Wade M. Page, who the authorities said killed six people at a
Sikh temple, was a white supremacist who performed in a racist rock
His music, Wade M. Page once said, was about "how the value of
human life has been degraded by tyranny."
But on Sunday, Mr. Page, a U.S. Army veteran and a rock singer
whose bands specialized in the lyrics of hate, coldly took the lives
of six people and wounded three others when he opened fire with a 9-
millimeter semiautomatic handgun in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek,
Wisconsin, the police said. Officers then shot and killed him.
To some who track the movements of white supremacist groups, the
violence was not a total surprise. Mr. Page, 40, had long been among
the hundreds of names on the radar of organizations monitored by the
Southern Poverty Law Center because of his ties to the white
supremacist movement and his role as the leader of a white-power
band called End Apathy. The authorities have said they are treating
the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.
In Oak Creek and in nearby Cudahy, south of Milwaukee, where Mr.
Page lived in the days before the attack, the magnitude and the
nature of what had happened were only beginning to sink in, grief
competing with outrage. A company flew its flag at half-staff. A
Christian minister offered his parishioners' help to a Sikh
gathering at the Salvation Army.
At a news conference on Monday, Teresa Carlson, a special agent
for the F.B.I., which is leading the investigation, said, "We don't
have any reason to believe that there was anyone else" involved in
the crime. Law enforcement officials said earlier on Monday they
wanted to speak with a "person of interest" who was at the temple on
Sunday, but by late afternoon they had ruled out any connection
between him and the shooting.
Oak Creek's police chief, John Edwards, speaking at the news
conference, identified the five men and one woman who died at the
Sikh Temple of Wisconsin: Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; Prakash
Singh, 39; Paramjit Kaur, 41; Suveg Singh, 84; and Satwant Singh
Kaleka, 65, who was the center's president.
Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center,
said Mr. Page had come to the center's attention a decade ago
because of his affiliation with rock bands known for lyrics that
push far past the boundaries of tolerance.
"The music that comes from these bands is incredibly violent, and
it talks about murdering Jews, black people, gay people and a whole
host of other enemies," Mr. Potok said. He added that in 2000, Mr.
Page tried to buy unspecified goods from the National Alliance,
which Mr. Potok described as a neo-Nazi organization that at the
time was one of the best organized and best financed hate groups in
the United States.
But Mr. Potok said the center had not passed any information
about Mr. Page to law enforcement.
"We were not looking at this guy as anything special until
today," he said. "He was one of thousands. We were just keeping an
eye on him."
Although little known among music fans, a steady subculture of
racist and anti-Semitic rock bands has existed on the margins of
punk and heavy metal in Europe and the United States since at least
the 1970s. Hate groups sometimes use some of the bands and their
record labels for fund-raising and recruiting, according to the law
center and the Anti-Defamation League.
In an interview posted on the Web site of the record company
Label56, Mr. Page mentioned going to Hammerfest, an annual white-
supremacist festival well known to civil rights advocates. …