APut 07/14 1242 Beam-Most Wanted HOUSTON (AP) -- A former local Ku Klux Klan leader wanted

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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 FBI said. 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 Houston. "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 the sect. 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 public library. 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. Last page !


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