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Federal agents arrest white supremacist whose threats JNS reported exclusively

Hardy Carroll Lloyd is accused of trying to influence witnesses and threatening jurors in the trial of the man convicted of killing 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Local and state police secure the area around Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018. Credit: Shutterstock/Brendt A Petersen.
Local and state police secure the area around Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018. Credit: Shutterstock/Brendt A Petersen.

In early June, JNS reported exclusively that a known white supremacist, previously jailed on weapon charges, threatened jurors in the federal trial of the now-convicted shooter, who killed 11 Jewish worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Federal agents arrested the man, Hardy Carroll Lloyd, in West Virginia on Thursday.

Lloyd, 45, is “accused of trying to influence witnesses and testimony in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial through emails and blogs posts calling for violence against Jews and threatening to dox jurors, witnesses and anyone who pushed back against his hateful rhetoric,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

“We have struck Pittsburgh and shall continue to pass out flyers until Richard Bowers, the great WHITE hero of Pgh, is freed,” Lloyd wrote earlier in the year in an email that was provided to JNS.

Robert Bowers, 50, has since been sentenced to death for the mass shooting at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in October 2018.

“We shall also file for the names of the jury once it is over to make sure they voted the right way. If Bowers is not freed then we shall not only up our flyers but also make PGH sorry. We cannot state what this is, of course,” he added at the time.

Lloyd is the “self-appointed reverend of the hate group dubbed the Church of Ben Klassen, named for the late Florida congressman and white supremacist,” the Post-Gazette reported. “He founded the hate group/religious movement known as the Creativity Movement. He has taken responsibility for racist and antisemitic flyers and stickers left across Pittsburgh in recent months and weeks.”

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