Man Who Wants All-White Town Behind Bars

Craig Cobb charged with terrorizing residents of Leith, North Dakota

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 19, 2013 6:01 PM CST
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(Newser) – It was hard not to laugh earlier this month when a DNA test revealed that a white supremacist who wants to take over a North Dakota town was 14% black. Less funny: Craig Cobb and a minion got charged this weekend with walking around Leith and menacing residents with guns, reports the Los Angeles Times. The charges may just scotch the 62-year-old Cobb's grand plans: Five of the seven counts of terrorizing carry sentences of two years each because they involve guns, reports the Bismarck Tribune.

“It’s a great feeling,” says a city council member. “This could be a notch in the beginning of the end.” Cobb had texted the local newspaper before the weekend patrols saying that they were necessary "because of the many violences and harassments" against him and his handful of supporters. Among other things, their car tires got slashed. Coming full circle in the it's-hard-not-to-laugh department, Cobb intends to represent himself in court—though he complained that his memory is shot because he can't take his gingko supplements behind bars. (Click for more on how Cobb reacted to the DNA test, and how Leith is trying to stymie his plans.)

Craig Cobb, in Leith, N.D.
Craig Cobb, in Leith, N.D.   (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom)
Craig Cobb stands in an empty lot he owns on Main Street in Leith, N.D.
Craig Cobb stands in an empty lot he owns on Main Street in Leith, N.D.   (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)
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