Kehoe (born January 19, 1973)
is the oldest of eight sons born to Kirby and Gloria
Keho. He is a self-proclaimed white supremacist and
convicted murderer currently serving three consecutive
life sentences for the kidnapping, torture and murder of
the William Mueller family.
Kehoe was named for his father's
favorite brand of automobile (Chevrolet). His father,
Kirby Kehoe, was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Chevie,
an honors students and his younger brother Cheyne were
both withdrawn from school so their parents could
Raised with increasingly extreme anti-government
and white supremacist beliefs, Chevie Kehoe formed an
ambitious plan to bring down the United States
government with his self-styled "American People's
In order to attract recruits, Kehoe
embarked upon a series of property and firearms crimes
that would eventually lead him from his home in eastern
Washington State to Arkansas (the home of the Mueller
family) as he followed gun show events. Meanwhile, Kehoe
had married Karena Gumm, and the couple had a daughter;
in 1993, Kehoe also married Angie Settle, espousing that
polygamy was an acceptable way to further the Aryan race.
On February 20, 1998, Kehoe pled
guilty to felonious assault, attempted murder and
carrying a concealed weapon related to a February 15,
1997 shootout in Wilmington, Ohio with an Ohio State
Highway Patrol Trooper and a Clinton County sheriff's
deputy during a standard traffic stop resulting from
expired tags on his 1977 blue Chevrolet Suburban.
Video from the dashboard camera of
the patrolman's car was aired in 1997 on Fox's World's
Scariest Police Shootouts and can found on the internet.
In 2005, Kehoe was convicted of the
murders of the gun dealer Robert Mueller and his family.
He received three sentences of life imprisonment without
parole. Kehoe's mother Gloria and his younger brother
Cheyne served as prosecution witnesses and testified
against him at the trial. Kehoe is presently serving his
sentence at USP Lee.
In 2005, an independent radio
documentary entitled "Convicting Chevie Kehoe"'
was released, suggesting that he had been wrongfully
convicted on the murder charges.
Kehoe takes plea deal
Videotaped shooting case resolved
By Lisa Donovan - The Cincinnati
Saturday, February 21, 1998
WILMINGTON - The least of Chevie
Kehoe's legal problems were resolved on Friday when he pleaded guilty to
state charges stemming from a shootout with police here last year.
The plea agreement has
been in the works since January, when his brother, Cheyne, was on trial
on charges related to this case. It clears the way for Chevie Kehoe, 25,
of Colville, Wash., to face federal murder and racketeering charges in
He also is suspected of
having ties to white separatist groups and the deadly 1995 bombing of
the Oklahoma City federal building. He addressed some of those questions
posed by reporters after a hearing Friday afternoon to seal the deal on
the plea agreement. When asked about Cheyne's allegations that he was
somehow involved with the bombing of an unnamed federal building, Chevie
said the charge is ''totally untrue.''
Chevie Kehoe did not
talk about their relationship, but said he cared about his younger
'I love my brother
greatly and I forgive him,'' the older Kehoe said. ''But it's sad when a
family has to be torn apart by lies.'' An air of mystery has surrounded
Chevie Kehoe since his arrest last June. Though he has said little
publicly, a letter written last year to ''Karena'' - presumably his wife,
Karena Gumm - is filled with anti-establishment views and with
references to the shootout with police. ''I would rather die on my feet
than live on my knees,'' he wrote.
Last month, Cheyne
Kehoe was found guilty of attempted murder and felonious assault on
charges he, too, shot at police in Wilmington; he was sentenced to 24
years in prison.
The government offered
the younger Kehoe a deal similar to Chevie's, but Cheyne rejected it.
By entering a plea
agreement, the older Kehoe may have sliced his sentence in half. County
Prosecutor William Peelle said he'll recommend Mr. Kehoe serve only 20
years - half of what he might have served had the case gone to trial and
a jury found him guilty on all 11 charges.
The terms call for
Chevie to plead guilty to the attempted murder of Wilmington Police
Officer Rick Wood, a charge that includes gun specifications; felonious
assault of a passerby slightly injured in the gunbattle; and carrying a
concealed weapon. In exchange, the government dropped the remaining
When Judge William
McCracken asked him to state his plea to one of the charges, Mr. Kehoe
replied: ''Guilty, to avoid the possible consequences of a trial by jury.''
Mr. Kehoe agreed to the
deal because, in part, he was concerned about receiving a fair trial in
Wilmington, citing the media attention to the case.
Kort Gatterdam, an
assistant public defender representing Mr. Kehoe, unsuccessfully argued
to get the trial moved to another jurisdiction, or at least delayed
because of the publicity.
It all began with what
appeared to be a simple traffic stop on the outskirts of Wilmington on
Feb. 15, 1997. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled the Kehoes
over because the tags on their 1977 blue Chevrolet Suburban had expired.
With the video camera
rolling inside the trooper's cruiser, the routine stop became
confrontational. Younger brother Cheyne hopped out of the Suburban,
began firing at the trooper and a Clinton County sheriff's deputy.
Cheyne took off on foot and Chevie, who didn't draw a weapon, drove off.
Minutes later and a few
miles away, shots rang out. Chevie Kehoe was firing at Wilmington police.
Again, a video camera was rolling from inside the police car, but
authorities say when Mr. Kehoe shot at them the bullet shattered the
window and blocked the view.
After the brothers were
able to elude arrest, a nationwide manhunt was launched, and for months
the videotape of the wild shootout aired nationwide on television.
turned himself in and told authorities where they could find his brother,
who also was wanted for questioning in the 1996 slayings of Arkansas gun
dealer William Mueller and two family members.
Within weeks, Mr. Kehoe
will be turned over to authorities in Little Rock, Ark., to await trial
on federal charges stemming from the slayings of the Mueller family.
Once the Arkansas case
concludes, which some officials say could take up to a year, Chevie
Kehoe will be returned to Ohio for sentencing on charges here. Mr. Kehoe
could face the death penalty if convicted in Arkansas, but if sentenced
to a prison term in Arkansas he would serve the time concurrently with
the Ohio sentence.
Chevie Kehoe gets
life for 3 murders
plotted for new nation
By Tom Parsons - The Associated Press
Saturday, June 26, 1999
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A
white supremacist convicted of three murders as part of a plot to set up
a new nation in the Pacific Northwest was sentenced Friday to life in
prison without parole.
U.S. District Judge G.
Thomas Eisele pronounced the sentence on Chevie Kehoe, 26, of Colville,
Wash. When the judge asked Mr. Kehoe if he had anything to say, he
responded, “I would just like to continue to maintain my innocence in
Mr. Kehoe and Danny
Lee, 26, of Yukon, Okla., were convicted last month of three counts of
murder for slaying Tilly, Ark., gun dealer William Mueller, his wife
Nancy and her 8-year-old daughter Sarah Powell in January 1996. Mr.
Kehoe and Mr. Lee also were both convicted of one count each of
conspiracy and racketeering.
portrayed Mr. Kehoe as the leader of the plot, the jury rejected the
death-penalty option for him while recommending it for Mr. Lee, who has
a court hearing Tuesday.
Messrs. Kehoe and Lee
were convicted in what prosecutors said was a plot to set up a new
nation where people of Asian, black, Hispanic and Jewish descent would
Prosecutors had said Mr. Kehoe
and Mr. Lee also were responsible for other illegal activities,
including the bombing of City Hall at Spokane, Wash.
Mr. Kehoe and his brother Cheyne
were involved in a 1997 shootout with two police officers in Wilmington,
Ohio, that was videotaped and has been seen several times on national
Chevie Kehoe agreed to plead
guilty in February, 1998, to attempted murder, felonious assault and
carrying a concealed weapon in return for the state dropping eight
others involving the Wilmington shooting.
His sentencing was deferred
pending conclusion of the Arkansas case. His brother was convicted of
felonious assault and sentenced to 24 years in prison.
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Chevie Kehoe and Daniel Lee
Two from the skinheads from hell file. Two white
supremacists were convicted of engaging in a murderous scheme to set up
a whites-only republic in the Pacific Northwest.
Chevie Kehoe and Daniel
Lee, both 26, could get the death penalty for the 1996 killing of an
Arkansas gun dealer, his wife and her daughter. Federal prosecutors said
the men pursued their dream of an all-white republic by stockpiling
military-style weapons, robbing several people and suffocating gun
dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter,
Sarah Powell, before throwing their bodies into a river.
Prosecutors said that as part of their conspiracy,
Kehoe and Lee also carried out crimes in other states, including two
killings in Idaho and the 1996 bombing of City Hall in Spokane, Wash.
Chevie and brother Cheyne Kehoe first entered the public eye in 1997,
following a videotaped shootout with police in Ohio. Cheyne Kehoe later
helped authorities find his brother. Cheyne Kehoe and their mother,
Gloria Kehoe, also testified against Chevie, saying he described how he
and Lee committed the Arkansas murders.
According to prosecutors, Daniel Lewis Lee is a
psychopath who would pose a danger even to fellow prisoners and prison
guards and thus should be sentenced to death. But Lee's attorney,
Cathleen Compton, said Lee is a victim of neurological problems, or bad
wiring, and suffered a horribly abusive childhood.
skinhead was convicted, along with the strangely named, Chevie Kehoe, of
three counts of murder and conspiracy to overthrow the state and create
a white's-only nation.
Liroff presented evidence of Lee's participation at
age 17 in the murder of another Oklahoma youth. On July 24, 1990, Wavra
was beaten, stripped, stabbed and finally had his throat slit because he
incited Lee's anger by urinating on another man's recliner at a party.
A federal jury decided to give white supremacist
Chevie Kehoes a life sentence, sparing him from the death penalty.
Prosecutors had asked that Kehoe be put to death for the 1996 killings
of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old
daughter, Sarah Powell.
The three were suffocated with plastic bags,
weighed down with rocks and tossed into a western Arkansas bayou during
In deciding Kehoe's sentence, jurors apparently were
persuaded by the defense argument that Kehoe came from a dysfunctional
family. They argued that he was influenced by his parents, particularly
his father, Kirby Kehoe, and other adults who held extremist political
and social views.
Trail of death follows white supremacist gang
Intelligence Report -
Chevie O'Brien Kehoe, a pot-smoking 25-year-old
who looks like he could be the logger next door, grew up dreaming
about playing a starring role in the white supremacist revolution he
was sure was just around the corner.
While only a boy of 12, Kehoe heard about the
exploits of Bob Mathews, a self-styled white revolutionary who tried to
live out a novel's vision of race war and died in a fiery shootout with
the FBI in 1984.
Today, court documents on file in three states —
Ohio, Washington and Arkansas — claim that Kehoe was grimly successful
in achieving his life's dream of following in the footsteps of Mathews
and becoming a blood-drenched Aryan warrior. He is tied to more acts of
domestic terrorism that any other right-wing extremist arrested in the
United States in the last decade.
As the alleged founder and leader of the so-called
Aryan Peoples Republic, he is accused of involvement in five murders,
the attempted murder of several police officers, bomb-making, armed
robberies, burglaries and selling stolen property. Among other attacks,
he allegedly pipe-bombed City Hall in Spokane, Wash.
Officials are prohibited by a judge's gag order from
discussing the Kehoe case. But the case stems from an investigation that
began three years ago, stretches from coast to coast and in many ways
offers a road map to the topography of today's radical right.
Kehoe, who goes to trial on racketeering charges
starting Feb. 16 in a federal courtroom in Little Rock, Ark., could face
the death penalty. In addition, he could face state charges of murder
and other crimes in connection with a five-year crime spree.
Kehoe's plan — as far-fetched as it may sound to many
— was to carve out a new, independent country in the United States that
would limit citizenship to whites. All others were to face forcible
deportation or death.
According to the indictment, Kehoe "patterned his
enterprise's activities after the actions and ideology" of Mathews'
group — The Order — that was responsible for a series of armored car
heists that netted $4 million and the murder of at least two people.
An 8-Year-Old Is Murdered
Kehoe's alleged violence was truly grotesque.
Among other things, Kehoe is accused of masterminding
three Arkansas murders, including that of an 8-year-old girl who had a
plastic bag duct-taped over her head. As Sarah Elizabeth Powell
suffocated to death, she was apparently tortured with electric cattle
prods to reveal where her gun-dealer stepfather hid his gold and other
Officials also believe the little girl first may have
been forced to watch while her stepfather William Mueller, 52, and
mother Nancy, 28, were suffocated in a January 1996 triple homicide that
shocked even seasoned murder detectives.
The attack may not have been a complete surprise.
Less than a year before, William Mueller told authorities that his home
near Tilly, Ark., had been burglarized of firearms and other items worth
more than $50,000. Mueller told friends that he feared the perpetrators
— whom he hinted he might know — would return after the February 1995
Officials now say that the proceeds from this
burglary, including a 28-foot travel trailer stolen near Harrison, Ark.,
were taken to the Pacific Northwest by Kehoe, who earlier had teamed up
with neo-Nazi Skinhead Danny Lee and federal prison escapee Faron
Lovelace at Elohim City, a compound of religious extremists in eastern
'A Liquid Diet'
After the Mueller family's bodies were tossed into a
bayou near Russellville, Ark., Kehoe and his companions joked that the
victims were on a "liquid diet," court records say. It would be six
months before the badly decomposed bodies were discovered by a local
fisherman. Investigators initially were completely stumped.
But small flecks of auto body paint were found on the
duct tape used on the victims, eventually becoming the forensic clue
that convinced federal ATF agents and Arkansas state investigators that
Kehoe was connected to the three murders. The flecks scientifically
matched paint found a year later on a freshly repainted pickup truck
used by Chevie and his brother, Cheyne, authorities say.
The Arkansas killers stole a trailer full of firearms,
ammunition, gold and militia supplies that the Muellers used to sell at
gun shows, usually those tailored in part to militia fanciers and others
interested in the same kind of antigovernment rhetoric that attracted
Kehoe and his family.
Kehoe and his white supremacist cohorts are accused
of transporting the stolen firearms and half a million rounds of
ammunition from the 1995 and 1996 thefts in Arkansas to Spokane,
stopping at Elohim City on the way. The stolen loot was hidden in a
garage at The Shadows Motel & RV Park in north Spokane, where Kehoe and
his band of Aryan warriors holed up for a period of time in 1995 and
Later, the stolen items were kept in storage lockers
rented under fictitious names in Oldtown, Idaho, and Thompson Falls in
The Shadows during this period was home to an
underground trade in guns and, apparently, bombs. A former manager
recalls that Kehoe spent time making his own blasting caps and pipe
bombs, detonating the devices under stacks of telephone directories.
The manager also says that he saw Kehoe's stash of
stolen firearms and other items he's accused of stealing from Mueller —
including a handful of Mueller's business cards. Kehoe told the manager
that he bought the guns, ammunition and survivalist supplies from a gun
dealer who had gone broke, and authorities were never notified.
Timothy McVeigh in the Shadows
A tantalizing connection also emerged at The Shadows.
In early 1995, the former manager recalls, a man
resembling Timothy McVeigh met Kehoe at The Shadows. The manager also
says that Kehoe showed up hours before the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City
bombing and excitedly demanded that the manager turn on the CNN news
channel, a hint that Kehoe had advance knowledge of McVeigh's plan.
The Shadows' former manager is not the only one to
place McVeigh at the motel. A Spokane couple claims that a white
supremacist who is now accused of molesting their children told them
that he'd met McVeigh at the motel.
But the FBI has been unable to establish that McVeigh
was ever at the motel — or, indeed, anywhere in the Pacific Northwest
prior to the Oklahoma bombing.
It may not have been coincidence that The Shadows is
a few steps from a bar that was one of Mathews' favorites hangouts in
1983 and 1984. (The bar also once hosted Madonna, who starred in a high
school wrestling movie filmed there.)
But instead of drinking or spending much time at the
bar his hero frequented, Chevie, or "Bud," as friends called him, seemed
to prefer spending his time at the motel, regularly smoking marijuana.
Chevie wasn't the only Kehoe to occasionally live at
The Shadows. His father, Kirby Keith Kehoe, and other members of his
family apparently did so as well, frequently traveling 60 miles north to
Colville, Wash., where the family once lived.
Officials say that Chevie and his father supported
themselves while based in Spokane by brazenly selling some of the stolen
Mueller firearms at gun shows around the country — a dangerous practice
that may ultimately have led to the undoing of the Kehoe gang.
The first stolen weapon to surface in the case was a
.45-caliber Colt pistol that authorities now say was Nancy Mueller's
personal handgun. Seattle police seized the gun in February 1996 when
they arrested a suspected drug user who was spotted carrying the gun in
a pawn shop.
The man later told investigators that he got the gun
from Kirby Kehoe, who was secretly indicted in Spokane in June 1997 for
possessing the stolen firearm.
That revelation was the first break for state and
federal investigators who jointly were investigating the Mueller murders.
But it would be another 17 months before Chevie Kehoe and other alleged
gang members were behind bars.
A life of Extremism
The Kehoe saga began long before.
Chevie Kehoe was born on Jan. 29, 1973, in Orange
Park, Fla., to Kirby and his wife, Gloria. His name, a family friend who
lives in Spokane recalls, came from a family preoccupation. "His father
was a real good mechanic and particularly liked Chevrolets, and that's
why they named their first son Chevie," the friend said.
The elder Kehoe was a Vietnam veteran, whose dislike
and distrust for the federal government intensified as Chevie was
growing up. Chevie, Cheyne and the six other brothers who followed
sometimes attended public schools, but mostly were home-schooled by
their parents, who deeply distrusted public education.
Chevie listened and learned.
The family was itinerant, with the parents building
pole barns, planting trees and doing other jobs — mostly just getting by
in the underground economy that attracts so many in the extremist
movement. They lived in Florida, Arkansas and elsewhere before moving to
northeastern Washington state, near the Canadian border, in the late
Somewhere along the way, the elder Kehoes connected
with the Christian Identity belief that whites are the true Israelites,
God's chosen people, who have a moral obligation to fight for the
preservation of their race. They heard the Identity message, which also
emphasizes that Jews are the children of Satan, at Elohim City, the
neo-Nazi Aryan Nations compound in Idaho and a small church called The
Arc, north of Colville.
In his mid-teens, Kehoe met Jake Settle, a former
Marine and ex-cop who was living in the area. Settle, who frequented the
Aryan Nations compound with his wife, Susan, shared the Kehoe family's
Identity beliefs. As Chevie matured, he became somewhat estranged from
his father and came to see Settle as his mentor. "He really liked Jake
and looked up to him as a big brother, even a dad," a former friend
Polygamy and the Chosen People
In the early 1990s, Chevie and his family began
visiting Aryan Nations, where they listened to the Identity teachings of
leader Richard Butler. A decade earlier, Butler had been the inspiration
for Mathews, Bruce Carroll Pierce, David Lane, Gary Yarbrough, David
Tate and other young men who soon grew tired of merely listening to
Butler's hate-filled speeches and decided to take action by secretly
forming The Order.
Ultimately, Chevie would decide to avoid the mistakes
of Mathews, whose downfall came largely because of the size of his group,
which numbered more than 30. Following the strategy of "leaderless
resistance," Chevie allegedly kept his group of Aryan warriors much
smaller, determined to avoid the attention of the authorities.
As he grew toward manhood, Chevie became increasingly
interested in polygamy, arguing that it was accepted in biblical times
and permitted under the Identity doctrine, according to the federal
indictment. He told friends and family that it was his obligation to
enhance the population of the white race by having multiple wives and as
many children as possible.
Ultimately, the indictment says, he saw the practice
of polygamy as vital to building the Aryan Peoples Republic that he
Soon enough, he was turning those words into action.
In 1993, Susan Settle introduced her 18-year-old
sister, Angie, to Chevie, who by then was married to Karina Gumm. Chevie
later went to Angie's house in Spokane, hoping she could supply him
marijuana. Before the encounter ended, Angie had agreed to become
Chevie's second wife in a polygamous relationship that lasted less than
Chevie took both wives to the 1993 Aryan World
Congress, an annual event hosted by the Aryan Nations, apparently hoping
to impress others that his polygamous ways would help ensure the
vitality of the white race. While there, Kehoe assaulted Karina, who was
seven months pregnant.
She suffered a black eye and a bloody lip, apparently
because she was having trouble accepting her role in Chevie's polygamous
Enter the Aryan Republican Army
Chevie, Karina, Angie and one child spent a couple of
weeks in a small cabin near the Canadian border, north of Kettle Falls,
Wash. Soon they headed to Elohim City, where Chevie's polygamy was
accepted by others pursuing a similar lifestyle.
After 54 days of marriage, Angie grew homesick, tired
of the marriage and the domestic violence that accompanied it. With the
help of another woman at Elohim City, she planned her flight. But she
soon learned she had an ally in Gloria Kehoe, who convinced her son to
allow Angie to return home to her parents in Spokane.
While at Elohim City, a community to which his
parents had originally introduced him, Chevie met up with a group of
like-minded white supremacists. Authorities now believe that beginning
in 1994, Chevie began supplying firearms to members of the Aryan
Republican Army, a group that would steal $250,000 in a series of 22
bank robberies in the Midwest.
It's unclear if the group, with a name remarkably
similar to the Aryan Peoples Republic Chevie was striving to create, was
connected to him in other ways.
Soon, Chevie was staying at The Shadows and, in a
parallel to McVeigh, traveling the gun show circuit. It was in this
period as well that authorities now believe he was involved in the
murders of two neo-Nazi Skinhead associates.
In the summer of 1995, prosecutors allege that Kehoe
ordered Faron Lovelace to murder Jeremy Scott. The reason: Kehoe had
convinced Scott's wife to join him in a polygamous marriage and Scott
stood in the way.
Prosecutors say the other man, Jon Cox, may have been
killed because Kehoe believed he was telling friends of Kehoe's alleged
plans to rob a series of armored cars, just as Mathews had done a dozen
years before. Members of Mathews' Order had also killed a suspected
informer, Walter West, whose body, just like Cox's, was never recovered
from the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.
By late 1996, after Nancy Mueller's handgun was found
in Seattle, investigators were closely examining Chevie and Kirby Kehoe
in the Mueller case. They also were looking for one of their alleged
associates, Timothy Coombs, who remains a fugitive in the attempted
assassination of a Missouri state trooper shot through his kitchen
The Muellers had lived in a home that was once owned
The Net Begins to Close
Another big break in the case came on Dec. 10 of that
year, when a Spokane Skinhead was arrested while getting a traffic
ticket in South Dakota. In Sean Haines' vehicle, police found a
Bushmaster .223-caliber assault rifle stolen from Mueller.
When Arkansas and federal investigators began talking
to him about the possibility of being charged in a triple murder, Haines
quickly rolled over and implicated Chevie Kehoe.
Apparently hearing of the arrest, Kehoe hit the road.
First he moved from The Shadows to another Spokane recreational vehicle
park. Then he convinced his brother, Cheyne, and Cheyne's young family,
to join him and his wife in leaving Spokane in a motor home that
allegedly was purchased with proceeds from stolen goods.
The families moved fast, passing through Nevada,
Texas and Alabama, before checking in to an Ohio campground. Then, on
Feb. 15, 1997, two Ohio police officers stopped a Chevrolet Suburban
with expired Washington plates.
Cheyne came out shooting.
In a dramatic exchange of fire captured on a police
car video camera and broadcast around the nation, no one, amazingly, was
killed, and the Kehoe brothers escaped. A few minutes later, Chevie
opened up on other officers, again escaping unhurt.
A nationwide manhunt was on. Officials put up a
wanted poster and offered a $60,000 reward. But the Kehoes had
disappeared, moving through a murky antigovernment underground, selling
Mueller weapons as they went, and ending up in southern Utah. There, the
brothers and their families found ranch work under assumed names.
The Final Target: Chevie's Own Family
They might have remained hidden, officials say, if
not for Chevie's tendency to extreme violence. While at the ranch, he
allegedly began speaking of killing his parents to secure a pricey gun
Cheyne remembered well how Chevie had spoken calmly
to friends of killing his own wife, Karina, after learning she might be
part Native American.
To top it off, Chevie had developed an unhealthy
interest in Cheyne's wife.
So Cheyne fled. In June 1997, he drove straight
through to his family's old hometown of Colville and, accompanied by
Identity minister Ray Barker, turned himself in to local authorities.
The next day, armed with a map Cheyne had provided, FBI agents arrested
Chevie as he walked into a feed store in Gunlock, Utah.
Cheyne cooperated fully, and federal officials asked
a state judge for leniency. But the judge handed him a 24-year sentence
on charges stemming from the Ohio shootout, pointing out that Cheyne had
guns stolen from a murder victim and had tried to kill several Ohio
police officers. Cheyne's wife reportedly got the $60,000 reward.
Lovelace is now on death row after a state conviction
in Jeremy Scott's death. Chevie, his father Kirby and Danny Lee go to
trial in February on the federal racketeering charges. And Cheyne is
being hidden by prison officials who fear he could be killed at the
hands of imprisoned white supremacists who see him as a traitor.
Like his fallen hero, Bob Mathews, Chevie appears
unrepentant. Suckled on the theology of Christian Identity, he has
promised to fight to his dying breath.
In an undated letter to his wife seized by
authorities in Utah, Chevie allegedly wrote that he would "rather die on
my feet than live on my knees." He told Karina that he "had to represent
the ideals that I [have] so long honored." Then, in a postscript to
federal agents, he added that he would "'forever and always' seek to
destroy you and yours.
"I will see to it on earth if alive and will see to
it in the heavens if made a 'GOD,' either way my fears and pains [will]
torment you and yours forever."
The Kehoe Gang
A national saga
The saga of Chevie Kehoe, his family and the men who
followed him is one that stretches across many states and years. Here,
drawn from court records, interviews and media accounts, is a timeline
of significant events.
Although criminal cases have established some facts,
many events listed here are allegations from the government's indictment
of Kehoe and other sources that have not been proven in a court of law.
Jan. 29, 1973 Chevie Kehoe is born in Orange
Park, Fla., the eldest son of Kirby and Gloria Kehoe. Nurtured from an
early age in the tenets of the racist and anti-Semitic Christian
Identity religion, Chevie will adopt radical antigovernment views as he
grows up that shape the rest of his life.
1991 Chevie's rage at the government is
heightened by a federal raid on a neighbor's house near his own family
home in Colville, Wash.
A year later, the deadly Ruby Ridge, Idaho, standoff
between authorities and the family of white supremacist Randy Weaver
adds to Chevie's hatred of the government.
1993 Chevie and others launch a terrorist
conspiracy to create the Aryan Peoples Republic, a whites-only homeland.
Eventually, at least five people will be murdered.
1994 Around this time, Chevie meets members of
the Aryan Republican Army, along with members of his own future gang, at
Members of the white supremacist ARA gang later go to
prison in connection with the robberies of 22 Midwestern banks meant to
finance a revolution. It's later established that the ARA used weapons
supplied by the Kehoes.
Feb. 12, 1995 Tilly, Ark., gun dealer William
Mueller tells authorities that masked men took $50,000 in guns, coins
and equipment in a home invasion.
Later in the month, Chevie and Faron Lovelace stop at
Elohim City with a truckload of Mueller's weapons.
March-April 1995 Witnesses place Chevie at The
Shadows Motel and RV Park in Spokane, Wash., where he's involved in
illegal gun sales.
A former manager later tells The Spokesman-Review
newspaper that he believes Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh met
Chevie at the motel. The former manager says Chevie appeared to have
advance knowledge of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma bombing. The FBI says
it can't confirm the report.
June 12, 1995 Supermarket owners Malcolm and
Jill Friedman are robbed and kidnapped near Colville by a man dressed in
camouflage, who authorities later identify as Lovelace. Malcolm is
kidnapped but released unharmed near The Shadows Motel.
Chevie, who once worked at the Friedman's
supermarket, and his father Kirby allegedly drove Lovelace to the
July-August 1995 Chevie orders Jeremy Scott's
murder in north Idaho after persuading Scott's common-law wife to become
his polygamous second wife. Lovelace is later convicted of the killing.
Sept. 20, 1995 Lovelace robs Colville jewelry
wholesaler and gun enthusiast Dick Morton of his gun collection during a
home invasion. Morton also is driven to Spokane and forced to withdraw
$480 from a bank machine before being released near The Shadows Motel.
January 1996 Chevie and associate Daniel Lewis
Lee leave Yukon, Okla., where they have been living, and head for the
Mueller home in Tilly, Ark. Jan. 11, 1996 Mueller, his wife and
her 8-year-old daughter are abducted, robbed and murdered as they leave
their Arkansas home for a gun show. The killers tape plastic bags over
their heads and shock them with electric cattle prods as they suffocate.
Later that month, Chevie buys a motor home with
$10,000 cash. Weapons owned by the Muellers are eventually linked to the
Kehoe brothers and Kirby.
February 1996 Travis Brake is arrested while
carrying a gun traced to the Mueller collection. He tells authorities he
bought the weapon from Kirby at a Seattle gun show, giving investigators
their first break in the Kehoe case.
April 29, 1996 A pipe bomb goes off outside
Spokane City Hall. Cheyne Kehoe later says that his brother Chevie
carried out the attack. Eventually, Lee also is indicted in the bombing.
June 28, 1996 A fisherman finds the found
bodies of the Mueller family in a bayou near Russellville, Ark.
The same month, neo-Nazi Skinhead Sean Michael
Haines, an Aryan Nations youth leader, allegedly swaps guns with Chevie
at The Shadows Motel.
Aug. 18, 1996 A heavily armed Lovelace is
arrested after being lured from his home to Priest River, Idaho, to
assassinate supposed Hispanic drug dealers recruiting young girls into
prostitution — a story concocted by agents to trap Lovelace. Lovelace
leads authorities to Scott's buried body.
August 1996 Apparently fearing arrest after
Lovelace's capture, Chevie and his family abandon a stolen trailer home
where they had been living in the Kaniksu National Forest in Idaho.
Chevie heads to "the Yaak," a river valley in northwest Montana, where
his parents are living.
Dec. 10, 1996 After being arrested in
possession of a Mueller rifle at a freeway rest stop in Sioux Falls,
S.D., Haines implicates Chevie in the Mueller gun theft.
Learning of the arrest, Chevie convinces Cheyne to
join him in his flight from the Spokane compound where both have been
living. They sell stolen Mueller weapons as they go.
January 1997 The Kehoe brothers and their
wives pay a month's rent in advance at a campground near Frankfort,
Feb. 15, 1997 Police making a routine traffic
stop are fired on by Cheyne. The ensuing shootout is captured on a
patrol car video camera.
In the Kehoes' Chevrolet Suburban, police find heavy
weapons, 4,000 rounds of ammunition and FBI caps. In a second shootout a
few minutes later, Chevie shoots at other officers, wounding a
The Kehoe brothers escape separately, and a
nationwide manhunt begins.
Feb. 28, 1997 Officials find the Kehoes'
abandoned motorhome, containing bomb-making components, outside Casper,
Chevie reportedly travels through Ohio, Kentucky and
Indiana before making his way to Utah. Cheyne's path takes him through
Wyoming and Arizona before he arrives in Utah, where both brothers live
under assumed names with their families. The two fugitives find work on
a ranch near Gunlock, Utah.
June 16, 1997 Cheyne flees the Utah ranch,
saying later that he feared his brother. He drives straight to his
hometown of Colville and gives himself up to authorities. He immediately
June 17, 1997 With information from Cheyne,
authorities arrest Chevie as he goes into a feed store in Gunlock.
July 1, 1997 Authorities begin a fruitless
search in north Idaho for the body of a Chevie associate, neo-Nazi
Skinhead Jon Cox. Chevie is believed to have murdered Cox because he was
writing to friends about Chevie's plans to rob a series of armored cars.
March 18, 1998 Kirby is arrested in Springdale,
Wash., by agents who seize hand grenades, machineguns, and ammunition.
He had been sought after violating a judge's order to remain in Montana
while facing charges of possessing a handgun stolen from the Muellers.
In May, he pleads guilty to federal weapons
July 7, 1998 A federal grand jury in Little
Rock, Ark., issues an amended indictment accusing Chevie, Kirby and Lee
of racketeering and other violations. Lovelace, already on death row for
the murder of Scott, is dropped from the initial indictment, issued on
Dec. 12, 1997. The trial is set for Feb. 16.
Chevie O'Brien Kehoe