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August 9th, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Inside a life of hate

In the wake of the deadly attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a former skinhead tells his story to CNN's Brian Todd.

Arno Michaelis says he’s never met Wade Michael Page, the white supremacist who gunned down six people before killing himself, but he can identify with him. "If it wasn't for things- very fortunate things that happened to me along the way and help I got from other people, many of whom I had claimed to hate, I could have very easily ended up where Wade Page ended up on Sunday," Michaelis told Todd.

Thanks to what he describes as “a twist in life,” Michaelis left behind his life of hate and now runs an organization, Life After Hate, dedicated to helping people transition out of that existence.

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