Interview with Wisconsin Sikh temple shooter
August 6, 2012 (WLS) -- The gunman who blazed a deadly path inside a suburban Milwaukee Sikh temple was once the leader of a racist, white supremacist rock band, according to an organization that tracks hate groups.
Wade Michael Page "was a frustrated neo-Nazi" states Hatewatch, an online report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Page, 40, who served in the US Army from 1992-1998, was the stated leader of a band called "End Apathy" in 2005. During an interview with the white power website Label 56 Page said that "the concept was based on trying to figure out what it would take to actually accomplish positive results in society and what is holding us back. A lot of what I realized at the time was that if we could figure out how to end peoples apathetic ways it would be the start towards moving forward. Of course after that it requires discipline, strict discipline to stay the course in our sick society. So, in a sense it was view of psychology and sociology. But I didn't want to just point the finger at what other people should do, but also I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back."
Page's favorite song, "Self Destruct," was one he said he wrote. "Yes, it was entirely my own idea. The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole..The topics vary from sociological issues, religion, and how the value of human life has been degraded by being submissive to tyranny and hypocrisy that we are subjugated to.
In the interview, Page said that he was originally from Colorado. The ITeam has verified his social security number was issued in Colorado.
He said that in 2000, he "sold everything I owned except for my motorcycle and what I could fit into a backpack and went on cross country trip visiting friends and attending festivals and shows. I went to the Hammerfest 2000 in Georgia, over to North Carolina, up to Ohio, down to West Virginia, and out to California and that's when I joined [the band] Youngland."
What happened since then would be of greatest interest to state and federal authorities looking for answers to Sunday's deadly assault...what put Wade Michael Page in that Milwaukee suburb...and why he was so filled with rage.
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