Ex-Wife: Museum Shooter's Racism 'Ate Him Alive'

He said he would 'go out with boots on'
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 10, 2009 5:25 PM CDT
An Anne Arundel County police officer speaks to a motorist outside the Annapolis, Md. condominium building believed to be the home of James Von Brunn.   (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)
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(Newser) – The white supremacist who allegedly opened fire in the US Holocaust Museum today, killing a security guard, has a hatred of Jews and blacks that “ate him alive like a cancer,” his ex-wife tells the New York Daily News. She said James von Brunn—news reports have differed on whether he's 88 or 89—espoused such views all the time they were married in the 1960s until she divorced him because of it in the '70s.

"He would talk about what the world would become in 20 or 30 years—that most of the country would be governed by black governors and that the Jewish people owned the media." Von Brunn, who she said drank wine all day, also promised "that he was going out with his boots on. I took it to mean that he wasn't just about to lay down and die of old age. That he was going to go out and try to take some people with him."