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Benjamin McDowell (Source J. Reuben)

Benjamin McDowell (Source J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Anti-Semitic Arrest In Myrtle Beach

Local TV WMBFnews just reported that FBI have arrested a man planning a Dylann Roof style slaying of local Jewish worshipers.

As reported by WMBFnews – A man with connections to a white supremacy group was arrested in Myrtle Beach Wednesday after purchasing a gun from an undercover FBI agent, apparently intending to commit an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.”


Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, from Conway, was arrested at around 5 p.m. Wednesday by the FBI, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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On December 26, 2016, McDowell posted to Facebook a message: “I love love to act what u think,” followed by a link to the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, according to court documents. Horry County Police indicated to the FBI that McDowell had established White Supremacy Extremist connections while serving in prison in South Carolina for various criminal offenses. He also had tattoos indicating an affiliation with these groups.

It was just earlier this week that MyrtleBeachSC.com also reported about the Myrtle Beach Police Department passing around the below hate photo among officers.

Mailer Mailed To DavidMail sent to local Jewish Business Man’s Home

The flyer read:  Orange Jews – 100% Concentrated.


WMBF reports:  According to the federal complaint document, on January 5, 2017, McDowell posted to Facebook an anti-Semitic screed referencing Dylann Roof, which included the statement: “they should be Feasting on the enemy that stole their Heritage and their bloodline and trying to run us off of this Earth you can post pictures of f****** Viking and swords all the s*** you want to post if you ain’t got the heart to fight for Yahweh like dylann roof did you need to shut the f*** up…”

McDowell first met with the undercover FBI agent on January 12, believing that the agent “handled problems for the Aryan Nations,” the court document states.  The agent met with McDowell at a Myrtle Beach hotel and discussed obtaining a gun, saying that he didn’t want it being traced back to him. McDowell said he didn’t want an attack coming back to him either, and he wanted to be “scot-free.” He emphasized that he did not want to get caught and go back to jail.

McDowell was arrested today and is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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City Manager John Pedersen has never responded to any punishment or reprimands concerning the Myrtle Beach police officers who a source says passed the anti-semitic flyer among one another.  The source mailed the flyer to Shai David,  the businessman in the photo in August.

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