The killing of white supremacist leader David Lynch in California raises questions about the competition among members of hate groups – which occasionally turns violent – and the ways in which they finance their operations.
Police have detained tattoo artist Charles “Boots” Demar, another longtime racist skinhead, as a “person of interest” in the case. He has not been charged with homicide – some associates and family members describe him as a close friend of Mr. Lynch – but he was arrested and placed in the Sacramento County jail when officers found methamphetamine and meth-making equipment in his home.
Lynch was shot and killed early Wednesday morning at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., about 15 miles north of Sacramento. His girlfriend, five months pregnant with their child, was shot in the leg.
Lynch had been the leader of the American Front racist skinhead group since 2002.