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Spokane Spokesman Review
    Saturday, October 14, 2000



Group tries to find new house for Butler
Fellow racists thought they had home for Aryan leader; deal fell apart


Bill Morlin - Staff writer


Looking for new home: Elderly racist facing $6.3 million legal judgment and=
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about to lose the keys to his 20-acre compound.

Richard Butler, the founder of the Aryan Nations, hasn't resorted to such=20
an advertisement yet, but he's put that word out.

Now the 82-year-old Aryan leader is getting help in his search for a new=20
home from the 11th Hour Remnant Messenger, a racist organization based in=20
Sandpoint, sources confirm.

The 11th Hour consists of wealthy, retired businessmen Carl Story and=20
Vincent Bertollini, who share Butler's racist religious views about Jews=20
and African Americans.

The 11th Hour previously has financed direct mailings, including a=20
videotape about the Aryan Nations, in Bonner and Kootenai counties.

Bertollini, a self-described evangelist for the 11th Hour, recently=20
attempted to rent or buy a $180,000 house for Butler near Sagle, south of=20
Sandpoint, the sources said.

The recently built "secluded cedar home" is located on five acres on Spades=
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Road, "surrounded by trees and adjoining several large acreages," a real=20
estate listing says.

The owner of the house, who provided information under the condition he=20
wasn't publicly identified, confirmed this week that he was contacted by=20
Bertollini.

"He asked about renting the house for a third party," the owner said.

"I told him the house was for sale and whoever rented it would have to let=
=20
it be shown."

"Bertollini then asked about a lease for three months," the owner said. "I=
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asked who the third party was, and he told me Richard Butler."

When the seller said he's a law enforcement officer, Bertollini "told me=20
that I had to say no more."

"I then told him that if I was to rent the house to Butler that it would=20
ruin my chances of selling it," the seller said.

"Bertollini said he understood and that I didn't need the hassle," the=20
seller added.

Bertollini had no comment when asked Friday about his attempts to find=20
housing in Bonner County for Butler, who has lived in Kootenai County since=
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1972.

If a new home is acquired for Butler, it apparently would have to be put in=
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a third party's name to prevent the property from being seized to satisfy=20
the judgment.

Bertollini previously said he and Story would see to it that Butler didn't=
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"end up on the street," suggesting they would come to his financial rescue.

"Butler will never leave this area," Bertollini said at the outset of a=20
seven-day jury trial in Coeur d'Alene.

It concluded Sept. 7 with a $6.3 million judgment against Butler and the=20
Aryan Nations.

The white supremacist and his organization were guilty of gross negligence=
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in appointing security guards who carried out a 1998 assault against a=20
North Idaho woman and her son, Victoria and Jason Keenan.

To begin collecting that judgment, attorneys for the plaintiffs immediately=
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initiated action to seize the Aryan compound and assets there. The=20
property, including an old farm house, a guard tower and church building,=20
is worth an estimated $200,000.

But the sheriff's seizure was called off when the Butler's attorney and the=
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plaintiffs agreed to a plan for him to surrender his property if trial=20
Judge Charles Hosack doesn't grant a new trial.

If the judge denies Butler's request for a new trial, the Aryan Nations=20
property and assets, its Web site domain name and the Aryan Nations name=20
will be deeded to the Keenans.

That is scheduled to take place either Oct. 25 or one week after the=20
judge's ruling, whichever occurs later.


=95Bill Morlin can be reached at (509) 459-5444 or by e-mail at=20
billm@spokesman.com.



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