Curtis Allgier's statement today on some of the reasons he claims were -- and were not -- behind his murder of corrections officer Stephen Anderson makes for yet another vintage Allgier performance, a curious mixture of arrogance, venom and side-stepping that leaves you none the wiser as to who he is.
You can listen to the entire recording here.
He wants everyone to be "on the same page," he begins his statement with, recorded by his investigator at prison. He goes through a list of Uinta 1 staffers up through the ranks to Warden Alfred Bigelow and beyond before noting he's stayed out of trouble since being returned to the prison a year ago.
He then claims he was on an Odenic fast -- referring to his belief system that draws on Norse myths and gods -- at the time of his escape attempt. "My mind was not where it should be."
Later, he expresses his respect for whit-pride groups, including SAC, SAW and Fourth Reich. "I don't fear anyone," he says, apparently a reference to those who speculated after the Anderson killing that Allgier was desperate to avoid going into the federal system -- as he was shortly to do -- and face the wrath of Aryans he had blithely criticized in a TV interview.
Allgier makes various other statements, including an assessment he often makes in letters and at court, about how intimidating his voice is. He promised to share his thoughts at his Dec. 5 sentencing.
Oddly, as I listened to him talk, with his mix of anger, contempt and vitriol, I thought back to when I had gone to visit him in jail when I was working on a story about him and Maxine McNeeley, a woman who was then advocating for him.
He wore sunglasses, but as he talked to McNeeley, with both affection and enthusiasm, he moved around the seat with an almost childlike energy and excitement that, even to this day, seems so sharply in contrast with the darkness his voice is drenched with, whether in court or in this recording.