David Lane (white supremacist)

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

David Eden Lane (November 2, 1938 – May 28, 2007) was an American white supremacist leader and convicted felon.[1][2][3] A member of The Order, he was convicted and sentenced to 190 years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy, and for violating the civil rights of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, who was murdered on June 18, 1984. He died while incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.[4]

Lane coined the best-known slogan of the U.S. white supremacist movement, the Fourteen Words. He has been described by the SPLC as "one of the most important ideologues of contemporary white supremacy."[1]

Early life[edit]

David Lane was among the nine founding members to be sworn into The Order, a white supremacist revolutionary terrorist organization active in the United States between September 1983 and December 1984

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".[5] 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 described his adoptive father as a "doctrinaire fundamentalist from the old school".[6] Bored with endless hours of church services, Lane rejected Christianity, and originally shared relatively pagan beliefs.[clarification needed][6] Lane claimed that he first noticed the beauty of the Caucasian race after befriending a blonde-haired girl in first grade to whom he was attracted.[5] 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.[5]

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,[7] Lane worked as a real estate broker until his license was revoked because he "wouldn't sell homes to coloreds in white neighborhoods".[8]

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 the Aryan Nations.[8]

Lane met Robert Jay Mathews in July 1983 at the Aryan Nations world congress.[9] On September 22, 1983, Lane was among the nine founding members to be sworn into The Order, a white supremacist group which dedicated itself to delivering "our people from the Jew and bring total victory to the Aryan race."[10] The Order was accused of stealing over $4.1 million in armored car hijackings, killing three people (one of whom was Order member Walter E. West), detonating bombs, counterfeiting money, organizing militaristic training camps and carrying out numerous other crimes with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the "Zionist occupational government" they deemed in control of the United States and to "liberate the Pacific Northwest as a homeland for whites" in the process (see Northwest Territorial Imperative).[11]

Convictions and incarceration[edit]

David Lane
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.[12] Berg was shot and killed in the driveway of his Denver home by three members of The Order.[13] David Lane was the getaway driver. Lane was arrested on the evening of March 30, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] In it he was shown speaking by phone with Prussian Blue and termed them "fantasy sweethearts" and that he viewed them like daughters.[17]

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.[3] On June 30, 2007, white supremacists held memorial demonstrations for Lane in cities across the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine.[18]


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."[5]

Lane believed white people needed "exclusive territorial imperatives"[19] 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."[20]

While keeping on good general terms with adherents of Christian Identity and praising aspects of early Mormonism, Lane was strongly against Judeo-Christianity[21] believing it to be problematic for 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 and formulated a form of "Aryan paganism" called Wotanism. Similarly he believed that completely white nations are necessary to eliminate miscegenation. He believed that "doctrines of universalism, both secular and religious" are the biggest threat to the "survival of the white race" and considered white people who supported what he characterized as the "Zionist conspiracy" to be "race traitors"[22] and was very hostile towards Christian patriots, constitutionalists, Neo-Nazis who believed in being voted into power[23] and those within the White Power movement who reject domestic terrorism[24][25] and revolution.[26]

Lane authored the 88 Precepts, a collection of statements on natural law, which combine in white supremacist shorthand with the 14 words to "14-88" or "14/88".[27]


Lane was a major proponent of Wotanism, inspired by an 1936 essay by Carl Jung titled "Wotan". Lane had expressed his derision for universalists:[28]

Those whom we shall call "Universalists", who control the affairs of the world, are determined to mix and destroy the uniqueness, integrity and beauty of all different races, nations and cultures for their "New World Order", or as seen in the so-called Great Seal of the United States, their Novus ordo seclorum.[29] So, I first chose the name Wotanism over Odinism. First because W.O.T.A.N. makes a perfect acronym for the Will Of The Aryan Nation. Secondly because he was called Wotan on the European continent and only called Odin in Scandinavia. Therefore Wotan appeals to the genetic memory of more of our ancestors. And finally because a split had to be made with the game players, deceivers and universalists who had usurped the name Odin.[30]

Lane contributed a one-page introduction to a book by Ron McVan called Creed of Iron: Wotansvolk Wisdom.

14 Word Press and Temple of Wotan are now defunct as organizations and no longer have mailing addresses or websites although Wotanism carries on through independent kindreds and social media.

In 2004, Lane authored a short story entitled KD Rebel, which is set in the near future and tells the story of two members of a Wotanist guerrilla army known as Kinsland Defenders who have established tenuous control over portions of Western Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, which they call Kinsland.[31] The story mostly focuses on a Kinsland community called "Mathewsville" named after Robert Jay Mathews and the Kinslanders' war against the "System" in Ragnarok and includes the practice of "capturing" young white girls and women from urban areas, in order to indoctrinate them into Wotanism so the Kinslanders can practice polygamy and have large numbers of children. Lane advocated the inclusion of polygamy and ephebophilia as part of Wotanism.[32]

One major thing that sets David Lane's Wotanist religion apart from Heathenry is the belief and teaching of the Pyramid Prophecy[33] in which a Bible code is claimed to have been placed by "Aryan adepts" within the King James Version of the Christian Bible which they claim declares Judeo-Christianity and America to be the first and second heads of The Beast (Revelation)[34] bent on white genocide[35] and David Lane "the Man of prophecy"[36] and adhere to a declaration called Moral Authority which bitterly attacks the United States, calling the country a “Red, White and Blue traveling mass murder machine” intent on exterminating the white race claiming “true moral authority belongs to those who resist genocide.”[37]


  1. ^ a b "David Lane". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Kleg, Milton (1993). Hate Prejudice and Racism. SUNY Press. pp. 194–195. 
  3. ^ a b "White supremacist, talk show host killer dies in prison". Rocky Mountain News. May 29, 2007. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2007. 
  4. ^ Flynn, Kevin (May 29, 2007). "Getaway driver in radio talk show host murder dies in prison". 9news. Retrieved August 17, 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d "David Lane". adl.org. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Flynn & Gerhardt, p. 259.
  8. ^ a b Schwartz, p. 64.
  9. ^ Goodrick-Clarke, p. 270.
  10. ^ Gardell, p. 193.
  11. ^ "Jury Told of Plan to Kill Radio Host". New York Times. 1987-11-08. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  12. ^ Turner, Wallace (1986-02-07). "5 Neo-Nazis Get Stiff Sentences For Crime Spree". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  13. ^ "Witness in Racist Trial Identifies Gunman in Slaying of Radio Host". New York Times. 1985-09-21. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  14. ^ "Another Suspect Held In Radio Host's Death". New York Times. 1985-04-01. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  15. ^ "David Eden Lane." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on May 25, 2010.
  16. ^ "Nazi Pop Twins". Channel 4. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  17. ^ "The Gaede Bunch: 'A is for Aryan'". Hatewatch. August 8, 2007. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Terrorist, '14 Words' Author, Dies in Prison" (Fall 2007). Southern Poverty Law Center. October 1, 2007. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  19. ^ "David Lane's Pyramid Prophecy and Various Written works Written "Reality Denial"". davidlane1488.com. 
  20. ^ David Lane's Pyramid Prophecy and Various Written works "Open letter to a dead race"
  21. ^ "Open Letter to All Christians". davidlane1488.com. 
  22. ^ Lane, David. Countdown to 1995. "The White Race Must be Saved." 1993.
  23. ^ "David Lane's Pyramid Prophecy and Various Written works Written "AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REALITY DENIERS"". davidlane1488.com. 
  24. ^ "David Lane's Pyramid Prophecy and Various Written works Written "CRAP"". davidlane1488.com. 
  25. ^ "David Lane's Pyramid Prophecy and Various Written works Written "Crossing the Rubicon"". davidlane1488.com. 
  26. ^ "David Lane's Pyramid Prophecy and Various Written works Written "WGM"". davidlane1488.com. 
  27. ^ 1488 is a combination of two popular white supremacist numeric symbols. The first symbol is 14, which is shorthand for the "14 Words" slogan http://www.adl.org/combating-hate/hate-on-display/c/1488.html
  28. ^ "Misdirected Hate". davidlane1488.com. 
  29. ^ "Universalist Imperialism". davidlane1488.com. 
  30. ^ Wotanism (Odinism) by Lane
  31. ^ Lane, David (2004). KD Rebel
  32. ^ "David Lane: Polygamy for Jarls but not for Thralls and Karls". heretical.com. 
  33. ^ http://www.davidlane1488.com/ppintro.html
  34. ^ http://www.davidlane1488.com/theprophecy.html The Prophecy
  35. ^ http://www.davidlane1488.com/bhinterview.html
  36. ^ Gardell, Mattias (2003). Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism. Duke UP. p. 381. ISBN 9780822330714. 
  37. ^ http://archive.adl.org/learn/ext_us/lane.html


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