The most violent and heinous white supremacist prison gang in the country are the Aryan Brotherhood Texas (ABT). This particular gang is not to be confused with the original Aryan Brotherhood—the notorious prison gang founded in California in the 1960s and existing primarily in California and the federal prison systems.
ABT has its’ own identity with no association to Aryan Brotherhood. Instead, ABT was established in 1980’s after the “Trusty system”—a system in which prison officials used other inmates to help maintain order in the prisons—was implemented.
According to the Assistant Attorney General Caldwell, “The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas launched its murderous and racist ideology within the Texas prisons, but unleashed a violent crime wave that jumped the prison walls and spread like a virus.”
ABT is known primarily for C, and federal racketeering. However, in 2013 ABT became the focus of attention after Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife—Cynthia McLelland and top assistant Mark Hasse, all turned up shot to death. Apparently, the Texas prosecutors were responsible for imprisoning “dozens” of ABT members and it was said that ABT may have sought revenge.
Police revisited hundreds of McLelland’s cases from the past, involving ABT in order to obtain clues leading to his murder. In an ironic twist, it turned out that ABT wasn’t involved in the murders. Instead, 47-year-old Eric Williams—a former Texas justice of the peace—committed the killings, allegedly after being “was caught stealing computer monitors and subsequently lost his law license and elected position, he concocted the murders out of revenge.”
Nevertheless, although ABT avoided facing charges for the murders of the DA, his wife, and Sasse, there were still “73 convictions across five federal districts and the decimation of the gang’s leadership and violent members and associates.” The malicious gang were charged with a series of odious crimes including, “in murders, kidnappings, brutal beatings, fire bombings and drug trafficking.”
Although it was a great success to break down the foundation of ABT, FBI Special Agent in Charge Turner admitted “there are always others waiting to take their place in the organization.” Nevertheless, authorities will continue to enforce “no intimidation or violence” within the communities of Texas.