Update: Why, yes, he did. In fact, he got his undergraduate degree in journalism from Washington University where he attended from 1938 to 1943. While at the school von Brunn was president of the SAE fraternity and played on university's football team. Now here's the original speculation I published hours after the shootings...
Police and news organizations are still attempting to learn more about James Wenneker von Brunn
, the 88-year-old gunman who shot and killed a guard today at the National Holocaust Museum
in Washington D.C.
Photo on Von Brunn's online bio.
Von Brunn was shot in the melee and is currently listed in serious condition. According to news reports, Von Brunn is a well-known white supremecist living in eastern Maryland and the author of an anti-semtic website Holy Western Empire
His bio on that site states that he is now an artist and writer who penned a book titled, Kill the Best Gentiles
. It also states that he has Midwest roots.
James W. von Brunn holds a BachSci Journalism degree from a mid-Western university where he was president of SAE and played varsity football.
During WWII he served as PT-Boat captain, Lt. USNR, receiving a Commendation and four battle stars. For twenty years he was an advertising executive and film-producer in New York City. He is a member of Mensa, the high-IQ society.
According to an art website
, Von Brunn's family emigrated from Germany in the 1840s and settled in St. Louis.
In 1983 Von Brunn was convicted of a 1981 attempt to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board
. He was apprehended running through the board's headquarters with a revolver, hunting knife and sawed-off shotgun.