Man Charged with Burning Cross in Driveway

Chris Olwell, News Herald, November 15, 2011

A recent cross burning at the home of a Panama City mixed-race couple does not signal the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan; it was the symptom of something understandable to anyone who’s ever been afraid of losing someone.

LB Williams, a 50-year-old black man, his wife of nearly seven years Donna Williams, who is white, and their bi-racial daughter found a cross burning in their driveway Nov. 4. Their grandchild was home too.

“When I saw that cross burning, I was scared to death,” Donna Williams said. “I was terrified…we all were.”

They called police and reported it. {snip}

“It started out as a hate crime [investigation] based on the information that we had at the time,” said Sgt. Jeff Becker with the Panama City Police Department.

It was odd though; the investigator told Donna Williams that whoever left this symbol of hate and fear to burn in the driveway probably didn’t want to damage the lawn or burn down the house.

Two days later, Donna found a note taped to the front door and the side entrance of the house. She paraphrased:

“They were watching us, I assumed me and the kids, and that I better not leave that [N-word],” Donna Williams said. The note was signed “KKK.”

{snip}

“When did the KKK start supporting black and white, interracial marriages?” she asked.

Police thought so too. On Monday, LB Williams admitted to setting the fire and posting the notes, according to the arrest affidavit charging him with two felonies: domestic violence stalking and exhibits that intimidate. He did it, he said, so she wouldn’t proceed with the divorce she filed for.

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  • Tim Mc Hugh

    I first became aware of the phenomenon of “Vanity Arson” (setting the house on fire then “rescuing” your children to glean a spouses revived affections) on an old black and white movie. An effete man arranges for a local crook to “rob” him and his wife so he can appear heroic in fending off the “attack”. What the willing crook doesn`t realize is that the “hero” is going to kill him at the moment of attack to preserve his secret… Forget who the star was maybe the same guy who starred in the original All Quiet on the Western Front. It instilled in me a fear of playing “games” with other people`s lives as well as my own…

  • Question Diversity

    A recent cross burning at the home of a Panama City mixed-race couple does not signal the resurgence of the [K]; it was the symptom of something understandable to anyone who’s ever been afraid of losing someone.

    “Understandable to anyone who’s ever been afraid of losing someone.” Getting out of the news business and into the racial hoax justifying business, are we?

  • Anonymous

    Why doesn’t this surprise me? Just like the noose that was found on the office door handle of a black studies “Professor” at Columbia University. The only problem with that one was the Police had Security video that showed the idiot “Professor” putting the noose on her own door. Oops.

    None of any Cross burnings, in the past 20 years or so, or any other such things, has been by those that are actually in those groups.

    They seem to know better, that it would not help their desired cause if they did it.

    Consequently, when it does happen, you know immediately that it is some black or brown looking to scapegoat White people with convenient symbols from almost 80 years ago.

  • Soprano Fan

    “He truly is a good man. He doesn’t drink…he works like a dog,” says his wife. What she doesn’t say is if he’s as faithful as a saint, or doesn’t raise his hand against her.

    This “truly good man” scares her and her children to death, with a burning cross, and even now gives the kid nightmares.

    A truly good man.

    Martin Luther King plagiarized the works of others, beat up prostitutes, hung around with America’s enemies, and is exalted as a deity.

    Michael Jackson played around with little boys, slept with scores of them, abused drugs, and is exalted as a great artist.

    Also “truly good men”.

    Yeah, right.

  • Anonymous

    As Ann Coulter once asked: Do these hate crimes ever turn out to be real?

  • Mr.White

    “A recent cross burning at the home of a Panama City mixed-race couple does not signal the resurgence of the [K]; it was the symptom of something understandable to anyone who’s ever been afraid of losing someone.”

    Notice how the very first paragraph attempts to minimize the actions of this criminal. Of course since whitey was made out to be the racist villain by this afro-American, no doubt made it all the more “understandable” in the mind of Chris Olwell.

  • madison grant

    White woman plans to leave violent black husband. K burns cross in her driveway, leaving behind note demanding she cancel the divorce!

    This was almost funny until I read the sickening opening paragraph where this p.c. journalist portrays a wife-beater and stalker who perpetrated a racial hoax as a heartbroken romantic-at-heart.

  • Anonymous

    It’s very interesting isn’t it? Very often we find that ‘antisemitic’ incidents – vandalism in cemeteries etc – are also perpetrated by Jews – for a variety of reasons. Some are deranged, others are ‘doing their bit’ to keep up the pretense that they are deserving of victim status. I guess it can be the same with other ethnics. Plus ca change…

  • Phil

    The K wants your interracial union to succeed.

    All people are equal in intelligence…..

    No irony here…..

  • kgb

    This is ALMOST as idiotic as the black teacber who, having failed his exam for his teaching qualifications, tried to hire a WHITE HOMELESS MAN (!?!) to write the test in his place.

  • kgb

    If you don’t believe me, search this site for a story called “Schoolhouse Crock.” The genius was Wayne Brightly, 38.

  • Mike

    Please do not judge this black too harshly.

    What I feel he is doing is what many blacks would like to do return to their Golden Era on the Plantation.

    Working for a kind white master who fed, clothed, housed and cared for them and their families.

    What he did in my mind wasn’t evil, it was Cry For Help.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, with so many of these turning out to be hoaxes, shouldn’t the expedient protocol for the police be to investigate any suspicious minorities involved first?

  • Anonymous

    8 — Anonymous wrote at 3:32 AM on November 17:

    It’s very interesting isn’t it? Very often we find that ‘antisemitic’ incidents – vandalism in cemeteries etc – are also perpetrated by Jews – for a variety of reasons. Some are deranged, others are ‘doing their bit’ to keep up the pretense that they are deserving of victim status. I guess it can be the same with other ethnics. Plus ca change…

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    Very true. I have read so many of these “hate crimes” are committed by the very so-called “victims” so as to bolster their assertions that it is mainly us White folk who commit the deeds. Whenever I hear another of these stories I immediately KNOW it was done by the “minority” themselves.