Arizona bombing trial: 2 white supremacists and one femme fatale
She lived in a trailer at a campground in Oklahoma, where she displayed the Confederate flag and a fair amount of skin. She also gave Mahon, about 20 years her senior, at least two racy photos. In one, she wore a white bikini top and a grenade. In the other, the thong.
“Thought you'd love the butt shot,” she said in a note, according to the Associated Press.
In turn, Mahon boasted that he’d been involved with several bombings, including one in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale in 2004 that injured a black city official.
That’s exactly what federal investigators wanted.
The femme fatale, identified in court papers as Rebecca Williams, was working as an informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. She was paid every time she made contact with Mahon and his twin brother, Daniel, she testified at a court hearing, and was promised $100,000 if the men were convicted.
“I'm a girl, and they're guys,” she said, according to the Arizona Republic. “Guys like to talk to pretty girls.”
Mahon's attorneys argued that the ruse was essentially entrapment, in that Mahon was attracted to Williams and would make "exaggerated self-aggrandizing claims" to impress her, the AP reported. But a judge refused to throw out the brothers’ wiretapped conversations.
The Mahons, 61, have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Scottsdale bombing, in which a package blew up in the hands of the city’s diversity director, Don Logan. The Mahons’ federal trial in Phoenix began this week and is expected to last two months.
Dennis Mahon has been active in the White Aryan Resistance movement and the Ku Klux Klan, and once called Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh a hero, reported KOTV in Tulsa, Okla.
“As a white separatist, I'd like to have my own schools, my own culture and my own community spirit. And if you look at it, it's a natural way of doing things,” he told the station in 1998, when he ran for mayor of Tulsa.
--Ashley Powers in Las Vegas
Photo: Don Logan, diversity director of Scottsdale, Ariz., was injured in 2004 when a package bomb detonated in his hands. Credit: Emily Piraino / East Valley Tribune / Associated Press