New allegations are emerging about the man suspected of murdering Jo Cox yesterday. He was named locally as Thomas Mair, and his brother said he had a history of mental illness – and no known interest in politics. But overnight, the Southern Poverty Law Center – a US civil rights campaign group that tracks extremist organisations – reported the following:
‘According to records obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center Mair was a dedicated supporter of the National Alliance (NA), the once premier neo-Nazi organization in the United States, for decades. Mair purchased a manual from the NA in 1999 that included instructions on how to build a pistol.
‘Mair… sent just over $620 to the NA, according to invoices for goods purchased from National Vanguard Books, the NA’s printing imprint. Mair purchased subscriptions for periodicals published by the imprint and he bought works that instruct readers on the “Chemistry of Powder & Explosives,” “Incendiaries,” and a work called “Improvised Munitions Handbook.” Under “Section III, No. 9” (page 125) of that handbook, there are detailed instructions for constructing a “Pipe Pistol For .38 Caliber Ammunition” from components that can be purchased from nearly any hardware store.’
The Daily Telegraph disclosed that Mair was identified as a subscriber to S. A. Patriot, a South African magazine that was published by the pro-apartheid group White Rhino. It has yet to be established if he did shout ‘Britain first’ as some reports suggested, or whether he has any link to the organisation of that name. Britain First has released a video denouncing the murder.