By Brad Smith
The Rogue Valley's most infamous neo-Nazi is dead.
According to the Oregon State Police, on Jan. 28, Keith "Biome Michael" Erickson was seriously injured when he rolled his vehicle off Williams Highway south of Murphy.
At around 8:45 p.m. last Saturday, the OSP, Rural Metro Fire Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to the single-vehicle crash in the 7200-block of Highway 238. OSP troopers said Erickson,47, was driving a Mercedes Benz 300 west on the highway when he lost control for an unknown reason. They said the vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest in a ditch. According to OSP, Erickson was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with serious injuries.
Erickson reportedly died on Jan. 31.
On his social media accounts, Erickson described himself as a "White (Aryan) Male American National Socialist / Historical Revisionist."
In October 2012, Erickson gained some national attention when Comedy Central selected him to be featured as a One of a Kind Candidate for its Indecision Forever website. Erickson gained attention as being a "goofy, hippy" Ashland mayoral candidate. Local media outlets snapped up the story, Erickson shared a few quips about it and he would eventually -- not surprisingly -- lose the election.
It was good for a few laughs.
Flash forward to December 2018, as Erickson and fellow neo-Nazi Gregg Marchese were barred from entering Havurah Shir Hadash, an Ashland synagogue, where a packed audience turned out to hear a presentation about anti-Semitism in the U.S. and around the world. According to local media reports, Marchese once posted on Facebook that the KKK was created to protect Southerners from "powerful Jews who had Lincoln killed (and) roaming gangs of recently freed slaves inflicting murder, rape and vandalism on whites."
In January 2019, Erickson and Marchese appeared at a Medford anti-hate crime event featuring Oregon's Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. "I don't feel safe myself," Erickson told the visibly upset audience that night. "And, I'm confused why Jewish people don’t like me. I have nothing against them. I just follow the truth and know the real history of the Holocaust. I want to be safe," he said.
"If I want to say that white pride is good, I should feel safe doing that."
By 2019, Erickson had already caused a stir on social media with his posts. Aside from being a vehement Holocaust denier and 9/11 conspiracy theorist -- the Israelis, the Freemasons and so many more -- "Biome Michael" was also a staunch anti-GMO activist, hated 5G technology, worried about chemtrails and, not surprisingly over the last year, jumped on the Covid-19 "Plandemic" bandwagon.
Erickson reportedly shut down his Facebook after numerous activity suspensions. His Twitter was still visible but he hadn't posted anything publicly in a long while.
The Rogue Free Press contacted an individual who had a number of encounters with Erickson and was often the brunt of his antisemitic rants and even death threats. They were relieved.
"(Erickson) made my life a living hell," they said. "He scared the fuck out of me and I feared for my life. I worried about my family and friends, I had horrific nightmares. He's the reason why I got a gun. Am I glad he's dead?
"Yes. Yes, I am."
Note: The Rogue Free Press has a few articles about Erickson and his activities, which are still posted.
More information about Erickson and other Rogue Valley extremists can be found here:
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