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At the turn of the 20th century, the most popular entertainment acts in the country were found under the Big Top. The circus offered daring acts of bravery, wild animals, comic antics and the collection of human oddities known as the Freak Show.

Edgar Steele, who once represented Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler in a lawsuit that bankrupted the white supremacist group, has died in federal prison in California. Steele was 69.

Steele was serving a 50-year sentence at the federal prison in Victorville, California, after he was convicted of plotting to kill his wife.

The prison website listed him as dying on Thursday. No other details were immediately available.

An annual count released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that the number of active hate groups in the Northwest dropped dramatically in 2013.

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In the summer 2013 edition of its quarterly magazine, the Southern Poverty Law Center details the racist writings of a white supremacist named Farnham O’Reilly. 

The Alabama-based organization keeps an eye on such authors and recently discovered O’Reilly is actually the pen name of a certified public accountant from Payette, Idaho named Tim Folke. 

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Shaun Winkler’s beliefs are no secret in north Idaho. The 34-year-old was a protégé of Richard Butler, the former leader of the Aryan Nations, once headquartered here. More recently, Winkler has picketed Mexican restaurants and a Martin Luther King Day event in Coeur d’Alene.

So when Winkler announced he was running for county sheriff, photojournalist Matt McKnight asked to meet with him.

“I met him there at his property … It was pretty obvious to me that what he’s after is building a compound, having that compound for people to live on," McKnight says.

Neo-Nazi Group Expected In Boise Area This Weekend

Oct 2, 2012
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Boise Police remain on alert for details about a Neo-Nazi music festival scheduled for this Saturday. Hammerfest is the annual gathering for members of the Hammerskin Nation, a national white supremacist federation.  

Saturday’s Hammerfest will mark the twenty-fifth gathering of its kind. The event is part recruiting tool and part showcase of Neo-Nazi bands.

Although the exact location of the gathering is unknown, online posters show it will occur in Boise.