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'We're Not Skinheads,' Says Man Hurt in Ashford House Beating

Brandon Spiller was hospitalized after his "European Heritage Group" was set upon in Tinley Park by a mob of "anti-racist" attackers. He has "no idea why" anyone would want to hurt him or his newfound friends. "They terrorized us," he says.

Brandon Spiller says he's a victim.

The 29-year-old Wisconsin resident was among those who met to dine at Ashford House in Tinley Park Saturday, only to be . His clan of about 15 to 20 included people from all over the country who were interested in joining the European Heritage Group, which he said was holding its first meeting around 12:30 p.m. in a back area of the .

"We were just meeting for networking and helping people out and finding resources available in our area for those of European descent," he said. "It was just a meeting to get to know each other."

But the group didn't even have a chance to get down to business that afternoon, he said. Shortly after ordering appetizers, a brigade of about 15 masked people clad in black and armed with nunchucks, metal batons, hammers and table legs marched into the restaurant in a "single-file" line, he said. They pitched a chair at Spiller's table and .

"It's almost as if it was a terrorist attack," said Spiller, who was hospitalized after the melee with wounds to his eye and head. He received eight staples to mend a gash on his head. "They terrorized us."

He said group members "still have no idea why" their assailants would want to target them. 

The group's premise, Spiller told Patch, is to "help other European people and group members" in a variety of ways, such as giving family assistance or networking to find jobs. Spiller, who is unemployed, added that in today's economy, people need all the help they can get. 

An "anti-fascist" forum , saying members of a group known as Anti-Racist Action descended on the restaurant “where the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet" was reportedly taking place.

But Spiller insists that just wasn't the case.

"We have no idea why they came after us," he said. "And they attacked everybody. Not just those in our group. They attacked patrons in the restaurant as well."

Spiller described the weaponry in detail, though steel batons and hammers are the only weapons listed in court records that detail the arrest of five accused assailants. 

Ashford House owner Mike Winston confirmed Tuesday that the attackers brought more than just hammers and batons to his restaurant.

"They had all kinds of things with them," he said, noting that some in the attacking group did rumble with patrons in the main dining area.

Defendants claim victims are associated with white supremacy forums WhiteNewsNow and StormFront, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Mike Deno said on Monday. Spiller denies that, saying, "we're not racist."

He believes attackers were clued into the heritage group's meeting by a "mole," he said. 

"They think that a member who kept saying he was going to show up … calling and saying 'I'll be there, I'll be there,' and then he never showed up, may have told the (Anti-Racist Action) about it," he said.

Asked why Tinley Park was chosen as a meeting area, Spiller demurred, saying he wasn't the coordinator. He said the woman who organized the meeting—she wasn't available for comment Tuesday—changed the location a couple of times.

"It was going to be at a private venue and at the last minute, she changed it," he said. "She picked a place that she thought we would be safe."

By that, he said, he meant that organizers didn't want people coming from out of state to be in a "bad part of town." 

"If it's the ghetto, I wouldn't want to meet in that area," Spiller said. "There are always bad parts of town. I think she did some research and picked a location that just looked safe."

He said safety didn't even cross his mind until the aggressors entered. His vaguest memory is of lunging for a chair to defend himself, he said.

"My guess is that maybe because we were all white, they considered us white supremacists," Spiller said. "We didn't have anything associated with white supremacy on us. All our vehicles were searched (by police) before we left."

Spiller admits that he did have a firearm in his car. But it was legally registered to him, in a case and was kept separate from its ammunition as Illinois law requires during transport. There's nothing wrong with having a gun if you are a legal gun owner, Spiller insists.

At least one other person in Spiller's dining party also had a gun—his, however, wasn't legal, officials  said. . Court documents indicate that Gilroy is a "transient."

He admitted to police that he had a loaded semiautomatic handgun in his car, according to court documents. He was convicted in 2002 of manufacturing marijuana in Lowndes County, Ga., prosecutors said, and is not permitted to have a weapon.

Steven E. Speers, 33, of Grand Forks, N.D., was also dining at Ashford House at the European heritage table. He was arrested that day on a warrant out of Dallas County, Texas, for possession of child pornography. 

"We had no idea about the one who had the child pornography warrant," Spiller said. "If we did, he wouldn't have been allowed to meet with us. The other one, he didn't know the (gun) law."

Spiller said the melee came to an abrupt halt when a patron at the restaurant socked an assailant and "knocked him out." Winston partially backed that statement on Tuesday. He clarified to say he wasn't sure the attacker was completely unconscious but he was "having a hard time" and those in his group carried him out in retreat.

Spiller said that as his wounds heal, he will remain confused about the incident. 

"We're not white supremacists … we're not skinheads," he said. "We're just setting up a European Heritage Group."

Spiller's eye is getting better, slowly but surely, he said. His staples are set to be removed next week.

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Jello May 25, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Strange? nah. nope. not strange at all. A bit terrifying...well....hmmm.....I guess it depends, now, doesn't it? My vote is for the left handed transgender redheads named Herb.
BIKERX May 25, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Notbuying... Sorry, did Brandon not use the approved/preferred moniker du jour for black people ? I am sick to death of being called on the carpet for acknowledging a culture attributed to a particular ethnic group. Can we be real for a second ? Stereotypes while not always accurate are based in truthful observations. Distaste for Afrocentric culture ? He's allowed. In fact (I'll speculate) that most non-blacks and a majority of blacks disdain a militant or overtly Afrocentric culture. I know that it repels me. Do gays offend me ? Hell no, but a flamboyant queen that has no substance or existence besides his gayness that makes sure that every person in his time zone knows his preference...it's too much. I refuse to evaluate a person based on race, color, religion etc... I will however acquiesce to facts that are obvious and blatant...even if they concur with a stereotypical perspective. We have become so brow beaten by the PC police that we overlook and ignore the truth in a desperate attempt to appear unbiased. Use your own intellect without drinking the PC Kool-Aid.
anthony May 25, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Well take a white kid from a nice neighborhood who's only crime is smoking pot. Than throw him in with rapiest killers and thieves all of whom fought since they were kids over shoes or food. Add a gang culture that most whites know nothing about They are set up to be sacrifical lambs "because they got high"
VictorJ May 25, 2012 at 08:11 PM
There is nothing wrong with White people meeting up to discuss "work for Whites." It's exactly the same as blacks having Affirmative Action. Nobody would dream about complaining about that. The hypocrisy and double standards of anti-White people never ceases to amaze me. It's the European Heritage group who are the victims here, not the anti-racist thugs who crossed state lines to attack a bunch of innocent diners for their harmless beliefs. Get some perspective, people.
Whites Irish Heritage May 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
DaveW, Jew is a Race according to Jews and science. The leading scientific journal Nature www.nature.com/uidfinder/10.1038/news.2010.277 Jews have race-based genetic diseases. The Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium (JGDC) www.jewishgeneticdiseases.org/ The Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City www.mssm.edu/research/programs/jewish-genetics-disease-center/ Blacks have skin-color racial groups. Jews have Jew-named racial groups. Whites have skin-color racial groups. Race is Natural. Race is Organic. Race is Good. Anti-Race is Anti-Life. Mixed-Race people like Lenin (Obama is mixed-race too) tried to kill off Race with the Gulags, 60 million people of all races were sent to their deaths in the name of Anti-Racism.
Dean Casper May 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM
This is why I oppose the idea of "Hate Crimes". The attack by the self described "anti-racists" was pre-meditated and based on hatred of the victims beliefs. The beliefs of the victims are irrelevant. The white supremacists attacked no one, threatened no one. Should their lives be less valued because they hold ridiculous views? The framers of the Constitution created the Bill of Rights to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech needs no protection from tyranny of the majority, to paraphrase Jefferson. Liberal groups are not the only citizens protected by the 1st Amendment. Vigilante justice in defense of any cause is dangerous to our republic. If fringe groups, both left and right, are not afforded their Constitutional rights or punished for depriving others of theirs, they will resort to these tactics more often. "I could not disagree with your position more, however, I will defend your right to say it." The "anti-racists" should be punished to the furthest extent of the law for attacking all patrons of the restaurant, and destroying the property of Mr. Winston. When we degrade the rights of one citizen, we degrade the rights of all
Dean Casper May 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Excuse me, I should have said NOT punished for depriving rights...sorry typo
Dave W. May 26, 2012 at 03:24 AM
BIKERX, I know you have read what I've written, as I have read what you have written. So I known that you know that I never once wrote that these people deserved it. I might find them repugnant. They might very well be unworthy of citizenship or some grand notion...but that isn't my call. It isn't any of our call. ME not liking them doesn't mean that they should be beaten. Maybe they WERE conspiring to do something terrible. I do not KNOW that. It was terrible they were attacked, because it is a mark against our society that we cannot overcome such bigotry with anything short of violence. Ghandi took down an empire by not eating (exaggeration alert), we cannot stop neo-Nazis from eating lunch in a suburb without them getting beaten up? MAYBE they deserve some retribution...but we do not know that, and it isn't for people off the street to decide that. Catch them doing illegal acts, then prosceute them. MY problem with this line of thinking (not yours necessarily, but the tone and words of others certainly) is that people are defending white supremacy. THAT is what is being said. Just as much as I don't want people randomly hurt, I don't want people randomly lied to, which IS what is happening every post like that. ANYBODY saying these people were/are harmless, with no ill-intent, THEY ARE LYING. 100% LYING. STOP LYING. NOBODY believes that garbage. NOBODY is convinced. YOU, BX, are lying when you say the child pornagrapher is not in with these people. Stop.
Dave W. May 26, 2012 at 03:44 AM
WIH, Judaism is a religion with a strong cultural association attached to it. YOU could be Jewish! That would be funny, given you a raving anti-Semite, but technically it is possible. You are not born a Jew. You know why? Because people can convert in and out of being Jewish. You can't convert out of being Irish (though I would imagine they might wish you would at this point). All religions with strict adherents have higher incidents of certain conditions or disorders or diseases. Same with ethnicities...the more xenophobic a race is, the more likely they are to repeat faulty genetic markers that weaken any given race. (Think red hair on the Irish, for an obvious example...that is a flaw in nature...in long ago times, that would get a person picked off in combat easier, or make the person more obvious even in hunting, thus less likely to kill prey and eat well.) Stalin did the killing, by the way. Do you even READ history, or just make it up after seeing the back of the Cliffnotes book? Hitler killed for nothing but spite against Jews. (Even though his good friends were Jewish as a young man.) There are still a number of latent Nazi-mongers in Germany (been there), it is scary. It is like they re-wrote history and don't remember they started WWII; crazy, right? They heard my last name and thought I was in the 'Club'...said all kinds of insane things. Made me ashamed to be German that day. Raise your white flag (or sheet) and give up on this already. You convert 0.
Dave W. May 26, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Post Script...I'm as imprressed that you (or anyone) used geographical acumen in a sentence. I don't know if you really are a Klan member, or a Nazi or just a guy with debateble taste in networking preferences. Maybe you are just seriously inclined to always taking the Devil's Advocate position...in which case you are like, THE BEST EVER. The point is that at least you speak civilly and with some semblance of intelligence. Not the same can be said for the other posters of your seeming ilk. While we disagree on the notion of whether it is good that racist meet to discuss racist topics (I don't like racist of any color, have called them out for it, and threatened multiple times for it by idiots of all colors), we DO agree that America should not be a place where violence is the way to solve things. Violence begets violence. Eventually, violent idiots miss each other and take out somebody truly innocent, who has no malice in their heart. THAT is an even greater tragedy. As much as I dislike the "White people are awesome" group that was the victim here, I will stand and applaud if they manage to rein in their want for retaliation. I hope they don't play the "We have to stand up for our rights and protect white people" card. You know who loses a race war? Everybody.
Dave W. May 26, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I agree with your whole post, I think, Dean Casper. As ridiculous as their views may be, if they aren't actively hurting anybody, and we don't know they are plotting anything nefarious, we have to let them be. They have the same rights as a car club or book club. It doesn't take away our right to not believe them for a moment, but our belief is not our knowledge (same for everyone else). If we fail to protect the worst amongst us, we have failed to protect us all. Violence begets violence. Eventually, violent idiots miss each other and take out somebody truly innocent, who has no malice in their heart. THAT is an even greater tragedy. As much as I dislike the "White people are awesome" group that was the victim here, I will stand and applaud if they manage to rein in their want for retaliation. I hope they don't play the "We have to stand up for our rights and protect white people" card. You know who loses a race war? Everybody.
Dave W. May 26, 2012 at 04:24 AM
anthony, you know what would make a great deterent to those poor 'white kids'? If they knew they would not have it easy if they went to jail. Even if I were not already disinclined to commit crimes, I would be DARN SURE even if I wasn't, because I DON'T WANT TO GO TO PRISON. Bad things happen. If that meant I could never drink Coke or eat Steak or even DRIVE a car, all things I LOVE to do, which ARE LEGAL, I would stop tomorrow. So if that poor white kid is too stupid to get arrested repeatedly (because they put in first time offenders for non-felonies and everybody over fifteen knows that), please, let him go and the herd can be thinned.
Dave W. May 26, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I almost forgot...something a little lighter of note...the guy that got interviewed (bet they are THRILLED he spoke up...) says "… we're not skinheads." Fine (well, no, not really, but...), but it doesn't help that your picture is you with your head shaved...it may have been for your wound to be attended to properly...still, bad happenstance, isn't it? Speaking of the group not voting you spokeman NEXT meeting...there is THIS little admission nugget. "We didn't have anything associated with white supremacy on us..." ON US, he says. As in "We were smart enough to not all get caught reading our copies of the 'Turner Diaries' or having our brown shirts in the back seat. Nice guilt by self-implication, rocket surgeon.
anthony May 26, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Dave the reason i went off so hard because i was the same guy until i got smart. What i took from these arguments is that like minded people need to create prosperity from within.Everybody else in the world does I also notice the new American dream is to be royal.. To have a title/rank among an exclusive group..To be so rich you can afford servants... call shots.. I take your point that some belong in jail but i cannot accept fear of another race should be a deterrent.. the pot comment was furthering my own agenda... Naively or not I look at things long term globally I want America united in a common cause Not split up over petty squabbles over music, or who has sex with who. To easy to use against the nation.. Maybe the Chinese have the same problem since there is 380+ different types of them,last ethnic riots i remember from them was 20 years ago.. Choice of pecking order up to the individual because we are Americans. Personal wealth, Race,Religon, or Country. You choose yours i will do mine..If we dont match up goodbye.. To the guy i called a eunuch..Sorry..I am good at the "i know what gets one mad stuff" I was same guy at your age.. Except i had the luxury of living off my old man..
anthony May 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM
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White Irish Heritages2 May 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM
DaveW, WW II was started when the USSR attacked Japan in Manchuria [Manchuoko] in December1937 when the USSR warplanes attacked Japanese aircraft over Manchuria, this spread to a ground war in 1938 at the Battle of Lake Khasan which began at Changkufeng Hill also called Zaozyornaya Hill [Russian], in northeastern Manchuria in which Soviet forces entered Japan territory and occupied it. This started a broad conflict between USSR and Japan 1938. The USSR-Japan battle continued until well after September of 1939 when the USSR invaded Poland and sent half of Poland to the Gulag death camps. That is if you agree WW II started with conflict instead of declaration of war. If you go by the declaration of war principle, then the British and French declared war and started WW II. Either way, by either definition of war starting, conflict or declaration, it was not Germany, but the USSR [conflict] or British [declaration]. I know these facts of history make you feel uncomfortable, but they will always exist.
White Irish Heritages2 May 28, 2012 at 02:47 PM
This was a Homosexual attack on Heterosexuals. A violent hate crime. They hide and mask the aspect that Jacob Domke, the leader, lists his gender as "Other" on his web page. Violent homosexual attack on heterosexuals. Five White homos from Bloomington, Indiana, cross state lines to commit a Hate Crime based on perceived sexual orientation.
Dave W. May 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
WIH2 - Lots of people will spin history to favor themselves or their point(s) of view. Clearly, you have down so here. You are forgetting all kinds of relevant history pertaining to the political climates of Asia and Europe, along with the economic factors across the world, including the U.S. You are listing partial facts at best. As an amateur historian, I am far more disturbed by your inability to acknowledge established facts and making up your own from a scientific type of standpoint than how they reflect my personal views. Histroy does not always agree with my views anyway, but I DO accept facts that are facts. You should try posting when you can do that yourself. Nobody takes you seriously.
White Irish Heritages3 May 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Dave W, The Anarchist Red arrested on the warrant for child pornography, Steven Speers was it turns out a Red Anarchist all along, in fact it has now been learned. Steven Speers was not a White Nationalist, but a member of the Red Anarchists who attacked the WNs. Inmate Release Information Detail DC Number: Q07978 Name: SPEERS, STEVEN E Race: WHITE Sex: MALE Hair Color: BROWN Eye Color: BROWN Height: 5'09'' Weight: 192 lbs. Birth Date: 09/02/1978 Release Facility: NWFRC ANNEX. Custody: MEDIUM Release Date: 04/14/2009 Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: Type Location Description TATTOO LEFT ARM A WITH CIRCLE TATTOO NECK WHOS NEXT TATTOO RIGHT CHEST ANARCHY Current Prison Sentence History: Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length 10/17/2004 FELONY BATTERY 04/02/2007 BAY 0404272 2Y 6M 0D 07/24/2005 FELONY BATTERY 04/02/2007 BAY 0502554 2Y 6M 0D http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/576/snapshotgd.jpg/ His red-anarchy chest tattoo can be seen also in this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIf4zyRwqwg&feature=youtu.be Steven Speers, the one arrested on a warrant for child pornography was an Anarchist, with several Anarchist tattoos. He was one of the Reds, not one of the WN's. The Speers arrested child pornographer was an Anarchist not a White Nationalist.
Whites Irish Heritages2 June 01, 2012 at 08:23 PM
The concept of "racism" comes from the word. Racial awareness, notice of the unique differences between the unique races, the recognition of racial diversity, has been around before. Trotsky was genetically a Jew, whether he went to Friday temple or not, or whether he skipped temple every other year, he is still a genetic Jew. Genetic Jewishness isn't determined by the local Reform or Orthodox rabbi. Trotsky remains , despite your Kosher approval or not, a genetic Jew. He published the word "racists" first, and all its psycho connotations.Marx was genetically a Jew, even though he skipped Passover once or twice in his life. One doesn't stop becoming a genetic Jew by the proclamation of a Rabbi. Converting to another religion doesn't change one's genetics. Lenin was genetically Jewish. His sister confirmed this in a museum display in Moscow. Lenin was Mixed-Race, like Obama is. Lenin set up the USSR and the Gulag concentration camp system. Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Gorbachev, all simply carried on the USSR Gulag death camps until 1991. You can't deny that the Marxism is Jewish anymore than Nazism is White. It is a Jewish ideology. Israeli scholar on Marx, Shlomo Avierni has proven this well, as have several other Jewish scholars. It is vital that we understand the core root of the ARA's neo-Bolshevik, neo-Marxist violent mob attack on the White Irish heritage restaurant The Ashford House.
Whites Irish Heritages2 June 01, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The Jew Talmud isn't "Jew Supremacy"? Our tribe is Chosen by God? How can it be allowed for one genetic racial group, Jews, to have a clear supremacy book allowed in schools, and not called "Hate"? The White people in The Ashford House, including a retired Chicago policeman, and an 80 year old White lady, were clubbed, viciously beaten, by the ARA-HARM mob of Domestic Terrorists who have committed, like the JDL, countless acts of terrorism upon peaceful citizens.
Whites Irish Heritages2 June 01, 2012 at 09:17 PM
ARA is funded by grant from Jewish supremacist B'nai B'rith hate group: On May 22, 1996, Sam Title of B'nai Brith writing to Metro Councilor Norm Gardiner's office supporting a grant the terrorists of the ARA applied for. He wrote that B'nai Brith has a "very workable and amiable relationship with ARA .." and also comments that the B'nai Brith has "worked with them before": http://www.freedomsite.org/exposed/bnai_brith/title_letter.jpg 2 page article from the Ottawa Times, October 1997, titled "B'NAI BRITH LINKED TO EXTREMISTS" This is the all most complete story of how the B'nai Brith and ARA have worked together. http://www.freedomsite.org/exposed/bnai_brith/linked_to_extremists1.jpg The ARA is funded by grants from B'nai B'rith, a Jewish extremist hate organization. http://www.freedomsite.org/exposed/bnai_brith/index.html.
Mimereader2 July 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Uh, let's see, first the victims need to tell us what they wanted to talk about at that White oriented restaurant, then it can be decided if they have any rights. And hopefully their "Pioneer Little Europe Prospectus" isn't about trying to raise up a community profile for Whites, like all the popular races do to flex influence. And hopefully they aren't an open community, as they'd have to account for even the controversial people that may show up. Because that would be too darn democratic.
Dogmom5957 July 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Exactly?
Dogmom5957 July 30, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Kindness for all, that means all!
dimarcos August 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I have know brandon since he was 12 years old. Whats not known about the guy is he is disabled mentally handicapped. What I find funny is the person who reported this story had no idea he was. so in essence, he gave a interview and he is not even in charge of his own finances as his mother helps him make decisons due to his disability. I'm half jewish and native american. he had never said anything racist around me or my family and I know him pretty good. I feel he was possibly taken advatage of not only by this reporter and whatever group knew he was disabled that got him into this mess. he also suffers from Severe Psoriasis of his scalp. he always looked looked like a skinhead. maybe this group thought he was one and befriended him? only thing I can think of. I feel bad for him, after reading this. he's been taken advatage of by these people and he just wanted to make friends. he has always been made fun of because he looks like he does. whats sad these guys who attacked him and other people will probally be praised for trying to kill him. sad world indeed.
Human Being October 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM
More people need to take a stand against racism and hate. I hope this is just the beginning.
nimh November 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
As if the story wasn't unusual enough ... that just gives it a whole new sad side again. The twists and turns of farce and suffering...
Mimereader2 November 22, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I can't imagine anything except convictions on this. And just as Morris Dee's Southern Poverty Law Firm did against the Aryan Nations, United Klans of America, and Tom Metzker, shortly after every one of those convictions, the victims in this horrific incident - including the Pioneer Little Europe supporters, the owner of the restaurant, and the wedding party - should all be sure to file big fat legal liability claims that will bring down the terrorist organization responsible and get all the victims on a nice recovery vacation to Hawaii. And remember to apply some of the money to that new model of the White community that you were meeting to discuss until the hate crime occurred.
gerry molyneaux April 01, 2013 at 04:52 PM
jaysus...some talking session that,,,,,,,,april 01 2013.presume everyone's visiting each other now????

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