BROWNSVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - The front door was shattered at Beech Grove Church of Christ near Brownsville. Much like the spirits of church members and those who live nearby.
A .22 caliber bullet ripped through the glass door late one night last week. An investigator's note is still clearly visible.
The final criminal act of a pair of neo-nazis now charged with plotting to kill Barack Obama and dozens of African Americans.
"They need to be thrown in the river. That's all I got to say about them. Jail's too good for 'em," neighbor Edward Watkins said.
According to federal agents, Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman began that night intent on robbing a house.
They chickened out, despite being armed.
A little later, they drove to a Brownsville Wal-Mart. The feds say the pair was preparing for another home invasion or the robbery of a gun shop. Buying rope and two ski-masks.
Early the next morning, they spotted the church while discussing their plans for a "killing spree."
Putting the front door in their sights, and shooting.
"Why don't they go out and look for a job or do something productive," Watkins said. "You know, if they got something against somebody -- maybe they should go to counseling or something."
Their short-lived crime spree leaving the community with nothing but contempt for the two self-proclaimed skin-heads.