37-year-old Cheyne Kehoe and his father, Kirby, are names not instantly recognizable to most Americans. They lived a life of sequestered isolation in Ash Fork, AZ on a 40 acre spread. Another Kehoe name, Chevie, made the news back in the 1980’s for his participation in a shooting incident in Wilmington Ohio with brother Cheyne riding shotgun, but still the family has kept a relatively low-profile.
An Associated Press report yesterday, told the story of recent developments with the Kehoe family and their shaky relationship with law enforcement:
“Kirby Kehoe and his 37-year-old son, Cheyne, were arrested after authorities raided Kirby Kehoe’s 40-acre property near Ash Fork and seized dozens of guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Both men have previous felony convictions and are banned from possessing firearms. They initially faced one charge each for having the weapons.”
Research has revealed that the Kehoe name was not previously unknown to certain groups in America. The Southern Poverty Law Center, widely recognized as a powerful force in tracking the actions and writings of “hate groups” in this country, actually referred to the Kehoe’s as “The Kehoe Gang” on their website. They also listed a chilling timeline of Kehoe crimes from 1991 to 1997. SPLC reports a litany of issues beginning with the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge, Idaho, standoff between authorities and the family of white supremacist Randy Weaver.
The timeline is filled with the Kehoe’s enchantment with Aryan Supremacy including an attempt in the early 90’s to form the “Aryan People’s Republic,” a white-only nation dedicated to advancing the superiority of the white race. Anti-government sentiments (including close connections to Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh), weapons hording, repeated incidents of gun violence, racial hatred, illegal gun sales, and even murder were common concerns with the Kehoe Gang.
Both Chevie and Cheyne have spent time in federal prisons for a variety of convictions, the most serious related to murder conspiracy and gun charges.
A cursory analysis suggests the Kehoe compound could potentially become our country’s next “Ruby Ridge”. Incidents like the Ruby Ridge shooting and the McVeigh bombings in our recent history have had an enormous effect on our national consciousness. Anti-government sentiment has reached critical mass since then and is a fundamental element of the TEA party phenomenon. America needs to pay close attention to groups like the Kehoes, denouncing such sentiments at every possible opportunity. These people should not be allowed to promote their perverse idea of America.
h/t: Freak Out Nation