The Incredible Story of How White Supremacists Almost Took Over a Tiny North Dakota Town
Most of the residents in the tiny town of 24 thought Cobb was strange. But since he kept to himself, so did they. The only waves Cobb made were whenever he went around town asking people if they had any land to sell — even properties without any working sewer.
Then in August 2013, town mayor Ryan Schock received a call from the Southern Poverty Law Center alerting him to who Cobb really was — a well-known white supremacist.
“Schock really had no idea what a white supremacist was, he was just kind of confused,” Nichols said. “But once he found out about Cobb on the internet, he started going around and telling people in the town. There is one black resident that lives [in Leith] and Schock wanted everyone to feel safe.”
But stirring up trouble was exactly Cobb’s agenda — on his website, he had Google images of Leith charted off with descriptions of plans to create his personal Aryan settlement.
When the residents of Leith saw the website, they finally understood: Cobb was trying to take over and set up his own “Pioneer Little Europe,” as his supporters dubbed it.