Joker Impersonator Who Sought 'Race-Based Civil War' Is Jailed Over Firearms

A far-right live-streamer who expressed racist, extremist and antisemitic views online, sometimes while dressed as Batman villain the Joker, has been jailed for firearm offenses.

Paul Miller, 33, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, possessing ammunition as a convicted felon and possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, Miller took a firearms training course and fired a handgun in Fort Lauderdale in January 2018.

Miller, a white supremacist known online as Gypsy Crusader, later attempted to use the certificate of completion from the training course to obtain a concealed weapons license in Florida.

In the license application, Miller falsely claimed he was not a felon despite having been convicted of three separate felony offenses in his previous home of New Jersey. Miller was arrested on March 2 this year after a federal grand jury indictment.

After his arrest, law enforcement officers found an unregistered short-barreled rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Miller's home.

Miller said he was attempting to build his own rifle and learn how to manufacture firearms in preparation for a civil war.

"In the months immediately before his arrest, Miller had made hundreds of internet posts publicizing his animosity towards various minority groups and his support for the initiation of a race-based civil war in the United States," prosecutors said in a statement.

Under the screen name Gypsy Crusader, Miller gained tens of thousands of followers for videos that showed him harassing strangers online, expressing white supremacist and racist views, and performing Nazi salutes.

Miller also used racist language and threatened people with guns on chat app Omegle while dressed as the Joker and the Riddler from Batman and the Nintendo character Mario.

As reported by the Anti-Defamation League, Miller also harassed strangers in public places. A video posted on his Telegram in October 2020 shows him badgering a Black woman who was holding a "Black Lives Matter" sign at a Donald Trump election rally in New Jersey. He shouted "Only white lives matter" and "Heil Hitler" at the woman.

He later drove past a larger group of counter-protesters and screamed racist slurs at them.

Miller posted another video on Telegram last October in which he outlined his desire for a race war.

"The day of the rope is coming. It's f****** coming. And if I can accelerate that s*** I'm gonna f****** accelerate the hell out of it because it needs to happen," he said.

Even as he was awaiting sentencing for the firearms offenses, racist videos were being posted to Miller's Telegram account, including one where he thanks his followers and states "white power, guys" before giving a Nazi salute.

Also on the channel is a video of Miller in an Omegle conversation with three others while dressed as the Joker. The clip shows the men dancing to music before it stops, prompting Miller to pull out a gun and point it at the camera, demanding the men put the music back on.

Miller's Telegram posts have also frequently been shared by the main channel for the far-right Proud Boys group.

A message posted on Miller's Telegram on September 28, the day of his sentencing, reads: "Pray for Paul. It's the least you can do. This is not the end, regardless of results. We believe in you Paul."

Miller pleaded guilty to all three charges against him on June 22 this year.

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Paul Miller, who spread racist content online under the moniker Gypsy Crusader, was sentenced to more than three years in prison for firearms offenses. Screengrab/Gypsy Crusader