Netflix's Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies, and the Internet highlights the story of Samantha Froelich aka Norah Fox in episode 3 of the series. She claimed that she overheard white racists, including Richard Spencer and James Fields, discussing right-wing death squads and the legality of using cars as weapons against counterprotesters in preparation for the 2017 Charlottesville rally. Later, she became a member of Life After Hate, a non-profit that helps people in leaving far-right hate groups. Follow the article to know more about Samantha Froelich in detail.
The Netflix docu-series, Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies, and the Internet, exposes some of the more criminal and disturbing ways people are victimized or use the internet for their own unrealistic benefit. Each of these chapters is roughly an hour long and may be read on its own, with the exception of a two-part episode near the end.
The third episode of the show titled I'm Not A Nazi shifts gear and focuses on the risks of social media algorithms and how they promote hate speech and deadly ideals on the far right. Viewers learn more about the country's rising white supremacist movement, as well as how one such racist drove a car into a crowd of people in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.
The episode also includes an interview with Samantha Froelich (Norah Fox in discord), a former member of Identity Evropa, a neo-nazi movement. Many viewers of the show are curious to know her side of the story, Well, we've got you covered.
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Samantha grew up in a middle-class family in the New Jersey neighborhoods. She discussed her alcoholic father and hardworking mother on the show. Samantha and her brother were left to themselves as children, and there were few rules. She moved to Florida halfway through high school and struggled to adjust; she continued to miss classes.
Samantha eventually moved to South Carolina in search of work. Samantha met someone there in 2014 and started dating him. However, by 2016, things had begun to change. She explained,
“He started saying strange things to me that didn’t make any sense. He would call me a degenerate… He started saying phrases like he couldn’t defend me on the Day of the Rope.”
The Day of the Rope is a reference to the hanging of everyone thought to be non-white or disabled in a 1978 novel named The Turner Diaries. Samantha then started researching about it, apparently to persuade herself that her partner was not racist. However, the propaganda gradually took hold of her, and in December 2016, she joined Identity Evropa, a white supremacist organization.
Samantha worked as the women's and membership coordinator for most of the following year, interviewing over a hundred potential members. Samantha mentioned being probed about her opinions on anti-semitism during her interview as a prospective member and later stated that many of the members talked about exterminating Jews.
Samantha described how women should act while in the group, saying, that she wanted to be more feminine, more desirable, more appreciated, and educated. Samantha realized she needed to leave following the Charlottesville incident in 2017. "There was a push of a peaceful ethnic cleansing," among Identity Evropa, she reported at that time.
Samantha testified in a civil trial in November 2021, revealing even more troubling revelations about the organization. She mentioned that Identity Evropa used Discord, a messaging app, in general, as well as for organizing the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Not only that, but between May and November 2017, she was dating Elliot Kline, who was claimed to be the rally's principal organizer.
Elliot worked at a pest control company, according to Samantha, and talked about wanting to destroy Jews instead of cockroaches. Samantha also testified about other white nationalists, Richard Spencer and James Fields.
In May 2017, she had a sexual connection with Richard, which led to an invitation to a party with other leaders who shared her ideas. Samantha said that there was a discussion on the legality of ramming counter-protesters with a car there.
Samantha also mentioned how members of the groups used insulting words for black and Jewish people, as well as references to the Race Holy War, in her testimony. This was referred to be a physically violent confrontation between white people and individuals of all races.
Samantha's story was also featured in a book about online extremism written by journalist Andrew Marantz. Samantha took many jobs after leaving Identity Evropa and traveled around a lot, but she decided not to reveal her current location for her own protection. However, some Reddit users believe her last known address was in Virginia, therefore it's unclear where she currently lives.