Narrator: With that he hung up. Two days later, the Weissers found a
packet flung onto their front porch [someone throws a packet from
offstage]. Mrs. Weisser reads: "The KKK is watching you, Scum."
Mr. Weisser: “What is it.”
Mrs. Weisser: “Pictures of Adolf Hitler, caricatures of Jews with
hooked noses, blacks with gorilla heads, and graphic depictions of dead
blacks and Jews. And a note that says, ‘The Holohoax was nothing
compared to what's going to happen to you.’"
Mr Weisser: “That does it. I’m calling the police.” (Mr. Weisser
calls police. At a table across stage, a police inspector answers the
call: “Hello, I’m Cantor Weisser from the synagogue, moved here just
last week. We’ve been getting threatening calls and packages ever since
arriving. Any clues?”
Police, reading profile: “It looks like the work of Larry Trapp, state
leader, or grand dragon, of the Ku Klux Klan. He’s a Nazi sympathizer.
He leads a cadre of skinheads and klansmen responsible for terrorizing
black, Asian and Jewish families in Nebraska and nearby Iowa. He's
dangerous. We know he makes explosives. He’s 44, confined to a
wheelchair because of late-stage diabetes. They’re pretty sure he’s
behind the firebombing of several African-Americans' homes around
Lincoln. He’s also probably responsible for what he called ‘Operation
Gooks,’ the March 1991 burning of the Indochinese Refugee Assistance
Center in Omaha. And now we think Trapp is planning to blow up your
synagogue. Trapp lives alone in a drab efficiency apartment. On one
wall, he keeps a giant Nazi flag and a double life-sized picture of
Hitler. Next to these he hangs his white Klan robe, with its red belt
and hood. He keeps assault rifles, pistols and shotguns within instant
reach for the moment when his enemies might come crashing through his
door to kill him. In the rear there’s a secret bunker he's built for
the coming ‘race wars.’”
Narrator: Shortly thereafter, Trapp launched a white supremacist TV
series on a local-access cable channel--featuring men and women saluting
a burning swastika and firing automatic weapons.
Weisser: “That really burns me up. I’m going to call him right now.”
[Reaches for phone.”] “It’s just his answering machine, but I’m going
to call him on it nevertheless.
Weisser: "Larry, do you know that the very first laws that Hitler's
Nazis passed were against people like yourself who had no legs or who
had physical deformities or physical handicaps? Do you realize you
would have been among the first to die under Hitler? Why do you love
the Nazis so much?" Then he hung up.
Narrator: Weisser continued the calls to the machine. Then one day
Trapp picked up his phone.
Trapp: "What the f___ do you want?" (shouting into the phone).
Weisser: "I just want to talk to you."
Trapp: "Stop harassing me. Why do you keep calling me?”
Weisser, remembering a suggestion of his wife's: "Well, I was thinking
you might need a hand with something, and I wondered if I could help. I
know you're in a wheelchair and I thought maybe I could take you to the
grocery store or something."