‘Lone wolves’ more common, dangerous than organized supremacists, experts say

| January 31, 2012

HACKENSACK, N.J. – A loner who broke from obscurity to commit a violent crime – that’s the description provided by law enforcement officials of the 19-year-old Lodi, N.J., man they’ve accused of firebombing a North Jersey synagogue and other violent bias crimes.

It’s also a profile that fits the perpetrators of any number of horrific incidents seared in American memory: the Unabomber, the Virginia Tech shooter, the Anthrax attacker.

"Lone wolves" are much more common, and dangerous, than the organized white supremacists stereotypically associated with bias crimes, experts in law enforcement and hate crimes said.

Groups are easier for law enforcement officials to penetrate, said Gregg McCrary, a criminal-profile consultant and retired FBI special agent. "They’re easier to stop. But if you have an individual working on his own, it’s harder, simply because that person decides to do something, and then they do it."

Anthony Graziano has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include attempted murder, aggravated arson and bias intimidation.

The synagogue attacks were part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Bergen County, N.J., that started in mid-December with the vandalism of two temples in Maywood and Hackensack. Most recently, there also was a batch of anti-Semitic mailings to several Jewish institutions.

 

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