‘Nazi’ dad Heath Campbell, an infamous white supremacist who drew national attention when he tried to inscribe “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” on his son’s birthday cake, was arrested in New Jersey on Friday for allegedly assaulted his fiancee.
NJ.com reports that Campbell, 42, has been listed in Hunterdon County, New Jersey’s Most Wanted list since last October, after his fiancee Bethanie Zito claimed that he assaulted her. In December, Zito retracted her statement, claiming that Campbell never hurt her. However, authorities refused to let the woman retract her claims, and stated that Campbell would remain on the wanted list until he either turned himself in to police or until they’re convinced that his fiancee wasn’t coerced to retract her statement.
— NJ.com (@njdotcom) March 11, 2016
According to the October police report, Campbell allegedly physically assaulted Zito after the couple got in a spat in their Holland townhouse. Zito told police that she made the story up, and that her injuries actually came from falling in her shed. She claimed she was angry over the argument and began throwing things around in the shed, when a shelf fell on her face and injured her.
“I want to put it out there that he’s innocent. He did not do this. He does not deserve to be in prison.”
Campbell was found Thursday night at around 10 p.m., at a gas station in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. According to Holland Township, N.J., Patrolman Harry Hults, someone at the gas station recognized Campbell and called the police. The Holland Township Police Department announced on Friday that Campbell is currently being held in Pennsylvania, awaiting extradition.
“Isidore Heath Campbell was arrested by the Shippensburg PA Police Department on March 10, 2016. He will be held for extradition back to New Jersey. The Holland Township Police would like to thank all persons who provided information in this matter.”
In 2008, Campbell and his former wife, Deborah Campbell, got into a dispute with a local ShopRite supermarket manager after trying to get a personally inscribed cake for his then 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell. When the store manager refused to write “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” on the cake, it led to a nasty spat. After the story made national news, Campbell made a statement, indicating that ironically, it was other people living in the past, not him.
“I think people need to take their heads out of the cloud they’ve been in and start focusing on the future and not on the past. There’s a new president and he says it’s time for a change; well, then it’s time for a change. They need to accept a name. A name’s a name. The kid isn’t going to grow up and do what (Hitler) did.”
— HunterdonCoPros (@HunterdonCoPros) March 11, 2016
The Campbells went to WalMart instead, where they were able to get a cake inscribed. Heath Campbell spoke out again, claiming that several mixed raced children attended his son’s birthday party. He also claimed that he named his son Adolf so the kid would have a name that others kids wouldn’t have.
“If we’re so racist, then why would I have them come into my home?”
Heath Campbell told reporters that all of his ancestors are of German descent, and although he’s lived in Hunterdon County his entire life, his black boots and attire were worn by a World War II German soldier. He claimed that he is friendly with people of other races, but was taught to never get romantically or socially involved with them. He also said he wouldn’t mind if his son grew up and became involved with other races.
“Say he grows up and hangs out with black people. That’s fine, I don’t really care. That’s his choice.”
The Nazi dad has a total of nine children; all of them were taken away from him out of concern for their safety. He faces prison time if convicted of the assault charges.
[Photo via the Hunterdon County Police Department]