The boy often suffered abuse at the hands of his father, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist who was addicted to methamphetamine. A committed white supremacist and neo-Nazi, US man Jeffrey Hall was unequivocal about what he wanted. “I want a white nation,” he once told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t hide what I am, and I don’t water that down.” The unemployed plumber, who used to patrol the US-Mexico border looking for illegal immigrants, was a rising star among white supremacists. He’d often speak at rallies, promoting the goals of the National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi organisation in the US. In a YouTube video of a 2009 anti-immigration rally, Hall – who was a National Socialist Movement’s regional director in Southern California – is seen holding a megaphone with a smiling Hitler sticker on it as he hails the need for “white immigration” and a “pro-white” America. But his rise in the movement ended abruptly. Hall died in May 2011, when he was shot at point-blank range while sleeping on his living room couch. The killer was his 10-year-old son, Joseph – a troubled boy whose childhood was fraught with violence perpetrated by his father.