Federal and local law enforcement officers in Johnston County, North Carolina, arrested Charles Robert Barefoot, Jr.
, a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan leader, on July 19 for allegedly plotting to blow up the Johnston County Sheriff's Office
, the sheriff himself, and the county jail.Federal authorities charged Barefoot
, the self-styled "Grand Dragon" of the Nation's Knights of the KKK
, with one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition while subject to a domestic violence protective order (more charges may be pending).The protective order stems from an ongoing Johnston County case, where Barefoot
is accused of assault with a deadly weapon against his wife, Sharon Barefoot.
has been ordered held without bond.
Following the arrest, authorities searched Barefoot's home near Benson, North Carolina, discovering a cache of at least two dozen weapons that included handguns, rifles, an Uzi and an AK-47.They also found two homemade bombs as well as bomb-making ingredients such as ether, detonating cord and fuses.Charles Barefoot had previously been an officer in the North Carolina chapter of the Indiana-based National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
In Indiana, the National Knights
developed a reputation for aggressiveness and intimidation, as members held weapons trainings and cross burnings on Klan property and frightened local residents.In 2001, Klan leader Railton Loy was convicted on charges of harassing a newspaper reporter.
According to Loy, however, Barefoot
felt that the National Knights
were not aggressive enough in their ideology and tactics.About six months ago, Barefoot broke with the National Knights to form a splinter group he called the Nation's Knights of the KKK.Barefoot registered his organization in April as the Church of the Nation's Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a "charitable and religious organization," and declared himself its agent.
...Barefoot Case Shows KKK Still Alive In Areas Of N.C. KKK Has Long, Violent History In North Carolina Kamal Wallace, Staff Writer POSTED: 3:12 p.m. EDT July 24, 2002 UPDATED: 6:50 p.m. EDT July 24, 2002 Charles Barefoot, an self-proclaimed member of the Ku Klux Klan, appeared in federal court Wednesday after authorities said he planned to blow up several places in Johnston County.His
case highlights something many people may not like to hear.
...Last week, Charles Barefoot, who claimed to be a member of the KKK, was arrested after investigators found dozens of weapons and bomb-making materials in his Johnston County home.
Authorities also found a KKK robe and hood.Last week, Charles Barefoot, who claimed to be a member of the KKK, was arrested after investigators found dozens of weapons and bomb-making materials in his Johnston County home.
reportedly started his
own splinter group of the Klan after he
had a falling out with the leader of an Indiana-based chapter.
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