"Who I'd like to meet: Al Capone, Hitler"

On his MySpace page, Kenneth Eastridge expressed excitement to be leaving "the gay ass Army." Now he is in prison for involvement in a murder.

Michael de YoannaMark Benjamin
February 13, 2009 4:38PM (UTC)

On Dec. 1, 2007, Kenneth Eastridge, who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by the Army before receiving an "other than honorable" discharge, was involved in the death of another soldier. He pleaded guilty in a Colorado courtoom to being an accessory to the murder of Spc. Kevin Shields. Below, see his MySpace Web site, in which he talks of wanting to meet Hitler. MySpace photos include Eastridge giving an apparent white power salute, brandishing weapons, and holding up some "Iraqi pussy" -- a dead cat. On the last page is a photo of the Humvee in which Eastridge was riding on Feb. 11, 2005, in Iraq. A bomb exploded under the vehicle, throwing him clear.


Photo courtesy Sheilagh McAteer

Michael de Yoanna

Michael de Yoanna is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who won an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative radio journalism in 2011. You can view his past work at Salon here, visit his personal website here, and follow him on Twitter @mdy1.

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Mark Benjamin

Mark Benjamin is a national correspondent for Salon based in Washington, D.C. Read his other articles here.

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