A suspect who is alleged to have murdered Blaze Bernstein, a promising 19-year-old Jewish Ivy League student, allegedly shared antisemitic content on his social media pages.
Samuel Woodward, 20, who knew Bernstein from high school, is accused of killing the University of Pennsylvania student. Woodward claimed that the two arranged to “hang out” over Snapchat, but that Bernstein tried to kiss him. It is alleged that he had previously used a homphobic slur about Bernstein.
Investigators have noted several inconsistencies in Woodward’s story.
Whilst some had suspected the alleged murder was antisemitic in nature, these claims appear to have been lent weight by the discovery of far-right content on Woodward’s social media. Woodward recreated a scene from American History X, in which the main character, a neo-Nazi skinhead bearing a Swastika tattoo portrayed by Edward Norton, brutally murders a black man on the street.
A source has now approached the New York Times to say that he had previously posted White Nationalist content on social media too. A source reportedly “close” to Woodward has claimed “Anti-Semitism and homophobia were certainly aspects of his ideology”.
He also allegedly posted a rape fantasy about an Asian teacher.
Woodward is facing a charge of murder. Police are yet to confirm whether a hate crime charge is to be added to this.
The image of Woodward recreating the murder scene from American History X is pictured below.
Bernstein’s body was found days after he was due to return to University. He had aspirations to continue his studies at Medical School and to qualify as a doctor.