Alleged Holocaust Museum Shooter Von Brunn Dies in Hospital
James W. von Brunn died Wednesday afternoon, January 6, 2010, in a North Carolina hospital. The 89 year old was alleged to have shot and killed a security guard, Stephen T. Johns, 39, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10, 2008.
Recently, Mr von Brunn had been undergoing mental health evaluation at a federal prison in North Carolina.
The suspect's son, Erik, told a reporter that he was aware of his father's death but declined to comment further. The son has said that he wished his father had died in the attack, not Johns.
During a September court hearing, von Brunn told U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton that he wanted a quick public trial, but the judge delayed the defendant's day in court until he had undergone mental health tests.
He had been held at the prison in North Carolina since Sept. 25. In addition to his wounds from the attack, he also suffered from congestive heart failure and sepsis, prison officials said.
It is not clear when he was taken to the hospital or how he died.
Von Brunn was known for decades as a loner and white supremacist who spun elaborate conspiracy theories about Jews and black people in leaflets, in books and on his Web site.
In December 1981, he walked into the Federal Reserve with a handgun and threatened to take the members of the Board of Governors hostage. He had hoped his actions would lead to the deportation of all Jews and black people from "the white nations" of the world.
He was convicted and served a little more than six years in federal prison.