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Monday, June 9, 2014

Canadian Court Thwarts Neo-Nazi Group’s Bequest


A court ruling issued last Thursday prevents a violent U.S. hate group from inheriting the estate of a New Brunswick man.  The late Harry Robert McCorkill left everything he owned to the National Alliance, a violent West Virginia-based Neo-Nazi group. 

“This was a strong statement indicating that it is against Canadian public policy to bequeath money to organizations that spread hate.”  Calling the materials of the National Alliance “racist, white-supremacist and hate-inspired,” Justice William Grant of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick voided the will of McCorkill. 

Before his death in 2004, McCorkill bequeathed his estate the National Alliance.  Among his possessions are Greek and Roman coins, Nazi memorabilia, and a human skull.  The estate is valued around $280,000.

See Stewart Bell, Violent U.S. Neo-Nazi Group Loses Battle To Inherit Late Canadian Coin Collector’s Estate, National Post, June 5, 2014.


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