White Supremacist who called synagogue shooting a “dry run” arrested on illegal gun charges
WASHINGTON, DC – November 15, 2018
Jeffrey Clark — the 30-year-old man federal agents arrested in DC on Friday after he said the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims “deserved exactly what happened to them and so much worse” and his relatives worried he might try to launch a race war — wasn’t shy about being a neo-Nazi.
On Gab, the favored social network of racists and anti-Semites, Clark had the username @PureWhiteEvil and called himself “DC Bowl Gang,” a reference to Dylann Roof, the bowl-cut racist who murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.
Edward “Teddy” Clark shot himself at Theodore Roosevelt Island on Oct. 27 sometime before 12:45 p.m., an FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint charging Clark’s brother, Jeffrey, with weapons violations.
That same day, police say Robert Bowers walked into the Tree of Life synagogue just before 10 a.m. with an AR-15 and three handguns and opened fire, killing 11 people and injuring six more, including four police officers.
Bowers faces 44 charges in connection with the shooting.
After the Pittsburgh shooting, Clark told family members he thought he had been “friended” on Gab by Bowers. Clark wrote on Gab that “the fucking kikes that got shot by the hero #RobertBowers were all active supporters of pedophilia … and every last one of them deserved exactly what happened to them and so much worse,” according to court documents.
Pedophilia-centric conspiracy theories are popular among members of the far-right; In 2016, a North Carolina man armed with a rifle drove to a Washington, D.C., pizza place he falsely believed was the center of a vast pedophilia ring. No one was injured in the shooting.
Bowers’ last post on Gab, which is cooperating with investigators, read, “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I’m going in.”
The Clark brothers appear to have been trying to find their footing in the far-right political scene over the past several years, showing up at “Build the Wall” rallies outside the White House or at events with Spencer. One of them tried to join Identity Evropa, a prominent white nationalist organization, but was rejected, according to a source in the organization.
In May 2017, the Clark brothers teamed up with far-right “Pizzagate” propagandist Jack Posobiec, who was then the D.C. Bureau Chief for the far-right website Rebel Media, to shoot footage for a film Posobiec was working on about Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer whose murder near the Clarks’ home in Bloomingdale has spawned numerous far-right conspiracy theories.
Clark’s Gab profile picture was a photo of him and his brother wearing masks and holding guns in front of a flag with a skull and crossbones, according to court documents. Clark allegedly wrote, “Get used to it libtards. This was a dry run for things to come.” The skull has a bowl haircut, another reference to Roof. Edward Clark went by “DC_Stormer” on Gab, according to the FBI. A Twitter account with the same user name is currently suspended. Previously, that account, which antifa activists believed to be linked to one or both of the Clark brothers, posted thinly veiled threats aimed at local antifa activists.
After Bowers’ attack and his brother’s suicide, Jeffrey Clark became more outspoken about his views. Two family members called the FBI on Nov. 2 to express concerns about Jeffrey, whom they said had become more outspoken about his white nationalist views after his brother’s death.
Jeffrey and Edward “had both fantasized about killing ‘Jews and blacks,’” and admired mass murderers Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski and Charles Manson, according to court documents. Family members told the FBI that Jeffrey was “really riled up” and “agitated,” and they feared he would hurt himself or others. The brothers believed there would be a race revolution, and they wanted to expedite it.
The Clark brothers allegedly smoked lots of marijuana and played video games such as Ethnic Cleansing, family members told investigators.
A search of the Clarks’ home, where they lived with their father and sister, yielded two muzzle-loading pistols, two ballistic vests, and two ballistic helmets, according to the complaint. Agents also allegedly found a marijuana growing operation, including plants and smoking devices.
After Jeffrey Clark was arrested, he allegedly admitted to the FBI that he belonged to white nationalist groups and that he may have had conversations with Bowers on Gab but could not remember. The FBI says Jeffrey Clark and Bowers were friends on Gab.
Four guns were registered to the brothers, including a rifle and a shotgun, according to the complaint. Boxes of gun parts Clark allegedly gave to relatives after Oct. 27 contained four high-capacity AR-15 magazines capable of holding up to 30 rounds, as well as components that could be used to modify AR-15 rifles.
Jeffrey Clark faces federal charges of possessing high capacity magazines and unlawful possession by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.
Read the court documents here: