Neo-Nazi Travis Ricci Just Pulled Two Decades in the Joint, As the Specter of His Death Waits

Nonchalant menace. That's the aura that oozed from neo-Nazi Travis Ricci as he was led into Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Connie Contes' courtroom for a recent sentencing hearing.

Powerfully built, with wide shoulders and a reputation for explosive violence, the 29-year-old racist skinhead seemed oblivious to his leg irons and the handcuffs shackling his hands to his waist.

Gray jailhouse stripes covered most of his tattoos, particularly the swastikas and Nazi lightning bolts on his shoulders.

But plain on his forearms could be seen Gothic script referring to the SS motto: "Meine Ehre Heisst Treue," or "My Honor Is Loyalty," often found inscribed on vintage Nazi daggers.

Only those in the know would notice the mustache inked on the middle finger of his left hand, a tattoo common among those in the white supremacist Vinlanders Social Club gang, of which he is a member. When raised to the lips, it approximates the facial hair of Ricci's führer, Adolf Hitler.

In one photo presented to the court, Ricci, wearing a Ronald Reagan mask, gives a sieg heil with his finger-stache in place. Moronic? Sure. The Vinlanders may be known as one of the most vicious racist gangs in America. But no one's ever accused them of having triple-digit IQs.

On this day, Ricci will be sentenced to 22 years in the state pen for putting his girlfriend's head into a wall at a party and stabbing the two men who came to her aid. One caught a knife in the hand, the other in the neck.

Actually, the jury deadlocked on the count involving the knife in the neck, and Ricci eventually will be retried on that charge. But that's the least of his worries, as Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Vince Goddard will be shooting for the death penalty against Ricci for the heinous 2009 murder of Kelly Ann Jaeger.

Jaeger, a Caucasian, was walking late one October night with Jeffrey Wellmaker, her African-American boyfriend, near Palma Park, in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix, when they were approached by a muscular, tattooed thug who challenged Wellmaker.

"Hey, nigger, what are you doing with that white woman?" the man asked.

Words were exchanged, according to Phoenix Police Department reports, but it did not escalate to a fight. The man left, and Wellmaker and Jaeger kept walking.

Later, the hooligan caught up with them near Fourth Street and Puget Avenue. He was the passenger in a white four-door sedan. Shotgun blasts rang out, and Jaeger, a mother of two, was hit in the stomach.

Phoenix cops investigating a suicide nearby responded quickly. They found Wellmaker tearful and distraught, imploring his girlfriend to "wake up." An ambulance rushed Jaeger to nearby John C. Lincoln Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.

Police wavered at calling the murder a hate crime, despite the obvious racial overtones. Initially, PPD investigators thought the shooting was a drug deal gone bad, and the case quickly went cold.

Prodded by the Anti-Defamation League of Arizona, the PPD's famed Career Criminal Squad took up the case.

Tasked, in part, with targeting violent street gangs such as the Vinlanders, CCS detectives uncovered a web of neo-Nazi activity surrounding Jaeger's slaying. By September, CCS detectives had arrested more than a dozen Vinlanders and Vinlander associates on various charges, crushing the national organization's Arizona contingent ("Skinheads in Stir," September 30).

Two of those collared were Travis Ricci and suspected accomplice Aaron Levi Schmidt, an anti-Semite despite the Jewish origins of his first and middle names. Prosecutors allege Ricci pulled the trigger and Schmidt was at the wheel during the drive-by.

According to court documents, Ricci boasted about the killing and Schmidt and his girlfriend buried the murder weapon in the desert near Tucson. Other Vinlanders visited the homes of those who knew of the incident, which occurred as the skinheads partied at someone's house in Sunnyslope, and warned them not to talk.

The cops' confidential informants feared for their lives.

"All of my sources . . . are terrified of the Vinlanders Social Club finding out whom they are or where they are at," one CCS detective wrote in his report.

They have been terrified for good reason. The VSC, which mostly operates out of the Midwest and Arizona, is one of those racist skinhead groups that other white supremacists regard with dread.

Savage beatings have been meted out to white-power knuckleheads who offered Vinlanders the smallest slight. One such beat-down occurred because a neo-Nazi did not promptly flip the Hitler salute with his peers.

But true to their ideology, their natural targets are minorities. The County Attorney's Office claims Ricci and Schmidt were after Wellmaker but ended up killing Jaeger.

As one CCS detective pointed out to Judge Contes at Ricci's sentencing for aggravated assault, Jaeger's homicide is justified in Ricci's eyes because Jaeger was a "race traitor" for being with a black man.

Incredibly, prosecutor Goddard has revealed in one of his legal filings that while in county awaiting trial, Schmidt practically confessed to involvement in the Jaeger homicide.

"Schmidt has since admitted his participation in the murder in a letter to his wife," Goddard writes. "Schmidt attempts to further the third-party defense idea that Ricci and Schmidt had retrieved the shotgun and looked for the victim couple because unidentified black men were hitting a white woman."

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Aimericci
Aimericci

YOU FOOLS GOT SOMETHING TO SAY TO THE RICCIS THEN HERES AN EMAIL AND A FAX FOR U ANTI RICCI aimericci@earthlink.net fax 602 283 5397 UP YOURS WITH A RUBBER HOSE LMFAO

Rafa_65806
Rafa_65806

i'd say fuck him...if he is stupid enough to get nazi tats and play gang banger..let him have it. fuck him.

Ernst Bäcker
Ernst Bäcker

this kind of people should be arrested and denied citizenship in our country

Cphxsoto
Cphxsoto

haha stupid ass bitch hope ya die.

Kathy Powers
Kathy Powers

HOW DARE YOU!!!I AM A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND OF TRAVIS'S MOM LAURIE. FIRST OFF, I DONT KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM. I WOULD THINK THAT SOMEONE LIKE YOU, WOULD DO YOUR HOME WORK BEFORE SLANDERING SOMEONE NAME.DID YOU KNOW, THAT YOU WROTE "TRAVIS HAS DONE TWO DECADES IN THE JOINT" HE IS ONLY 30 YEARS OLD ASSHOLE.TRAVIS IS A GOOD PERSON,HE HELD A JOB, AND WENT TO SCHOOL, TO BETTER HIS EDUCATION. NOW, THE COMPANY HE KEEPS, NOT ALL THAT HEALTHY. TRAVIS HAS HAD SOME PROBLEMS WHEN HE DRINKS AND HAS BEEN KNOWN TO START A FIGHT OR TWO, NOW YOU WROTE OF HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE MURDER OF A FEMALE THAT HE THOUGHT WAS BEING ASSAULTED BY A MAN IS BULLSHIT.AND THE PICTURES, HE AND A FRIEND WERE JUST PLAYING AROUND,TAKING STUPID PICTURES OF ONE ANOTHER WITH THEIR CAMERA PHONESAND OF ALL PEOPLE MR. LEMONS SHOULD KNOW WHAT JURY TAMPERING IS AND POISONING THE JURY POOL IS. THATS WHAT YOU ARE DOING HERE.HE HAS NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF THESE CRIMES AND YOU WRITE THIS ARTICLE SLANDERING THE NAME OF A GOOD MAN KNOWING FULL WELL THAT HALF OF PHOENIX POPULATION IS READING THIS MAGAZINE.AND GODDARD HAS NO IDEA WHO TRAVIS IS OR ANY THING ABOUT HIM. WHY WOULD HE HAVE TO BE REHABILITATED WHEN THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE.HE DID HIS TIME FOR A BEER RUN GONE BAD, AND HE DID NOT TIE UP SOME OLD STORE CLERK, DO YOUR HOMEWORK LEMONS. 2 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE IN THIS GOD FORSAKING CITY HAS DONE TIME. ONE LAST THING, FOR YOUR INFORMATION TRAVIS DOES HAVE A FAMILY THAT LOVES HIM AND WOULD HAVE BEEN AT COURT FOR HIS SENTENCING IF IT HADN'T TAKEN 8 DAYS FOR HIS LETTER TO ARRIVE INFORMING HIS FAMILY WHEN HIS COURT DATE WAS. IT ARRIVED THE DAY AFTER HIS COURT DATE. "HOW CONVENIENT WAS THAT"! HIS FAMILY LIVES BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL AND HAS NO PHONE NO INTERNET AND NO TRANSPORTATION. I AM DOING THIS FOR MY FRIEND SO THEIR VOICES CAN BE HEARD.HOW DO YOU THINK HIS MOM FELT READING AN ARTICLE LIKE THIS ABOUT HER SON?HOW DARE YOU..................................

Trish Adams
Trish Adams

In the picture above, something is missing. What happened to the tattoo below his belly button? I didn't know tattoo removal happened in prison? I don't see the purpose of editing the photo. I wonder what else was photoshopped in/out...

Powell Gammill
Powell Gammill

I'm surprised you support the death penalty, Stephen. Even when it seems tailor made for certain individuals. I'm afraid I cannot support you on that.

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Me
Me

I can't believe that there are still racists in this day and age. The ignorance and lack of logic would be laughable if the irrational hatred and mob mentality of it wasn't so dangerous.

michael
michael

He just needed to aim better, but like Ricci said, "she was a race trader" It's nice to see that there are still white people out there that are willing to take it all the way when it counts. It was justified imo, there is too much mixing going on and its always a black guy w/ a white women. They all talk shit about hating white people but want to fuck white girls. If they truely had any self respect, they would fuck their own kind. Hypocritical, uneducated niggers is what it comes down to. We need a lot more Ricci's IMO,

Mistalee
Mistalee

Considering Reagan's role in Operation Condor, genocide in East Timor and the Iran-iraq war, Ricci is probably not overreaching much in his depiction of Reagan as Hitler.

All the same, I hope that Ricci is cornered in the shower by the biggest killer queen in the joint, who then cuts him an entirely new asshole and fucks it to death and beyond.

Danny
Danny

"fellow racist peckerwoods."

LOL

Fighting racism by posting your own racial slurs!

Can you say hypocrite?

Kshaff
Kshaff

kill them niggers...and any race traders.. white power

Aimeericci fux niggers
Aimeericci fux niggers

How many times ya think Travis has taken it in the ass by now ???LMFAO, Cunt.HaHaHaHaHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I Fucked Aimee Ricci Twice
I Fucked Aimee Ricci Twice

Aimericci... Sunnyslop Slut of 2012 and beyond.Ya fiithy whore. I wonder whose bitch Travis is this week ???He'll get traded off for a pouch and Snickers bar soon enough.

Megan Willhite
Megan Willhite

im not sure whom this is but i would like to know how i can write travis and send him pic of his son please if u have any info i would greatly appreciate it

Gemini998
Gemini998

We're all going to die genius ;)

Fucktravisricci
Fucktravisricci

Listen here mrs Kathy fucking powers, I was there and I knew that his family knew full well about. Court dates and guess what, dummy they didn't show up to see his sorry fat Jew ass 1 time and mr Goddard is right, this fuckstick of a boy boasted about killings and gee let's see how can a beer run go bad? Jesus is this what your iq is. "a beer run gone "bad" ok well Kathy your an idiot. Let's see a murder slash drive by and beating your girlfriends head into the wall possibly went.B Ad also

justindisgustin
justindisgustin

Who gives a shit how his mom felt, you silly redneck? He's a neo-nazi. Bad publicity comes with the territory, and when people do bad things there are consequences. Go cry in your trailer.And when you type in all caps, it makes you sound less intelligent. You're not doing yourself favors.

1234
1234

Shut up bitch

Just_Another_Joe
Just_Another_Joe

I'm terribly sorry, Kathy, but all the evidence so far points to him being the murderer. Perhaps you truly are a close friend of the family but it may be time to face the facts here.

Hang him high
Hang him high

I feel sad for you defending a low life coward piece of shit like Travis. He commited the most cowardly act for murdering a person just because a white woman was with a black man. "Travis is known for his drinking problem" uh yea why so you think he smash his girlfriend head in a wall and stab 2 people while helping her. I hope they hang his ass right away because he has no remorse for the crime he commit.

KM
KM

Or maybe Ricci took the one picture before he got the tattoo (in the other picture)?

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Kriscasey1901
Kriscasey1901

WIOW! Did that make you feel good to write that? Hey buddy I got news for you, the DNA evidence is in. There is no such ting as a "pure" aryian or anything else. You are miscegenated. Really you probably have some Jew in you.LOL!

nazi hunter
nazi hunter

You are a low life piece of shit just like Ricci. Both you and Ricci should be shank to death.

Zombie BBQ
Zombie BBQ

racist peice of shit scum i hope you die slow

Me
Me

Also, it's incredibly asinine for you to say that white women need to stay with white men. Women need to stay with men that treat them well... look at Ricci's girlfriend. Assuming the girlfriend is white (Ricci would be hypocritical otherwise), being part of the "supreme race" didn't seem to help her much. If your boyfriend slams your head in a wall and stabs anyone who tries to help you, the color of his skin or your skin is the least of your problems.

He's a disgusting, racist, misogynist pig, and the world could use a lot less Ricci's. But of course, you think the sun shines out his ass, so never mind. Hope you open your eyes one day and realize your world of hate and fear is without logic, happiness or substance.

Me
Me

You're entitled to your opinion, but once you cross that line and hurt another human being then face the consequences under the law.In MY opinion people like you and Ricci can kiss my white behind, and my black boyfriend's too. Crawl back in your hole ok? Oh and talk about uneducated, I think you mean "traitor".

Aimericci
Aimericci

U DREAM SO MUCH iIBET U R A BIG QUEER

Marcy
Marcy

He was trying to distinguish the Ricci type of ignorant poor white trash racist from other types of racists.

Hitler would laugh at U
Hitler would laugh at U

You're mom was a Van Buren Crack-ho who got AIDS from fucking a Black dude behind a dumpster... and then she shit you out.

"White Power"... go assfuck a Vinlander, they love a good cornholing - it's all the sex they've ever had since they spend so much time in the joint.

Bend over white whore, and take it like a bitchOOOOOH, Mein Fuhrer !!!

Zc
Zc

Race traders? What, like the white race can trade Eminem for Barack Obama? How stupid are you?

Haybusa08
Haybusa08

All RACIST are stupid ...Think there better than GOD ALMIGHTY

Me
Me

Internet tough guy, you're so cool! I should have dropped out of high school so I could be an uneducated racist like you. Sigh...

Dadynasty82
Dadynasty82

people talk and act really tough with a group around them..be a man and fight by yourself

Zona
Zona

"traders"...really? Oh the irony of you looking down on a race. Its hilarious and will be lost on you of course.

Cal777
Cal777

That would be traitor peabrain!

mecollier85
mecollier85

@Fucktravisricci WOW!!! you say you were there so what!, that makes you GOD !! and gives you the right to talk about travis as though you are better than anyone !! I must break the news to you , your not! and just like every person on this planet he is a human and until you can walk on water or come back from death like jesus christ your worthless opinion is just that WORTHLESS!!! and your constitutional rights allows you to say what you did other than that it means jack shit so dont forget it!!1

Fucktravisricci
Fucktravisricci

Ghost. , whitey Jew Travis, Good riddince of white niggers like him, come on Kathy fuck. I wish he could stab your son in the neck because he was defending a girl when Travis was beating her down. Wow. Let him out see what he does. Maybe he will hold another job like selling pot, wait he went to school right. Haha ya maybe he shouldn't have gone to school on march 1st huh... Fuck his fat pussy ass, also fuck him for turning over ghost schmidt and Mullen his rookie, oh ya. He stole his nickel plated 25good person. Oh ya. He never locked up a guy in a freezer and left him for dead did he? Hey can u fax this to the fuckstick at the top of the posts list? Rat mother fucker!

jmaf2000
jmaf2000

one picture was taken by his friend, and the other was taken by HIM on a mirror. No photo editing. REVERSE image

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Really you probably have some Jew in you."

Literally. Gilbert Gottfried is fucking his ass even as we speak.

Devinescorpio3
Devinescorpio3

I think that if you dont know the whole story then you need to shut the FUCK UP about Ricci.

Jdahl24
Jdahl24

Maybe (s)he is referring slave trade (sarcasm)

Me
Me

First off, we have freedom of speech in this country, so the guy/girl you're replying to can say just about whatever they want about Ricci. If he didn't want people talking about him, maybe he should stop committing crimes so he's not in the news. Are we hurting his little Nazi feelings by talking about him? Are we hurting your little Nazi feelings too?

Secondly, what "whole story"? He was convicted by a jury of his peers for assaulting his girlfriend and stabbing at least one person that tried to help her. He OBVIOUSLY is a Nazi racist, with pictures to prove it. Sounds like enough for any normal person to say that he needs to be locked up for being a generally horrible human being. Sounds like enough to NOT back this guy up... are you his mom or something?

 
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