Former KKK Member Testifies On The Evils Of The Klan

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

A civil lawsuit in Meade County surrounding a teenager who was verbally and physically assaulted brought a former Klu Klux Klan member to testify.

The testimony came from a former Klu Klux Klan member and included allegations the imperial wizard on trial, had a plot to kill the co-founder of a group designed to stop KKK activity.

18 year old Jordan Gruver says KKK Imperial wizard Ron Edwards and Klansman Jarrod Hensley share in the responsibility of what happened to him at Meade County Fair two years ago.

Saying Hensley and members of the KKK shouted racial slurs, spit and kicked the teenager. Edwards was the man who ordered them to do so.

Edwards says he was never aware of the incident, "I don't believe in what happened. I don't condone what happened. If i was there i would have stopped it."

Both Edwards and Hensley are defending themselves. Hensley entered a guilty plea to the assault and served time. They both say they don't have enough money for a lawyer.

Attorney's for Gruver had a former KKK member testify about his past experiences with Edwards.

Kale Todd Kelly told the jury this, "Mr. Edwards was a very dangerous man to me. He promotes violence and hatred among anyone who he feels threatens him, minorities, Jews, blacks, I lived with him. I know this."

Kelly went on to tell the jury about the plot to assassinate the founder of the southern poverty law center, the same organization that now represents the teenager in this case.

Gruver is asking for six million dollars for compensation and whatever the jury wants to award for punitive damages.


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  • by Herman Location: Nicholasville,ky on Feb 28, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    Thats the whole point of it all to rid the white race, your childerns childern will see.GOD BLESS YOU ALL...Hummmm. Can I say GOD In the USA or is it ZOG
  • by billy Location: winchester on Nov 17, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    no matter what color you are every one is racist. i have blck friends ,mexican friends, and white friends and we all are racist in one way or onther. so dont say its only one race that is racist. no i dont agree with the KKK or any other hate group. but like i said we all are racist
  • by karen on Nov 17, 2008 at 06:31 AM
    Tedarjack, I have to agree with you about sending jobs offshore, etc. However, I do not agree with abusing another person just because of hate. It is wrong.
  • by tedarjack Location: powell county on Nov 15, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    Do you think these boys would have been in this much trouble if they would have done the same crime but not members of a Klan group? This is telling me something. I blame some of it on our government- You send our jobs offshore, you let the illegals come into this country and compete for what jobs are left for the poorer people of this country, you let big business ruin the economy causing companies to close. Nevertheless, the poor people are to lay down and take it. Does anybody ever stop to think that these two people are venting anger for the mistreatment by their own government on the poor people of this country. It's bad times and I don't think it's going to get any better.
  • by anoy Location: ky on Nov 14, 2008 at 03:58 PM
    i am not a rasict person. my grandmother is native american and i have different ethnic groups in my family, but i personally think everyone is afraid to say anything about the gangs and the malcombx shirts because then they would play the race card and the ncaap would step in and it would be a mess... that's sad i don't not uphold the kkk never have, but i agree if one goes down they all need to go down..
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    The FBI informant who foiled the plot to kill Morris Dees was Dave Hall, who spent three years undercover in the Aryan Nations as an FBI informant. Hall made two trips with Kale Kelly to Edwards' compound in Powderly, KY in 1998. During one of the trips Hall overheard Edwards tell Kelly that he "would be glad WHEN that (expletive) Dees was dead". Later that night, Edwards, drunk and carrying a bible in one hand and a loaded shotgun in the other, confronted Dave and accused him of being a Judas and possible informant. A book about the undercover operation was released by Random House this past April, written by Dave Hall and Tym Burkey, the FBI Agent who handled the case. Into The Devil's Den, also details other plots, including a plan to blow up the Earl Cabell Federal Building in Dallas, Texas. See the link to a KNX radio interview with Hall and Burkey, where Hall talks about wearing a wire to a meeting with Edwards at www.intothedevilsden.com
  • by Amanda Location: Milesburg, PA on Nov 14, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    wow, when will you all learn to never turn your back on these folks? they're dangerous.. i grew up in eastern ky, and you think you know how many people are kkk or you could spot them if you seen them.. hate to tell you all, the most unexpected people are involved... its not just toothless back woods folks.. its city council members, doctors, teachers.. maybe, people will realize this is a problem. and finally, try and educate or at least try and solve this ever growing problem.. wake up folks, its in ur backyard.
  • by Big Black Location: frankfort on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    it is a conspiracy to get rid of all the white peoples rights. eventhough i have never been a member of the klan or owned slaves i am still being held acountable for the actions of our ancestors. i don't dislike a person because they are not specific color. i do however think that miss black usa and black colleges are racist. i mean really what would happen if white people wanted an all white college? it would be called racist and classified as segregation. Women of all colors and races can enter the miss america pageant so why do we need a special one for black people. sounds like ron and his boys are feed up with the double standards. i don't blame them it is a slap in the face to all white people that we get called racist just because you don't like a person and they happen to be of a different race. it is not the color it is the person who i judge my likes and dislikes on. i dislike more white people than any race and i am white. the double standard needs to go. love all
  • by Marcus Jackson Location: Lexington on Nov 14, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    This is for the 1st John that put a comment. How can you comparethe kkk to blacks that wear shirts with malcom x on it. You probably don't even know who malcom x is. The kkk promotes violence on minorties and feel they are supperior and malcom x was part of the civil rights movement and he didn't promote hate or violence. The mexican gang is no where near as big as the kkk, and I'm more the nsure the kkk is a bigger problem then the mexican gangs your talking about. You need to think about what you write and get some knowledge 1st before you put stupid stuff on here. I hope all the kkk members on this earth get bombed just like those terrorists in the middle east and sounds like your part of the kkk yourself. Shut it up.
  • by allen Location: none on Nov 14, 2008 at 05:22 AM
    i know ron i dont like what he stands for i got to know him and befrended him for my job and i got to know him well enough that i have met a lot of members of his organization his son Steaven thay are nice people they will help you if you nead help but when you cross him is when you have trouble,, i would help him if he could forgive me :) but that will never happen sorry ron
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