Earl Krugel

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Earl Leslie Krugel
BornNovember 24, 1942
DiedNovember 4, 2005(2005-11-04) (aged 62)
Cause of deathMurdered by another inmate
OccupationJewish Defense League activist
MotiveAnti-Arab terrorism[1]
Conviction(s)Guilty plea
Criminal chargeFederal terrorism. Conspiracy to bomb up a mosque, the offices of US Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and the offices of the Muslim Public Affairs Council[1]
Penalty20 year prison sentence

Earl Leslie Krugel (November 24, 1942 – November 4, 2005) was the coordinator of the Jewish Defense League in the Western United States. In 2005, he was sentenced to prison on charges of terrorism after he confessed to plotting, with the group's leader Irv Rubin, to blow up the office of Arab-American congressman Darrell Issa and the King Fahd mosque in Culver City, California.[2] He was kept in protective custody for three years for the 2001 bomb plot.[3] He was transferred to a medium security federal prison following his sentencing[3] where he was then murdered three days later by a fellow inmate, who struck him in the head with a block of concrete.[2]


At one time, Krugel worked as a dental assistant in California's San Fernando Valley.[4] He had been active with the Jewish Defense League since its founding in 1968.[citation needed]

In November 2001, he was arrested at his home in California after receiving a delivery of gunpowder.[5] Bomb components including pipes, end caps, detonators and gunpowder were confiscated along with multiple rifles and handguns.[2][6] In December 2001 Krugel and Rubin were arraigned on conspiracy charges to send explosives to the Sherman Oaks office of U.S. congressman Darrell Issa, a Lebanese-American, and to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City.[2][6] According to the affidavit in support of the charges, Krugel had stated to an FBI informant that "Arabs needed a wake-up call and the JDL needed to do something to one of their 'filthy mosques'.[6] According to the San Francisco Chronicle the affidavit also "painted a picture of a tiny gang that sat around talking about what to blow up but generally shied away from blowing up people".[6]

In 2003, the bombing charges were dropped and Krugel was allowed to plead guilty to reduced charges of conspiracy to violate civil rights, and to a weapons charge.[2][4] U.S. District Court Judge Ronald S.W. Lew accepted the plea.[citation needed] Part of the plea agreement demanded that Krugel reveal the names of all JDL activists involved in the 1985 bombing of Alex Odeh's office.[citation needed] The plea agreement was later retracted with details sealed to the public.[4] He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in September 2005.[2][4]

Imprisonment and death[edit]

On November 4, 2005, at the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix, Arizona, Krugel, BOP# 20966-112, was murdered by a member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang,[7] who used a concrete block to strike his head.[2] Krugel had been at the medium security prison for just three days.[4]

The suspect, David Frank Jennings, 30, a white supremacist, attacked Krugel from behind with a piece of concrete hidden in a bag while Krugel was using an exercise machine, delivering multiple blows to his skull, face and neck. Krugel suffered multiple skull fractures, internal bleeding and multiple lacerations to his head, face and brain. The beating knocked out teeth and also fractured one of his eye sockets. Krugel was pronounced dead at the scene.[8]

In 2007, Jennings plead guilty to second-degree murder, and in 2008 was sentenced to 35 years in prison.[9]


  1. ^ a b Two JDL leaders charged in bomb plot Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine, CNN.com, December 13, 2001.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Jewish extremist killed in jail, BBC News, November 6, 2005.
  3. ^ a b Associated Press.Activist Killed in Prison Received Death Threats, FoxNews.com, November 6, 2005.
  4. ^ a b c d e Sean Alfano, Associated Press.JDL Activist Killed In Prison, CBSNews.com, November 6, 2005.
  5. ^ Greg Winter. 2 Held in Plot to Attack Mosque and Congressman, New York Times, December 13, 2001.
  6. ^ a b c d Michael Taylor, Kelly St. John. Militants accused of L.A. bomb plot, San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 2001.
  7. ^ http://www.sdshhlaw.com/articles/krugel.html
  8. ^ Crogan, Jim (July 23, 2006). "Feds Indict Suspect in Prison Murder of JDL's Krugel". Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  9. ^ US Attorney – Federal Inmate Sentenced On Brutal Murder of Fellow Inmate Archived 2016-01-13 at the Wayback Machine

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