James Thomas Seay, a prominent Ku Klux Klan leader and avowed Nazi, is being held with no bond in Virginia on murder charges of shooting his uncle earlier this month.
By Nate Thayer
September 28, 2019
A prominent Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader has been arrested on murder charges in Virginia, Klan sources and Virginia court records confirm.
The Imperial Wizard of the Confederate Knights of the KKK, national “Christian Pastor” and Virginia Grand Dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, and former member of the Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) James Thomas Seay, of Henrico County, Virginia, is being held with no bond on murder charges since his September 4 arrest for shooting dead a man in Henrico County, Virginia.
Seay, 26, is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony after the September 4 shooting death of his uncle, 47-year-old Steven Ray Seay. Seay is being held without bond in Henrico County since his arrest, according to the Henrico Police Department, but his identity as a prominent national white supremacist has not been revealed until now.
The Sandston, Virginia resident uses the alias James “JT” Moore, has been a national Klan spokesman, avowed Nazi, and a leader of the extremist Loyal White Knights of the KKK, a North Carolina based Klan that openly supports sparking a race war. Seay has publicly allied with convicted terrorists such as Dylan Roof of South Carolina and James Fields, who drove his car into a crowd of counter protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, killing one woman. Roof shot dead nine elderly black church parishioners in South Carolina in June 2015.
Representing himself as a Christian pastor, Seay has billed himself as the Imperial Wizard–or national head–of the Confederate Knights of the KKK since early 2019. In November 2016, Seay formed the Tabernacle of the Covenant Church, an extremist white supremacist Klan affiliated organization that views non-whites as ‘mud people’ and ‘spawns of Satan.’ Seay has long been the top national religious leader and public face of the Caswell County, North Carolina headquartered extremist Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
“We of the Confederate Knights will continue to carry out the sacred duties of the past. Woman beaters, drunkards, drug addicts and sorry white trash need not apply,” Seay said in a video dressed in purple Klan robes earlier this year. “Only men and women who wish to look upon the image of the fiery cross can be cleansed of their virtues from within. We for almost 3 decades have been an underground organization and we recently have decided to come out publicly in a new approach to try and save all things riotous and resurrect the American dream.”
Eight days before his arrest for murder this month, Seay released a video appealing for support for his Confederate Knights of the KKK in which he referred to “mud blood third world savages who aren’t paying a lick of taxes, but the Jews are stealing your dollars, billions and billions financing their liberal—which is a code word for communist—programs. I don’t give a damn what these faggots tell you on TV or what these degenerate scumbags tell you, America was founded by white protestant christians for white protestant christians. The whole separation of church and state thing was to protect people like myself who lived back in those days from the Catholic church. The separation of church and state was put into effect so the government could not become the church and so on and so forth to keep the Catholic church—the Pagan, Heathen, disgusting Catholic church from operating in America which they do today. Shall we say Catholics by day, Jews by night.”
Seay is a virulently anti-Semitic adherent of Nazi ideology and Christian Identity, a fringe white supremacist interpretation of the bible which oppose interracial relationships, race mixing, homosexuality, abortion and multiculturalism.
He identifies himself as a Phineas Priest, self proclaimed domestic terrorists named for a small group of white nationalist domestic terrorists convicted of a spree of bank robberies in the 1990’s used to finance targeted political murders and bombing campaigns against U.S. newspapers and abortion clinics who planned to blow up U.S. federal office buildings when they were arrested.
While the 26-year old Seay claims to be an ordained minister, three Klan sources close to Seay say he bought his pastor degree off the Internet and has never had any formal training.
Seay inherited the rights to the name of the Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan upon the death of the organization’s former leader, Howard Bobbitt, who died last year. The Confederate Knights were formed in the 1980’s out of the North Carolina American White People’s Party.
Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend in January, 2018, Seay dropped Klan fliers in Fredericksburg, Virginia in a coordinated Loyal White Knights propaganda flier drop throughout Virginia which resulted in hundreds of outraged community members holding public demonstrations in several Virginia communities, sparking elected officials and federal law enforcement to launch investigations, and multi-faith church gatherings in support of tolerance and racial and religious unity.
“The only one I participated in was in Fredericksburg for MLK day. The rest of the credit goes to Kevin and Calvin,” wrote Seay on the Loyal White Knights private, members only Internet discussion board at the time.
On February 5, 2018 residents packed a public meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia sponsored by the NAACP that featured the Mayor, the sheriff, and representatives from the FBI, as well as other community leaders to address angry citizens.
“The Ku Klux Klan are un-apologetically committed to the interest and values of the White race!” read fliers dropped by Seay in southeast Virginia. “We are determined to maintain and enrich our cultural and racial heritage!”
Seay has been a prominent public speaker at white racist public demonstrations in Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, and featured on national media such as CNN and Fox News.
In February, 2018, community meetings were held throughout Virginia in direct response to local outrage against a leaflet distribution campaign when Seay targeted the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The community meetings drew hundreds of participants to town halls and churches across the state. and featured speakers from numerous churches, the FBI, local law enforcement, and elected officials.
The following weekend, more than a hundred people gathered at an interfaith service hosted by First Mount of Olive Baptist Church in Leesburg, Virginia.
The meeting came after at least 10 Leesburg residents said they discovered handouts in plastics bags affixed to their doorsteps from the Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. One of the fliers referred to Martin Luther King Jr. as a “Communist Alcoholic Pervert.”
“The first words [in the flyer] are that Dr. King was a communist pervert,” said Gaye Adegbalola. “We did not like that, but what can we do in a peaceful manner? For him to be called names like that, we will not take it.”
The disproportionate public reaction to the Klan efforts to incite community anger stands in stark contrast to the numbers of members in the Loyal White Knights of the KKK itself.
Seay, in addition to holding the title of top Chrisian pastor for the Klan group, also is the Virginia Grand Dragon–or state chapter leader–of the Loyal White Knights. According to internal membership records of the LWK, the Klan group had 14 members in all of Virginia in 2018.
In July, 2017, prior to the LWK holding a demonstration “in support of confederate monuments” in Charlottesville, Virginia, the LWK rented a picnic spot at a local Waynesboro, Virginia public park. The rental of the park barbecue space drew the attention of local residents who walk their dogs in Corner Springs Park and were displeased when armed robed Klansmen arrived to eat prior to their scheduled demonstration in Charlottesville that day.
Harry King was walking his dog in Coyner state park Saturday morning July 8 when he was startled to see pickup trucks arrive with “35-40” armed robed Klansmen and other men dressed in grey uniforms wearing iron crosses get out. “They were carrying guns and long sword-like knives and asking where they could find robes,” according to the Shenandoah Valley News leader. Soon “a man with a large pad lock with a bandana wrapped around it” approached King and “looked like he was ready to swing it.”
The pavilion was rented out by the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department in the name of James Seay, who said he planned to hold a “family reunion,” according to the permit.
The 26-year old unemployed college dropout held the position of the Loyal White Knights Klan factions’ Christian “pastor”—a title he bought off the Internet–and from his cyberspace pulpit espoused an interpretation of the Christian bible that declared all non-whites are “mud people” and Jews are “spawns of Satan”.
Mr. Seay has his own complicated biography. For starters, his name is not James Moore, which is a pseudonym for James “J.T.” Seay.
In November 2016, Seay resigned from the LWK and joined the National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi organization in the U.S.
In 2017, Seay rejoined the Loyal White Knights, a Caswell County, North Carolina headquartered Klan faction.
In a 2017 interview with then Fox news radio host Allen Combs, using the name James Moore, Seay claimed that he is married and an ordained minister with “two beautiful little girls,” and worked as a graphic designer. “I am the national chaplain for the Loyal White Knights,” he said.
While he bills himself as all the above, Moore is, in fact, none of these things. He is not married, he bought his pastor ordination certificate over the Internet for $199.00 from the KKK affiliated Kingdom Identity Ministries of Harrison, Arkansas, “a Politically Incorrect Christian Identity outreach ministry to God’s chosen race (true Israel, the White, European peoples)…The Elect Remnant, Christian Patriots, Nationalists, Reconstructionists, Racialists, and all seeking a higher level of understanding will learn Biblical solutions to personal and national problems, and be given keys to unlock hidden truth.”
And Seay does not have “two beautiful little girls.” His girlfriend, who is the first cousin of Amanda Barker, the wife of LWK head Chris Barker, does have other children fathered by other men.
Mr. Seay had lived in his aunt’s basement in Sandston, Virginia near the Richmond airport rent-free for a number of years.
More recently, Seay has found work with a pest control company in Henrico County, Virginia alongside his uncle, Steve Ray Seay, who he is charged with shooting dead while his uncle was standing on his front porch at 3 o’oclock in the afternoon of September 4, 2019.
Daniel Zimmerman, an ordained Southern Baptist minister in Virginia who once worked together with Seay in another Klan said that Mr. Seay was expelled in 2011 from the Knights of the Southern Cross of the KKK. According to Mr. Zimmerman, Seay recommend his then girlfriend as a Klan member, but failed to mention that she was a practicing bisexual and, in addition, her lover at the time was black–both categories strictly frowned upon by the Ku Klux Klan. “He told me straight out ‘I was hoping this would change her’,” Zimmerman said. “We banished them both in June of 2011.”
At a Loyal White Knights of the KKK public rally in Troy, North Carolina in 2015, members convened from a number of states to extol the superiority of the white race outside the county courthouse. They gathered at a nearby motel where out of town members had rented rooms. “That was when JT pissed on the chair cushion,” recalled one former member, referring to James Seay who is known in Klan circles as James “J.T.” Moore and at the time was the national Christian chaplain for the Klan group. “JT was passed out on the bed, drunk, and there was one guy who had a pair of handcuffs. I have no idea why he had handcuffs, but he handcuffed one of JT’s arms to the bedpost. JT had a .40 caliber handgun on the bedside table. I told the guy ‘you better take those off because if JT wakes up he is liable to shoot you’. Then the guy takes the cushion off the chair to make a pillow on the floor where he was going to sleep and JT wakes up, stands up, and pisses all over the chair cushion on the floor next to his bed and then got back in bed and went to sleep again.”
“The next day,” recalled the former Loyal White Knights Grand Dragon of another southern state, “JT was running around at the event all hungover and holding a bible and reciting Christian passages.”
Recently, Seay sent this reporter a message saying he had left the Ku Klux Klan, but evidence shows that not to have been true. “I left LWK early January (2019),” wrote Seay in a July message.”Your articles brought me quite a wake up call on Chris (Barker, the Imperial Wizard, or national leader, of the Loyal White Knights) being an (FBI) informant.”
Seay said that Barker, who has a long criminal record, including being charged with attempted murder in 2017 in North Carolina for stabbing another Klansman in his dining room during a drunken encounter, had threatened Seay’s life.
“All of this that happened in Hanover Va (guess he got drunk and forgot the county i live in) was done to intimidate me as he said he would in a voicemail because i left his group . im not even active anymore really still talk to a few people who are former LWK but thats about it. My hobbies these days include being a dad and writing music something i missed an awful lot only issues ive every had with you was the articles with you saying some of the things you said about me which were inaccurate with those things about me in the articles i became worried to show people the things you brought forth about Chris due to people maybe wanting to cause harm to me thinking I was banished when I NEVER WAS AND LEFT Knights of the Southern Cross MAY 2011 on good terms but thats the past this is now. So i forgive you for the errors in the article… also you may find it interesting to see all of the muscle cars the Barkers have been buying lately after the incident at Chris’s house with Richard Dillon was used to help convict Hagan in Cali.”
Seay was referring to a December 2016 incident in Yanceyville, North Carolina when Klansman Richard Dillon was stabbed “three times in the upper chest pentertaing his rib cage”, according to a hospital report, by Christopher Eugene Barker, the Imperial Wizard of the LWK, and William Hagen, the LWK Grand Dragon of California, in Barker’s dining room.The twomen were arrested, but charges later dropped. Hagen is currently in a California prison convicted of stabbing a Mexican American in another case, the third time Hagen has been arrested for stabbing someone.
“The fact that the gov hires scumbags like the Barkers to work for them is the MAIN reason I dont trust the Gov these days,” wrote Seay. “The reason i say keep this quiet for now is im trying to figure out how to contact an attorney to sue Chris and Amanda from their actions today in Hanover VA considering the nasty voice mail he left me threatening to cause harm to my elderly grand parents saying their address in the voice mail and threatening to ‘come have some fun with me in my backyard.’ I never thought I’d be asking you for advice Nate but what in the hell do I do? It is almost impossible to sue a gov operation….”
But evidence shows that Mr. Seay had not left his white supremacist politics in his past. “There has not been any problems between the black and white races in the south of North America until the various Jews from up North working with the various communist parties and organizations came down south like a bunch of carpetbaggers stirring up the negro population,” said Seay in an online video on May 23, 2019. “Every time you see a bunch of angry blacks protesting the confederate monuments you will always notice quite a few lighter colored faces among them and you will also note the beady eyes and rat-like facial features. For far too long the Jews have used the blackman as his foot soldier for their very own communist agenda which, by the way, all communists these days hide behind the term ‘liberal.’”
Calls to Christopher Barker, the Loyal White Knights Imperial Wizard, for comment went unreturned.
Henrico police Lt Mattew Pecka said that Seay has a court date of December 12, 2019 and is being held without bond at the Henrico County jail until then.