Holocaust Museum Killer’s Son Wishes His Father Had Died


holocaust-museumThe son of James von Brunn says he wishes that it had been his father, not Holocaust Memorial Museum guard Stephen Johns, who died in Wednesday’s shooting and that von Brunn’s hatred of Jews was a plague that ruined his family’s life. “I cannot express enough how deeply sorry I am it was Mr Johns, and not my father who lost their life,” Erik von Brunn, 32, says in a written statement to ABC News. “While my condolences could never begin to offer appeasement, they, along with my remorse is all I have to give.”James von Brunn remains in hospital with gunshot wounds to the face from two other museum guards who returned fire after Mr Johns fell.

In his statement to ABC and a phone interview with The Washington Post, Erik von Brunn said his father’s bigotry was a shadow over his life. He said in the interview that he was too young to know his father when Von Brunn went to prison for 6½ years for attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board in 1981.

Although the elder von Brunn never insisted that his son share his views, Erik von Brunn said, his father was disappointed when he did not.

Still, he never imagined that his father’s rage would consume him to the point that he might kill someone.

“I never had any inclination to think that,” he said. “The man is 88 years old. I never would have thought he could do this. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s a shock.”

In the statement, Erik von Brunn directly addresses white supremacists: “For the extremists who believe my father is a hero: it is imperative you understand what he did was an act of cowardice. His actions have undermined your ‘movement’ and strengthened the resistance against your cause.”

Larger-than-usual crowds are visiting the museum in the wake of the shooting, officials said. A total of 8573 people visited last Friday, surpassing the June daily average of 7320.

Three memorial funds have been set up for the Johns family, by the museum, his security company, Wackenhut, and the American Jewish Committee.

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