Those who knew James W. von Brunn, an elderly white separatist who shot and killed a guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington on Wednesday, was under stress over his personal finances. “He said his Social Security had been cut and that he was barely making it,” John de Nugent told the Washington Post. “He felt it was the direct result of someone in Washington looking at his Web site.” In one of his e-mail blasts, the Annapolis, Md., man wrote, “It’s time to kill all the Jews.”
Von Brunn was known for decades to fellow white supremacists who read his elaborate conspiracy theories on his Web site and met him through a network of radical racist groups. He was tracked by civil rights groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, has kept an eye on him since 1981. Lately, it has focused on his Web site, www.holywesternempire.org. Von Brunn, 88, worked at Noontide Press, a California-based distributor of books on the “Jewish Question.” His book, “Kill the Best Gentiles,” is a screed against the Talmud.