The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Just Can't Seem To Stop Killing Each Other

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Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Justice. Via.
Steven Walter "Stainless" Cooke, posing with the pistol authorities claim he later used to murder an ABT rival.
This week, we've given you a little background on the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, and some reasons why two experts familiar with the gang are skeptical that they could be behind the murders of Kaufman County DA Mark McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and ADA Mark Hasse. In short: because while the ABT are widely agreed to be violent, sociopathic meth-heads, they've never directed that violence at law enforcement officials before. (Mexican drug cartels, on the other hand, have proven themselves both willing and capable of assassinating public officials.)

Maybe the ABT has suddenly taken a bold leap forward in the murderous rampage department, spurred on by three dozen of them getting federally indicted late last year. Could be. The bottom line: we still have no idea who's involved in these killings, and a press conference this morning in Kaufman with Governor Rick Perry didn't shed any new light, although Perry did up the reward to $200,000 and vow to "hunt down and punish" the people responsible. The only thing we know for sure is that Nick Morale, the 56-year-old arrested yesterday for leaving a threatening phone message on a Crime Stoppers tip line, saying an unnamed county judge would be next to die, is very, very stupid.

But now we present another reason why ABT might be a long shot in the Kaufman County killings: because for the past decade or so, they've been very busy killing and maiming one another. For people said to refer to each other as "family" and "brothers," and their gatherings as "church," they sure fight like Cain and Abel.

Truly, the ABT just cannot seem to get along. Court documents and media reports suggest that since its inception, ABT leadership has been obsessed with maintaining control, compliance and loyalty among their members (something they share with their brothers-in-name-only, the California-founded Aryan Brotherhood. An unsealed FBI report from 1982 found a high level of informants in the AB, as well as murder contracts put out on members for "trivial reasons" and a "lack of dependability" between members).

The ABT seems to be in a constant state of "cleaning house," as Texas gang expert Terry Pelz put it to me yesterday, leaving them with very little time for much else. (Besides meth. There's always time for meth.) In fact, that house-cleaning seems to be what drew the feds' attention to the ABT in a serious way back around 2001. That's when the bullet-shredded body of gang associate Aaron Wade Otto, 27, was discovered near the Houston Ship Channel. The case wouldn't be solved for eleven years, when three ABT members serving time on other crimes were linked to the case.

Nothing gets the feds' attention like a random, bullet-strewn dead person. By 2008, the FBI, the ATF, and police forces across the state had focused in on the ABT and begun the probe that would lead the indictments. In the process, they collected a laundry list of crimes the gang committed on one another.

In 2007, Brent "Twist" Stalsby, an ABT lieutenant, and his wife Terry ("Peaches"), along with a captain called Charles Cameron "Mojo" Frazier, murdered another ABT couple because one of their fathers failed to pay back a debt he owed to another general in the gang. David "Super Dave" Mitchamore and his girlfriend, Christy Rochelle Brown, were both shot to death with a Winchester Model 1200 shotgun. Their bodies were discovered in a ditch in Nacogdoches.

In 2008, five Houston-area ABT members beat a prospective member who "violated the rules of conduct." In 2010 or 2011, a feared general named Steven "Stainless" Cooke ordered a dozen ABT members to stand in a circle and beat another member, in retribution for his stealing "dope, a gun, and a girlfriend from a ranking officer," as the Houston Chronicle put it. The whole thing was filmed on another ABT member's cellphone.

Or take the case of James Patrick "Wreck" Crawford, the man handed those two life sentences by a Kaufman County jury last August. The short version of the story is that Crawford was first arrested in connection with a shooting in Terrell. The long version is that Crawford had apparently kidnapped the wife of another ABT member, Jason Eugene Mask, as the DMN's Tanya Eiserer recently wrote. Crawford apparently also planned to cut off Masks's ABT tattoos. Instead, the two men got into a shootout in the middle of Dove Lane. Crawford was found by police in the front of his white Ford pickup with gunshot wounds to the chest. He had to be airlifted to a Dallas hospital for treatment. Mask fled and was later found at a local hospital, seeking treatment for his own gunshot wounds.

When 34 ABT members were indicted in November, several of them were charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, and kidnapping. All of that had to do with various generals ordering subordinate members to kill rival ABT members. In one instance, an ABT soldier was ordered murdered after he failed to kill another senior general. Disobeying a "DO," like breaking any other rules or talking to the police, was an offense punishable by death.

"What we noticed is that they tend to beat up on each other a lot," Malcolm Bales, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, told the Houston Chronicle at the time. "We continue to get information about people who have been disappeared, and the level of violence associated with their organization is something that we cannot tolerate. I don't compare them to the Mafia. They are too weird and dysfunctional in how they handle their lives -- heavy drug use and sociopathic personalities."

Most bizarrely, though, in May of 2011, 54-year-old Frank "Pancho" Roche, a heavily tattooed general with a handlebar mustache who lived in Baytown, was found slumped over the wheel of his crashed pickup truck, dying, along U.S. 59. He, at least, is believed to have died of natural causes. That must be some kind of record for an ABT member.


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TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Stainless Steve? Nice.

Apparently, all you really need to get into this club is an addictive personality, poor self control, a proclivity for violence and an awesome nickname.

roo_ster
roo_ster

OK, why in the world did law enforcement have to get in the way of their killing each other?  They brought their own chlorine to the gene pool party.  Let them pour...

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Why is it so hard to believe a white supremacist prison gang that sells meth and probably uses more than a little of it and whose members have a propensity to kill each other would be incapable of shooting prosecutors.

There is a lot of ballyhoo about the cartels, but I suspect much of this speculation comes from those opposed to immigration and hopes cartel killings in America will dissuade the passage of immigration reform.

Premeditated attacks on law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and jurors are terroristic attacks on our essential institutions and way of life, not to mention the effects on family and friends of the victims. Whether the cartel or meth addled racists, I trust the FBI, etc. will avenge their own.

lisa.dawn
lisa.dawn

A little history regarding this Aryan Brotherhood: The term "Aryan" comes from a Phoenician word, Arri, meaning  'noble one' thus we get the names SUM-ARIAN and aristocracy or ARIAN-STOCK-RACY. How does this history connect with the Arian Brotherhood we know of today?  From ancient times, the Royal Bloodlines bred a lineage of  people with blond hair, blue eyes to produce a race of human slave masters, the Aryans. Modern day Aryans are a result of these people desiring to be slavemasters using the Aryan Brotherhood/prison gangs as a cover and part of their mafia activities. To put it succinctly, this Aryan brotherhood mafia are the workers for the Royal Family bloodline. The Holocaust is a result of this same Royal Family Aryan Brotherhood putting Hitler in place to promote a war in which was of benefit to the banking system. The money ultimately goes to the "Crown of England" that controls the United States Corporation and the Vatican. It is sad that the innocent Jews and Germans have had so much taken away from them, and replaced, unjustly, with guilt by association.

In summary, the Aryan Brotherhood prison gangs are being used by the Mafia/Political leaders to misdirect the public and gain sympathy for rogue governmental officials. In this organized criminal organization, these members play both the victim and the perpetrator, often killing their own members in order to promote their agenda.

observist
observist topcommenter

Interesting to see that even masked racist gun-wielding criminal psychopaths have a variety of fridge magnets.

Daniel
Daniel

As I understand it, this is essentially a prison gang. On the outside, it has elements of a cult -- you can't just walk away from it, and the bar for betrayal is set very low. Add to this that the members are white-trash meth heads who typically have been convicted of violent felonies, and well, there you go. 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

also alarming is the mention of wives and girlfriends. the thought of these people procreating is terrifying.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

There's a simple solution. Just tell each member that another member is a snitch.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@roo_ster What I am wondering, are the non-specific reports that unnamed ABT members are helping the FBI in the Kaufman case, really just a ploy to make them kill each other at a faster pace?  If they think each other is snitching, these meth heads won't do a lot of due diligence to ensure that they have the right people. 

Next idea for law enforcement, send half of the ABT members a fruit basket with a thank you note.  Let things work their way out.  Then do it again with half of the remaining half.  Repeat.  No law enforcement personnel at risk, and the cost is just a few hundred spent at Cookie Bouquet.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@lisa.dawn "thus we get the names SUM-ARIAN and aristocracy or ARIAN-STOCK-RACY."

Don't forget CON--TRARIAN, lisa. And RO-TARIAN, SEMI-NARIAN, RASTA-FARIAN. LIB-RARIAN. And BOBBY DARIN. (Probably before your time.)

This conspiracy is far more widespread than even you can imagine.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@lisa.dawn Aha! I knew the Vatican was behind it! How do the Trilateral Commission, the Masons and the Boy Scots of America figure in?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@lisa.dawn lisa -- I'm offended that you choose to believe your conspiracy theory and not to believe mine, which has just as much information behind it. In fact, the two can probably be connected. Wasn't JFK working in league with the Vatican?

lisa.dawn
lisa.dawn

@bmarvel Ignoring the facts has created the big mess our world is in right now. People are starting to wake up. Beautiful change is ahead!

lisa.dawn
lisa.dawn

@bmarvel I appreciate your humor, but please stay with the facts...you are interfering with  our much needed human liberation.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@lisa.dawn lisa -- I went tripping back through your comments here over the months and discovered you're quite the conspiracy buff. Even Sandy Hook!

So I'm wondering if you know the one linking Nicole Simpson and the J.F.K. Assassination? I'll give you a hint: Hertz.

You can probably work out the rest for yourself. 

EfranSongerfeld
EfranSongerfeld

@lisa.dawn @bmarvel 

Um...I think you missed the whole point of bmarvel's use of 'Ockham's razor' and apparently you haven't read a single objective tome on Hitler's life and rise to power.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@bmarvel @lisa.dawn

Three can keep a secret if two are dead. The more involved the "conspiracy" the less likely it exists.

lisa.dawn
lisa.dawn

@bmarvel @lisa.dawn Which part of the information do you consider conspiracy? This is all factual information, only lazy brains have caused this important part of history to be hidden. Accurate historical information is very important -- we learn how to be better when we acknowledge our past.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@lisa.dawn Problem with these vast conspiracy theories is that it takes more mental effort to believe them then to not believe them. All those suppositions and surmises and far-fetched connections just wear out my credulity. Ockam's Razor is so much easier on the brain.

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