A white man accused of burning a black man alive in Tennessee earlier this year subscribed to a racist and anti-Semitic ideology known as Christian Identity, an expert in extremism told HuffPost.
John Daniel Carothers, 53, stands accused in the March murder of 40-year-old Robert Miller at a house in Murfreesboro. Prosecutors said in court this month that authorities had recently intercepted a jailhouse letter Carothers wrote and sent to a white supremacist group. In the letter, Carothers confessed to the grisly murder and expressed white supremacist views, according to the prosecutors.
“To my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ our savior and Lord, My name is John D. Carothers and I believe the Bible is about white people and for white people,” the handwritten letter said. “I am in Rutherford County jail for burning a black man. I set him on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.”
HuffPost previously reported that Carothers had a Facebook page named after a Nazi SS doctor filled with white supremacist memes and pro-Nazi postings, and that the man and his son were reportedly spotted passing out pamphlets for a neo-Nazi group. In fact, the racist Facebook page belongs to man named David Carothers, and he and his son ― who pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault that prosecutors said was motivated by hate ― are not related to John Carothers.
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