Prison, White Supremacy, and Drugs in Killers' Pasts
Pedersen was previously convicted of robbery, threatening the life of a federal judge, and assault on a police officer, and has spent more than half his life in prison, according to documents. The tattoo around his neck is common on members of a prison-based white supremacist gang, the Nazi Low Riders, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors the group.
Since he was released from prison earlier this year, he has competed in three mixed martial arts competitions with the Ultimate Fighting Champsionship league, according to the league's website.
Grigsby, who had been in jail twice on identity theft charges, was due back in court for a parole violation on Oct. 7, though it was not clear what the violation was. Her father, Fred Grigsby, told Portland news station KGW that he last saw his daughter, who has a 2-year-old child, four months ago, when she was trying to clean up her life. Up until one month ago, she was working with her sister at a pretzel shop, but then quit and left, he said. The child is now living with the father.
Fred Grigsby said his daughter had battled addictions to heroin and methamphetamines, and had also got "mixed up" with white supremacist groups.
Meth and heroin are two drugs associated with the NLR gang's street activities, according to the Anti-Defamation League.