Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~Rabindranath Tagore
The wide-eyed innocence of childhood should never be compromised. Above all else, we value our children and strive to protect them from all things harmful and hurtful. There is perhaps no unifying factor greater than that which concerns the children in our world. Yet, there are those among us who are so twisted, so deranged, so afflicted that they would commit all sorts of abominations upon those whose innocence enchants us.
Pedophilia, child molestations, child pornography are all issues that we find ourselves dealing with on an all too regular basis these days. Sexual deviants who target our children reside in all of our neighborhoods and continuously present a threat to the well-being of our young.
Kevin Alfred Strom may be such a deviant. A Grand Jury indictment was handed down and yesterday Mr. Strom was arrested by federal law-enforcement and charged with one count of child pornography and one count of witness intimidation.
According to the indictment, during the time frame of October 17, 2005, through August 4, 2006, Kevin Alfred Strom did "knowingly possess, or attempt to possess material containing multiple images of child pornography as definded in Title 18, United States Code Section 2256 (8) (A), including, but not limited to, digital image files entitled Karen.jpg." (emphasis added)
The indictment then lists four different pages, and continues to state, "…that had been mailed, or shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer or that was produced using materials that had been mailed or shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer."
In addition to the child pornograhy charge, he is also alleged to have engaged in Obstruction of Justice - Witness Tampering. According to the indictment, Strom "...physically assaulted and mentally intimidated and otherwise threatened, harrassed and intimdated Witness A in an attempt to prevent Witness A from reporting Kevin Alfred Strom's ongoing criminal activity, including but not limited to that set forth in Count One of this indictment."(emphasis added)
As the news hit the airwaves, the racist world was reeling. Kevin Strom had been a rising star, at one point, in the National Alliance. Picking up the American Dissident Voices after the death of founder William Luther Pierce, Strom was considered one of the few true intellecutals within the rank and file of the movement.
In May of 2005, however, it became obvious that Strom was forming an alliance with Jamie Kelso and David Duke and that another split might be forthcoming. In an interview with Eric Gliebe, then leader of the National Alliance, Gliebe assured me that Strom's loyalty to him and the organization was strong. Not true. It was just a matter of time before Gliebe would realize that a coup attempt was just around the corner. Strom, along with several others were evicted from the National Alliance.
Kevin went on to form National Vanguard, a somewhat anemic group of white nationalists who take a more intellectual approach to furthering their hate.
Almost immediately, the racist front started pointing fingers at Elisha Strom, Kevin's newly estranged wife. Elisha has never been respected or accepted among the white nationalists largely because she is somewhat of a feminist. Members of VNN and Stormfront began accusing her of framing Strom. While I guess this is certainly a possibility, I would think that for someone who has been under scrutiny and investigation this long, law-enforcement officials would have ruled out such a possibility before taking the case to the Grand Jury - at least I hope they would have.
While understanding that those on the racist right really hope that this indictment has no merit, especially given the really disgusting nature of the charges, it is typical of them to attempt to scapegoat and lay blame elsewhere. Screaming that it is a "Jewish Conspiracy" and that "ZOG" is out to get every white nationalist leader, the rants continued through the night.
In July of last year, Strom had resigned from National Vanguard citing "health" concerns as one of the reasons. In a letter of resignation, he passed the baton onto others to continue "the fight." It didn't take long for the National Alliance to issue a statement that he was in no way, shape, or form related to that organization any longer. National Vanguard, on the other had took a little while before claiming that the charges against Strom are bogus and that they stand behind him.
Also, true to form, for those who call themselves white nationalists or white supremacists, is their total ignorance of homosexuality. For some unknown reason, in the mind of a racist, pedophilia or things like child pornography means homosexuality. Now, for years, Kevin Alfred Strom's sexuality has been questioned. When I first ran across him, years ago, his website held all sorts of pictures of young women in various poses. They were all clothed, yet they WERE suggestive. What I found to be really strange, however, was the gallery that he kept of himself. Strom was obviously quite narcissistic. He posed in his briefs, he posed in a variety of stances, alwas looking right into the camera.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Elisha Strom contacted Kevin's first wife, Kirsten Kaiser and told her that she had left Kevin last summer. During that conversation, a rather surprising claim was made by both women. Elisha claimed that Kevin displayed no interest in her, sexually, after they were married. Kirsten then shared that the same thing occurred when he married her. Additionally, it was learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had interviewed Kirsten about Kevin's sexual proclivities last November.
Kevin Alfred Strom's house was searched in December and it is reported that they carried away "boxes" of evidence. Yet not one word has been mentioned about the raid or investigation.
Some are claiming that the pictures on his computer might be nothing more than his love of art and the works of European artists. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
"Strom's interest in young girls was well known. While living at the Alliance's West Virginia compound in the 1990s, and later, living with his then-wife Kirsten Kaiser in Minnesota, he hosted a website with a huge section devoted to "feminine beauty." In practical terms, that meant he posted dozens of photographs of attractive, very young, white girls, many in bikinis. He was particularly fond of the then-child actress Brooke Shields, who he ran several photographs of astride a horse.
"The beauty of the women and girls of our race has inspired our greatest poets, artists, and writers throughout our history," Strom wrote on his site at the time. "[I]f anything is sacred, our girls and women are, and they must be protected from the degradation and degeneracy that is inherent in multiculturalism."
"The website had some National Socialist stuff, but it also had all these pictures of girls who were about 12," Kaiser, 44, told the Intelligence Report after learning of the arrest of Strom, whom she divorced in 1999 after having three children by him. "He used to talk about [the 18th century composer Antonio] Vivaldi, too, saying the reason he was able to write such wonderful music was that he worked at an all-girls school [in Venice]. Kevin also used to say that the only sport he was interested in was nymphet baseball, whatever that means. And he had all these paintings all over the house of water nymphs. He really liked that stuff."
There are several questions in all of this. The obvious is, of course, is he guilty? Many are saying that a handful of pictures don't mean much, however, the indictment clearly says, "not limited to." Perhaps those who are in denial fail to understand that the prosecution rarely presents its' entire case to the jury in these proceedings. Generally speaking they only present what they believe will be sufficient evidence to obtain an indictment. Then again, maybe he was set up. We really won't know that until all the evidence is made available.
One thing that does come to mind, however, in all of this is that if Elisha set him up - perhaps the authorities need to be looking into the dark corners of her computer. Maybe they should do that anyway, if they haven't already.
At the forefront of this claim that Elisha Strom framed Kevin is none other than April Gaede. April related a story about Kevin and Elisha. At one point last March, Elisha is supposed to have bashed Kevin in the head with a big, old-fashioned, telephone requiring Kevin to receive 8 stitches. Apparently Elisha had found porn on Kevin's computer and called him a pervert and a child molestor and threatened to get even with him. That was pretty much what it took to keep the fingers pointing at Elisha Strom.
Most disturbing to me, however, is the fact that Kevin had contact with Gaede's twin daughters Lynx and Lamb of Prussian Blue fame. This didn't seem to be weighing to heavily on the mind of April, however. She seemed way too interested in diverting the focus to Elisha. It's important to keep in mind that there has been bad blood between the women in the National Alliance and National Vanguard for a very long time.
Child pornography and those who embrace it are nothing less than repugnant. It is hard to digest that there are those who find pleasure in anything so reprehensible. When you consider the degenerate nature of those who deal in racism and hate, however, it is easy to think that they will engage in reprehensible acts. Kevin Strom has three children by his first wife, Kirsten. It has been reported that one of those children is autistic and that he contributes nothing to their support. When the story made the mainstream media, a news video showed two children's bikes parked at Kevin's house. One cannot help but wonder who they belong to and are they safe.
One of the most telling things thus far in the discussions held by the racists is the total disregard and lack of concern for the child or children who are depicted in the pictures as well as any others that may have been victims of all of this.
Sexual deviance or sexual obssession is nothing new among the white supremacist movement. A few years ago when Strom's sexuality was being questioned, another white nationalist commisserated thusly:
"...some of the girls whose pictures Strom used on his website were daughters of National Alliance members, from family photos etc. that Strom had somehow gotten hold of and in some cases put on the website without the parents' permission, and also in some cases the girls were very YOUNG. We're talking twelve, thirteen or so. Okay, nothing is more beautiful on this earth that most little White girls but---there was just a bad FEEL about it all. That and the beefcake combined just gave the whole website a slightly off-kilter feel, what HAC described in a recent post as "that slightly sickening National Alliance vibe." I should also add that Strom ignored complaints about this for YEARS, although he did eventually take down the beefcake in his jockey shorts.
"WHY? Why do these things happen? Why, even under the best of circumstances, is the Movement always tainted with just a slight little tinge of cadaverine smell? Why are we constantly confronted with this kind of just plain WEIRD BEHAVIOR, even among those who claim to be (and to our reluctant agreement usually are) the best people we've got? Why can't we have so much as one single leader who is just simply NORMAL? Why must there always be these little weird kibbles and bits, these little oddities, these little bits of quirky behavior lurking in the background of everything we do? Why must we always hold our breath around our leaders, never knowing what horrible surprise lurks in their past waiting to spring out and piss all over everything like a giggling deranged baby? Why do we even bother? Is this really, truly, THE BEST WE CAN DO?"
Yep - I think it is the best you can do. When you advocate despicable things, when you associate with those whose hearts are as black as coal, when you cause pain and great angst to others, what do you expect? I don't know if he is guilty - but I do know that he is one very strange dude.
In all of this, I can't help but believe that law-enforcement has barely scraped the tip of the ice-berg. Who else is involved? We may have more surprises coming our way. If there is truth in the charges, then there are others - bet on it. Even if they are not participants in Kevin's crimes, there have to be those who knew and simply turned their heads. The months ahead will be interesting. If he is innocent, I hope they find out soon. If he is guilty, I hope they castrate the bastard. Having said that, my instinct tells me there will be lot more to come out of all of this.