An Oklahoma woman was slain after she wanted to leave a Ku Klux Klan initiation ritual. Eight people have been arrested for the shooting death of the woman in rural Louisiana.
The woman was left in the brush along the side of the road. Her name is not being released by the authorities.
The group’s leader, Raymond ‘Chuck’ Foster, is said to have shot and killed the woman Sunday night. A fight had broken out when the woman requested to leave the ritual. Foster is in jail at this time charged with second-degree murder. He is being held without bond.
Captain George Bonnet, a spokesman for the Covington, Louisiana police department, said that this is the first time that he remembers that the KKK has been involved in a criminal case. He has been in the department for three years.
The seven other people that were arrested range in age from 20 to 30. The five men and two women are being charged with obstruction of justice and held on $500,000 bond at the St. Tammany Parish jail. All eight live in the neighbouring Washington Parish.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said in a news release that investigators found weapons, flags and six Klan robes at a campsite. Some of the suspects tried to cover up the crime by burning the woman’s belongings at the campsite.
The slain woman is said to have gone to the campsite with two of those connected to the Klan group that calls itself “Dixie Brotherhood.”
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“The IQ level of this group is not impressive, to be kind,” Strain said, adding, “I can’t imagine anyone feeling endangered or at risk by any one of these kooks.”
Mark Pitcavage, directive of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, said the Dixie Brotherhood appears to be a small, loosely organized group of people.
“This is not what I would call an established Klan group,” he said. “The Klan has a pretty high association with violence. Some of these guys are just crooks, sociopaths.”