Published on Friday, 04 May 2012 20:28 Written by Gerry Gable
The court heard that Dudley went to the police in August last year before any investigation had started and wanted to be given a long prison sentence to show he had been punished. “His remorse is as genuine as anyone’s could be,” said Catarina Sjolin in mitigation. Whether he thought the police might be catching up with him is not known.
Long-time Searchlight readers may remember Dudley. In October 2000 he was jailed for five years, also at Grimsby Crown Court, for trying to import a .22 revolver by buying it in the USA on the internet (see Searchlight December 2000). He had planned to use the gun in a racist campaign.
Dudley, who has been closely linked to many extreme-right organisations including Blood and Honour and the magazine Final Conflict produced by the convicted Italian terrorist Roberto Fiore, was revealed during that case to be a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was trapped by an undercover FBI special agent using the code name Grim Reaper, who maintained a friendship with him in the white supremacist Aryan Nations internet chatroom from April 1999 until Dudley’s arrest that November.
Using the pseudonym UKNSSH (United Kingdom National Socialist Skin Head), Dudley discussed how weapons could be transported to the UK. They also talked about the possibility of obtaining explosives, with Dudley referring to former British National Party member David Copeland’s nail bombings in London that year.
One of the emails he sent Grim Reaper depicted a black person being burned alive on a pyre by a group of whites. Dudley also boasted of organising a racist campaign and looking forward to “popping the first nig”.
Dudley, known as Duds to his fascist comrades, planned to travel to the USA to meet Grim Reaper and the Aryan Nations Nazis. Instead he faced Special Agent Marcus Lawson giving evidence against him in court.
At a trial in June 2000 he was acquitted of attempting to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, but pleaded guilty in October 2000 to the lesser charge of attempting to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear or provocation of violence, and of possessing a prohibited weapon, CS spray.
The CS canister was found after a police search of his home, where officers also found a Ku Klux Klan cloak and hood, instructions on how to light a Klan cross and membership certificates showing that in 1991 Dudley was promoted from ordinary klansman to “exalted Cyclops”. He also had Nazi posters, photos of Nazi leaders and National Front and BNP literature.
After his release from prison, he lost no time in reregistering on the Stormfront Nazi internet forum in May 2002. His account was still active at the end of March 2012. In July 2003 he registered the domain name runeandsword.com for a website and mail order business. The site was originally hosted by the notorious Scottish Blood and Honour Nazi Steve Cartwright, who used to recruit for the Ku Klux Klan via his race-hate magazine Highlander.
In 2007 he was noted peddling replica Hitler Youth daggers and explained on Stormfront: “Rune and Sword name comes from the logo. The logo's from an old Skrewdriver [Nazi band] T shirt design that I loved so much I got it tatted when I was 19 and belive me that many many many moons ago. I do plan to re stock the HJ daggers again in the summer plus a couple of swords. Trouble is finding the quality ones (swords) instead of the crap molded ones.”
The word on the far right is that some of Dudley’s associates knew about his sexual predilections but were prepared to keep quiet as he was a handy Nazi comrade. However fear that some of them might come after him could have been a factor in his decision to hand himself in to the police.
Those who were not in the know and are horrified by his crimes might feel inclined to contact us with more details of his connection to the convicted racist hate-monger Simon Sheppard and his associate Stephen Whittle, who used the pseudonym Luke O’Farrell.
Dudley is not the only fascist to combine attempted terrorism with sex offences. When police raided Martyn Gilleard of the openly Nazi British People’s Party they found 39,000 indecent images of children and an arsenal of weapons, bombs and far-right literature. He was preparing to wage race war.