Boy, 12, Convicted of Killing Neo-Nazi Father
Such a tragic story. Hate is truly a destroyer. I hope the system can find some way to salvage this child so he can have at least a marginally happy & productive future.
The tragedy of the racist and the son is now complete.
A California judge found a 12-year-old boy guilty today of second-degree murder in the shooting death his father, Jeff Hall, a West Coast leader of one of the country’s largest neo-Nazi groups, the National Socialist Movement. The boy was just 10 when he shot his father in the head with a .357 Magnum at point-blank range as Hall lay sleeping on a sofa in the family’s living room in the early morning hours of May 1, 2011. […]
The defense argued that Hall, an unemployed plumber, had abused the child over the years - physically and psychologically. Hall raised his son in a household soaked in racist hate. He reportedly took the boy to numerous white supremacist rallies and meetings. According to The New York Times article published shortly after Hall’s death, the neo-Nazi “relished heading to the desert on armed ‘border patrols,’” and bragged “that he was teaching his son to use night vision equipment and shoot a gun.”
Before the start of the trial, the boy’s public defender, Matthew Hardy, told The New York Times, “He’s been conditioned to violence.”
“You have to ask yourself,” Hardy continued, “did this kid really know that this act was wrong based on all those things.”