Inside America's neo-Nazi movement

Julie Platner spent a year chronicling the life of an American neo-Nazi and his family

Nothing could have prepared a young video journalist, Julie Platner, for the year she spent chronicling the life of an American neo-Nazi and his family.

Platner had become interested in white supremacy when she covered the 2004 presidential election, and she wanted to explore life within the movement. Jeff Hall, a leader in the so-called National Socialist Movement (NSM) in California, invited her in.

Documenting daily life inside the neo-Nazi leader's home, Platner's lens also captured what she calls "the hardest part" of this story: children. Jeff Hall's kids were loved, says Platner, but the dark side of their father's ideology was ever-present. "They have a swastika hanging from their living room. I mean, you know, it doesn't get much darker than that."

Platner's footage of the Hall family at work and at play would later take on new meaning when Jeff Hall was murdered by his 10-year-old son, Joseph.

That's also where Platner's path crossed with 60 Minutes. Lesley Stahl and producer Shachar Bar-On tell the story of Hall's murder, featuring the rare footage Platner shot.

Hall's death left Platner with many unanswered questions-- literally. She had prepared a long list of questions for an interview with Hall that was scheduled to take place on the day he was killed.

"I was really wanting to really confront him for the first time and ask him what is he doing and why is he doing this?" Julie says. "But that never happened."

Update: Last year, at age 13, Joseph Hall was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 10 years in juvenile prison.

Editor's Note: This segment was originally published Sept. 25, 2011.


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