Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Blood In, Blood Out

by Connie Park

On June 8, 2006, 49-year-old Robert McCartney arrived at a Walmart in Baytown, Texas, to buy fishing tackle in anticipation of an upcoming fishing trip with an old friend. Three other thugs, Randall Wayne Carter (age 32), Larry Ray Welch (age 20), and Michael Brandon Faught (age 22), unbeknownst to McCartney, were there in the parking lot, waiting for him. To Carter and Faught, McCartney was an unsuspecting victim they could rob and terrorize. All three were there to execute an order they received from the “Captain” of the local Texas Aryan Brotherhood. They were ordered to steal a truck in order to sell the parts.

The surveillance camera shows that the three abduct McCartney, push him into the truck, and drive off from the parking lot. They drove out to the country, and crossed the county line into Liberty County to a desolate soybean field.

On the way to the scene, Carter ordered the victim at gunpoint to take off his clothes. McCartney begged for his life. He was crying and very, very scared.

McCartney was taken away from the Walmart in his own truck, to a place he hadn’t ever seen before. When Carter drove McCartney into this field, he ordered him to get out of his own truck. McCartney stared at Carter, Welch, and Faught (who had followed Carter to the field) in disbelief. He begged them for his life. But to Randall Wayne Carter, that didn’t matter a bit.

Carter first stabbed McCartney in the neck and left him in the dirt field. Carter was not finished. He then got behind the defenseless McCartney, and sliced his neck with a force so great that it severed the man’s jugular veins.

He and the others then left McCartney’s nude body in the field, where it was found by a farm worker the following morning. Carter had followed orders all right, he got the victim’s truck.

And it cost that victim, a guy minding his own business and getting ready for a fishing trip, his life. The graphic details are important, not to sensationalize the story, but rather to show how heartless and brutal the murder was and how they terrorized and killed this man simply because they wanted his truck. Simply because they could.

The following day, Baytown police were notified of a missing persons report made by the victim’s sister. It matched information that had been broadcast by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office about a man that an unsuspecting farm worker found in a soybean field.

Ironically, Baytown police were also investigating an unrelated burglary of a local department store where thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was stolen. Acting on a tip on the burglary, the police found themselves at a residence on Morrell Street in Baytown, where they saw several suspects attempting to leave with the stolen merchandise.

The police quickly learned the suspects were also involved in McCartney’s murder when they saw Michael Faught burning McCartney’s wallet in the backyard. McCartney’s truck was also recovered at a nearby street.

Carter, Welch, and Faught were arrested and charged with capital murder. They had been awaiting trial in Houston in the Harris County Jail. Welch and Faught confessed to the crime and implicated Carter as the one who stabbed and killed McCartney.

The capital murder trial was set originally for early part of 2009. However, Carter pled guilty and agreed to life in prison without parole, thus avoiding the death penalty. He was a known member of the Aryan Brotherhood. He had been to prison before. He threatened to kill anyone who mentioned a word. And he is—and will remain—alive.

The Aryan Brotherhood, known as AB, was formed in the 1960s by a group of bikers in San Quentin State Prison in California when desegregation took place in prisons. Racial violence broke out and gangs were formed along racial lines. AB members identified themselves with symbols and tattoos of swastikas and Nazi SS lightning bolts.

During the 1980s, the AB divided into two factions: gang members in federal custody and gang members in state prison. AB became the most feared and violent prison gang involved in organized crime, drug trafficking, extortion, inmate prostitution, and murder-for-hire.

AB members have a lifetime allegiance to the gang and take the same blood oath:

“An Aryan brother is without a care. He walks where the weak and the heartless don’t dare. For an Aryan brother, death holds no fear. Vengeance will be his, though his brother’s still here”

AB members live by these words:

“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. Any true soldier not only lives by these words, but they would be embedded in his heart and soul. Rahowa!” (Racial Holy War)

6 comments:

Diane Fanning said...

I never have, and never will, understand the attraction of hate. And yet you find it everywhere, in organizations like the Aryan Brotherhood, spouted from some pulpits and littered around the internet in the ramblings of people who understand little but hate much.
In the face of hate speech and hateful actions, I feel so helpless--there is no effective appeal to rationality or to compassion or to spirituality that resonates with the committed hater.
But, nonetheless, we must be aware of it to be vigilant against it. Thank you for this post, Connie.

Jan said...

It baffles me. How can we deal with people who only understand brute force and consider compassion a weakness?

Connie, thank you for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

These people scare the he** out of me.

Connie Park said...

Thanks Diane and Jan...you both are correct in saying that we will never be able to understand the mindset of these violent criminals.

Anonymous said...

CONNIE, HELLO, MY NAME IS LEAH WILLIAMS AND BOBBY WAS MY UNCLE. I AM ASTONISHED THAT YOU KNOW ALL OF THIS INFO, BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANY. I THINK ITS UNFAIR THAT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED EXACTLY TO MY UNCLE, AND I THINK ITS UNFAIR THAT THEY DID NOT MAKE HIM EXPLAIN WHAT HE DID. BOBBY WAS A FATHER TO ME, AND MY HEART HAS HURT EVER SINCE. I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE OF WHAT YOU KNOW SO THAT I CAN BE PUT AT EASE. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU CAN. LEAH.LOWE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Anonymous said...

there is a huge missunderstanding of these people that all you see as people full of hate and a thurst for blood and crime. for some of them it's a way of life and in some sense a way to provide structure and safety and a family in their lives. i'm sure if you spent 30 days in any prison you would understand why they keep to their own race and protect themselves even if it means making the first move of violence. trust me if they don't they will be the victims. also i know quite a few of these people and they do have compassion. when i was really sick and was in so much pain i couldn't even get off my couch or remember my daughter's name (and no it wasan't because of drugs) they all band together to help raise my daughter and took care of not only me before and after my surgery but my daughter as well untill i was 100% better. and even then they still came over and cleaned my house, did laundry, and cooked meals for me and my daughter. you just have to give these guys a chance. they aren't all bad. they are the best men i have ever had in my life. they are there with you through thick and thin. so don't judge until you actually become friends with one of them!!