WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- The case of 40 year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page has shed new light on a dark subculture of neo-Nazi music.
Page is the man who police say was responsible for the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, before he was shot and killed himself.
He was an active member of the white supremacist music scene. His songs talk about killing Jews, blacks, gays and others he referred to as "enemies." While his name was apparently on the radar of federal authorities, no one believed he posed an imminent threat.
From his album 'Welcome to the South,' lead vocalist Page growls "People don't f*** with the Confederate crew." In fact, many of his lyrics are profane and inflammatory.
"The Neo-Nazi music scene is really a subculture of very extreme violence," said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
It's the scene where alleged mass murderer Wade Michael Page craved more attention. He played in several so-called white power groups, and at neo-Nazi music festivals including one in Baltimore.
"He existed in a world of skinhead concerts in which people are routinely beat up, sometimes killed, often merely for looking at someone's girlfriend the wrong way," said Potok.
In another song, Page screamed, "Take action! Take action!" He often urged others to join the movement and act, and posted frequent comments on Internet forums for skinheads.
Page had a minor criminal history, including convictions for driving under the influence. He was demoted and then discharged from the Army in 1998 for being drunk on duty and absent without leave. He'd been trained, ironically, in psychological operations.
Written by Andrea McCarren
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