April 27, 1997 Yuba City, CA
After a cache of explosives stored in a tree blows up near Yuba City, Calif., police arrest Montana Freemen supporter William Robert Goehler. Investigators looking into the blast arrest two Goehler associates, one of them a militia leader, after finding 500 pounds of explosives — enough to level three city blocks — in a motor home parked outside their residence. Six others are arrested on related charges. Goehler, with previous convictions for rape, burglary and assault, is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He is later accused of stabbing his attorney with a shank and charged with attacking prison psychologists.
[The Lion notes that April seems to be a busy month for domestic terrorists. Any thoughts? Spring fever? High pollen counts?]
The Second Wave: Return of the Militias
Southern Poverty Law Center Special Report