Posted On Thursday, August 09, 2012 at 08:59:27 AM
|The ‘P’ on Page’s left hand along with a ‘W’ on his right hand stand for ‘White Power’ (r) The ‘14’ on his arm corresponds to the number of words in the supremacist motto: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
The neo-nazi gunman who killed six innocent people at aWisconsin Gurudwara, had adorned his body with tattoos that hid secret racist codes and symbols showing allegiance to white supremacist beliefs.
Wade Michael Page, 41, the Army veteran who was killed Sunday after gunning down 6 people, left behind a startling trail of clues detailing his descent into hate in the tattoos that marked his body and in his music.
Many of the tattoos covering his arms and torso, Marilyn Mayo, co-director of the Anti-Defamation League's Centre on Extremism, said contained specific racist codes and hidden symbols that showed his allegiance to white supremacist beliefs and to a specific skinhead group.
The ADL maintains an on-line database of racist symbols. “Symbols are an important part of this culture,” Mayo said. “They allow others to know you're part of the skinhead movement and are used as a way of intimidation.
Getting a tattoo is permanent and it comes with a serious commitment. It means you're a member, you're part of this club and have been initiated,” he said. Page had a tattoo on his right arm with the number “838,” which Mayo said is a coded symbol indicating membership in the Hammerskins, a skinhead group whose members have been accused of multiple crimes since 1980s.
The number 838 corresponds to letters H, C, H, an acronym for the group's motto “Hail the Crossed Hammers,” the ABC News reported. On the back of his hands, he had tattooed ‘W’ and ‘P,’ which Mayo said is an acronym for ‘White Power’. On his left shoulder appeared a Celtic cross inscribed inside a circle.
“The Celtic cross is a symbol of white pride and is one of most popular symbols for neo-Nazis and White Supremacists,” Mayo said. Within the circle on Page's arm was the number 14, which corresponds to the number of words in the supremacist motto: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
The FBI on Wednesday said the Page may have died of a ‘self-inflicted gun shot to the head’. US authorities on Wednesday also said they had arrested the gunman’s former girlfriend. Police in South Milwaukee said Misty Cook was arrested on Sunday for being in possession of a firearm as a felon.
Gunman's Family “Devastated”
Page’s family expressed regret over the incident in a statement: “As the family of Wade Page, we are devastated by the horrific events that occurred Sunday in Oak Creek Wisconsin.”
His grandmother, Elaine Lenz, in an interview to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said, “I'm sorry he has caused so much trouble.”