KKK Member Testifies On The Evils Of The Klan


Former KKK Member Testifies On The Evils Of The Klan

November 13, 2008
By Dave Spencer

A civil lawsuit in Meade County surrounding a teenager who was verbally and physically assaulted brought a former Klu Klux Klan member to testify.

The testimony came from a former Klu Klux Klan member and included allegations the imperial wizard on trial, had a plot to kill the co-founder of a group designed to stop KKK activity.

18 year old Jordan Gruver says KKK Imperial wizard Ron Edwards and Klansman Jarrod Hensley share in the responsibility of what happened to him at Meade County Fair two years ago.

Saying Hensley and members of the KKK shouted racial slurs, spit and kicked the teenager. Edwards was the man who ordered them to do so.

Edwards says he was never aware of the incident, “I don’t believe in what happened. I don’t condone what happened. If i was there i would have stopped it.”

Both Edwards and Hensley are defending themselves. Hensley entered a guilty plea to the assault and served time. They both say they don’t have enough money for a lawyer.

Attorney’s for Gruver had a former KKK member testify about his past experiences with Edwards.

Kale Todd Kelly told the jury this, “Mr. Edwards was a very dangerous man to me. He promotes violence and hatred among anyone who he feels threatens him, minorities, Jews, blacks, I lived with him. I know this.”

Kelly went on to tell the jury about the plot to assassinate the founder of the southern poverty law center, the same organization that now represents the teenager in this case.

Gruver is asking for six million dollars for compensation and whatever the jury wants to award for punitive damages.

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Woman Killed Trying to Leave KKK Ritual

(COVINGTON, La.) — After a Ku Klux Klan initiation at a Louisiana campsite went awry, authorities said, a recruit who tried to back out was shot dead. The body of the woman, who traveled from Oklahoma, was dumped on a rural roadside and covered with brush. Her belongings were set aflame.

But the cover-up was stillborn: The body was found Monday, a day after the shooting. By Tuesday, a local Klan leader sat in jail on a second-degree murder charge, and seven others were charged with trying to help conceal the crime. “The IQ level of this group is not impressive, to be kind,” St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said Tuesday. (See photos of Election ’08 in Civil Rights Ground Zero)

The woman, whose identity was not released, was recruited over the Internet to participate in the ritual and then return to her home state to find other members for the white supremacist group, Strain said.

It wasn’t clear what rites awaited her at the campsite, but authorities believe the initiation had begun by the time the shooting happened. Strain said the group’s leader, Raymond “Chuck” Foster, 44, shot and killed her Sunday night after a fight broke out when she asked to be taken back to town.

Foster was charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond. Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department, said he doesn’t know if Foster has an attorney.

Seven others — five men and two women ages 20 to 30 — were charged with obstruction of justice and were held on $500,000 bond at the St. Tammany Parish jail. All eight of the suspects live in neighboring Washington Parish, but Bonnett said he couldn’t immediately identify their hometowns.

Authorities said some of the suspects tried to destroy evidence by burning the woman’s belongings along with other items. At the campsite, investigators found weapons, several flags and six Klan robes, some emblazoned with patches reading “KKK LIFE MEMBER” or “KKK SECURITY Enforcement.”

Strain said the woman arrived in the Slidell, La., area last week and was met by two people connected to the Klan group. She was taken during the weekend to the campsite near Sun, La., on the banks of the Pearl River. Sun is about 60 miles north of New Orleans. “We haven’t completely sorted out if they finished the initiation,” Bonnett said, adding he wasn’t aware of any other KKK-related cases during his three years with the department. “I assume that they had started it, but I don’t know if they were finished.”

Authorities said the group’s members called themselves the “Dixie Brotherhood.”

Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, said the Dixie Brotherhood appears to be a small, loosely organized group of people.

“This is not what I would call an established Klan group,” he said. “The Klan has a pretty high association with violence. Some of these guys are just crooks, sociopaths.”

But the sheriff said the public shouldn’t feel endangered.

“I can’t imagine anyone feeling endangered or at risk by any one of these kooks,” Strain said.

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