Anthony Karen is a freelance photojournalist; specializing in documentary and humanitarian projects with a background in the personal protection/security field, both domestic and international. His passion for photography began in Haiti, where he...
1st-grade graduation photo. 1964. Tim was born with a condition called Crouzon syndrome, which is a genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones.
“I went to a small country school in Williamsburg, KS. My first day of school I had my head pushed down on a water fountain spicket. Kids called me various names; egghead, football head, etc., I fought my way through grades 1 – 9. Meanwhile, I got it from my dad too.
By the time I was in the 8th grade, I had whipped every boy in my class. One day, about 6-7 boys lured me into a school storage shed where they kept supplies for the track team. They all jumped me and beat me down pretty good.”
8th-grade graduation photo. 1970. “I felt like nobody accepted me, that I was discarded, defective because I was born with a deformity.
I got the board (paddle) a couple of times at school for fighting. I was sent home too many times to count. I got the belt from my dad, but after I witnessed him engaged in some off acts of a profane nature, I got the fist. My father told my mom I was a liar.
He always seemed to concentrate on pounding the back of my head, I have distinct memories how that felt.”
“In 1979 I got in with a bad bunch and got into trouble. I went to jail for a few months on work release. There I read Mein Kampf. I had always liked WWII history, but something clicked. I started thinking like a National Socialist person. When I first got serious with my now wife, I had an armband, flag and a few collectibles, including an 8mm Mauser rifle and bayonet. “
Tim at age 28. 1985. “I had just joined Aryan Nations.
Aryan Nations was reorganized in 1984 after the FBI established the organization wasn’t directly connected to The Order (The order was a militant group, they robbed and murdered). I joined Aryan Nations in 1985 after reading a newspaper article. I immediately called them and was a member through the mail.”
Tim and his family following Aryan Nations annual congress. 1990.
“My wife didn’t join, she was married to me. Aryan Nations was based on a religion that felt women were under the men. The ideology was a mix of National Socialism, but they thought the Jews had stolen Aryan heritage. They believed the 12 Tribes of Israel was Norway, Sweden, England, and Germany, etc., and Jews were considered the spawn of Satan.”
11/12/2016. Pastor Richard Girnt Butler (right) and his wife Betty. Richard Butler was the founder of Aryan Nations and a leading figure in the white supremacist movement. He preached that the Jews descend from Satan and black people are subhuman.
In the 1970's, identifying Idaho as a racially pure place, Mr. Butler bought the land for his compound and founded the Aryan Nations in 1973.
In the 1980's, followers formed a splinter group called the Order. Members assassinated Alan Berg, a radio talk show host who was Jewish, in Denver, bombed a synagogue in Boise and held up armored cars. Other former followers bombed the home of a Roman Catholic priest in Coeur d'Alene.
Pastor Butler was born Feb. 23, 1918, and died Sept 9, 2004, at the age of 86. Mrs. Butler died in 1995; the couple had two daughters.
11/12/2016. A photo of Bufred O'Neil Furrow (3rd from left) - on August 10th, 1999 Bufred O'Neil Furrow entered the lobby of the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, CA and opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon, firing 70 shots into the complex. The gunfire wounded five people. The shootings ended with the death of Joseph Ileto, who was a postal worker a few miles away from the center. According to testimony, Furrow shot Ileto nine times, because he thought Ileto was Latino or Asian.
Furrow was recruited into Aryan Nations in 1994 by Tim (far left), who has since renounced his former racist beliefs and is now a devout Christian.
11/12/2016. A scrapbook displaying years of Aryan Nations membership.
"I was a member of Aryan Nations from 1985 to 1995. I rose to the rank of staff leader or chief of staff (number two under Pastor Butler).
I worked for the Daily Bee at the time, a Bonner County newspaper. When that incident happened at Ruby Ridge, I was there covering the story. All the Aryan Nations folks showed up, including Pastor Butler. They were all hugging me and greeted me like family. That night, when I went to the editorial dept to pick up some paperwork, the editor Dave Keys asked me what my association was. He had noticed my relationship was more than casual, he said. I told him I was second in command… he about crapped. But, because of my relationships formed within the media and Aryan Nations, I was able to get the best press pass."
Tim soon earned dual membership by being recruited as the new Grand Dragon for the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 1988 (dual membership between the KKK and Aryan Nations). The following year, he took the position of Grand Dragon with the White Knights of the KKK in Kansas City “they wanted me for my association with Aryan Nations.
I tried to make things more political and had some success, but that all went away when I quit Aryan Nations. After I resigned, I attended a few congresses, but everything that I fixed was broken. When my wife and I moved back to Kansas in 95, that all went away. It felt like all the time I spent, the time I took away from my family was for nothing.”
Minnesota. 2000. National Socialist Movement gathering following a rally at the state capital. “In 1995 to 2007, or maybe it was 2008, I was a Storm Troop leader (the rank of Colonel) in the NSM. I took what I learned from Aryan Nations and put it in the NSDAP/AO (The NSDAP/AO is the largest supplier of National Socialist propaganda material in the world) and used it in my new leadership position within the NSM (National Socialist Movement).
In 2009 I got completely out. Looking back, I feel it was all in vain. I wish I could have put all that energy into something positive. I can’t change the past, what’s done is done.”
11/12/2016. “When I was in the NSM I got a tattoo” – SS 29111 (SS – Schutzzstaffel, the black-uniformed elite corps and self-described “political soldiers” of the Nazi Party). The numbers 29111 were a gold party pin number, original, now sold.
In 2010 it was confirmed that I had Jewish heritage. After I found out I was Jewish, I had the Star of David tattooed over the SS.”