It began with a frantic 911 call from a woman in a dusty Arizona border town. A gang claiming to be affiliated with the Border Patrol had shot her husband and daughter. It was initially assumed that the murders were products of border drug wars ravaging the Southwest until the leader of one of the more prominent offshoots of the Minutemen movement was arrested for plotting the home invasion as part of a scheme to finance a violent antigovernment border militia.
And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing to the Dark Side of the American Border is award-winning journalist David Neiwert's riveting account of the life and death of America's Minutemen--and the terrifying story and psychology of movement leader Shawna Forde. A compulsive and brilliant portrait of cold-blooded killers and true believers, And Hell Followed With Her is at once a horrifying crime story and a frontline report on America's nativist foot soldiers.
"In a masterwork reminiscent of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, David Neiwert tells the gripping story of a far-right underworld awash in criminality, racism, and violence -- except that it happened here and every word is true."
-- Joe Conason, author of the New York Times best seller Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth and editor-in-chief of The National Memo
"There is no more dogged or more courageous chronicler of the radical American Right than Dave Neiwert. In this latest work, he has found a human tragedy that is both utterly heartbreaking and utterly infuriating. He is the polestar by which we navigate the great distance between what we claim to be as a people, and what we truly are. A devastating, and extremely important, book."
-- Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine, author of Idiot America: How Stupidity Became A Virtue In The Land Of The Free
"David Neiwert's latest book is a cogent and comprehensive look at contemporary border vigilante groups, built around that movement's most infamous crime -- the murder of a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter by a deranged nativist leader and her followers. This important volume reveals the stark racism and violence at the core of a movement that claims disingenuously to be defending America against dangerous foreigners.
-- Mark Potok, Senior Fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center