White supremacist woman pleads guilty in Pacific Northwest killing spree

Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:21pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A white supremacist woman accused of killing four people during a violent road trip across the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend pleaded guilty on Tuesday to racketeering in a deal that could send her to prison for life, federal prosecutors said.

The racketeering charge to which Holly Ann Grigsby pleaded guilty encapsulates all the crimes alleged in the case, said Gerri Badden, spokeswoman for the Portland-based U.S. Attorney's Office. Grigsby, in her late 20s, is due to be sentenced in June.

The couple were arrested in 2011 in northern California after what authorities described as a bloody, two-week crime spree that began in the Puget Sound city of Everett, Washington, with the slayings of boyfriend David Joseph Pedersen's father and step-mother.

The three-state road trip, during which the duo are accused of killing a middle-aged black man and a 19-year-old stranger singled out because they thought he was Jewish, ended with Grigsby allegedly telling police she and Pederson were on their way to "kill more Jews" in Sacramento, California.

The couple's white supremacist associations were also evident from tattoos on Pedersen's neck and through racist Facebook postings by Grigsby.

Federal prosecutors said in court papers filed in February they would not seek the death penalty against Grigsby or Pedersen, who is serving a life sentence in Washington state on separate charges stemming from the killing spree.

Pederson pleaded guilty in 2012 to Washington state counts of first-degree murder for the shooting death of his father, David "Red" Pedersen, 56, and the stabbing death of his stepmother, Leslie Mae "DeeDee" Pedersen, 69, in Everett.

He is scheduled to go on trial in July in Portland on federal racketeering and other charges linked to the case, Badden said.

The 24-page federal indictment says Pedersen researched the names and addresses of Jewish organizations in Seattle, Portland and Sacramento to identify "potential targets for elimination" and that he had a "draft 'press release' to alert the media about the purpose of the planned murders."

The indictment describes their purpose as "promoting and advancing a white supremacist movement to 'purify' and 'preserve' the white race and 'reclaim our country.'"

Although the indictment says Pedersen and Grigsby were members of a criminal organization, no other individuals were named or referred to in the document.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in Olympia, Washington; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Lisa Shumaker)

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SKYDRIFTER wrote:
So much for any travel plans that she might have had.

How does any actual or wannabe killer think of themselves as being superior to someone who is doing nothing more harmful than just “breathing?”

The person in their mirror must be driving them really crazy. What do they know/believe about themselves? I’d have to guess that adrenalin serves as some kind of medication for a tormented soul. You’d think that the thought of killing themselves would be easier, simpler; and pack a really terrific adrenalin rush – with no come-down guaranteed.

Maybe this gal can explain it, some day. She’s going to have a lot of free time to think about it, for sure.

Mar 12, 2014 8:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JUSTUSEEKER wrote:
In all honesty, the life sentence shelled out to Pedersen and now to Grigsby for what they did in THESE cases is ridiculous. They couldn’t have made their intentions to implement their own ethnic cleansing program, with the aid of their racist and terrorist organization, any clearer.

I have read other reports on this case and on one hand understand the positions about leaving these two to rot in prison and leaving them to be preyed upon by other inmates.

On the other hand, as a person of color, believe you me, if I were to do what they did, associate with such an organization, carry out the elaborate researching addresses of individuals of specific ethnic groups, brazenly organize technical operations to have my intentions to promote hate crime agendas broadcasted through the airwaves, not to mention kill four people on the bases of which they did, I would be labeled a TERRORIST and would, without hesitation, be sentenced to DEATH, no matter the cost to taxpayers.

If in fact it was Eric Holder’s push for this sentence, it’s quite a questionable and disappointing move, one that helps to set us back toward the days of Jim Crow. It sends a very ominous message in our society that such evil at the hands of hatemongers only warrants being held in a can, as opposed to being “eliminated,” as is the belief system of these depraved individuals.

With the hate crimes that have been going on in Florida and other areas, the torch of white supremacy in this nation is ever burning. And with no one in key positions having the guts to do the right thing instead of something someone “strongly urges” be done to satisfy particular interests, those flames may very well be the death of America. Not only are the outcomes in this case a great injustice in the Pacific Northwest but to the nation at large.

Mar 12, 2014 10:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Don’t look for this story on Fox news.

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