If you've watched the documentary Welcome to Leith, you'll know the story of a handful of Nazis who, in 2013, asserted themselves upon the small, rural town of Leith in North Dakota. Headed by Paul Craig Cobb, who served six months in jail for terrorizing the small town of 24 people, this handful of Nazis intended to take over the town and create their own White Utopia. Craig Cobb's right hand man was Kynan Dutton who was ultimately charged with seven counts of Class C felony terrorizing for his role in armed terrorism of the residents in Leith. Kynan Dutton and his girlfriend Deborah Henderson moved out to Leith with their children from Oregon in order to help establish this White Utopia. With financially backed buy in from other Nazis, Cobb was able to purchase thirteen pieces of property in Leith. After much steadfast resistance from the local community, Cobb, Dutton, and Henderson were pushed out of Leith. Some of these properties are still under the ownership of Nazis, like Tom Metzger, Jeff Schoep, and Alex Linder. And, as for Kynan Dutton and Deborah Henderson, well, they've returned to Oregon.
Deborah L. Henderson (Dutton) is employed by the State of Oregon and works as a caregiver in downtown Salem, Oregon. We ask that people call the Department of Human Services at 1-855-503-7233 and demand that neo-Nazis should not be in charge of taking care of the most vulnerable people of our community! You can also contact your local Seniors & People with Physical Disabilities office to make a report. In Salem: (503) 304-3400; fax: (503) 304-3434. In Albany: (541) 967-8630; fax: (541) 967-6423. In McMinnville: (503) 472-9441; fax: (503) 472-4724. And, in Eugene: (541) 682-4038; fax (541) 682-3959.
Left: Craig Cobb, Right: Deborah Henderson
Craig Cobb, Kynan Dutton, and Deborah Henderson would participate in armed patrols around the town of Leith in an effort to intimidate citizens as they constructed their White Utopia.
Left: Kynan Dutton; Right: Deborah Henderson
Kynan Dutton is seen here wearing a National Socialist Movement Patch on his jacket and other Nazi identifying patches. If you look closely, you will see a swastika in the middle of the NSM patch. On the arm of his jacket, he wears a patch with an Odal rune. This Odal rune has become a substitute for a swastika for modern day Nazis.
Who Is The American Front?
American Front (AF) is one of the longest, continually running, white supremacist groups in the United States. American Front came to be in 1984, and was founded by Bob Heick. During the early years, Bob Heick worked with Tom Metzger, the leader of White Aryan Resistance (WAR). Metzger was later sued in a groundbreaking law suit for his involvement with East Side White Pride (ESWP) leading up to the brutal murder of Mulugeta Seraw in Portland, Oregon.
In 1990, Bob Heick relocated to Portland, Oregon, and began recruiting for American Front. American Front became one of the larger white power groups in Portland, and their membership at one time included Randy Krager, who later went on to form the white power group Volksfront. Bob Heick reportedly left the group in 1995, and it has had unstable membership since then.
Notable known members from the area, from the 90’s are Randy Krager of Portland, now relocated elsewhere, and Steve Shallenberger of Eugene. Shallenberger is now very active in the far-right patriot movement and has been regularly seen attending Joey Gibson’s (Patriot Prayer) far right rallies. Steve Shallenberger, who was known to be very active in passing out AF literature in the 90’s, almost lost his ear when he challenged a member of the Anti-Racist Action (ARA) to a one-on-one fight during a confrontation. Steve obviously lost the fight, but amazingly (barely) kept his ear.
Ask him about it next time you see him at a rally; it’s a great story we’d love to keep reminding him about!
Steve Shallenberger Tries to Go Legit
After moving from Portland to Eugene, Steve Shallenberger somehow managed to blend into the community. He infiltrated The Boreal, a grassroots all-ages punk rock and antifascist venue where he became the “Community Outreach Coordinator.” Not long after the venue was tagged with "88" and a swastika, it closed. Read about the incident here. Shallenberger also currently serves as the president and vice president of the Oregon Herpetological Society (OHS). (Edit: Since the original publication of this article, the Science Factory, where OHS held its monthly meetings, has cut ties with the Society so long as they work with this neo-nazi.) Shallenberger lives in the West Eugene, Barger area on Archie Street, drives a green Kia with veteran Oregon plates #2333, and can be seen frequenting alt-right rallies in Salem with Joey Nations, and in Portland with Joey Gibson. At a recent Portland rally, Shallenberger was seen punching protesters and kicking activists in the head. Read more about Steve Shallenberger's grisely history here.
The Front Fizzles...For A Little While
After Bob Heick’s departure from American Front and Portland, AF fizzled out in Oregon and other groups such as Volksfront formed and largely replaced AF. Florida and California remained very active for the small remaining factions of American Front. On May 5th, 2012, ten members of the Florida branch of American Front were arrested and charged with paramilitary training, and shooting into an occupied building. On November 12th of that same year, Marcus Faella was convicted for his part in attempting to incite a race war and sentenced to only 6 months. Marcus Faella hired Florida attorney (and known white nationalist) Augustus Sol Invictus to appeal his conviction.
Augustus Invictus, Jake Laskey and their Connection to American Front
Augustus Sol Invictus (who’s real name is Austin Gillespie, but he thinks Augustus sounds cooler) has been tied to American Front in more ways than just legal representation, as well as other known fascist organizations such as Operation Werewolf and the Wolves of Vinland. Invictus has visited Portland in the past, and Jake Laskey seems like quite the fanboy by the following conversations:
On October 13th, 2015, Jacob Laskey was released from prison after eleven years, where he was incarcerated for an attack on the Temple Beth Israel Synagogue in Eugene, Oregon. Part of his conviction also included being a felon in possession of a weapon, trying to arrange to have witnesses in his case killed, and calling in bomb threats to the courthouse where he was being tried. Laskey, in the past, was involved with both the American Front and then later, Volksfront. Shortly after Laskey’s release in 2015, there was a resurgence of the American Front in the Medford and Eugene areas. Most of the local American Front activity has taken the form of networking with other racist and white nationalist groups like the PNW Wolfpack/Hammerskins in Olympia, WA. The members act as local bullies and harass local business owners while, themselves, trying to make a buck off their AF apparel line, shoddy books, and cheap cosplay grade weaponry through regional gun and knife shows and the “armory” in Creswell, Oregon.
Jake Laskey is recently married to his longtime girlfriend Amanda. They live in Creswell in a Laskey family home. Jake can often be seen at local MMA competitions. He is a big fan of Jimmy Jennett who owns Checkered Past MMA, and can be seen in recent videos on Wolfclan Armory’s YouTube channel wearing the t-shirt while threatening antifascist activists. Jimmy Jennett has failed to call out his white supremacist fans including Jake, Cory Colwell, and Devin Wolfe.
American Front And Jimmy Marr
Eugene American Front members are routinely seen with local Springfield Neo-Nazi Jimmy Marr as well as working and hanging out at Wolfclan Armory in Creswell, Oregon.
Jimmy Marr, or as he is commonly referred to “Genocide Jimmy,” has recently made connections with the American Front crew. Marr lives on G Street in Springfield, Oregon, and drives around in a truck with racist and white supremacist messages and images. He often banner drops racist messages on overpasses along the I-5 corridor between Medford and Seattle.
The Laskeys And Jake's Troubled Relationship With Firearms
Wolfclan is owned by Jake Laskey’s parents (Jeanette and Allen Laskey). Jake and his brother Gabriel (also convicted of the same crime as older brother Jake) often work at the shop. We’re pretty sure that Jake, as a felon, isn’t allowed around weapons, much less allowed to sell them as a condition of his parole. One would assume he wouldn’t be allowed to fraternize with neo-Nazis and publish hate speech books due to the nature of the crime he was convicted for. Jake’s probation officer, Todd, can be reached here: (541) 431-4065.
The Oregon Country Fair, held the second weekend of July every year in Veneta, Oregon, will once again be host to white supremacists Jenn and Aaron Laskey. The Laskeys will be receiving their weekend overnight passes through the Recycling Crew [UPDATE: Aaron Laskey received his pass through the Lot Crew] and will be camped in Miss Piggy's campground [UPDATE: The Laskeys camped in the Maui campground]. It is ironic that a gathering known for its hippie-peace-and-love attitude would harbor Islamophobes, racists, and white supremacists. While the Oregon Country Fair describes itself as creating "events and experiences that nourish the spirit, explore living artfully and authentically on earth, and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways," we contend that Jenn and Aaron's participation violates the OCF Code of Conduct and their toxic presence threatens the safety of other Fair goers.
We caution all Fair goers to be on the alert for this couple and their family which is comprised of high profile white supremacists. If the last name Laskey rings a bell, it is undoubtedly due to the recently released felon, Jake Laskey, Aaron's brother, who was found guilty of a 2002 neo-Nazi attack against the Temple Beth Israel synagogue in Eugene which he spent 11 years in prison for. To read more about Jake Laskey, see this article: rosecityantifa.org/articles/oregon-synagogue-attacker-out-of-prison-hopes-to-rebuild-american-front/
Above is a snapshot of Jake Laskey attending Jenn and Aaron's wedding. A close up of Jake's facial tattoos will reveal his "white power" and "blood and honor" chin strap tattoos. On the back of his neck is an "AF" tattoo representing the white supremacist group, American Front. To learn more about the history of this white supremacist group, read here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Front
Jenn and Aaron Laskey work for the family owned business, Wolfclan Armory, which has a storefront in Creswell, Oregon. A right-wing, racist establishment, the armory sells items such as Confederate flags, "Don't Tread on Me" flags, Nazi replica weaponry, anti-Muslim propaganda, and other nationalist focused materials.