are stooping to his level by wishing evil on others. No matter how evil one is, one does not deserve to die that way. Leave his sins to be judged in the afterlife, we as humans have no right. Besides, let he without sin cast the first stone. Do you really want someone to say the same for your death?

Posted by: peacenlove | January 6, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Von Brunn, like Herman Goerring before him, got off easy.

One of these days, the likes of racists and Holpcaust deniers like him will no longer exist -- perhaps not in my lifetime -- but one of these days . . .

Posted by: retiree11 | January 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This man did what he did, and no one can change the outcome. I would hope he used his time in prison to reflect and repent for his actions. Not to have done so is the final tragedy of his life.

Posted by: minniebelle | January 6, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

TPaine76 - I see your point, but "alleged" is a legal term. It should certainly be applied to him while he was under the court's authority, but he is dead now. The U.S. legal system no longer applies to him and we are therefore able to use regular english language. There is zero question as to whether or not he committed this crime, and while a jury of his peers didn't say so, we all know he did it.

Even if he were still alive, we could still refer to him as the Holocaust Museum killer, just not the convicted Holocaust Museum killer.

He's dead, I'm glad, and I can think of a whole lot of things to call him that fall outside of the WaPo's guidelines.

Posted by: justanotherguy | January 6, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Modest proposal wrote: "Hate to break it to you, but bad people who are well motivated tend to find their way to a firearm one way or another the world over."

From a study of gun violence from the University of Pennsylvania:

"Compared to other industrialized countries, violence and firearm death rates in the United States are disproportionately high. Of the approximately 50 upper- and middle-income countries with available data, an estimated 115,000 firearm deaths occur annually and the U.S. contributes about 30,000. Among industrialized nations, the U.S. firearm-related death rate is more than twice that of the next highest country. The firearm death rate for this period in the U.S. (14.24 per 100,000) is eight times the average rate of its economic counterparts (1.76)."

Now, if you'd like to compare the United States to say, Rwanda, I guess we come out ahead. Look at the facts, they tell the story. 30,000 annual deaths. And for the congenital idiots who claim that it's all about defending ourselves, anyone want to hazard a guess as to how many of those 30,000 deaths are a result of self-defense?

Here's the final irony: I am a gun owner. But I would gladly favor laws that require extensive background checks, registration and mandatory safety and proficiency training as well as mandatory safety devices for guns kept in the home. Also, an end to secondary markets like gun shows where even the flimsy regulations we have now are overlooked.

The unfortunate truth, however, is that the cat is already out of the bag. We are flooded with guns in this country and this ridiculous, tragic, senseless tide of firearm related death and injury will continue. And of course the last bit: it affects the young disproportionately.

As to the argument that you can't blame the tools, I'd like someone to show me statistics from a modern industrialized nation that prove that people without guns use knives and large rocks and their death rates are the same. Pathetically ridiculous. All you're arguing is that we're a nation of violent savages. You must be so proud!

Posted by: babsnjer | January 6, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

so he was murdered and wapo doesn't want to say he was...
no matter what he did, he still had a right to a trial...
not an immediate death sentence...
and this goes for everyone...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Dude was 89 years old and in poor health before he decided to go out and murder as many innocent people as possible, and was shot himself in the process... I'm not saying he died of natural causes, but hold off on the conspiracy theories until we have an autopsy report, Jumpy McConclusionpants.

Posted by: ModestProposal | January 6, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

May he roast in the eternal fires of Hell ...

Posted by: jpstang | January 6, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

good riddance. there are plenty of other people in the world, and in this country, who would better serve humanity by ceasing to exist.

Posted by: ThatCNDGirl | January 6, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Ok - "Jumpy McConclusionpants" -that's funny.

Posted by: justanotherguy | January 6, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

punkumin, didn't your doctors tell you that you need to take the meds EVERY DAY?

Posted by: PhilThijou | January 6, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

All you're arguing is that we're a nation of violent savages. You must be so proud!

Posted by: babsnjer | January 6, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a gun owner, I've never hurt anyone, and I've never thought that this nation is without its problems. I just find your wording condescending and pomopus. It's a shame that not everyone is as perfect as you clearly believe yourself to be.

Posted by: ModestProposal | January 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Taxpayers were given a break today. Money will not have to be spent putting this moronic racist on trial. I personally hope he suffered before he died.

Posted by: SGMWinstead | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I want to express my heartfelt condolensces to the right wing wackos that litter this blog.

Posted by: dc1020008 | January 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how to feel about this one...I was looking forward to him being tortured in prison for the rest of his miserable life...death was too good for him; hope someone hammered him in the head several times before he gave up the ghost.

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"It might take several flushes to dispose of his body. He's a pretty big piece."

LMAO - my laugh du jour. THANK YOU.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | January 6, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is: This poor excuse for a man was able to live a full life. The young man he killed...not so lucky. Sad.

Posted by: BasicInstinct | January 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Hope he's buried in an anonymous grave, so white supremacist droolers can't use his grave as a shrine.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Palin lost her running mate.

Posted by: truth1 | January 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

One man's rage against an insane,unfair system that keeps us all enslaved.Well,90% of us anyway.I predict this is only a start.

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 6, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"A great loss to the teabagging community."

Posted by: johng1 | January 6, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Israeli's laugh at dead American soldiers

FACT !!

Thousands of soldiers from our allies such as Iceland,Czech Republic,Australia,United Kingdom,Albania,Ukraine,Germany,Japan,S.Korea,Tonga,Denmark,N Zealand,Poland,Mongolia,Latvia,Spain,Hungry,Norway,Italy and many,many others have sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan ..BUT NOT ISRAEL !

Thats right,not one Israeli soldier has ever served here!
Our "friend and ally" Israel recieves billions of $$$ in aid every year from the United States...but spits in our face !!!

Israeli's sit back and laugh while American soldiers die for them !!

Where is the outrage ????

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

James W. von Brunn, a white supremacist,
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One less hater dead...

Posted by: lindy226 | January 6, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank God a level headed person with a firearm took that bastard out before he could kill anyone else.

Posted by: Jake_Skins | January 6, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Innocent till proven guilty.

Posted by: OliverH2 | January 6, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

well, this is one person who will not be missed.

and it's comforting to know that the taxpayer won't have to foot the bill for a lengthy trial.

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | January 6, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Sad that so many here seem to be more concerned with making sure that this guy "suffered" rather than recognizing that he was sick. That doesn't mean he was a good guy, but he was sick. And wishing others to suffer is also sick. But of course it feels so good to spew out hatred when it's "justified" since that's a lot easier than trying to change anything or educate anyone.

Posted by: taylorb1 | January 6, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

...
no matter what he did, he still had a right to a trial...
not an immediate death sentence...
and this goes for everyone...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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Well said - hear, hear!

Posted by: apn3206 | January 6, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

why are so many posters presuming he was shot? he was 89 years old.

in the words of beanie (Old School 2003), "that's what old people do. they die."

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | January 6, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

A sad day for the right wing.

Posted by: vztownes | January 6, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the use of the word "alleged" -- the Post is missing the point. Mr. von Brunn wasn't the "alleged" shooter; he WAS the shooter. What was "alleged" was that he was guilty of murder/manslaughter/etc.

Those are legal terms -- crimes -- and are only "alleged" until proven. Despite the fact (and it is a fact) that he fired his rifle in the Holocaust Museum, he could have theoretically been found not guilty for a number of reasons (e.g., insanity; failure of the prosecution to introduce any evidence at all; etc.). But there is no doubt that Mr. von Brunn walked into museum and shot. Thus, while he may have been the "alleged" agent of manslaughter or murder, he's not the "alleged shooter."

Posted by: BLT5 | January 6, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Great news for the day. One less vile human being in the USA. These losers are societal failures and with each passing, may fade into oblivion where they belong.

Posted by: jharlin00 | January 6, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

He's now innocent of all charges. And that's the way it will be recorded in history. But on a positive note it saves the tax payers the expense of a trial.

Posted by: askgees | January 6, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Alledged?? The person that wrote that must be the speech write for the Sec. of the TSA. "Made-Made!!"

Posted by: doughboy96 | January 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

He's now innocent of all charges. And that's the way it will be recorded in history. But on a positive note it saves the tax payers the expense of a trial.

Posted by: askgees | January 6, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

There must be a better way to describe someone who was observed to have committed a crime. Alleged... Accused.... BS.

Posted by: sacomment | January 6, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Glad to know he's dead. Too bad he didn't die years earlier (violently, miserably, needless to say) before he could convert others to his scummy "thinking." Barring that, he could have died en route to the
USHM, thereby allowing Steven Johns, may he rest in peace, to live.

But he's dead. Good riddance. Hope he suffered every moment he spent at taxpayer's expense.

The earth is now that much purer.

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | January 6, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1

Shalom !Its so sad that you are so ill informed.I bet that you are just back from a trip to Israel,paid for by U.S taxdollars and funded by Sen Joe "Leiberman"

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Jesse Helms is waiting in hell so they can swap stories while they wait their turn

Posted by: smoothdj40 | January 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1

Shalom !Its so sad that you are so ill informed.I bet that you are just back from a trip to Israel,paid for by U.S taxdollars and funded by Sen Joe "Leiberman"

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse
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So sad that you are just back from a trip to the Vatican for a child-raping soiree paid for by Ben Nelson.

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | January 6, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1

Shalom !Its so sad that you are so ill informed.I bet that you are just back from a trip to Israel,paid for by U.S taxdollars and funded by Sen Joe "Leiberman"

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse
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So sad that you are just back from a trip to the Vatican for a child-raping soiree paid for by Ben Nelson.

POint of clarification: That would be Senator Vatican Bennie, just given a one hundred million dollar "donation" of our taxpayer dollars for your child-raping child raping co-religionists could pass a "health care bill" depriving women the right to choice.

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | January 6, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Steven Johns was good and honorable man. We should mourn his loss and support his family in their grief and healing.

May the man who perpetrated the act be forgotten even by those who he called family. His name to be left unsaid as he is unworthy of even the little breath it would take to say that name.

Posted by: merrylees | January 6, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

A lot of very interesting comments. I wonder how many of you wrote similar comments after the Knoxville, Tennessee horror occured on January 6, 2007? Probably none of you did.

For the record, Mr. Christopher Newsom, and his girlfriend, Ms. Channon Christian, were car jacked and kidnapped on that date. Then they were savagely beaten, gang raped, tortured, disfigured, and murdered.

There was a lack of national press coverage of what was obviously a despicable Hate Crime. I contacted the Washington Post, among others, asking that the case receive more coverage, but did NOT receive a response. This is typical of the Washington Post, and others of the Main Stream Press and Media.

While the murder of Mr. Johns was also a despicable Hate Crime, at least the DC case received the national press it deserved.

The Knoxville Horror did not. Many believe that it did not receive coverage because the two innocent victims were White, while the perpetrators, are Black. I, for one believe this.

Please be fair in your response to all criminal outrages, regardless of the race of the people involved. Take the press to task for their willful ignorance of news worthy events.

Thank you.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | January 6, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Celebrate life, not daeth-let's move on.

Posted by: etokcha | January 6, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

jnrentz@aol.com
A lot of very interesting comments. I wonder how many of you wrote similar comments after the Knoxville, Tennessee horror occured on January 6, 2007? Probably none of you did.
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Did you post on this?

In May, co-ed Jennifer Justin Jinich, Wesleyan, was murdered by Stephen Morgan in the Campus Bookstore, shot down in cold blood. Morgan, a catholic, was a Jew hater, who had planned on executing Jews in the Wesleyan community.

This Catholic's Jew hating was known to the police as was his obsession with killing the beautiful young Jennifer. In fact, the day he murdered her in cold blood, he wrote in his planner, "Kill Jennifer."

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | January 6, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Another right wing idiot bites the dust. I don't blame security (HLS) in this county for checking out our home grown terrorist. They are no better than foreign ones. They have the same goal with different motives.

Posted by: billr40229 | January 6, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I think right wingers that talk about stripping them of their guns is nothing more than bull crap knee jerk reactions. There is nothing more political behind their statements than to use this as some sort of political statement. Get a life. The GOV is not coming after your guns. Watch the courts instead of shooting off your mouths.

Posted by: billr40229 | January 6, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

What a shame the GOP lost one of their right wing martyrs.

Posted by: billr40229 | January 6, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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