Let’s check in, shall we, on Paul Craig Cobb—he goes by Craig Cobb—the 62-year-old neo-Nazi white separatist from Canada who was eventually hounded by criminal charges to the minuscule hamlet of Leith, North Dakota, where, as reported in this blog a couple months ago, he intended to establish a racially pure enclave. His idea was to make Leith into an autonomous whites-only town, and perhaps eventually to make all of North Dakota into a “white bastion” of the sort that has been dreamed of by white supremacists in places like the Pacific Northwest. As Dr. Phil would say: how’s that been working out for you? Not so well, as it turns out.
|Craig Cobb (right)|
|Location of Leith, in Grant County, North Dakota|
|A sign on Cobb’s property refers to one of the 73 “credos” (chapters)|
of the Church of the Creator’s 1981 holy text, The White Man’s Bible.
Then the white-supremacist settlers started arriving, including April Gaede, a fellow “Creator” (as followers of the Church of Creator, oddly enough, call themselves) and Holocaust-denier who used to bring her pre-teen twin daughters Lynx and Lamb Gaede around to White Power rallies and music fests as a white-nationalist pop singing duo called Prussian Blue. Gaede and her husband are vocal proponents of setting up an archipelago of all-white communes across the country under the name “Little Europe,” which quickly became a tentative name for the proposed racially-purified Leith. (She is also a former B-movie actress who appeared in the 2003 straight-to-video horror flick Darkwalker. Lynx and Lamb had cameos in that one, too, and are listed in the cast as playing “Creepy Twin” nos. 1 and 2. This is where I need to interject that I am not making any of this up. But keep reading. It doesn’t even let up.)
|Patience and Prudence they ain’t:|
Lynx and Lamb Gaede of the white-supremacist pop due Prussian Blue
|American Indians came out in force to stand up for tolerance in Leith.|
Cobb called the test results “statistical noise” and “short science” (sic)—and is probably not likely to be convinced of it anyway, since understanding the data might involve accepting evolution ... plus the idea that all human beings are 100% African insofar as that is where humanity emerged. Etc. etc. But he seems to have taken the genomic results rather hard. Though there are no legal grounds for forcing someone out of a town just because of his personal views (and nor should there be, to be sure), he and his fellow “Little Europeans” (which I’m sure is not what members of the Leith commune call themselves) were more and more isolated and more and more reviled. On November 16th, Cobb sort of snapped. He sent text messages to the local newspaper warning, “Because of the many violences [sic] and harassments against we [sic] and the children, we have commenced armed patrols of Leith”—and then he and a fellow white supremacist approached the home of another town councilman with rifles cocked. 911 was dialed, and the “patrolmen” were arrested and slapped with three counts, including terrorism.
|This “neighborhood patrol” eventually segued into a perp walk.|
|In happier times: Cobb, posing with some Estonian skinhead friends,|
with the Church of the Creator flag