SAN FRANCISCO — A white supremacist killed a well-known hairdresser here in 1987 and a Chicago-area plastic surgeon last week because they gave clients "fake Aryan beauty," authorities said Tuesday.
The suspect, Jonathan Preston Haynes, 34, has described himself to police as a neo-Nazi supporter who targeted hairdressers, manufacturers of tinted contact lenses and plastic surgeons because they made people look more "Aryan."
The San Francisco State University graduate was arrested in Skokie, Ill., late Saturday night after a police officer recognized his car as one seen leaving the office of the plastic surgeon who was slain Friday.
Haynes subsequently admitted to killing Dr. Martin R. Sullivan, 68, in his office, and to killing San Francisco hair colorist Frank Ringi, 42, in 1987, police said.
Authorities said they have no reason to believe that Haynes was connected to any white supremacist conspiracy or committed more than the two murders to which he has confessed, but those possibilities remain under investigation.
"He was pretty proud of this stuff," said a law enforcement source. "Everybody seems to think that if he had done more he would have told us."
The source, however, said Haynes has refused to say whether he is associated with any white supremacist groups.
The bespectacled Haynes grew up in Northern California and worked for a year and a half as a chemist for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, testing the alcohol content of mouthwash and other consumer items.
In an April, 1991, letter obtained by the Anti-Defamation League, Haynes described himself as "bookish" and an avid reader of Third Reich material. The letter, addressed to "Dear White Racial Comrades," enclosed collages he had made of Adolf Hitler with angels on his shoulders and asked for help in preparing a book about "the state of white racialism."
"Just like our Fuhrer," he wrote, "I have the soul of an artist."
The murder of Ringi had befuddled police for years and haunted Ringi's business partner and companion, Thomas Trulli. Together they ran one of the most successful beauty salons in San Francisco. Ringi received a lot of attention for doing televised beauty make-overs.
Trulli, who also was shot in the attack, said in an interview that he saw Haynes on television and recognized him as the one who shot him and Ringi.
"My main concern for the last six years was why and who," said Trulli, now a hospice nursing aide in San Diego. "Now I have the answer. . . . I never believed it would be an answer like this."
The assailant made an appointment for a consultation with Ringi and, seated at a counter before a mirror, pumped three bullets into the hair colorist. Several women under hair dryers or in the process of getting their hair styled witnessed the slaying.
"I heard Frank say, 'Oh, no,' and then I heard three pops," Trulli said. When Trulli entered Ringi's consultation room, the gunman shot him in the stomach.
Trulli said he had always suspected that a competitor in the beauty business had hired a hit man to kill Ringi out of professional jealousy.
San Francisco Police Inspector Edward Erdelatz said it never occurred to investigators that racial hatred could be a motive in the attack.
Rather, Erdelatz said, he suspected that the killing might have stemmed from one of Ringi's beauty make-over and was committed by an enraged husband whose wife had left him after a Ringi make-over.
"We were never able to develop a suspect, though," Erdelatz said.
In a Skokie courtroom Monday, Haynes said: "I condemn bleach-blond hair and tinted blue eyes. I condemn fake Aryan features brought about by plastic surgery. You fought World War II against Aryan beauty. Stop feeding off Aryan beauty like a herd of locusts."
After a judge asked that Haynes undergo a psychiatric evaluation, Haynes said: "I would not appreciate being judged mentally incompetent by a Jewish psychiatrist."
Police said Haynes is single, without children. His parents told authorities that they were unaware of racial hatred in their son. His father, Edward, reached at his home in Nevada City, refused to comment. "It's not easy sometimes," the elder Haynes said.
The father had earlier said that he was shocked by the charges.
"We knew we had an unusual boy, but we also knew he was a very intelligent boy," the San Francisco Examiner quoted him as saying. "There are enough eccentrics around Northern California (that) to have one in your family doesn't normally shake you up."
Haynes worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from November, 1991, to May, 1993, resigning after the bureau learned of his racist leanings and found "discrepancies" on his resume, a law enforcement source said.
As a youngster, he attended a private boarding school in Carpinteria and listed his home as Piedmont, a wealthy city near Oakland.
Authorities in Chicago said he has been cooperative.
"We really didn't have to interrogate him," said Andy Knott, a spokesman for the Cook County state attorney's office. "He just pulled up a chair and said, 'Let's go. . . . He thought they (his victims) made people fake."
Police said Haynes originally intended to kill a contact-lens manufacturer in Chicago but dropped the idea because the manufacturer was out of town. He then picked Dr. Sullivan as his victim, police said, after seeing the doctor's advertisement in the Yellow Pages. It was the biggest on the page.
Dolan reported from San Francisco; Shryer reported from Chicago.