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Kevin Alfred Strom (born 1956 in Anchorage, Alaskamarker) is the former Managing Director of National Vanguard, a Charlottesvillemarker-based organization that has been described as a racist, white separatist, homophobic, and a Neo-Nazi hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Strom resigned from National Vanguard in July 2006. National Vanguard reportedly disbanded on March 14, 2007, and its website has been dormant since that time.In 2008 Strom pleaded guilty to possession of ten images of child pornography and was sentenced to 23 months in prison.

Early life

Kevin Alfred Strom was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1956. It has been stated that Strom scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT exam, although the date in which he attained that feat is dubious; he has never attended a university and also has no college degree. Strom claims to have attended George Mason Universitymarker in Fairfax, Virginiamarker without taking a degree.

Strom's marriage to his first wife, Kirsten Kaiser, produced three children. Since their marriage ended, Kaiser has spoken out about her life with Strom in several interviews. She has also written a book on her experiences with Strom and the National Alliance entitled The Bondage of Self (ISBN 0-9720705-5-9). Kaiser claimed that Strom was an extremely controlling husband who forced her to abstain from meat, forbade her to wear blue jeans, and predetermined her favorite music, Mozart. She has since disavowed the racist beliefs she held while in her two marriages with second husband Joseph McLaughlin and third with Strom.

Activist history

In 1982, Kevin Alfred Strom became a member of the National Alliance, a group that has been described as antisemitic, racist, and neo-Nazi. In 1991, he founded and frequently delivered the American Dissident Voices shortwave and Internet radio broadcasts. In 1995, he founded and edited Free Speech magazine, published by the Alliance as an adjunct to the radio program. In early 2002, a few months before his death from cancer on July 23, the Alliance's founder, William Luther Pierce, named Strom editor of National Vanguard magazine and Media Director for the Alliance. Pierce also named Strom editor of the Alliance's monthly Bulletin.

During the weekend of April 16-17, 2005, Strom and several others were expelled from the National Alliance because of a dispute with the Alliance leadership. The expelled former Alliance members, led by Strom, promptly formed their own organization which they called National Vanguard. As he previously had done for the National Alliance, Strom again delivered weekly Internet radio broadcasts which he also called American Dissident Voices for National Vanguard, but they were often 1-3 weeks late. These broadcasts effectively ceased with his departure.

Strom was also briefly the managing editor of The Truth at Last newspaper during 2005. Several sources have described this tabloid as being heavily antisemitic and racist, often referring to blacks and African-Americans as an inferior race. Strom's boss at The Truth at Last, Edward Fields, is a former Grand Dragon of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. and a close friend of British National Party leader Nick Griffin.

Strom was a close associate of University of Illinois Classics professor and nationalist writer Revilo P. Oliver, who has been described as "one of America's most notorious fascists" and, according to B'nai Brith Canada, was "a long time proponent of antisemitism". Strom was chosen by the Oliver estate to be the archivist and publisher of Oliver's papers after Oliver committed suicide in 1994. In 2002, Strom published Oliver's book, The Jewish Strategy.

Strom is a former broadcast engineer and holds Amateur radio license WB4AIO. Between 1983 and 1991, a pirate radio station named "Voice of Tomorrow" operated on both shortwave and mediumwave frequencies, broadcasting openly racist and Neo-Nazi material, presumably from the Lynchburg, Virginiamarker area. According to Strom's ex-wife, Kirsten Kaiser, "Voice of Tomorrow" was operated by Strom himself.

Arrest, conviction, prison and release

On January 4, 2007, Strom was arrested in Greene Countymarker, Virginiamarker on charges of possession of child pornography and witness tampering. The Grand Jury later added the charges of receiving child pornography and of seeking to coerce a 10-year-old into a sexual relationship. At the October 2007 federal trial on charges of sexually coercing a 10-year old girl, and of witness intimidation, the judge threw out both charges due to lack of evidence of actual coercion.

At the plea hearing on January 14, 2008, Strom pleaded guilty to possessing computer images of child pornography and was held at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail while awaiting sentencing. On 21 April 2008, he was sentenced to 23 months of incarceration, with credit for times served, and 15 years of supervised release. He was released from prison on September 3, 2008.

References

  1. Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report: Active Hate Groups in 2005
  2. Leadership Shakeup at Neo-Nazi National Alliance Leads to Formation Of New Group Anti-Defamation League. Press release, May 3, 2005
  3. National Vanguard Statement on Kevin Alfred Strom
  4. http://www.kevinalfredstrom.com/about/
  5. ADL: PEEL TEACHER FLAUNTS BOARD RULING
  6. Amazon Online Reader : Pirate Radio Stations: Tuning in to Underground Broadcasts in the Air and Online
  7. http://www.angelfire.com/mb/exband/pirate1.html


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