Homeless man killed by fans of Edward Norton film


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Jun 3, 2003
Homeless man killed by fans of Edward Norton film
Seattle Post-Intelligencer |
"Kurtis Monschke went hunting for someone to kill in March 2003, aiming to rise through the ranks of a white-supremacist movement by beating to death a homeless man, a jury found yesterday. Monschke, 20, was convicted of first-degree aggravated murder and will spend his life in prison. He had only been out of juvenile hall for nine months when he and three friends, on March 23, 2003, bought beer and baseball bats, then found 42-year-old Randall Townsend sleeping underneath a bridge near the Tacoma Dome. One of the bats was broken over Townsend's head. A 38 1/2-pound boulder was dropped on his face. The young white supremacists tried to prop Townsend's mouth onto nearby railroad tracks, recreating a murder scene from the movie American History X. But when his mouth wouldn't open, they kicked his head back and forth, with steel-toed boots, for three minutes."