APut 07/14 1242 Beam-Most Wanted
HOUSTON (AP) -- A former local Ku Klux Klan leader wanted on
charges of plotting a violent overthrow of the U.S. government
was placed today on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" wanted list, the
Louis Ray Beam Jr. "had access to large supplies of ammunition
and weapons and should be considered armed and extremely
dangerous," said Johnie Joyce, spokesman for the agency in
"Certainly, there is a good chance he is in Houston since
Houston is his home, but we really don't know where he is," said
Joyce. "There are lots of people who agree with his philosophy in
this area; of course, he can find them anywhere in the country."
The FBI said Beam is the only one of 15 white supremacists
indicted April 21 in Fort Smith, Ark., still at large. Beam was
placed on the FBI's list to replace Robert Alan Litchfield, 37,
who was arrested May 20 in Nevada. He was serving a sentence for
bank robbery and had escaped prison.
Beam left the Klan in the early 1980s and allegedly had
contacts with The Order, an extremist group in the Northwest that
authorities say sought to overthrow the U.S. government through
violence and replace it with an "Aryan Nation" of white warriors.
Testimony during a 1985 Seattle racketeering trial of Order
members indicated Beam, who was not charged in that case,
received money from armored-car robberies staged by members of
Beam is wanted on charges of seditious conspiracy, plotting to
overthrow the government of the United States. He and others
allegedly involved in the conspiracy have been accused of more
than 100 criminal acts designed to foment revolt, including the
attempted assassinations of a federal judge and an FBI agent, the
destruction of public utilities, pollution of water supplies and
establishing illegal guerrilla training camps.
Two weeks before he was indicted, Beam was married by the
Church of Yaweh in rural Pennsylvania, according to federal law
enforcement officials. Authorities said Beam may be traveling
with his wife, Sheila Marie Beam, also known as Sheila Marie
Toohey, 20. She is not wanted by authorities.
Beam may also be accompanied by his 7-year-old daughter from a
previous marriage, Sarah Hadassah Beam.
Beam was born in Lufkin in 1946 and has friends in Texas,
particularly in the Houston area, the FBI says. He was last seen
publicly in the Houston area in December 1985 as he came out of a
Beam had been grand dragon of the United Klans of America
until he was banished in the 1970s for allegedly mishandling
funds, and formed his own Klan group.
Beam left the local Klan and Houston for Dallas in the early
1980s when a federal court here enjoined him and his Klansmen
from intimidating Vietnamese fishermen in Galveston Bay.
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