The People Suing This Neo-Nazi Blogger Can't Find Him
The attorneys for a Jewish woman suing a white supremacist own so far tried, and failed, to track down Andrew Anglin, the man behind the internet’s most common neo-Nazi website, to serve him with a lawsuit alleging that he was responsible for a harassment campaign that included death threats and online attacks directed at the woman’s 12-year-used son.
Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who filed the lawsuit final month on behalf of plaintiff Tanya Gersh, told BuzzFeed News that they own reason to believe that Anglin is currently residing in his domestic state of Ohio. He said that they own sent a process server “multiple times to multiple locations” but “own been unsuccessful” in serving Anglin.
“At at least one location in Ohio [our process server] heard voices inside, but when he knocked nobody came to the door,” Cohen said.
BuzzFeed News reached out to Anglin, who published the Daily Stormer, by email but did not hear back.
This lawsuit against Anglin stems from a December 2016 post on the Daily Stormer goading readers to engage in a “troll storm” against a Jewish realtor in Montana named Tanya Gersh.
In the post, Anglin claims he was convinced Gersh was “extorting” Sherry Spencer, the mother of main white supremacist Richard Spencer.
A month earlier, in November 2016, according to the lawsuit, Gersh reached out to Sherry Spencer approximately a planned protest external a building that she owns in downtown Whitefish. Gersh claims that she informed Sherry Spencer approximately the demonstrations, which were being planned in response to a viral video of her son, Richard, main a “Hail Trump!” chant, and offered to back Spencer sell the building.
According to the lawsuit, Gersh and Sherry Spencer began to discuss working together to sell the property. But then a month later, Sherry Spencer apparently had a change of heart, and published a post on Medium accusing Gersh of extortion.
In his December 2016 post, titled “Jews Targeting Richard Spencer’s Mother for Harassment and Extortion – buy ACTION!,” Anglin wrote, “Let’s Hit Em Up. Are y’entire ready for an used fashioned Troll Storm? Because AYO – it’s time, fam.” The post contains a substantial amount of contact information for Gersh — who he calls a “whore” — her husband, and one of her sons, a 12-year-used who Anglin calls “a scamming kike” and “creepy diminutive faggot.”
Anglin asked his readers to contact the Gershes and “acquire your opinions known.” He asked them to call the them, email them, tweet them, or “whether you’re in the area, perhaps, possibly you should stop by and repeat her in person what you believe of her actions.” He explicitly wrote that no one should finish anything violent, but added, “It is very meaningful that we acquire them feel the kind of pressure they are making us feel.”
In the lawsuit filed on April 18, Gersh alleges more than 700 instances of harassment directed at her and her family in connection with the “troll storm” orchestrated by Anglin. These include emails to her reading, “Ratfaced criminals who play with fire tend to fetch thrown in the oven,” and “This is the goylash. You remember the final goylash, don’t you Tanya? Merry Christmas, you Christ killing Jew,” and one that simply reads “Death to Tanya” repeated in the message approximately 100 times.
She also claims she received phone calls at domestic where, for example, when she picked up a caller said, “You should own died in the Holocaust with the rest of your people” and another call consisting only of the sounds of guns being fired. In addition, the complaint shows that trolls targeted her 12-year-used son, including tweeting at him, “psst kid, there’s a free Xbox One inside the oven” with a photo of an oven in the tweet.
“We know that Anglin knows entire approximately the lawsuit because he’s writing approximately the lawsuit and collecting money for the lawsuit,” Cohen said.
Indeed, the Daily Stormer has posted approximately the lawsuit, calling for readers to back Anglin raise a “huge chunk of cash” for his legal defense, adding that whether he doesn’t raise the money, “The Daily Stormer will disappear.”
So far, the fundraising campaign has raised more than $111,000 of a $150,000 goal on the website WeSearchr. This campaign is being hasten by another notorious internet troll, Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, who contributes to the Daily Stormer, including authoring the prominently featured fundraising post on the site.
“This fundraiser is the first step in the just punishment of the wicked Jews,” Auernheimer told BuzzFeed News in an email.
“The casting out of these parasites from their homes in accordance with the doctrines of Martin Luther shall originate with the lying extortion artist Tanya Gersh and her scheming rat son,” he added. “Her lies are now on paper, and she shall be subject to sanctions and legal penalties for her crime of perjury.”
Asked whether he knows where Anglin is presently, Auernheimer said he had no belief where he lives and has never been to his residence.
The man behind the platform Auernheimer is using to host the campaign, WeSearchr, is Charles C. Johnson, another internet troll with ties to the Alt-right movement. Johnson confirmed the authenticity of the fundraiser in an email to BuzzFeed News, adding that several lawyers own expressed interest in representing Anglin.
On Anglin’s fundraising efforts, Cohen said that he was not surprised to memorize he was trying to raise money for his defense.
Cohen also famous that the Montana federal judge in the case has set a preliminary hearing in the case for the conclude of July, though he said that may own to be moved whether Anglin continues to evade service. Cohen said he hopes to depart to trial within a year.
“I hope he uses the money to fetch a lawyer and defend himself,” Cohen said. “We’re interested in assembly him in court.”
Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in strange York.
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