03.03.16 - There is indeed at least one member of the Ku Klux Klan in San Francisco — and he lives in the Marina District, public records and police confirm.
Charles E. Donner, 51, was one of the five members of the vintage white supremacist group arrested after a “rally” in Anaheim on Saturday turned violent. The Klansmen — and, according to video, one Klanwoman — were set upon by counter-protesters.
A “melee” ensued, in which Donner stabbed three people, some of whom can be seen striking him on video, Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Daron Wyatt confirmed to SF Weekly on Wednesday. Donner was held over the weekend but released after it was determined he acted in self-defense, OC Weekly reported. (And according to OC Weekly photographer Eric Hood, that’s him above, and in the photos after the jump.)
That means he’s free to return home to San Francisco, where he lives with his mother in an extremely expensive house across the street from the Palace of Fine Arts, of all places, according to public records.
Efforts to reach Donner via a telephone number connected to public records were not successful.
Donner, apparently born Charles D’honau, changed his name in the mid-1980s, ostensibly because “D’honau” sounds sort of French. Are French people white? Hard to say.
As we reported earlier in the week, Donner is the son of Charles D’honau, a 1949 graduate of Princeton University and a former publisher of TIME magazine in Japan. He died in the 1990s, leaving his son and his wife, Maureen, in a home across the street from the Palace of Fine Arts.
And how about that home. According to Zillow, the home last sold in 1988 for $1.2 million. Built in 1928, it’s a 3,500-square foot, two-story spread, according to public records. Nowadays, you could probably trade a house like that for a small nation — a European one, of course.
Eagle-eyed readers pointed out to SF Weekly that he has at times posted publicly on the Internet about his penchant for Nazi-related memorabilia, wherein he gave his home address.
He’s a registered security guard, according to state records, but when he was detained on suspicion of stabbing people, he gave his occupation as “unemployed,” Wyatt told SF Weekly.
But that hasn’t stopped him from ascending in the Klan. According to the photos shot by OC Weekly photographer Eric Hood, Donner is an “Exalted Cyclops.” We won’t even begin to try to unpack that one.
There you have it. Next time you’re on Chestnut Street, you can rest easy knowing that there’s a member of the Klan collecting Nazi artifacts just a few blocks away.