the lair of a killer: How a quiet and unassuming loner, 53, plotted a murder that shocked the world from a two-bed semi filled with Nazi souvenirs, far-Right books

Thomas Mair

Surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia and far-Right literature, this is the lair where Jo Cox’s killer plotted a political assassination which shocked the world.

Thomas Mair, 53, lived a ‘quiet existence’ tucked away on his own in a two-bed semi in the West Yorkshire village of Birstall.

Neighbours described him as a shy man who had no visitors. One said he kept his garden very tidy and spent a lot of time in it.

But behind the innocent facade, the unassuming loner– whose cupboards were found stocked with baked beans and biscuits – was masking a sinister secret.

It was here he compiled a dossier on the Labour MP he would later slaughter in cold blood – stabbing the mother of two 15 times and shooting her three times as she frantically tried to defend herself.

The Old Bailey heard Mair had a gold Third Reich Eagle ornament (pictured) on his bookcase

Bare: Biscuits and tins  of baked beans were found inside one of Mair's kitchen cupboards at his two-bed semi in Yorkshire

Bare: Biscuits and tins  of baked beans were found inside one of Mair’s kitchen cupboards at his two-bed semi in Yorkshire

Inside the lair of a political assassin: A photo of the kitchen in the home of Thomas Mair which was shown to jurors this week

Inside the lair of a political assassin: A photo of the kitchen in the home of Thomas Mair which was shown to jurors this week

Darkened room: A photograph of Mair's living room at the loner's home in Birstall, West Yorkshire, he lived at from 1996

Darkened room: A photograph of Mair’s living room at the loner’s home in Birstall, West Yorkshire, he lived at from 1996

The 41-year-old Remain campaigner was assassinated in a politically motivated attack a week before the EU referendum vote on June 16 this year.

Selfless to the last, Mrs Cox used her final moments to warn her female colleagues to move away, shouting ‘let him hurt me, not you’ as she lay bleeding to death.

A search of her killer’s home later uncovered books on German military history and a Third Reich Eagle ornament with a swastika on it on a bookcase above his single bed.

Mair also had a publication on the German Holocaust and SS Race Theory And Late Selection Guidelines.

Another was entitled March Of The Titans: A History Of The White Race, and a double- page press cutting on Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik was also recovered from his housing association home.

A printout of a Wikipedia entry on the White Patriot Party was found in his drawers along with information on the BBB – White Liberation Movement – a notorious South African neo- Nazi organisation.

Murdered MP Jo Cox

Mair had collected a dossier on Mrs Cox in his home (pictured)

Mair had collected a dossier on Mrs Cox (left) in his home, including stories about her in newspapers and a printout of her biography from her website (pictured right)

Some of the books found at Mair's home included one titled 'Explaining Hitler' and another called 'The Face of Africa', pictured above

Some of the books found at Mair’s home included one titled ‘Explaining Hitler’ and another called ‘The Face of Africa’, pictured above

A newspaper cutting of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik was found in the home of Thomas Mair, pictured above

A newspaper cutting of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik was found in the home of Thomas Mair, pictured above

The jury were shown the National Vanguard magazines found in the home of Thomas Mair when it was raided by armed police

The jury were shown the National Vanguard magazines found in the home of Thomas Mair when it was raided by armed police

He also had a publication on the German Holocaust and SS Race Theory And Late Selection Guidelines, jurors heard

He also had a publication on the German Holocaust and SS Race Theory And Late Selection Guidelines, jurors heard

The cache of evidence was found in Mair’s home by armed police an hour after he stabbed and shot Mrs Cox.

In the days before the frenzied attack, the unemployed gardener spent hours studying the Waffen SS, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organisations.

He made internet searches for information about Mrs Cox, former Tory leader William Hague, and Ian Gow, the last sitting MP to be murdered.

After examining Mrs Cox’s Wikipedia page, he looked at an internet post called: ‘Is a .22 round deadly enough to kill with one shot to a human’s head?’

 

Mair, who has lived alone since 1996, also searched for ‘son kills mother for miscegenation’ – the mixing of different racial groups through marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations or procreation.

He had found out the timings of the MP’s constituency surgery during trips to Birstall library in West Yorkshire to use its computers.

Mair had also collected a dossier on Mrs Cox in his home, including stories about her in newspapers. There was even a printout of her biography from her website.

Police found rune stones in a bag, one of which appeared to have a symbol of the BBB movement on it.

Nazi badges and a cap with a Deutschland logo were recovered by police, a glimpse of the burgeoning love of hate material Mair had amassed.

 

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