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June 11th, 2009
04:44 PM ET

Confessions of a former Neo-Nazi skinhead

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/06/11/hate.groups/art.museum.door.gi.jpg caption="An FBI investigator looks over gunshot holes in the door of the U.S. Holocaust Museum on Thursday."]

Program Note: Author and former Neo-Nazi skinhead TJ Leyden will join Anderson tonight to discuss the views and innerworkings of this country's hate groups and shed light on yesterday's fatal shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. Below is the preface to Leyden's book entitled, "Skinhead Confessions." Tune in to AC360° tonight at 10p ET.

TJ Leyden
Author, "Skinhead Confessions"

I heard the gasp of horror and knew I’d been caught. For several years I had hidden the depth of my involvement in the Skinheads from my parents, covering up my tattoos with long shirts, concealing my violent life through lies and deceit. Until now, my own mother hadn’t known how far I was entrenched in the world of hate.

“What are those?” she cried, pointing at my body, which was covered from my neck to the middle of my back in graphic, sinister tattoos. “Tell me or I will call the police!”

No way in hell I was going to tell her what they meant—the hate crimes I had committed, the people I’d hurt, stabbed, and maimed to earn those tattoos. No way would I tell her about the hundreds of kids I’d initiated to follow me into the White Power Movement and the things they did for me every day.

She picked up the phone, her eyes locked on mine. They connected her to the gang unit of the Redlands Police Department. She questioned the officer about what she had seen, and her eyes grew bigger in disbelief. I showed no emotion, even as he told her that the person she was talking about must be a fully indoctrinated and active Skinhead. Then . . . the inevitable question. Did she personally know the dangerous person with the tattoos?

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  1. Engreck Butler

    I think people like Rush and Gingrich have these type of crimes to be thankful for. Rush talks about this everyday and he must realize what he is saying, in so many words that the white world now has a black man in charge to give orders. This is his only topic each and everyday, talking about Obama, expressing his true heart of hate. We need to check his background to see if he is a part of these groups which are full of hate, after all this is all he talks about HATE.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm |