Barbara Loeb was sentenced to one year in jail on weapons possession charges; she served at least nine months of her term in New York State. George Loeb was extradited to Florida in December 1991 to face murder charges for killing Mansfield. During the trial, which began the following July, Loeb chimed that he was acting in self-defense when he shot the sailor; he also told jurors that he had considered fleeing to Canada because it is a “predominantly white country,” where he might expect to be treated more impartially. Regardless, on July 29, a jury of nine whites and three African-Americans, after only three hours of deliberation, found Loeb guilty of first-degree murder.
The night after his conviction, Loeb attempted suicide by slashing his forearms with the blade of a disposable razor included in his prison toiletries kit. By the time police discovered his injuries, apparently only minutes after he inflicted them, Loeb had lost 20% of his blood, and had gone into shock. A police report stated that Loeb told officers while his wounds were being treated that, “I want to die because the whole world is an asshole.” As a result of his suicide attempt, Loeb’s sentencing was moved up one week, to August 12; he received a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Members of the COTC predictably hailed Loeb as a hero and martyr. The August 1991 edition of Racial Loyalty, for example, printed a letter from “A Pro-White Activist” under the heading “Self-Defense is Our Right” which stated: “[Loeb] was supposed to have been just another non-publicized statistic in the wave of the black/mud/Jew criminal terror against Whites — how evil and racist of him to spoil The Plan. SELF-DEFENSE is our right, and they will never be able to destroy us Whites if we keep pulling these stunts” In the same issue, the tabloid reprinted a Tampa Tribune account of the murder under the headline, “More publicity for the COTC! White Man, spread the word of Creativity. Words are powerful weapons.”
At least publicly. however, Klassen shrank from connecting his organization with the Loeb murder. By most accounts, it was this incident in particular which motivated the Pontifex Maximus’s desperate attempts to disentangle himself from the COTC. Indeed, when questioned on the subject by Miabella, Klassen said, “I am no more responsible for that than the pope is responsible for all the Catholic felons in prison…. Not at all.” The reporter interviewing Klassen then pointed out that another COTC member, Steve Thomas, who was charged with aiding and abetting Loeb’s flight from Florida, was currently living at the North Carolina compound. “Oh,” Klassen replied, “He’s leaving tomorrow.”