A Murfreesboro, Tenn., newspaper reports a purported Arkansas white supremacist connection led authorities to find a letter a Tennessee jail inmate had written saying he’d doused a black man with lighter fluid and burned him to death.

John Daniel Carothers, 53, is charged with murder for setting Robert Miller, 40, on fire in a VA assisted living home in March. s


Jailers decided to intercept a letter he’d mailed to the “American Institute of Theology” in Arkansas because of suspected white supremacist links. The Anti-Defamation League says the institute is part of the Christian Identity movement, which includes racist and anti-Semitic doctrine. It has a Harrison post office box on a related website for Kingdom Identity Ministries.  The website says:

Kingdom Identity Ministries is a Politically Incorrect Christian Identity outreach ministry to God’s chosen race (true Israel, the White, European peoples). We proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom (government according to God’s Law) through books, tracts, tapes, videos, the American Institute of Theology Bible Correspondence Course, our international Herald of Truth Radio Broadcasts, a Prison Ministry, Biblical Counseling, Seminars, and other means. 

In the letter, Carothers requested a study Bible and says he believes the Bible is “about white people and for white people” and says he is in jail “for burning a black man I set him on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.”


Authorities are considering the addition of federal hate crime charges in the case.