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December 21, 1988 | By Cheryl Baisden, Special to The Inquirer
The shock of blondish hair Adam Lemma sported in a 6-inch-high Mohawk haircut last year was something he took pride in. It set him apart from the rest of the kids in his Eastern High School freshman class. But now Lemma, 16, is a sophomore, and with that new status comes a new look. So, without regret, he shaved off all of his hair and donned the uniform of a skinhead. Identified clothing-wise by their preference for flight jackets, Dr. Marten's work boots, suspenders, and tennis shirts, skinheads represent the country's latest youthful movement.
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May 6, 1993 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In Romper Stomper, heavy-metal music assaults the ear. But the rock that matters is the one that Geoffrey Wright lifts to reveal the skinhead subculture of Sydney, Australia. We don't naturally associate fun-loving Aussies and koala-bear travel ads with neo-Nazism, and that adds to the jolt of Wright's movie. Skinheads are an international plague. In Romper Stomper, they take on the cops and Vietnamese immigrants with equal abandon, and their leader fondly browses through Mein Kampf.
NEWS
November 30, 1989 | By Paul Davies, Special to The Inquirer
A group of white students known as skinheads exists at Henderson High School, but it does not try to intimidate or discriminate against blacks, the school principal said this week. Henderson principal Eliot Larson said one of the skinhead members "did profess a belief in white supremacy," but the behavior "has long since stopped. " Larson and David Cox, principal of East High School, both said they could not find any evidence of racial intimidation by the skinheads after an investigation involving students, teachers and parents.
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March 2, 1992 | By Mark Jaffe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An animal-rights benefit show in Lower Pottsgrove Township ended in a melee Saturday night when it was crashed by a gang of youths whom township police said were skinheads. The concertgoers said the fighting was provoked by the youths and started with chairs being flung, escalating into punches, kicks and the use of bats and knives, according to police. James Plenderlith, 20, was admitted to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center with stab wounds and was listed in satisfactory condition last night.
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November 3, 1993 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
The neo-Nazi skinheads with their shaved heads, bomber jackets and stomping boots swaggered into the bar in eastern Germany. Robert Pipkins, 20, Philly's own Olympic athlete and a popular Drexel junior, was the only black man in the room. He didn't realize he should be worried, he said yesterday, recalling Friday's incident. But Duncan Kennedy, 25, his teammate on the U.S. luge team, did. Kennedy pushed Pipkins out the door and stood behind to confront the 15 skinheads, giving Pipkins a chance to escape.
NEWS
January 11, 1992 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
Ten skinheads have been arrested for attacking three Upper Darby High School students who are members of a group opposing racism, police said yesterday. A group of 15 to 20 skinheads formed a line across the street from the Upper Darby High School at 3 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The skinheads gave the Nazi salute and yelled "Sieg Heil" before running across the street and attacking the students as they were leaving school, according to Upper Darby Detective Ronald Lavin. Before Upper Darby police arrived, a "large-scale fight ensued," according to a police affidavit.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
Two New Jersey white supremacists accused of attacking men of Egyptian descent on New Year's Eve were charged Tuesday with hate crimes, federal prosecutors said. Christopher Ising and Michal Gunar are believed to be members of racist groups, authorities said. In an indictment, prosecutors allege that Ising, 31, of Waretown, Ocean County, belonged to the Atlantic City Skins and that Gunar, 27, of Cranbury, Middlesex County, is a member of the Aryan Terror Brigade. On Dec. 31, 2011, Ising, who lived in East Brunswick at the time, threw a party at his home where he discussed plans to assault non-Caucasians with Gunar and others, the indictment said.
NEWS
March 29, 1992 | By Mary Anne Janco, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
A 19-year-old Ridley Township man has been ordered to stand trial in connection with an attack against three students by a group of "skinheads" outside Upper Darby High School. But charges against a 19-year-old Drexel Hill man were dismissed. Stephen Dilks, 19, of the 100 block of Stoneyhill Road, Ridley, was ordered to stand trial on charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, making terroristic threats and criminal conspiracy. After a two-hour preliminary hearing Thursday, Upper Darby District Justice Michael Cullen dismissed a charge of aggravated assault filed against Dilks.
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September 10, 1994 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In an apparent clash between young skinheads and long-haired punk rockers, a 17-year-old Chester County youth was kicked and beaten until he was unconscious Thursday. Caln Township Police Chief James Franciscus said the groups apparently had clashed a few days earlier at the Caln Roller Rink. Around 4:30 Thursday afternoon, a member of the punk rockers' group, called the Metallics, was found on South Bailey Road in Thorndale, northern Chester County. The youth, whose name police would not release, was admitted to Lancaster General Hospital and discharged yesterday.
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October 21, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A confrontation staged annually on Kelly Drive between a skinhead group promoting white supremacy and counterprotesters took place on Saturday mostly without incident, with police keeping the sides separated as they taunted each other. About 40 people descended on Fairmount Park on Saturday morning to celebrate Leif Erikson, the Nordic explorer believed to be the first European to step onto North American shores. The rally, the seventh such event, was organized by the Keystone State Skinheads, which in recent years has gone by Keystone United but which still uses the original name on its website and for planning events.
NEWS
October 20, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank Meeink grew up in South Philadelphia three decades ago, but he never met a racist skinhead until he visited his cousin in Lancaster in 1989. He watched his cousin and his friends pound mercilessly on victims at a concert and saw the fear they stoked in others. A vulnerable 13-year-old with a rocky home life, Meeink was drawn into their violent world. He threw himself into the neo-Nazi scene. By 15, his head was shaved, acts of violence were second nature, and he sported a large swastika tattoo on his neck.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
ARE YOU A skinhead? Anarchist? Peace-loving hippie? Antifascist? Drag queen? Norse-history buff? Well, head down to Fairmount Park, where neo-Nazis will clash tomorrow with a contingent of cross-dressing protesters as the skinheads gather for the seventh annual Leif Erikson Day rally. The neo-Nazi shindig is organized by Keystone United, formerly Keystone State Skinheads, a white-nationalist group whose members will meet at the Thorfinn Karlsefni statue on Kelly Drive to pay homage to the 11th century Icelandic explorer and celebrate their whiteness.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
Two New Jersey white supremacists accused of attacking men of Egyptian descent on New Year's Eve were charged Tuesday with hate crimes, federal prosecutors said. Christopher Ising and Michal Gunar are believed to be members of racist groups, authorities said. In an indictment, prosecutors allege that Ising, 31, of Waretown, Ocean County, belonged to the Atlantic City Skins and that Gunar, 27, of Cranbury, Middlesex County, is a member of the Aryan Terror Brigade. On Dec. 31, 2011, Ising, who lived in East Brunswick at the time, threw a party at his home where he discussed plans to assault non-Caucasians with Gunar and others, the indictment said.
NEWS
July 6, 2011 | By GREG RISLING, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - A Southern California teen driven by white-supremacist beliefs executed a gay classmate at a junior high school with two gunshots to the back of his head, a prosecutor told jurors yesterday in her opening statement. Maeve Fox, Ventura County deputy district attorney, said that defendant Brandon McInerney acted on the white-supremacist philosophy that homosexuality is an abomination. However, defense attorney Scott Wippert countered that McInerney had reached an emotional breaking point over unwanted sexual advances by 15-year-old victim Larry King and should be convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
NEWS
April 5, 2011 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Aaron Wood, a 34-year-old North Philly handyman, was shot dead April 16, 1989, as he walked between two parked cars near Girard College. Seventeen years later, police arrested Thomas Gibison, a violent skinhead from Newark, Del., who they said killed Wood as part of a racist ritual to "earn" a spiderweb tattoo. But Gibison dodged a life sentence for first-degree murder when one holdout juror caused his 2008 trial to end in a bizarre split verdict. He was convicted of weapons offenses and conspiracy to commit murder - but found not guilty of the murder itself - and sentenced to a total of 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison.
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October 19, 2010 | By QUEEN MUSE, museq@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
Frank Meeink wasn't always a good guy. As a member of an underground Nazi movement dubbed the Strike Force, Meeink said that he "rarely went more than a week without beating on somebody. " Meeink was so proud of his violent acts, he videotaped them. When a video of the skinhead kicking and beating a victim for hours fell into the hands of Illinois authorities, Meeink was arrested and served nearly a year in prison when he was 18. While in prison, he forged a close friendship with two black inmates.
NEWS
June 5, 2008 | By BARRY MORRISON
THE APPEARANCE of a Keystone State Skinheads fliers in the area and recent publicity surrounding the just-concluded murder trial of a self-identified skinhead has provoked anxiety and apprehension, as reports of hate activity tend to do. So here's some information to put the skinhead phenomenon in context. Racist skinhead groups and individuals have been involved in at least 83 criminal incidents over recent years, with the vast majority being hate crimes against Jews, African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities.
NEWS
June 4, 2008 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Common Pleas Court jury in a nearly two-decade-old slaying that authorities say was racially motivated yesterday returned a mixed verdict that in the end pleased no one. The jurors acquitted Thomas Gibison, 37, of Newark, Del., of murder in the April 16, 1989, death of Aaron Wood, 33, of North Philadelphia. However, they found him guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and firearms violations. Gibison, a skinhead who the prosecution contended killed Wood to prove his allegiance to white-supremacist dogma, also was acquitted of ethnic intimidation.
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