Incident Summary:

10/28/1983: Four members of The Order (also known as Silent Brotherhood), Robert Mathews, Bruce Carroll Pierce, Daniel R. Bauer, and Randolph Duey, robbed World Wide Video Store, a pornography video arcade shop in Spokane, Washington, United States. This was the first of many robberies for the group, and acted as the start to their anti-government, white supremacist revolution. The men, armed with pistols and knives, dressed in disguise and bound and gagged two store clerks with duct tape, before getting away with $369.10.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
4612 East Sprague Avenue

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity World Wide Video Store
Specific Description pornographic video/arcade store
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $369.10
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Suffocation
Weapon Details
handguns, knives, duct tape
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The robbery occurred at 7:30pm with the perpetrators disguised as Mexicans; it is unknown if the money from this robbery in particular was used to finance the group's goals, but it was the first of their attacks, and was meant as a starting point to their anti-government revolution; additionally, the group was anti-pornography. The FBI finally brought down The Order (a splinter group of the Aryan Nation) in 1984 with the death of Robert Mathews after a shoot out and the burning of his house, after he refused to surrender, and the other three perpetrators were subsequently captured, indicted, and sentenced for their crimes during their involvement with the group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
The Order (Silent Brotherhood) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Mark S. Hamm, "Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond," New York University Press, 2007.
Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, "The Silent Brotherhood: Inside America's Racist Underground," The Free Press, Macmillan Inc., 1989.
Bill Morlin, "Neo-nazis Purchased Press Capable Of Counterfeiting," The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, September 20, 1985.