Blaze Bernstein Murder Suspect Reportedly a Neo-Nazi Group Member

Suspect Samuel Woodward, who stabbed Bernstein more than 20 times, is believed to be an avowed member of the American neo-Nazi group 'Atomwaffen Division' - which is linked to other murders

This undated file photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows Blaze Bernstein.
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Samuel Woodward, the high school classmate accused of murdering Blaze Bernstein, was an avowed member of the American neo-Nazi group “Atomwaffen Division,” according to a new report by ProPublica.

The group, whose name is German for “Atomic Weapons Division,” is “an armed Fascist group with the ultimate aim of overthrowing the U.S. government through the use of terrorism and guerrilla warfare.” Woodward attended a three-day training session with the group in Texas, shedding light on his apparent reenactment of a grisly neo-Nazi killing scene in the 1998 movie, “American History X.”

Screen shot from Samuel Woodward social media
Screen shot

Police believe that it was Woodward who stabbed Bernstein more than 20 times on January 3 before burying him in a shallow grave in Borrego Park. He referred to [Bernstein, by an anti-gay slur and told police Bernstein had kissed him.

This Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 booking photo provided by the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20
County Sheriff's Department via AP

The group, who have “filmed themselves burning the U.S. Constitution and setting fire to the American flag” have also been linked to other murders, most notably the shooting of Scott Fricker and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker who were shot by their daughter’s boyfriend.

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