Police checking suspect's ties to hate group Rockville man is held in 2 killings

August 12, 1993|By Jim Herron Zamora | Jim Herron Zamora,San Francisco Examiner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Police are investigating allegations that Jonathan Preston Haynes, the confessed killer of a Chicago plastic surgeon and a San Francisco hair stylist, was affiliated with a white supremacist group begun here in the 1980s.

Mr. Haynes, who lived in Rockville in Montgomery County the past two years, admitted killing the doctor and hair stylist because he thought they diluted "Aryan beauty."

The FBI, meanwhile, is investigating whether Mr. Haynes wrote letters to several other doctors threatening to hurt or kill them unless they stopped performing medical procedures designed to Westernize the appearance of Asian patients.

Mr. Haynes, 34, told police in Wilmette, Ill., that he had committed one of San Francisco's most baffling unsolved murders -- the 1987 shooting of celebrity make-over artist Frank Ringi -- in front of a dozen witnesses in his financial district salon.

In March, Mr. Haynes resigned from his job as an analytical chemist for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Rockville, after a routine check of his resume discovered that some of the people he listed as references "had never heard of the guy," said Jack Killorin, a bureau spokesman in Washington, D.C.

Authorities say he gave up his Rockville apartment on Ivy League Lane about June 1 and drove his gray 1968 Volkswagen Beetle to Illinois about five weeks ago.

Mr. Haynes was hired by the bureau's non-beverage alcohol section in Rockville in November 1991 to test the alcohol content of products such as mouthwash and vanilla extract.

"The word on him was that, as an employee, he was a pretty good chemist," Mr. Killorin said.

After discovering that he falsified his resume, the bureau's internal investigators interviewed people who said Mr. Haynes had been active in white supremacist groups while attending San Francisco State in 1986-89.

Although his job did not require a security clearance, the falsified information could have led to Mr. Haynes' dismissal if he hadn't resigned when confronted by investigators, Mr. Killorin said.

The bureau said there was no chance Mr. Haynes could have compromised investigations into white supremacist groups.

"He would be about as far away from that as you can get inside the bureau," Mr. Killorin said.

Mr. Haynes' reputed association with the American Front first surfaced in files confiscated from the Anti-Defamation League of Northern California in the case of former San Francisco police Officer Tom Gerard and paid ADL informant Roy Bullock. Both are under investigation for alleged improper intelligence-gathering on an estimated 10,000 people belonging to a wide range of political, ethnic and professional organizations, many on the far right.

"We understand [Mr. Haynes'] name is in the files," said San Francisco police Inspector Ed Erdelatz, who declined further comment.

The Anti-Defamation League said Mr. Haynes was believed to have shared a private postal box with American Front founder Robert Heick.

Mr. Haynes confessed to killing Mr. Ringi after Wilmette police arrested him in the Friday killing of prominent Chicago plastic surgeon Martin Sullivan, 68. Like Mr. Ringi, Dr. Sullivan was killed in his office by a stranger who had come in for a consultation.

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