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Boy, 10, accused of killing neo-Nazi father

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 5, 2011 | 3:05 pm

Here’s something you don’t read about everyday. Thankfully, I guess. It’s from the Riverside Press-Enterprise, which is in California’s Inland Empire, which is a popular locale for neo-Nazis.

The P-E reports:

A 10-year-old Riverside boy was charged Wednesday with murder in the slaying of his father, a neo-Nazi leader, and court documents reveal that the boy has a history of violent behavior.

The boy was charged with intentionally shooting his father, Jeff Hall, inside his Riverside home about 4 a.m. Sunday. He also was charged with using a gun in the commission of the killing.


Hall was the leader of the Southwest chapter of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi organization, which has held rallies in Riverside and on the U.S.-Mexico border. He ran unsuccessfully for the Western Municipal Water District last year. Authorities said his political beliefs were unrelated to the shooting.

The odd thing about this story, beyond what the boy is accused of doing, is how the P-E reporter framed it. The neo-Nazi reference is just treated as an odd detail but not actually explored.

Maybe the reporter isn’t familiar with neo-Nazi ideology, but violence is typically not something that is condemned. If this boy was surrounded by that, you have to wonder how that influenced his behavior.

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