On August 21, 2016, a white supremacist Aaryn W. Snyder of Fort Wayne, Indiana walked into Samuel Hardrix's yard and stabbed him multiple times. Hardrix, a black man, died of his wounds.
While Snyder was in jail for an unrelated crime, he told a detective that he belonged to a "white organization," and said that he killed Hardrix for being black. What was the crime? He was in jail for failing to register as a sex offender. Snyder pleaded guilty to the murder in court, mentioning that he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Snyder was receiving treatment at St. Joseph Hospital for this illness when he confessed to a nurse about killing Hardrix
Just recently, the 32-year-old white supremacist was sentenced for Hardrix's murder. He offered an apology for killing Hardrix, and blamed his malicious actions on drug use.
The exact circumstances surrounding Hardrix's death are still unclear.
According to News Sentinel, Snyder told police that he began arguing with Hardrix on August 18, 2016 after Hardrix allegedly referred to Snyder as a child molester. Snyder claimed that Hardrix pulled out a pocketknife and threatened to use it on him. Days later, Hardrix's body was found by the authorities in the backyard of a woman's house on Schilling Avenue.
Many inconsistencies were found in Snyder's story, however. Once, he claimed he stabbed Hardrix seven times, and then 17 times in another story. He also has claimed that Hardrix is not the only person he has killed.
Witnesses and neighbors also were suspicious of Snyder's odd behavior leading up to and after the murder. Monica Stieglitz, one of Synder's neighbors, said, "He came to my house asking me what the police talked to me about." He came to her door posing as a local pastor, and told Stieglitz that he lived with his mother and worked with drug addicts and those without homes.
Synder was sentenced to 65 years in prison, the maximum sentence for murder in the state of Indiana.
It happened in 2016, not 50 years ago. And the man confessed that he belonged to the KKK. You can’t say there’s no racism in our country until such cases continue to happen. And, they stay massively ignored.