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Relatives identify suspects in West Memphis shootings

Joseph and Jerry Kane (Source: YouTube) Joseph and Jerry Kane (Source: YouTube)

By Andy Wise - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The suspects in a double shooting Thursday that left two West Memphis police officers dead have been identified by relatives as Jerry Kane, 45, and his son Joseph, 16, both of Ohio.

Despite the their van's connection to New Vienna, Ohio, the Kanes were traveling to Florida - most likely the St. Petersburg or Clearwater area - where Kane's widow, Donna Lee, lives.

Kane and his son toured the country, holding seminars on debt consolidation and foreclosure rescue that were heavy on anti-government sentiment.

In a video posted to YouTube, Jerry and Joe Kane can been seen at one of their seminars.  They would teach that all debt contracts are the responsibility of the U.S. government, not the debt-holders because, they teach, American currency really doesn't exist.

Web sites touting the two Kanes reinforce their teaching that only debt exists, and the U.S. government is responsible for it because it really holds all gold and property.

In fact, at one seminar posted on YouTube, Kane says a driver's license is a debt contract with the federal government.

"It's a promise to pay," Kane says in the video. "It's a bond...You've committed, uh, you've already guaranteed, uh, confessed guilt on anything they want to charge you with."

Last month, Kane was pulled over in New Mexico for driving without a license. 

FOX19 is working with WMC-TV in Memphis and will have more on this story throughout the day on FOX19.com and on the FOX19 Evening and 10 o'clock News.

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