Confessed MLK Day Bomber Finds Pen Pal in Notorious Racist
Confessed domestic terrorist Kevin William Harpham, facing the likelihood of at least 27 years in prison, became pen pals with notorious racist Glenn Miller after his arrest last March.
Harpham’s sentencing, which had been set for today in U.S. District Court in Spokane, Wash., was continued until Dec. 20 after Public Defender Roger Peven asked during a hearing for more time to explore the federal legal definition of an explosive device.
“Thanks Kevin, for all you give and for all you do for race and nation,” Miller wrote Harpham after his arrest in March for planting a bomb on the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane on Jan. 17.
In another letter, Miller, the former head of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, offered $100 and pledged to start a fund drive for Harpham, a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, court documents show.
But Harpham, 37, declined the offer, quoting Alex Linder of the National Vanguard New Network, where Harpham frequently posted racist and anti-Semitic comments.
“Alex Linder once said it is best to just take the public defender and not waste personal money on a trial and that is what I am doing,” Harpham wrote Miller on April 7.
Rather than risk the possibility of life in prison with a jury trial, Harpham struck a plea bargain and pleaded guilty Sept. 7 in U.S. District Court in Spokane to charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and placing bomb he built to carry out a hate crime.