KKK Imperial Wizard flees cops dressed in pink underwear, spider man pajamas, a motorcycle leather vest and no shoes: arrested for beating his wife while drunk.
Then things went from bad to worse
A Ku Klux Klan Love Story
By Nate Thayer
March 27, 2018
Last week, on the first day of spring which fell on International Day of Happiness, the Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was drunk when he attempted to flee out his back door while “wearing pink underwear, Spiderman pajama bottoms, a sleeveless leather biker vest” adorned with Ku Klux Klan patches, and “wearing no shoes,” as the deputy sheriff entered his front to arrest him for beating up his wife, according to North Carolina law enforcement.
Barker was arrested and charged for assaulting his wife on the night of March 20 and “grabbing her by the neck and choking her and holding her down using his forearm,” according to Caswell County sheriff deputy Julie B Harrison in court documents.
Christopher Barker, 39, of Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina was taken to jail for “assault on a female” and “resisting a police officer,” according to North Carolina law enforcement familiar with the incident.
It is at least the ninth time Barker has been arrested for assaulting his wife, which is only a portion of the more than 40 times the leader of the most extremist Ku Klux Klan faction in America has been criminally charged, including with assault and battery, assault and batter with a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, “assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill” (North Carolina’s version of attempted murder charges), malicious arson, communicating threats, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and trying to “trade a shotgun for a fifth of liquor”, according to North Carolina law enforcement documents.
On the previous occasions when Amanda Barker called the cops to stop her husband from killing her, she has eventually refused to pursue charges or cooperate with the court, forcing the state of North Carolina to drop the charges.
After Mr. Barker was arrested last week and jailed, things went from bad to worse.
The following morning of March 21, Barker was taken from jail to court in front of a Caswell County Judge who ordered Mr. Barker held on $5000.00 bond or $500 in cash and told to have “NO CONTACT WITH VICTIM” (emphasis in the original court document).
Barker then was returned to the Caswell County jail, where he immediately placed four calls from the jailhouse telephone to his wife, who he had just been ordered by the court not to contact.
All inmate telephone calls are recorded by law enforcement and monitored to intercept illegal activity or incriminating information.
The first call began at 1:10 and 48 seconds in the afternoon and the last ended by 1:45PM. According to partial transcripts of the recorded calls obtained from North Carolina law enforcement, Mr. Barker was quoted as saying a lot of things he now most likely regrets.
“My time’s up until I can come up with $500 bond. But I am trying to get out before people recognize who the fuck, what is going on ‘cause if Nate Thayer (finds out), you can guarantee that everyone will resign—everything,” Barker told his wife referring to the members of Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan faction he heads.
The transcript of the jailhouse calls only lists Mr. Barker’s comments and not those of his wife.
At one point, the Imperial Wizard tells his wife “Maybe we need to see a shrink.
His wife then tells him of Klan subordinates who were trying to get in touch with him that day. “Where did you tell them I’m at? If this shit slips out, I’m going to lose the organization I helped build up,” he says referring to the Loyal White Knights. “You are fucking too because the money coming in to help pay your bills will be gone.”
Barker admits on the recorded jail phone to having assaulted his wife. “Look baby, I’m sorry if I hit you, if I did something wrong to you, I really am,” he says.
In the recorded conversation, Barker admits to slapping her and throwing her to the ground. “I am tired of you beating on me,” Amanda Barker told her husband, according to law enforcement sources.
He also admits to using illegal drugs. “I’m sorry about all this stupid shit. The drugs, smoking pot here and there, it’s just flippin’ my mind out, a little bit of everything,” he laments.
Barker “in direct contravention of the court’s order, outside the presence of the court, attempted to make contact with the alleged victim, Amanda Barker, where the defendant made the following recorded statements which are presented to the court…” reads a document from the county district attorney’s office to the judge.
Barker then reverts to his version of trying to sweet talk her. “Look, we had fun the other day, rubbed on each other. I’m trying to find out where a fifth of wine and a fifth of beer came from. Last thing I remember…”
“I want to work on our marriage. Maybe we have to see a shrink,” he says at one point.
But his primary purpose for calling his wife was to convince her to lie to the court that the incident was a simple misunderstanding, so he could be released from jail soonest, and to do that, he tells her, he needs her to lie that he never assaulted her—a fact that he just admitted on the audio taped telephone call, which was provided to both the prosecution and the Judge later that same day.
“My lawyer says he has it all taken care of” but “he said that you’ve got to be there” and to tell the judge “that you and me just got into an argument and that was it.”
Barker devotes much of the calls trying to convince his wife to come to court and follow his choreographed strategy to have him released. Barker said his lawyer “told me that if you come up here you can probably get it all dropped today” but “I can’t go back to the house, I’ll probably have to go to my Daddy’s.”
“Just ride up here. He told me if you could get here by this afternoon” he might be released. “You got $500 bucks?” he asks. “I would call him because he said be up here by two if you can’t reach him in the building then call him.”
“You gotta be here at two, and the guy’s name is Seagal (Barker apparently meant to say ‘Seiglie’, Barker’s court appointed attorney), like Seigelman. He’s a white guy with glasses… and he’s got like a black suit on but his undershirt is real bright blue you get what I’m saying?”
“Well, you gonna come get me out, hun?” he asks the woman he has been married to since they were high school sweethearts more than 20 years ago. When he asks his wife again “You gonna be able to come get me?” he apparently did not like her answer. “Well, who you gonna be with? Who the Hell you talking to now? What did you come up here for yesterday? I would like to know why you come up here yesterday? Why did you ride all the way up here in front of me?”
“I woke up this morning and I had shit myself, don’t know how I done that,” he says at one point about his first night sleeping in jail.
He ends the call with “Say I love you.”
“The defendant was given a $5000.00 bond and was ordered no contact with the victim. Victim was called at least four times from the jail. (Caswell County Sheriff’s Office) Captain (Michael) Adkins brought down documentation,” Deputy Vincent Corbetti, who works at the Caswell County jail and listened to Barker’s call wrote in another court document
Deputy Sheriff Corbetti copied the tape and made a partial transcript and informed the prosecuting district attorney that Barker had violated the Judge’s order. The Prosecutor called Barker’s lawyer for an urgent meeting and the two agreed to recommend modifying Barker’s bond conditions and take it to the judge.
“The state received this recorded statement at approximately 3:00 on the 22cd of March,” said Brent Groce, the lead Assistant District Attorney for Caswell County
Once the prosecution “received information concerning a violation of the second condition of the defendants pre trial release conditions, held a conference with the defendant’s attorney” reached a consent agreement to increase the Defendants bond from $5000 secured to $10,000 secured and continuing with the condition of no contact with Amanda Barker, the alleged victim,” reads a statement presented to the Judge.
Following the meeting between his lawyer and the judge, and appearing in court in front of the judge again where the prosecutor submitted “the state offered exhibit A…into evidence which was four pages in length and listed four phone calls made by” Barker. The prosecution then produced documents showing Barker had called his wife four times after the court hearing the morning of March 21st where he was admonished not to do so. The Judge ordered Barker’s bond doubled to $10,000 for violating of the initial “no contact” order.
“The court issued an order modifying the Defendants pre-trial release conditions at approximately 4:45PM on the 21st of March to a secured bond of $10,000 and “(2) NO CONTACT WITH VICTIM WHATSOEVER (emphasis in original)” reads a court document.
After Barker had his bond doubled for calling his wife at 4:445PM on march 21st, Barker was returned to the Caswell County jail.
And then things went from worse to much worse for Mr. Barker.
He called his mother from the same jailhouse telephone and, again on recording, asked her to contact his wife, Amanda, and set up a three-way call between them.
Since the court’s order “on the afternoon of the 21st of March, 2018, outside the presence of the court, in direct contravention of the Court’s order, the defendant has enticed his mother to make contact with the alleged victim, Amanda Barker, where the Defendant made the following statements to his mother, where the defendant made the following recorded statements which are presented to the court,” reads a document submitted by the prosecution to the judge.
Barker was still desperately trying to get his wife to come to the court and have her explain to the judge it was all a misunderstanding so he could be released from jail that day.
“What is Amanda doing? Can you tell me?” asked Barker of his mother. “Can you tell Amanda to put money on my account, and tell her to call up here and tell me something like ‘my daddy’s in the hospital’ that way I know everything is all right. Can you tell her to do that?”
“Can you put some minutes on your phone real quick? Can you put minutes on your phone so I can call you? Do you know how to do a three-way call? Which by the time you’ve done a three-way call it will be too late,” Barker asked his mother.
“The defendant has displayed a pattern of behavior, following multiple orders from two judicial officials, wherein the defendant will continue to use the most readily available means to make direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim in this matter,” the assistant district attorney told the judge.
The judge agreed.
“The defendants new conditions of release are…the defendants release is not authorized without further orders of the court,” wrote Judge Stultz. “The defendant shall have no contact direct or indirect with Amanda Barker. Any further attempted direct or indirect contact, or any further direct or indirect contact by the defendant towards Amanda Barker may be the basis for other criminal charges or contempt violations before this court,” wrote District Court Judge J Hoyte Stultz, III. “BOND REVOKED; NO BOND EXCEPT SET BY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE 3/28/18 (emphasis in original court document)
Not incidentally, Mr. Barker is awaiting trial in Caswell County on attempted murder related charges for a December 3, 2016 incident where he and another Klansman, William Hagen of California, got into a drunken dispute with a third Klansman, Richard Dillon of Indiana who the pair were arrested and charged with North Carolina’s equivalent of attempted murder.
Mr. Dillon was stabbed “three times in the upper chest penetrating the interior of his rib cage,” according to hospital and court records. Barker is currently out on $75,000 bond awaiting trial for “aiding and abetting assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.”
His Klan co-defendant is also still awaiting trial, but since he was released on $350,000 pre-trial bond from Caswell County in December 2016, he went on trial in California for a 2015 stabbing of a Mexican American in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant for which he was on pre-trial release after paying a $500,000 bond when he was arrested for the North Carolina stabbing. He has since been convicted and sentenced to eight years in a California penitentiary, where he currently resides. That was his third conviction for stabbing a minority in California.
Barker has been previously arrested and charged in North Carolina with “malicious arson” for burning down an Eden North Carolina man’s house he suspected was sleeping with his wife, Amanda. On another occasion he sent another North Carolina man a letter threatening to “blow his head off” the next time he saw him and was charged with “communicating threats. He was arrested for assaulting his wife on another occasion and ripping out the pipe to their wood stove and threatening to burn his own home down.
Earlier he had been arrested for placing a loaded shotgun in his wife’s mouth and cocking the weapon and threatening to blow her head off. At the time Barker had been convicted of possession of stolen firearms, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and trying to trade a rifle “for a fifth of liquor,” according to North Carolina police documents.
After having been arrested more than 40 times, Christopher Eugene Barker has never been to prison.
Barker came before the same judge who twice amended his bond conditions and then revoked his bond all together, and who had heard the audio tape recordings and read their transcripts, Wednesday morning March 28 at 8:45AM.
Mr. Barker has a remarkable reputation for managing to wiggle out of seemingly impossible adversarial encounters with law enforcement.
North Carolina law enforcement sources, who are familiar with Barker and the assault on his wife last week, predicted that Mr. Barker would be released after his court hearing tomorrow. “We think he will likely be released tomorrow,” one said in an interview Tuesday.
Wednesday morning, Mr. Barker appeared in court along with his wife Amanda who “refused to prosecute,” said a North Carolina law enforcement source who was present.
The charges were dropped and Mr. Barker left the courthouse with his wife and is now back at his Yanceyville North Carolina home and will be sleeping in his own bed tonight, having reinforced his reputation as the “Teflon Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.”