Despite the obvious fact that this chap is clearly out of his mind, four women thought it was okay to make eight babies with him. Sigh. When does it ever end?
Heath Campbell’s ex-wife tells horrifying tale of beatings and abuse against their children as the Nazi-crazed father on public assistance fights to regain visitation rights to see Hons Heinrich, Adolf Hitler, Aryan Nation and Honzlynn Jeannie.
BY RICH SCHAPIRO / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
An ex-wife of Campbell, who marched into a New Jersey courthouse last week in full Nazi regalia, says he was a hubby from hell.
“He claimed that his mother was raped and he was the evil seed planted inside her,” Cathy Bowlby told The News. “He believed he was the devil reborn to take over the world.”
“He’d say, ‘I believe in the devil. I worship the devil. I am the devil.’ ”
Campbell, who would go on to name one of his sons Adolf Hitler, even lobbied Bowlby to name their first-born Lucifer. But she “talked him out of it” by suggesting that their son take their father’s name instead.
That didn’t stop Campbell from acting like the devil, Bowlby said.
One of his favorite activities was taking Bowlby on car rides to a local cemetery.
“To show me where he was going to bury me when he killed me,” Bowlby said.
He also terrorized their son, Heath. Once, furious that his 2-year-old had knocked into the curtains, Campbell picked up a running vacuum cleaner and held it inches from Heath’s face.
“He was absolutely terrified,” Bowlby said. “For years after, he would scream and cry when he saw a vacuum cleaner.”
Bowlby revealed Campbell’s violent past days after he showed up at a custody hearing in Flemington, N.J., Tuesday dressed like his infamous idol and proudly showing off swastika tattoos on his neck and arms.
The 40-year-old Campbell, who is the father of eight kids from four women, is vying to gain visitation rights to see his youngest child, Hons Heinrich.
Campbell’s three other kids with his estranged third wife Deborah — Adolf Hitler Campbell, 7, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 6, and 5-year-old Honzlynn Jeannie Campbell — were also taken away by the state after domestic abuse allegations surfaced.
He also had a child with his first ex-wife and another with an ex-girlfriend. Details about them were unavailable.
Campbell’s troubles started in 2009 when he made a stink over a supermarket’s refusal to inscribe Adolf Hitler’s name on a cake for his son Adolf’s third birthday.
“Jewish people came into my house and took my kids all over a name,” Campbell told The News this week. “I didn’t murder anybody. I didn’t hurt anybody. What crime did I do? Yes, I’m guilty of loving my children.”
Campbell has long rankled his neighbors in the tiny western New Jersey township of Holland.
“If it wasn’t illegal, I’d shoot him,” said a middle-aged neighbor, who refused to give his name.
The unemployed Campbell lives off of disability payments and drives a green 1985 Pontiac Bonneville adorned with a swastika on its hood and Hitler stickers on the passenger side door.
When Campbell met Bowlby in 1998, he already had one ex-wife, two kids and a dark past.
Campbell was abused as a child, developed “serious psychological conditions” and never learned to read, court documents show.
At first, Campbell treated Bowlby like a queen, dropping off sweet notes at her house.
But once she moved in with him, he turned into a monster, Bowlby said.
He ordered her not to look at other men and imposed strict rules on what she could wear:
No shorts. Only long shirts with high necklines.
Then came the abuse.
Early in the relationship, Campbell knocked his pregnant wife to the ground — causing her to have a miscarriage, Bowlby said.
Using a bull-shaped ring like brass knuckles, he’d punch her in the head and chest, leaving nasty puncture marks.
And once, while she was pregnant, she woke him up during a late-night trip to the bathroom, prompting Campbell to beat and then briefly smother her with blankets, Bowlby said.
“The abuse happened just about every day,” Bowlby said.
Bowlby wasn’t allowed to go outside by herself, and Campbell nailed the windows closed to make sure she couldn’t escape.
Bowlby said she wasn’t allowed to watch TV shows — only cartoons were permitted — because Campbell didn’t want her to see other men.
Even after the birth of their second child, a girl named Kurtlynn, Campbell openly fantasized about killing Bowlby.
“He told me he was going to drown me in the bathtub and slit my wrists to make it look like suicide,” Bowlby said.
At the time, Campbell was racist, “but he wasn’t into all that Nazi stuff,” Bowlby said.
His obsessions were the devil and the ultra-violent film “Natural Born Killers,” which he watched repeatedly.
In 2002, Bowlby pressed charges against Campbell after he insisted that he was going to hire two men to murder her.
Campbell pleaded guilty in 2003 to making terroristic threats and was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to complete an anger management program.
Bowlby took out a restraining order against Campbell that same year and moved out of state with her kids.
Campbell went on to marry his third wife, Deborah, but his violent tendencies remained, court documents show.
In 2008, Deborah Campbell handed her neighbor a chilling note laced with typos.
“If anything may happened to me please do an altops (autopsy) on me b/c my husband has done something to me,” the letter read. “Im scare to leave b/c I will be killed. Im afread that he might hurt my children if they are keeped in his care.”
State welfare workers removed the three children he had with Deborah Campbell from the home a month after the Adolf Hitler birthday cake incident. Hons Heinrich was taken from the couple soon after he was born.
Their three older children have been adopted. The status of Hons Heinrich is not clear.
For his part, Heath Campbell believes he’s being persecuted simply because he gave his children Nazi-inspired names.
“Yeah, I’m a Nazi but my kids come first,” Campbell said, standing outside his cream-colored house beside Bethanie White, a member of his group Hitler’s Order.
“I treated my kids like they were kings and queens.”
Asked why he’s drawn to the Nazis, Campbell gushed about their “neat emblems.”
“I love the swastika, the way it’s shaped,” he said.
Why does he admire Hitler?
“I like the way he built the roads,” Campbell said, drawing a nod from White, who sports a “Property of Heath” tattoo on her wrist.
“He built the Volkswagen. They’re good cars. He did a lot of good for people too . . . I don’t pay attention to the war part. I don’t think anybody should have war.”
And Campbell, who says he suffers from emphysema, insisted he’ll never stop fighting to regain custody of his four youngest children.
“I’m gonna fight until I die. I’m not giving up. There’s no way,” said Campbell, who is on food stamps. “I’ll never give into the state.”
Bowlby, Campbell’s second wife, shudders to think about the possibility of her ex regaining custody of any of his children.
“He doesn’t want them back because he loves them. He wants them back because they’re his possessions,” said Bowlby, noting that Campbell pays no child support. “That’s the way he thinks. I don’t think he can love anything or anybody.”