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= =20 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= =20 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= =20 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= =20 1972. If a new home is acquired for Butler, it apparently would have to be put in= =20 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= =20 "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= =20 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= =20 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= =20 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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