11/12/2016. Pastor Richard Girnt Butler (right) and his wife Betty. Richard Butler was the founder of Aryan Nations and a leading figure in the white supremacist movement. He preached that the Jews descend from Satan and black people are subhuman.
In the 1970's, identifying Idaho as a racially pure place, Mr. Butler bought the land for his compound and founded the Aryan Nations in 1973.
In the 1980's, followers formed a splinter group called the Order. Members assassinated Alan Berg, a radio talk show host who was Jewish, in Denver, bombed a synagogue in Boise and held up armored cars. Other former followers bombed the home of a Roman Catholic priest in Coeur d'Alene.
Pastor Butler was born Feb. 23, 1918, and died Sept 9, 2004, at the age of 86. Mrs. Butler died in 1995; the couple had two daughters.