Originally Posted by NWAJeepGirl
Elohim City, Oklahoma. About ten years ago. I don't know how we wound up there, I don't know where all the men with guns came from, who they were, or how we got back out to the pavement, but suffice to say, ALL dirt roads in that portion of the state are off limits in my book. Never in my life have I ever been happier to be a person of no color and driving an American-made vehicle.
Yes I am aware that I quoted/responded to an old post... NWAJeepGirl didn't know where she was or what she was in the middle of and seeing it's possible ties to the OKC Bombing I felt it necessary to post.
Elohim City, Oklahoma:
Elohim City is a private community in Adair County, Oklahoma. It was founded in 1973 by Robert G. Millar, a Canadian immigrant and charismatic religious leader. Its 400 acres (1.6 km2) are frequented by Christian Identity followers. The community gained national attention for its alleged ties to members of the Silent Brotherhood in the 1980s and with convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in the 1990s.
Robert Millar died on May 28, 2001. Since his death, his son John Millar has been the leader of Elohim City.
Elohim is a Hebrew word for God(s).
Millar emigrated from Kitchener, Ontario in the 1950s to Oklahoma City, where he established a church. In the mid-1960s, Millar moved to Maryland, where he ran an evangelical camp near Ellicott City, located in Howard County on Frederick Road about one mile (1.6 km) west of US Route 29, at the former location of St. Charles College, a minor Catholic seminary destroyed by fire in 1911.[Note 1]
In 1973, Millar returned to Oklahoma with around 18 followers, some of whom were related to him by birth or marriage, to found Elohim City.
Millar taught his followers that the Great Tribulation was upon them and that "worse is to come" when "Asiatics" invade America. He believed that Jesus has been revealing himself for 2,000 years and that disasters would strike by 2006, at which time the "wicked will be removed" and Elohim City will enjoy an age of peace.
In 1986 a Canadian woman and her children sought refuge in the city, contravening a court order awarding custody of the children to her husband. Officers attempting to arrest the woman were met by a show of arms.
By the mid-1990s, four members of the Aryan Republican Army (Michael William Brescia, Kevin McCarthy, Scott Stedeford, and Mark Thomas) were residents of Elohim City. Brescia was engaged to Millar's step-granddaughter and stayed almost two years. Between 1994 and 1995 these four, together with other members of the ARA (known in the media as the Midwest Bank Robbers), were responsible for a series of 22 bank robberies totaling over $250,000 in the American Midwest, which they used to finance white supremacist causes. Millar denied knowledge of the robberies.
The remains of former Elohim City guest Richard Snell were released to Elohim City residents following his April 19, 1995, execution in Arkansas. Snell taunted jailers that something drastic would happen on the day of his execution. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was destroyed by explosives in the hours before he died. Earlier criminal proceedings had produced evidence that Snell and other affiliates had visited the Murrah building to examine it as a possible bombing target in 1983. However, when Snell watched televised reports of the Oklahoma City bombing prior to his execution, he was appalled by what he saw.
In 2008 an Adair County man, who had been previously evicted from Elohim City, was charged with threatening violence against several Elohim City residents. He was acquitted in 2009 following a two-day jury trial in which he represented himself.
Other notable residents
Other individuals who stayed at Elohim City and later appeared in national news include:
Carol Howe, BATF informant who worked undercover in Elohim City
Chevie Kehoe, a self-proclaimed white supremacist and convicted murderer
Dennis Mahon, a former imperial dragon in the Oklahoma Ku Klux Klan and an organizer for White Aryan Resistance
Andreas Strassmeir, German immigrant, head of Elohim City security, phoned by Timothy McVeigh two weeks before the OKC bombing