David Lane (white nationalist)

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David Lane
Born David Eden Lane
(1938-11-02)November 2, 1938
Woden, Iowa
Died May 28, 2007(2007-05-28) (aged 68)
FCC Terre Haute
Terre Haute, Indiana
Cause of death
Epileptic seizure
Other names Wodensson
Occupation Real estate broker
Known for White nationalism, membership in The Order
Religion Wotanism
Spouse(s) Mary Lou
Katja Maddox (m. 1994–2007)

David Eden Lane (November 2, 1938 – May 28, 2007) was an American white nationalist leader and convicted felon. A founding member of The Order, he died while serving a 190-year prison sentence in the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lane was born as the third of four siblings in Woden, Iowa; he had a brother and two sisters. His father was an alcoholic migrant worker who was physically abusive towards his wife and children. Lane would later claim that his father forced his mother to engage in prostitution so he could obtain "booze money", and that his older brother was rendered with permanent deafness as a result of a "beating gone awry".[2] When Lane was four years old, his father abandoned his family. In 1944, his older brother was arrested after searching for food in a neighbor's trash bins, and he and his sisters were placed in foster care. Lane was soon adopted by a traveling Lutheran minister, which resulted in Lane being separated from his two sisters. Lane has described his adoptive father as a "doctrinaire fundamentalist from the old school".[3] Bored with endless hours of church services, Lane rejected Christianity, and originally shared relatively pagan beliefs.[3] Lane claims that he first noticed the beauty of the Caucasian race after befriending a blonde-haired girl in first grade to whom he was attracted.[2] Lane has also stated that while he reenacted battles with his foster brother as a child, he would portray a Nazi stormtrooper while his brother portrayed an American soldier.[2]

Travelling across the Midwestern United States with his adoptive family, Lane finally settled in Aurora, Colorado, where he attended Aurora High School. Originally aspiring to become a golf professional,[4] Lane worked as a real estate broker until his license was revoked because he "wouldn't sell homes to coloreds in white neighborhoods."[5]

Lane was briefly a member of the John Birch Society before joining the Ku Klux Klan, becoming the organizer of the Denver unit of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 1979. In late 1981, Lane became Colorado State Organizer of Aryan Nations.[5]

Lane met Robert Jay Mathews in July 1983 at the Aryan Nations world congress.[6] On September 22, 1983, Lane was among the nine founding members to be sworn into The Order, a group which dedicated itself to delivering "our people from the Jew and bring total victory to the Aryan race."[7] The Order was accused of stealing over $4.1 million in armored car hijackings, killing two people, detonating bombs, counterfeiting money, organizing militaristic training camps and carrying out numerous other crimes with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the United States government.[8]

Convictions and incarceration[edit]

Known for Participant in the homicide of Alan Berg
Criminal charge
Criminal penalty
  • 150-year federal prison term (violation of civil rights)
  • 20-year federal prison term (racketeering)
  • 20-year federal prison term (conspiracy)
  • (served consecutively)
Criminal status Died in prison
Allegiance The Order
Motive White nationalism, extermination of Jews
  • Violation of civil rights
  • Racketeering
  • Conspiracy to engage in racketeering

For his role in The Order's crimes, Lane was sentenced to consecutive sentences totaling 190 years, including 20 years for racketeering, 20 years for conspiracy, both under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and 150 years for violating the civil rights of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, who was murdered on June 18, 1984.[9] Berg was shot and killed in the driveway of his Denver home by three members of The Order.[10] David Lane was the getaway driver. Lane was arrested on the evening of March 30, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[11]

Lane was also among 14 men prosecuted for seditious conspiracy in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but he was acquitted. Lane was considered extremely dangerous by the American justice system and was incarcerated at various times after his conviction in the United States Penitentiary, Marion, the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, and the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute.

While incarcerated, he had the Federal Bureau of Prisons ID # 12873-057.[12] Lane wrote books and articles about gematria and the demographic and sociopolitical status of the white race for white nationalist periodicals and websites. With his wife and Ron McVan, he ran a publishing company called 14 Word Publications in Idaho to disseminate his writings.

He was featured in Nazi Pop Twins, a documentary aired on July 19, 2007, on Channel 4 in the UK.[13] In it he was shown speaking by phone with Prussian Blue and termed them "fantasy sweethearts" and that he viewed them like daughters.[14]

Lane's earliest possible release date from prison would have been on March 29, 2035 (at age 96). He died on May 28, 2007, in FCC Terre Haute due to an epileptic seizure.[15] On June 30, 2007, white nationalists held memorial demonstrations for Lane in cities across the United States, England, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.[16]


Racial beliefs[edit]

Lane stated that his beliefs can be best summarized by a slogan called the 14 words, a term that he coined: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children." He also coined a second 14-word slogan: "because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth."[17]

Lane believed white people needed their own ethnostate to survive and stated, "Today, in the year 2005, approximately two percent of earth's population is White female of child bearing age or younger... The remaining whites are hopelessly integrated, terrorized, brain washed, miscegenated and are rapidly being overrun by six billion coloreds."[18]

He believed that Christianity is problematic to white people because its philosophies are anti-nature and Jewish in origin.[citation needed] He preferred a nature-based European Paganism as the original religion of whites. Similarly he believed that completely white nations are necessary to eliminate miscegenation. He considered white people who supported what he characterized as the "Zionist conspiracy" to be "race traitors."[19]

Lane authored the 88 Precepts, a collection of statements on natural law, which combine in white nationalist shorthand to "14-88" or "14/88".[20]


Lane was a major proponent of Wotanism, inspired by an 1936 essay by Carl Jung titled "Wotan". Lane had expressed derision for the Odinist religion, whose adherents rejected what they perceived as his attempt to appropriate their religion for political and racist ends. Lane explained his motivations:

Lane contributed a one-page introduction to a book by Ron McVan called Creed of Iron: Wotansvolk Wisdom which the Odinic Rite claims was heavily plagiarized from The Book of Blotar.[citation needed]

Wotansvolk and 14 Word Publications are now defunct and no longer have mailing addresses or websites. The Temple of Wotan still exists, but the organization was no longer run by Lane or his associates and has distanced itself from racist and neo-Nazi ideologies.[22] Based on letters written from prison to his supporters, Lane appeared to remain committed to spreading his message through Wotanism, and it is unclear what his final relationship was with The Temple of Wotan.

In 2004, Lane authored a short story entitled KD Rebel, which is set in the near future and tells the story of a Wotanist colony who have established tenuous control over portions of Western Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, which they call Kinsland. The story mostly focuses on the Kinslanders' practice of kidnapping miscegenating or "wayward" young girls and women from urban areas, in order to indoctrinate them into Wotanism and so the Kinslanders can practice polygamy and have large numbers of children. Lane advocated the inclusion of polygamy as part of Wotanism.[23]


  1. ^ "Getaway driver in radio talk show host murder dies in prison". 9news. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b c Extremism in America: David Lane
  3. ^ a b Deceived, Damned & Defiant, pp. 7–12 (online here at the Wayback Machine (archived May 28, 2008) and here at the Wayback Machine (archived May 28, 2008)). Also recounted in Goodrick-Clarke, p. 270.
  4. ^ Flynn & Gerhardt, p. 259.
  5. ^ a b Schwartz, p. 64.
  6. ^ Goodrick-Clarke, p. 270.
  7. ^ Gardell, p. 193.
  8. ^ "Jury Told of Plan to Kill Radio Host". New York Times. 1987-11-08. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  9. ^ Turner, Wallace (1986-02-07). "5 Neo-Nazis Get Stiff Sentences For Crime Spree". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  10. ^ "Witness in Racist Trial Identifies Gunman in Slaying of Radio Host". New York Times. 1985-09-21. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  11. ^ "Another Suspect Held In Radio Host's Death". New York Times. 1985-04-01. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  12. ^ "David Eden Lane." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on May 25, 2010.
  13. ^ "Nazi Pop Twins". Channel 4. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  14. ^ "The Gaede Bunch: 'A is for Aryan'". Hatewatch. 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  15. ^ "White supremacist, talk show host killer dies in prison". Rocky Mountain News. 2007-05-29. Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  16. ^ "Terrorist, '14 Words' Author, Dies in Prison". Southern Poverty Law Center. 
  17. ^ David Lane
  18. ^ David Lane's Pyramid Prophecy and Various Written works "Open letter to a dead race"
  19. ^ Lane, David. Countdown to 1995. "The White Race Must be Saved." 1993.
  20. ^ 88 is also shorthand for the Nazi greeting, "Heil Hitler." 'H' being the eighth letter of the alphabet, and eight two times signifying 'HH'. http://www.adl.org/hate_symbols/numbers_88.asp
  21. ^ Wotanism (Odinism) by Lane
  22. ^ Archived February 17, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ On Polygamy

Further reading[edit]

Partial bibliography



  • (2006) Blood & Honour Interviews David Lane - ([1])

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