FBI agents found a how-to manual for assassins when they searched the apartment of a U.S. neo-Nazi charged with threatening to kill an Ottawa lawyer, documents show.
The book, Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors, was seized during the court-approved Oct. 17, 2008, search of Bill White's apartment in Roanoke, Va., says an FBI property report.
A grand jury indicted Mr. White on Dec. 11 for allegedly threatening five people including Canadian Richard Warman, whose campaign against Internet hate speech has angered right-wing extremists.
A self-styled "commander" of the far-right American National Socialist Workers Party, Mr. White had written "Kill Richard Warman" on his Web site and posted the human rights lawyer's home address.
Warman "should be drug out into the street and shot," Mr. White wrote, adding he "is an enemy, not just of the white race, but of all humanity and must be killed. Find him at home and let him know you agree."
Mr. White has denied making any threats.
In September, Mr. Warman and Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber traveled to Virginia to testify before a grand jury that was hearing the case against Mr. White. (Threatening comments about Mr. Farber had also been posted on Mr. White's Web site.)
Federal investigators subsequently raided two Virginia addresses linked to Mr. White. The searches yielded computer equipment, files on other white supremacists, a letter about Jewish writer Elie Wiesel and a single copy of Hit Man, which was taken out of print a decade ago after a man murdered three people in Maryland and claimed he had used the book as a how-to guide.
"Within the pages of this book you will learn one of the most successful methods of operation used by an independent contractor," reads the preface. "Step by step you will be taken from research to equipment selection to job preparation to successful job completion."
In addition to Mr. Warman, Mr. White allegedly threatened a Miami Herald columnist and a New Jersey mayor between 2006 and 2008, according to the indictment. After announcing the charges U.S. prosecutor Julia Dudley said Mr. White has the right to free speech but "he does not have the right to threaten to injure, intimidate and extort innocent people."During the searches, the FBI also seized a disc labeled "Free Rev. Dr. Matt Hale." Mr. White has been charged with publicizing the home address of the foreman of a Chicago jury that convicted Mr. Hale, a white supremacist