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Former Houston Area KKK Leader on Most-Wanted List

July 14, 1987 GMT

HOUSTON (AP) _ Former Houston-area Ku Klux Klan leader Louis Ray Beam Jr., wanted for his plot to overthrow the government, was added to the FBI’s 10 most-wanted list Tuesday, FBI officials said.

Beam, 40, should be considered armed and extremely dangerous, said FBI spokesman Johnie Joyce, who added that agents believe Beam is hiding in the Houston area.

The FBI says Beam is the only one of 15 white supremacists, indicted in Fort Smith, Ark., on April 21, still on the run.

He is wanted for seditious conspiracy, or plotting to overthrow the government of the United States.


Beam and others involved in the conspiracy have been accused of more than 100 criminal acts designed to foment revolt, including the attempted assassinations of a federal judge and an FBI agent, the destruction of public utilities, pollution of water supplies and establishing illegal guerrilla training camps.

Just two weeks before he was indicted, Beam was married by the Church of Yaweh in rural Pennsylvania, according to federal law enforcement officials.

Authorities said Beam may be traveling with his wife, Sheila Marie Beam, also known as Sheila Marie Toohey, 20. She is not wanted by authorities. Beam may also be accompanied by his 7-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, Sarah Hadassah Beam.

Beam had been grand dragon of the United Klans of America until the 1970s when he was banished for mishandling funds,. He then formed his own ragtag Klan band.

Beam left the KKK in the early 1980s for The Order, an extremist Nazi group in the Northwest that sought to overthrow the U.S. government through violence and replace it with an ″Aryan Nation″ of white warriors, the FBI said.

Beam is 5-foot-7, weighs about 140 pounds, has brown eyes, a ruddy complexion and sometimes sports a mustache, according to the FBI.