White supremacist’s book reportedly inspired Oklahoma bomber McVeigh
ASSOCIATED PRESS, July 23, 2002
MILL VALLEY, W. Va., July 23 — White supremacist William Pierce, the author of ‘The Turner Diaries,’ which is believed to have influenced Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, died Tuesday at his compound in Pocahontas County. He was 68.
‘The Turner Diaries,’ written under the pen name of Andrew MacDonald and published in 1978, portrays the violent overthrow of the federal government and the killing of Jews and non-whites to establish an ‘Aryan’ world.
MCVEIGH PROMOTED BOOK
The book drew national attention in 1996 when it was reported that McVeigh was a fan and promoted the book before the April 1995 bombing.
Pierce was the leader of the white supremacist group, National Alliance, which operates from a spartan, two-story steel building on 400 acres deep in the Appalachians, about four hours southwest of Washington.
DeMarias said the National Alliance would continue to operate ‘as it did before.’
Mark Potok with the Southern Poverty Law Center said Pierce’s death was a ‘very, very significant development.’
“This is the major hate group in the United States. It’s the most organized, the best run and the wealthiest. This is a group that pulls in over a million dollars a year mainly through the sale of white power music and white supremacist or neo-Nazi literature,” said Potok, editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s intelligence report.
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