THE VIOLENT TIMELINE
January 16, 1967 Nazi prison gang associate Robert Holderman is stabbed and then battered to death by Black Guerilla Family gang members at San Quentin.
January 17, 1967 1,800 black inmates and 1,000 white inmates clash on the main yard at San Quentin over the death of Robert Holderman. Prison guards break up the brawl by firing shots into the mass. Five inmates are wounded by the shots. One inmate suffers severe head trauma from the beating he receives from opposing gang members. Two other inmates suffer non-fatal heart attacks.
August 27, 1967 Nineteen year old Barry Byron Mills is arrested in Ventura, California, and held for transfer to Sonoma County, where there is an arrest warrant in his name for grand theft auto.
December 12, 1967 Barry Mills requests and is denied probation. Instead he is sentenced to one year in the Sonoma County Jail.
January 29, 1968 Barry Mills and Buddy Coleman escape from the Sonoma County Honor Farm.
February 17, 1968 Barry Mills is arrested in Windsor, California.
March 12, 1968 Barry Mills is sentenced to one year and one day in prison for escape without force from the Sonoma County Jail.
March 13, 1969 Barry Mills is released from prison.
January 13, 1970 Soledad state prison Aryan Brotherhood leader Buzzard Harris, along with fellow Aryan Brotherhood members Smiley Hoyle, Harpo Harper and Chuko Wendekier, and Mexican Mafia members Colorado Joe Ariaz, John Fanene, and Raymond Guerrero battle with Black Guerilla Family gang members on the exercise yard at Soledad prison. Tower guard Opie Miller opens fire with his high-powered rifle, killing Black Guerilla leader W. L. Nolen, Cleveland Edwards and Alvin Miller. Aryan Brotherhood leader Buzzard Harris is wounded in the groin by a rifle bullet.
January 30, 1970 Barry Mills and William Hackworth are arrested after robbing a Stewarts Point convenience store.
February 3, 1970 Barry Mills is convicted of first-degree armed robbery after codefendant William Hackworth testifies for the prosecution. Barry Mills is sentenced to five years to life in prison.
April 21, 1972 Aryan Brotherhood members Fred Mendrin and Donald Hale murder Fred Castillo by stabbing him to death at the Chino Institute for Men. Castillo was the leader of the Nuestra Familia gang. The Aryan Brotherhood murder Castillo as part of a contract with the Mexican Mafia.
December 15, 1972 Aryan Brotherhood members Fred Mendrin and Donald Hale are sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Fred Castillo.
1973 The Aryan Brotherhood is officially formed in the federal prison system.
October 18, 1977 Aryan Brotherhood member Little Joe O’Rourke engages in a vicious gun battle with campus police at El Camino community college. The gun battle erupts when the police, as part of a routine check, ask Little Joe for his student ID. Little Joe is wounded and arrested.
November 25, 1977 Aryan Brotherhood members David Owens and ‘New York’ Crane rob the Bank of America in Agoura, California. They get away with $9,000.
December 2, 1977 ‘New York’ Crane is named as the prime suspect in the murder of fellow Aryan Brotherhood member Hogjaw Cochran.
December 29, 1977 Barry Mills is released from San Quentin state prison.
January 11, 1978 Aryan Brotherhood member David Owens is arrested and charged with robbing the Bank of America in Agoura, California. Owens has $3,844 on him when arrested.
March 13, 1978 David Owens is convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to federal prison. His codefendant ‘New York’ Crane is held over in Orange County Jail and charged with the murder of Hogjaw Cochran.
March 31, 1978 Little Joe O’Rourke is sentenced to seven years in prison for opening fire on the El Camino community college campus.
June 1978 Barry Mills is sentenced to twenty years in federal prison for planning a bank robbery in Fresno, California. The bank was robbed by the Aryan Brotherhood in June 1976. Barry Mills did not participate in the robbery, but provided the blueprint for it.
May 20, 1979 Barry Mills murders Aryan Brotherhood associate John Sherman Marzloff in the United States prison Atlanta, Georgia.
1980 The Aryan Brotherhood sets up a Commission to run the operations of all Aryan Brotherhood members in the federal prison system. The Commission is composed of three men. Barry Mills assumes command of the Commission.
June 8, 1980 Aryan Brotherhood associate Robert Hogan is murdered. The order to kill him comes from Barry Mills.
September 27, 1982 Aryan Brotherhood Commissioner Thomas ‘Terrible Tom’ Silverstein murders Cadillac Smith, leader of the DC Blacks, at the United States prison, Marion, Illinois.
December 9, 1982 Aryan Brotherhood member Neil Baumgarten is murdered by members of the DC Blacks. Baumgarten’s murder is payback for the murder of Cadillac Smith.
January 13, 1983 Aryan Brotherhood member Blinky Griffen is convicted of the murder of T-Bone Gibson.
February 13, 1983 Aryan Brotherhood member Richard Barnes is murdered. The order to kill Barnes comes from Aryan Brotherhood councilman McKool Slocum.
September 23, 1983 Aryan Brotherhood associate Gregory Keefer is stabbed to death by another Aryan Brotherhood associate. The hit is ordered by Mills, to whom Keefer owes tax money from drug sales.
October 6, 1983 Aryan Brotherhood member Richard ‘Rhino’ Andreasen provides information to the Feds about a bank robbery in Santa Ana, California. For this transgression, Barry Mills orders Rhino killed. An Aryan Brother stabs him to death at the United States penitentiary Leavenworth, Kansas.
October 6, 1983 At the United States penitentiary Marion, Illinois, Aryan Brotherhood Commissioner Thomas Silverstein, aka ‘Terrible Tom,’ stabs Officer Eugene Clutts forty times for “disrespecting him.” Officer Clutts dies. A few hours later, Officer Bob Hoffman is stabbed thirty-five times by Aryan Brother Clayton Fountain, who “didn’t want Terrible Tom to have a higher body count than me.” Officer Hoffman dies.
January 30, 1984 An Aryan Brotherhood associate stabs and kills Officer Boyd Spikerman at the Federal Correctional Institution, Oxford, Wisconsin.
February 7, 1984 Aryan Brotherhood member Robert Scully assaults a fellow inmate at San Quentin, because Scully is in a bad mood and “the bastard pissed me off.”
March 13, 1984 Aryan Brotherhood member Rick Rose defects. His name is placed ‘in the hat.’
April 12, 1984 Aryan Brotherhood member Jesse Brun sets fire to a black inmate at Folsom prison. The victim suffers burns over twenty-five percent of his body.
April 27, 1984 Aryan Brotherhood member Robert Scully is once again in a bad mood. He attacks and tries to stab a prison guard.
April 28, 1984 Robert Scully gases two guards at San Quentin. No charges are filed. No disciplinary action is taken.
May 1, 1984 Robert Scully stabs a guard at San Quentin. Scully is held and searched. Three hacksaw blades are discovered in his rectum and two .22 caliber bullets, which Scully had swallowed, are discovered in his stomach. All charges against Scully are dismissed.
May 29, 1985 Robert Scully assaults another inmate at San Quentin with a shank. He is charged with possession of a deadly weapon and receives six additional years for assault.
September 1985 Tyler ‘the Hulk’ Bingham is officially named as part of the three-man Federal Commission.
October 10, 1987 Aryan Brotherhood member Rodney Ross stabs and kills thirty-three year old Gordon Gaskill at Folsom prison.
June 22, 1987 Aryan Brotherhood member Art Ruffo attacks and tries to murder a black inmate. Officer David Pitts thwarts Ruffo’s attempt by shooting Ruffo in the hip. At the same time, Aryan Brotherhood member Cornfed Schneider attacks another black inmate. The attacks are planned and orchestrated as part of a hit on the DC Blacks at Folsom prison. The hits are ordered by Blue Norris, an Aryan Brotherhood Councilman. This is the beginning of “Hell Week” at Folsom prison.
July 7, 1987 During a strip search, Cornfed Schneider stabs Officer Carl Kropp in the throat. Councilman Blue Norris orders the hit on Officer Kropp as payback for the shooting of Aryan Brotherhood member Art Ruffo. Officer David Pitts, who shot Art Ruffo, is wounded by a shotgun blast as he drives to his home in West Sacramento.
October 10, 1987 Relocated to Tehachapi prison, Aryan Brotherhood member Robert Scully—who is usually in a bad mood—is charged with possession of a deadly weapon. The charge is later dropped.
November 25, 1987 Judith Box is arrested by authorities. Box is the girlfriend of Wildman Fortman, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. Box is charged with providing the Aryan Brotherhood with the home addresses of prison guards, information she obtains through her job at the Franchise Tax Board.
March 15, 1988 Aryan Brotherhood member Robert Rowland defects, providing authorities with information about a plot to murder prison guards. Rowland’s name goes ‘into the hat.’
August 28, 1988 Judith Box is convicted of identity theft and conspiring to commit assault.
February 15, 1989 Judith Box is sentenced to three years in prison.
June 5, 1989 Aryan Brotherhood member Marvin Stanton is assaulted and shot with a 37mm block-gun, while fighting with a member of Nuestra Familia. The battle occurs on one of the exercise yards at Corcoran state prison.
June 14, 1989 During his trial, Aryan Brotherhood member Cornfed Schneider testifies that he stabbed Officer Kropp in the throat because he thought the guards were coming to attack him.
July 24, 1989 The jurors, who are terrified, fail to find Cornfed Schneider guilty of attempted murder. Cornfed Schneider is sentenced to an additional five years in prison for possession of a deadly weapon. Cornfed Schneider stabs his attorney Phillip Couzens four times while the two men are talking in the hallway of the Sacramento county courthouse.
April 18, 1990 Aryan Brotherhood member Todd Ashker is convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a Folsom inmate. The hit is ordered by the Commission. Ashker is sentenced to twenty-one years to life in prison.
December 13, 1990 The bad attitude of Aryan Brotherhood member Robert Scully results in a transfer to the new maximum-security prison at Pelican Bay.
December 16, 1992 Aryan Brotherhood member Victor Carrafa, who has just been paroled, is arrested in Stockton, California. He has a six-inch Buck Knife and a .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol on his person.
March 14, 1993 Aryan Brotherhood member Termite Kennedy shoots and kills Glenn Chambers of Oregon. Chambers had been supplying the Aryan Brotherhood with chemicals for the manufacture of crystal meth.
May 11, 1993 While being escorted to the dentist, Aryan Brotherhood member Victor Carrafa escapes from the custody of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department, shooting Deputy Steve Fonbuena in the face and stomach. The escape had been planned with the help of Aryan Brotherhood member Gerard Gallant.
February 26, 1994 Robert Scully is released from Pelican Bay prison. Scully’s parole stipulates drug and alcohol testing. It also prohibits him from associating with members of the Aryan Brotherhood or any other known felons.
March 24, 1994 Robert Scully is arrested in Newport Beach. He is carrying a .25 caliber pistol and displays false identification. Scully is sent back to Pelican Bay prison for one year.
June 1, 1994 Aryan Brotherhood member Joseph Barrett assaults a prison officer who has confiscated a television from his cell.
March 23, 1995 Robert Scully is released from Pelican Bay prison. Brenda Moore, who was the girlfriend of Cornfed Schneider, picks him up in front of the prison.
March 26, 1995 Robert Scully and Brenda Moore murder Frank Trejo, a deputy with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s department. The murder takes place in the parking lot of a bar in Sebastopol, California.
1996 Barry Mills proposes that the Aryan Brotherhood absorb the prison gang known as the Dirty White Boys.
February 7, 1996 Aryan Brotherhood member Art Ruffo is strangled by his cellmate Brian Healy, an Aryan Brotherhood member. The murder takes place at Pelican Bay prison and is ordered by the Commission.
April 9, 1996 Aryan Brotherhood member Joseph Barrett, incarcerated at Calipatria prison, receives a message from the Commission. The message instructs Barrett to “squeeze and hug his cellmate,” Aryan Brotherhood member Thomas Richmond. Barrett obeys the instruction and kills Richmond.
November 1, 1997 As a favor to the Mexican Mafia, the Commission orders a hit on Pelican Bay inmate Felipe Cruz. Cruz is strangled by Aryan Brotherhood member James Ellrod.
February 22, 1998 Aryan Brotherhood member Brian Healey tells the Feds he is willing to testify against the Aryan Brotherhood.
February 23, 1998 In an ordered hit, Pelican Bay inmate Timothy Waldron is strangled by Aryan Brotherhood member Steve Olivares.
March 10, 1998 Aryan Brotherhood member William Stanton is stabbed to death by two inmates. The murder takes place on Pelican Bay prison’s A yard.
February 2, 2000 Aryan Brotherhood member Joseph Barrett is strip searched at Tehachapi state prison. A shank and six razor blades are found in his rectum.
January 30, 2001 Aryan Brotherhood members Cornfed Schneider and Dale Bretches, both incarcerated at Pelican Bay, are discovered to be running a dogfighting ring on the outside. Two of their pitbulls kill Dianne Whipple of San Francisco.
September 5, 2001 The northern California office of the US District Attorney announces it is indicting six members of the Aryan Brotherhood and one associate.
October 16, 2002 A federal indictment unsealed in Los Angeles charges forty members and associates of the Aryan Brotherhood with several RICO violations, including murder. The indictment includes Rafael Gonzalez-Munoz, a high-ranking member of the Mexican Mafia, and Joseph Principe, a federal correctional officer.
April 7, 2003 Aryan Brotherhood member Blue Norris is found stabbed to death at Calipatria state prison. He had defected from the Aryan Brotherhood and provided information to prison officials. His murder is ordered by the Commission.
September 4, 2003 Aryan Brotherhood member Cornfed Schneider pleads guilty to conspiracy, racketeering and smuggling. He is sentenced to life in prison. This is his third life sentence.
April 4, 2004 Brenda Jo Riley, the wife of an Aryan Brotherhood member, is sentenced to serve twenty-one months in prison for acting as a message courier for the Aryan Brotherhood.
November 29, 2004 Aryan Brotherhood member Wade Shiflett is shot and killed by a prison guard on B yard at Sacramento state prison. Shiflett was attempting to murder another member of the Aryan Brotherhood who had defected and was going to testify against the Aryan Brotherhood. The hit was ordered by the Commission
July 22, 2005 US District Judge David Baxter sets a date for the federal trial against the Aryan Brotherhood. Judge Baxter rules defense attorneys could call Thomas ‘Terrible Tom’ Silverstein as a defense witness, but that he is to remain shackled in court.
Specific crimes cited in the indictment against Barry Mills, Tyler Bingham and Thomas Silverstein. The murders of:
John Marzloff in prison in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robert Hogan in Illinois.
Richard Barnes in California.
Gregory Keefer in Illinois.
Richard Andreasen in California.
Thomas Lamb in Illinois.
Arva Lee Ray in California.
William McKinney in California.
Charles Leger in Kansas.
Arthur Ruffo in California.
Aaron Nash in California.
Frank Joyner in Pennsylvania.
Abdul Salaam in Pennsylvania.
Terry Walker in Illinois.