Does anyone remember that white nationalist group out of Peoria, Illinois calling themselves the Illinois National Socialist Front (INSF)? Formed from the ashes of the American National Socialist Workers' Party (ANSWP) which was founded by now-imprisoned Bill White after he was excommunicated from the National Socialist Movement (NSM), they were once the talk of the white nationalist movement in Illinois: a promising group holding monthly meet-and-greet barbecue events, distributing literature, organizing protests, and even putting pro-white messages in childrens' easter eggs.
Their "success" seemed unchallenged until South Side Chicago ARA came into the picture. With face to face beat downs, multiple infiltrations of their ranks, and public humiliation at their attempted 2010 White Pride march where four nazis from different white nationalist organizations were beaten and arrested, they have been relatively quiet since. After suffering utter defeat they stopped organizing any public events or updating their website, in constant fear of fierce antifa retribution. It is now known that the INSF have disbanded.
Creativity Movement failure James Logsdon (101 Tanner St, Bloomington, IL 61701) gave a more disturbing explanation for the collapse of the INSF: one of their main organizers was discovered to be a convicted pedophile. It has been confirmed that Steve Turpel of the Arlington Heights INSF was imprisoned for kidnapping, rape, and child pornography. After his initial arrest, several other victims came forward detailing Steve's abuse stretching several years, and when Steve's house was raided, a large cache of guns and ammunition were found. Steve was surprisingly acquitted of the rape charges despite community outrage and after his sentence he was back on the streets with "Illinois United" and the INSF organizing barbecue events at his house where he currently lives at 1308 W Northwest Hwy, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Especially disturbing when teens go to events like an INSF barbeque or the Mokena Fest, or the 2009 St. Patricks Day Parade to be recruited by the likes of Steve Turpel, who probably shouldn't be hanging out with children at all.
Phil Anderson and other INSF members tried to keep this information about one of their leaders a secret, even from other white supremacist organizations. Maybe its because the fact that kidnappers, rapists, and child molesters are attracted to their movement reveals the blatant contradictions of their supposed racial superiority. Or maybe because Steve Turpel's history is as embarrassing and discrediting to the nazi movement as Bill Riccio, Andrew Hengel, Levi Dale Lucas, or John Snyder.
With the collapse of the INSF, James Logsdon is attempting to fill the void by holding several failed meet-and-greet barbecue recruitment events - including their most recent plans for a cross / nazi swastika burning held by Ron Ruhl and Eli James on November 7th near the border of Indiana and Michigan which never happened because their members flaked out. But with all of Logsdon's trash talking of the INSF as being pedophile apologists, it seems Logsdon himself is unable to come to terms with similar allegations with members of his own group. Joel Dufresne, a leading Creativity Movement member, was arrested in 2006 for kidnapping and raping the mother of his son Hale (named after imprisoned WCOTC leader Matt Hale). While Logsdon claims to be one of the few able to stand up to Turpel, he has continuously defended Dufresne.
This hasn't been a good year for the "Reverend" and friends: after having his front teeth knocked out during his second prison sentence, his Creativity friend Brian Moudry (304 S. Reed St Joliet, IL) was arrested in Joliet after wildly waving guns and threatening people, his friend Brother Marshal in the Washington Creators was exposed to be a police informant, and most of his former friends in the World Church of the Creator turned on him and started splinter group Creativity Alliance. No wonder many in what is left of the Creativity Movement is calling into question Logsdon's leadership and want imprisoned Matt Hale to be once again officially recognized as Pontifus Maximus.
And we haven't forgotten about the handful of NSM members in Chicago - NSM Matt, Susan Lenner, Michael Schloer, and others who also attended a few INSF events. They are also feeling the heat being confronted - at their jobs, schools, and at their homes.
While internal and external blows coupled with their own idiocy has left Illinois Nazis highly ineffective and discreditable, things on our side of the fence are looking good. One year later South Side ARA and comrades are hard at work and are still organizing, smashing fascism in the streets. While we have clearly won the war between us and the INSF, the larger struggle against fascism and racist oppression is an uphill battle that we are determined to fight and win.