For Khristopher Sickles, who used the Hutaree pseudonym “Pale Horse”, Christianity served as a perfect combination of righteous indignation and an excuse to behave in inexcusable ways. In particular, Sickles found in Christianity an excuse to kill people.
The key was the Hutaree (“Christian warrior”) belief that the Hutaree group was receiving direct inspiration from God, and soon would serve as a core group of fighters against Satan, and anyone perceived to be aligned with Satan. Those perceived to be aligned with Satan included representatives of the government, and that included the police. Because the police were aligned with Satan, the Hutaree concluded, the children of the police were acceptable targets for murder as well. The Hutarees would be killing for Jesus, and so the killing would be righteous.
The children of the police weren’t the first children that Kris Sickles thought of killing. Last year, he released a film he had written and directed himself, entitled Dement Incarnate. The main character of the film was a serial killer, and in the film, that character is shown reveling in the slaughter of a very young boy.
Sickles wrote a summary of Dement Incarnate describing it as “a film about a lonely serial killer who enjoys the freedom of killing. His sadistic lust has no end and these unsuspecting townspeople will soon find out!” It’s a cinematic meditation on what could lead a person to become a serial killer.
The execution of the project is amateurish, and the explanation Sickles comes up with is all too simple: People would all love to be serial killers, if it weren’t for their belief in the Christian God.
The fascination Sickles has with serial killing is particularly fascinating when it is considered in the context of a shorter film Sickles made: American Jihad. That video depicts a fantasy sequence of a businessman happening upon an Islamic terrorist hideout in rural Michigan. Men in camouflage shout Muslim catch phrases as they torture and kill the businessman. The interesting thing is that the deadly terrorists, in their rural Michigan hideout, are quite like the group Kris Sickles aligned himself with. The only difference is that the Hutarees practice a different religion.
Considering American Jihad, we see that Pale Horse Kris Sickles was, consciously or not, using these videos he created as a way of contemplating his own violent desires. In both videos, he copes with his own guilty interest in killing by depicting the murderers as his enemies: Muslims and other non-Christians. However, as much as he attempts to place the urge to murder outside of himself, the reflection of Sickles’s own fascination emerges clear as day. The very sadism he accuses others of in order to justify their murder is a cruelty he harbors within himself.
At the very time that Sickles produced a movie about a non-Christian maniac killing children, Sickles became active with a group forming the very same goal.
The trailer for Dement Incarnate begins with a narrator speaking, “In a small town where everything seemed normal, until…” That description could just as easily describe the path that led the Hutaree militia.
Postscript: I would show you the video of Dement Incarnate, but this afternoon, YouTube closed the account Khristopher Sickles had uploaded his videos to. It seems that YouTube has a policy of deleting murder fantasy movies only after it has been revealed that the creators of those movies actually want to kill people.