Ignite the Right: One Year Later

A year in review: Coalition of anti-fascists ensure that participants of the deadly Unite the Right rally are still being identified.

This week marks the sixth anniversary of Unite the Right, the deadly white supremacist rally that was held in Charlottesville, VA in the summer of 2017.

This week also marks the one year anniversary of Ignite the Right, a project spearheaded by a coalition of antifascist researchers intent on making sure every last participant is publicly identified and held accountable.

While many participants of the violent white supremacist rally had been identified by various anti-fascist collectives and volunteers by the time Ignite the Right launched last year, there were still hundreds who had never been named. Another issue was that the identities of those who had previously been exposed were scattered across multiple websites and social media platforms. Those that weren’t lost to time (or to a Twitter ban) weren’t always easy to track down. Ignite the Right works to organize the existing documentation from numerous anti-fascists into a cohesive catalog, and continues to research information on new identities.

Since launching one year ago, Ignite the Right has expanded their database from 240 entries to over 600. This includes over 200 new identities for previously unnamed Unite the Right participants, bringing the total number of identified participants to 320. And those are just the identities that have been made public. The group has several dozen open files in which participants have been identified, but research is still ongoing.

Ignite the Right is comprised of over a dozen anti-fascist groups and individuals, many of whom are at the forefront of identifying various fascists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists and have had their work verified and cited by major news outlets. The researchers, who have gathered nearly 1 Terabyte of video and photos that were taken at the rally, rely on open source intelligence (OSINT) methods and personal skill sets in tracking and confirming the identities of Unite the Right participants. The public has also lent a helping hand by sending in anonymous tips that have helped lead to the identification of some of the white supremacists featured on the group’s website and Twitter.

In 2023 we have seen a new development in which individuals are now being arrested for their actions at the Unite the Right torch rally.  And with additional efforts individuals who have been identified as participants of Unite the Right are also being identified as participants in the January 6th Capitol Attack.

When Ignite the Right launched a year ago, they did so with a message: “We do not forgive. We do not forget.”

Over the past year, they’ve proved that point time and again.

This project is dedicated to Heather Heyer and all the victims of racism.

Many prominent identifications by Ignite the Right researchers are listed in the timeline below.​​​​​​​


Aug 10, 2022 – Ignite the Right Launched

ignitetheright.net website launched with database of 240 attendees.


Aug. 31, 2022 – Ryan Michael Slingerland #OrangeHelmetUTR

White nationalist Ryan Michael Slingerland aka Sharia LaBeouf of Whitehall, NY, a racist and antisemite identified by @AnonComrades


Sept. 30, 2022 – Christopher Healy #PoloHatUTR

Prof. Chris Healy, a Computer Science lecturer at Furman University identified by @SunlightAFA



Oct. 1, 2022 – Daniel Ethan Springhorn #DanielEssUTR

Unite The Right attendee Daniel Ethan Springhorn aka Daniel Ess, Identity Dixie and National Alliance member identified by ShermanMarching


Oct. 10, 2022 – Endri Misku #FarmCasualUTR

Albanian reality TV star Endri Misku of Staten Island, New York identified as Unite the Right attendee #FarmCasualUTR by @SunlightAFA




Oct. 14, 2022 –  John Donnelly #BlazerAviatorsUTR

John Joseph Donnelly aka Johnny O’Malley, Woburn, MA Cop and neo-Nazi security for Richard Spencer at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally identified by @UnmaskUTR and @letsgomathias




Oct. 16, 2022 – Tyler Dykes #LanyardNoShirtUTR

Tyler Dykes, CEO of Technology King of the Lowcountry, Bluffton SC, is a Neo-Nazi identified by @SunlightAFA



Oct. 25, 2022 – Christopher John Andrukaitis #GollumSouthUTR

Christopher John Andrukaitis aka “Marcus Cicero” of Chelsea, Alabama. He marched with the League of the South at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 and is one of the most vicious Nazis we have ever exposed identified by @AnonComrades


Jan. 13, 2023 – Judson Blevins #JudsonGannonBlevinsUTR

UTR Participant and former Identity Evropa Coordinator Runs for Enid City Council.



March 8, 2023 – Timothy Gallaher Murdock #SmithBaldUTR

Timothy Gallaher Murdock, aka “Horus the Avenger” of Dearborn Heights, Michigan identified by @UTRResearch


March 20, 2023 – Benjamin Arvin #HuWhiteLion

White Art Collective founder & Benjamin Arvin aka “Jeff Winston” & “HuWhiteLion” from Bloomington, Indiana. His failed grab for the brass ring of both rock stardom & film auteur status led to a dark turn to white nationalism & Nazism identified by @AnonComrades




April3, 2023 – Jamie Ryan Troutman #JamieTroutmanUTR

White Art Collective Musician “James Ryan” Revealed: Jamie Ryan Troutman of Harpers Ferry, WV identified by @AnonComrades



April 30 , 2023 – Logan Michael Smith #LightGreenHatUTR

Logan Michael Smith of Stillwater, OK, UTR attendee and operator of the racist ‘/pol/ News Network’ accounts identified by @SunlightAFA


June 30, 2023 – Sean Clayton Spaulding #BlackBristlesUTR

Sean Clayton Spaulding of Carlsbad, CA — Unite The Right Participant Has Years – Long History of Hate Group. Sean is a biotechnologist-turned-wannabe holistic health practitioner and a long-time racist activist identified by @SCResearchClub and @SunlightAFA




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Nazi Cop John Joseph Donnelly of Woburn, Massachusetts #BlazerAviatorsUTR

This thread was originally published to Twitter by @UnmaskUTR on Oct. 14, 2022.

Hello, Woburn police officer John Joseph Donnelly (33), aka #BlazerAviatorsUTR. Or should we call you Johnny O’Malley, neo-Nazi security for Richard Spencer at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally?


Wondering why you’re all over the news? 🤔👋

John Donnelly

In his day job, John Donnelly works as a Police Officer for Woburn PD in Massachusetts. Who do you actually serve, and protect, John?

Content Warning: This thread contains racist and antisemitic statements and other objectionable language. We feel it is important to show examples of this person’s hateful ideology in his own words, rather than merely describing or characterizing it.

In his spare time, John Donnelly advised the alt-right and neo-Nazis, who knew he was a cop, on how to avoid getting doxxed. So how do we know “Johnny O’Malley” is John Joseph Donnelly of Woburn, MA?

We know “Johnny O’Malley” is John Joseph Donnelly because he didn’t follow his own advice! As a member of Richard Spencers’ security detail at the 2017 Charlottesville race riot, John inserted himself in to “an event”: A Nazi attack on an American town.

We had a face, but how do we get the real name? Bro, you stuck your face on a billboard, put your name on it, then posed in front of it with your dog!

(Photo: Instagram)


To make extra sure we had the right match, we searched our media library, and found even more photos & videos of you. We inspected your forehead, John. The scar matched:

John Donnelly changed his sunglasses on the second day of Charlottesville UTR, so we scanned his public websites for photos of him in his shades. Guess what? They matched.


Like everyone who attended “Unite the Right” (UTR), John was well aware of the true purpose of the rally: White Supremacism. When someone suggested Proud Boys attend, he rejected the idea because they’re “multi-racial”:

We constructed a timeline of John’s UTR participation; a brief summary follows. Leaked Discord chats from 6th June, 2017, confirm that the antisemitic Tiki Torch march was John Donnelly’s idea



On Friday 11th August, 2017, John Donnelly and a friend flew 500+ miles to Charlottesville. In Discord, John said the ticket cost $1488 – a numeric code used by Nazis. He also let slip that he was a member of Identity Evropa (IE):


Identity Evropa, an SPLC-designated hate group, recruited college-age students into white supremacism and neo-Nazism. John Donnelly was involved with IE. It disbanded in 2019 due to all the violence they caused and some high-profile member exposés.
On the evening of Friday 11th August, 2017, police officer John Donnelly participated in the Tiki Torch march he helped plan 3 months in advance. The extreme antisemitism and attacks on local residents made headline news.


The man holding his phone up in one of the photos above is #BraceletBandanaUTR, aka Jacob Scott Goodwin, a Traditionalist Worker Party neo-Nazi convicted of assault on a black man during the Charlottesville rally.
In the evening, Woburn PD officer John Donnelly attended an Identity Evropa party, and then got a Lyft to Azzmador’s “house” (likely an AirBNB; Azzmador is from Texas). Donnelly tried “red pilling” the Lyft driver with the “jq”, aka “Jewish Question”.

Robert Warren Ray, aka Azzmador, was a major figure in the neo-Nazi scene – until he went on the run to avoid arrest for his crimes in Charlottesville on August 12th, 2017. He’s lucky that no cops visited his abode that evening, huh?
As a cop, John Donnelly effectively has “Qualified Impunity” for his actions. In leaked Discord chats, he stated that alt-right and neo-Nazis have infiltrated anti-racist organizations.

Regarding “infiltrated” orgs, John Donnelly was, until ~6PM on 12 Oct 2022, the President of NY-based charity Irish Angel. It has extensive links to Law Enforcement, EMS, Firefighters, and Military. He’s obviously very influential.

John Joseph Donnelly is an overt racist, sexist, antisemite, and homophobe.

Content warning: Racism, sexism, antisemitism, homophobia (“Throw off a building” is a reference to ISIS throwing gay men off buildings in Syria)

Donnelly also posted toxic content on other social media platforms, under names such as “StarTheRotors” (reference to “death flights”) and “OMalley14_” (14 & 88 are common in Nazi usernames; eg. on Xbox he’s “DeliciousMilk88”). 
Content warning: Antisemitism, racism

Heather Heyer was murdered by a racist from the rally Officer John Donnelly helped organize. Donnelly volunteered himself as security for alt-right founders. Demand Woburn Police review his past cases.

Action item [UPDATE: SUCCESS]
John Donnelly’s realty business, The Donnelly Group, is a franchise of @CENTURY21. They have strict anti-discrimination policies which all franchises must uphold. Let them know one of their franchises is run by a racist neo-Nazi.

The white supremacists who attended Unite The Right remain a danger to their communities, especially when the state gives them a badge, gun, and a license to execute or imprison people. White supremacists operate at all levels of society, and we will not stop exposing them!


We do this to keep our communities safe from racists and thugs. #WeProtectUs. If you want to help us identify more nazis, give a follow and help spread the word. Oh, and John Donnelly, if you’re reading this… 😘 🤌 ignitetheright.net

Red Beard and Sunglasses, we have not forgotten…

We are still trying to identify two men (archived) (#RedBeardUTR and #SunglassesUTR) who brutally assaulted Deandre Harris in a parking garage in Charlottesville on August 12th 2017. Three other men involved in the attack have already been identified and convicted.

#SunglassesUTR (left, white shirt and black shield) and #RedBeardUTR (right, wearing a cap and holding a flag pole).

#SunglassesUTR (left, white shirt and black shield) and #RedBeardUTR (right, wearing a cap and holding a flag pole).

#SunglassesUTR (left, white shirt and black shield) and #RedBeardUTR (right, wearing a cap).

#SunglassesUTR (left, white shirt and black shield) and #RedBeardUTR (right, wearing a cap).

If you have any information on either of them, even if it’s just a name, or details of what group they belong to, or who they hang with, or photos of them at some other event — anything — please let us know via the contact link above.


Of the two men, Red Beard is our main focus, as he attacked at least two people that day, possibly more. (Click images to enlarge)

Red Beard mugshot

#RedBeardUTR – Do you recognise him?

Red Beard mugshot

#RedBeardUTR – Do you recognize him?

Red Beard mugshot

#RedBeardUTR – Do you recognize him?

Red Beard mugshot

#RedBeardUTR – Do you recognize him?

Red Beard has a mole or scar on his right hand:

Red Beard has a mole or scar on his right hand

#RedBeardUTR right hand and arm. Note the mole/scar on his hand.

There have been multiple identity mismatches for Red Beard including the following…

#RedBeardUTR was NOT Kristoffer Odinsson aka #OdinUTR, a Traditionalist Workers Party member from Texas:

Kristoffer Odinsson

Kristoffer Odinsson is NOT #RedBeardUTR

Despite being circulated widely, #RedBeardUTR was NOT Joshua Thomas King:

Joshua Thomas King mugshot

Joshua Thomas King is NOT #RedBeardUTR

After much deliberation, we concluded that #RedBeardUTR was NOT George Calvin DeMarr, although there is evidence he may have attended Unite the Right in Charlottesville:

George Calvin DeMarr mughsot

George Calvin DeMarr is not #RedBeardUTR

Likewise, we concluded that #KekSpandex is NOT #RedBeardUTR:
If you know who #KekSpandex is please let us know.

If you know who #KekSpandex is please let us know.


Additional images of #RedBeardUTR:

Recognize him? If so, let us know!