Lin Newborn

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Lin "Spit" Newborn in 1993.

Lin Newborn (May 7, 1974 – July 4, 1998) was an African-American anti-racist skinhead who was murdered by white supremacists in July 1998 alongside his friend, Daniel Shersty.


Newborn spent much of his adult life campaigning against racism. He specialized in de-programing young, newly recruited Nazi Skinheads, convincing them that they could be a part of a greater family that didn't discriminate against religion, ethnic background or sexual orientation. He taught that love and unity were stronger than hatred. A native of Pomona, California, he lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was a member of the Las Vegas Unity Skins and sang in the band Counter Culture (a local Las Vegas punk band) and later in Life of Lies [1] which ended around 1996.[2]

On July 4, 1998, white supremacists murdered Newborn at the age of 24 along with his friend, Daniel Shersty.[3] On July 6, 1998, Newborn's body was found three miles west of U.S. Highway 95 near Rome Boulevard, within 150 yards (140 m) of Shersty's body. Police state that the victims were lured by two women, under the pretext of attending a party. Newborn and Shersty were taken to a northwest part of the valley, where they were beaten and possibly tortured before being shot to death. Police speculate that Newborn may have been trying to escape when he was killed.

John "Polar Bear" Butler (then 26), a known neo-Nazi, was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death. He was allegedly the leader of a group called the Independent Nazi Skins. After appealing, Butler's death sentence was vacated and he was given four life terms without parole. He is registered with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's gang unit as a white supremacist. He is currently housed at High Desert State Prison in Nevada.[4][5]


In a poem dated December 5, 1993, Newborn may have been predicting his own death. Language from the poem mirrors that of a threatening note found in Butler's stolen Jeep, which reads, in part ""'Do you know this punk ass SHARP named Spit [Newborn's moniker]? You pulled a gun on his bitch.'" The letter writer also wanted "this punk Spit to know that he can be reached out and touched."[6]

The poem (which may be titled "Shell" because of the picture of a shell at the top with the word written in it), reads:


Tis for you I Walk the Edge!
Tis for you I Cross the Line!
Tis for you Ive [sic] DIED Again.
Set me FREE FROM my hell
I don't want to FACE
You are here...
but only for me now!
So now I've died!
Is this my hell?
Is this my hell?
Is this my hell?
The Fucking Angels ARE gone
I'm slane [sic] again
There's nothing here
my shell, my shell, my shell
is sold to you Again
my shell is yours again,
touch me, but only to
I can't be slane [sic] anymore!
I can't be yours anymore!


  1. ^ Life Of Lies Official myspace page
  2. ^ "R.I.P. Spit & Dan". Las Vegas CityLife. 2003-07-02. Archived from the original on July 25, 2003. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  3. ^ "Neo-Nazi charged in slaying of anti-racist activists - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper". 24 November 2000.
  4. ^ "Las Vegas Review-Journal: Butler sentenced to die for slayings". Las Vegas ReviewJournal. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  5. ^ "Racist Skinheads - Nazi Skinhead gets death in murder of antiracists". 2003-09-28. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  6. ^ "BUTLER v. STATE | FindLaw".

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