Julie Sanders is now a 40-year-old mother of three living in Portland, Oregon. When she was 16 years old, she was affiliated with a white supremacist group.

One night in 1988 she watched as a group of her friends—including her boyfriend—beat an Ethiopian man to death with a baseball bat.

Julie has kept her past secret from most of those who now know her best, and before coming to StoryCorps with her friend, Randy Blazak, she rarely spoke at all about her past.

Originally aired August 17, 2012, on NPR’s Morning Edition.