Robert Mathews began raising cattle, got married to a woman named Debbie McGarrity, a woman of Scottish descent. When she proved infertile, they adopted a son. Mathews, though, really wanted a child from his own loins. So he started seeing a woman named Zillah Craig. She, too, was of Scottish descent, as Mathews didn’t want to taint his bloodline. They had a daughter and his marriage to Debbie went to hell.
He got a job as an electrician at the Bunker Hill Mine Company, which tore raw zinc out of the ground. The mine closed due to poor management and the sagging price of zinc. So Robert got a job at the Portland Lehigh Cement Company. Yet he remained dissatisfied with his life. Something was missing. It was as if he had mislaid his soul.
So he started looking for it in all the wrong places – extreme right wing politics and warped interpretations of history.
Like Solomon in the Bible, Mathews decided that knowledge might make him happy. So he read a lot of politics and history. Most of what he read supported a racist interpretation of history. From this junk, Mathews concluded that he wasn’t the problem. He wasn’t a loser after all. The real problem was that the white race was being polluted and challenged in its supremacy by other races.
So Mathews started another club, a club for white people only. He invited other white supremacist families to Washington State. He called it the “White American Bastion.” And to learn more about starting his own country within a country, he visited the Aryan Nations, a group started by a guy named Richard Butler. The Aryan Nations were white power exclusionists. They were white. They wanted power. And everybody who wasn’t white and didn’t want power was excluded from their club.
Aryan Nations dreamed of a whites-only kingdom, which would be located in Idaho. And of course, Richard Butler would get to be king. They advertised themselves as Christian Nazis.