By Monica Hesse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 12, 2009

Shortly after authorities identified their suspect in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting Wednesday, the world began searching for traces of James W. von Brunn online. Those who Googled immediately were able to find him: a personal Web site claiming Jewish “conspiracies,” diatribes posted on message boards. But those who started their hunt just a few hours later would have found only empty holes — information that was scrubbed away as Web sites figured out how to address the fact that they had once hosted the words of an accused murderer.

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