It’s like something out of Sons Of Anarchy, however, in this case the brutality is all too real. 45-year-old David Ray Bartol is accused of kidnapping two men and torturing them in retaliation for offenses against the Krude Rude Brood, an allegedly white supremacist gang in Portland, Oregon. At various points he is accused of beating the men with baseball bats, injecting them with near fatal doses of heroin, putting a motorcycle helmet on them and then shooting them in the head and trying to remove their gang tattoos with a professional grade electric sander.
While not the only man accused of these crimes, Bartol is certainly the most fearsome, with a panoply of tattoos across his face and a rap sheet that goes back to his youth and includes the savage murder of a fellow inmate in jail in 2013. In that instance, he beat the inmate with a flashlight before stabbing him repeatedly in the eye with a shank. During court proceedings last Tuesday, authorities deemed him enough of a threat that they kept his ankles shackled while a phalanx of deputies stood guard in and out of the courtroom.
The court alleges Bartol and other members of the Brood kidnapped petty criminal and crystal meth addict Nicholas Remington in December, 2012 for his part in a theft at a gang house. After repeatedly shooting Remington’s helmeted head and trying to remove his tattoos with a sander, he was injected with a massive dose of heroin and dumped on the streets of Southeast Portland. Two months later they kidnapped Ronald Murphy, whom suffered broken bones and was shot twice before also being left for dead. Remington has testified against Krude Rude Brood members in court and is currently serving 5 1/2 year years in prison for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and identity theft. Murphy died from unrelated causes. Other members of the gang have already plead guilty in the case, including gang leader David Corbit who was sentenced to 14 years for the assault as well as charges related to crystal meth trafficking and home invasion robberies.