January 16, 2018

Matt Hale is out of the Supermax

A lot of the neo-Nazi drama for the first five years or so of the 21st Century came from this POS. And they just moved him to a medium-security prison close to his old stomping grounds.

Matt Hale, the one-time leader of the Creativity Movement, formerly the World Church of the Creator, who is currently in prison for conspiring to kill a federal judge, has been moved into a medium security prison in Indiana after serving the past eleven years in the Supermax prison in Florence, CO.

Matt Hale in 2015.
Matt Hale in 2015.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, Hale, 44, is now at FCI Terre Haute, which currently houses several well-known terrorists such as John Walker Lindh, known as the “American Taliban”, and was also where White Supremacist radio host Hal Turner served during his incarceration. Hale was moved to the facility sometime last week.

In 1996, Hale became the head of what was then called the World Church of the Creator, a violent White Supremacist organization whose members have been involved in a number of crimes over the years, including murder. Most notable of them was the 1999 shooting spree by WCOTC member Benjamin Smith who specifically targeted people of color and Jews across two states over two days, killing former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, in Evanston, Illinois, a 26-year-old Korean graduate student, Won-Joon Yoon in Bloomington, Indiana, and injuring nine Orthodox Jews before turning his gun on himself.

Hale was a prominent figure within White Supremacist circles holding rallies and public meetings in libraries across the country and appearing regularly on television news programs. He was convicted in 2004 of soliciting the murder of Chicago Federal Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow, who presided over the copyright trial filed against the WCOTC by a Oregon church demanding they cease using their name, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison. He is not eligible for release until 2037.

Now called the Creativity Movement, the church Hale ran has fallen out of prominence over the years. It’s most notable adherent is Craig Cobb, the White Supremacist who attempted to take over a small town in North Dakota in 2011.

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