Authorities discovered child pornography on a computer used by James W. von Brunn, the 88-year-old white supremacist accused of killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last week, according to court documents filed by the FBI.
FBI agents said they recovered the desktop computer during a search of the Annapolis apartment where von Brunn had lived for the past two years. The pornography was disclosed in a search warrant affidavit seeking to make a more thorough inspection of the computer. Authorities did not disclose the type or extent of the child pornography they found on the computer during their first search.
Agents also recovered from the apartment a 30-30 rifle, other computers, floppy discs, memory cards, cellphones, a handwritten will and what appeared to be a painting of Hitler and Jesus, they wrote in court papers.
Meanwhile, agents disclosed in other court filings that they had recovered 35 rounds of ammunition, a disabled parking permit and a salt shaker in a search of the car von Brunn allegedly double-parked outside the museum just before the shooting June 10.
Federal authorities have charged von Brunn with shooting Stephen T. Johns in the chest with a rifle shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday at the museum's 14th Street entrance. Two other guards returned fire, and von Brunn was struck in the face, authorities said. He is being treated at George Washington University Hospital. A hearing has been scheduled for Monday to update a federal judge on his medical status.
Authorities searched von Brunn's car early June 11 and recovered a variety of items. Those included store receipts, business cards advertising his Web site, www.holywesternempire.org, a roll of quarters totaling $7.25 and mouthwash, according to the court papers filed yesterday in the District's federal court.
Authorities also seized live .22-caliber ammunition, the records show. They said that von Brunn shot Johns with a .22-caliber rifle.
In the car, authorities wrote in court papers, they also recovered a handwritten note that said "the Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by the Jews." Under the writing in the notebook was the signature, "James W. von Brunn," agents wrote in court documents.