The Brotherhood: John Wildes of Maine
John Wildes is unique among the alleged founders of the Brotherhood of White Warriors in that he alone has disavowed the group.
Wildes, 37, has told prison authorities in New Mexico, where he is serving his New Hampshire sentence, that he “no longer wants anything to do with BOWW,” said Alex Tomlin, a New Mexico prison spokeswoman. Wildes’s rejection of BOWW may be why he was sent out of state.
Jeff Lyons, New Hampshire’s prison spokesman, said he could not speak specifically about Wildes’s case. “We do not comment,” Lyons wrote in an email, “other than to say such decisions are made if we deem the inmate to be a threat to the institution, staff or other inmates or for their own safety if they have been threatened in some way.”
Wildes did not respond to a request for comment, but a friend called the Monitor on his behalf to reiterate that Wildes is no longer a BOWW member.
Unlike many of the group’s members, Wildes’s convictions do not include assaults. Since at least age 19, when he was living in Berwick, Maine, Wildes has stuck to burglary, according to prison records and media accounts.
The exception, according to a 1994 story in the Bangor Daily News, was when Wildes had an altercation in a Maine district court with a man who suspected Wildes of burglarizing his home. Wildes struck the man, 46, over the head with a soda bottle, the newspaper reported. The man suffered a fatal heart attack, but no charges were filed in the case, according to the story.
The next year, 19-year-old Wildes was charged in seven burglaries in Lebanon, Maine. The Associated Press reported that in every case, Wildes “entered the homes undetected by guard dogs and calculated speedy escape routes.”
At the time, Wildes was free on probation for another burglary and was arrested following an anonymous tip to the police. He was suspected in similar burglaries in Somersworth and Rochester, the Associated Press reported at the time.
In 2002, Wildes confessed to breaking into several homes on the Seacoast while the homeowners slept. For those offenses, Wildes was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison.