By Nicole Nichols
Some people love cat fights…they really get amused. Usually, I find them ridiculous and demeaning to those involved, as well as those cheering them on. However, the feline frenzy that is taking place on VNN between April Gaede, ersatz mother of singing duo Prussian Blue, and Elisha Strom, estranged wife of the sexually twisted Kevin Alfred Strom is just too outlandish to walk away from.
The latest round started when Elisha Strom announced that her estranged husband was probably going to enter into a plea agreement with the prosecution and admit to being in possession of child pornography.
Now, there are those in the VNN group, as well as Stormfront, who still refuse to accept Strom's guilt. In spite of all the evidence and the admissions made by Strom himself, they believe that it was his wife, Elisha, who set Kevin up. There are also those who believe there is nothing wrong with what Kevin Alfred Strom did. Consequently, Elisha knew that she would generate a lot of discussion and a lot of unfriendly conversation.
Among those long time supporters of Kevin has been April Gaede who was quick to point a finger at Elisha on Stormfront once the news of Strom's arrest hit. Elisha was equally quick to fight back against claims that she had set her husband up for this fall. Questions about all of this have surrounded the case for almost a year now and accusations have been flying for just as long.
The recent event was brought about by Elisha Strom's statement on VNN claiming…
"Although she admits to being aware of Kevin's "problem" more than a year and a half before he was arrested, April Gaede continued to send Kevin photographs of her daughters almost up to the day of his arrest. Then April comes on here and blames me for causing pictures of her kids to be used by Kevin in the nasty way they were. I suppose April also blames me for her sending dozens of photographs of her daughters to David Lane, even after he admitted on television that he sat in his prison cell looking at those pictures and thinking of her daughters in a more "grown up" way."
It should be noted that Kevin was found masturbating to pictures of the Prussian Blue twins, Lynx and Lamb. He had pasted their heads onto the bodies of much younger children. The reference to David Lane, now deceased, refers to a comment made by Lane in a recent documentary about April and her girls. Lane, sentenced to 190 years for his part in robberies and murders, called the girls, who were 14 at the time, his "sweetheart fantasies."
Also, referring to that very same film, Elisha had the following to say…
"April called her daughter a "cunt" on national television. She announced to the world on live radio that her daughter was "PMSing." Rather than speaking out against the pedophile who used her kids and her, she goes after, with the most vicious slander, the woman who tried to protect them from him. You might believe those are the actions of a good mother, but I definitely do not."
The actual quote became a point of semantics on the forum where it was argued that April did not call her daughter such a name. What was actually said by April was, "And then when they leave...you can act as much of a cunt as you want, for the rest of the night...ok."
The comment itself drew a collective gasp from many while watching the film. However, it demonstrated precisely what life for the Gaede twins, as well as their 3 year old sister, is really like.
In response, Gaede claimed:
"As for saying the word "cunt". My daughters were acting like spoiled brats that day to the max. They were mad because they wanted to hang out with their friends and couldnt because of the filming, which they had agreed to do and so they decided to act like brats. I said what I said because at that age, telling them they were acting like brats doesnt mean much. So what, I dont see that it is that big a deal. I dont use that word often but I was pushed to the breaking point. In retrospect, I should not have said it, but what the hell, life goes on."
I guess in the world of skinheads, racists, and hate-mongers, using such language when disciplining children is just normal. I guess that age 14 is considered "grown" to a woman living such an existence.
Will Williams, who has been a long time detractor of Gaede and has published volumes about her sexual escapades, chimed in to further shred any myths about the fine parent that Gaede is. Williams made the following statement…
"Lane was a responsible, moral man of the top rank.
"I understand and accept Mr. Lane's off the cuff comment in that hit piece. He probably didn't realize that his comments on a speakerphone were going to be memorialized in a BBC docudrama. The poor fellow had been in Super Max lockdown for twenty years. He had had pictures of the twins all over the wall of his cell for at least five years, maybe six, going back to their pre-teen years, and had them reading poertry and singing to him over the phone most of that time. Lane was as manipiulated as the twins have been."
It is important to note that Gaede had chosen Lane as her children's "Godfather" and that she encouraged the girls to write and to stay in close contact with the prisoner.
The comment made by Williams did not go unanswered by April. She retaliated with:
"Will, you act as if you visited David's cell yourself. I dont even have any idea about what was on his walls. Or, that you were privy to most of the phone calls from him, when in truth you were present on ONE occasion....The truth is that they confiscated David's things often and he would ask for new pics of the girls, I sent pics of Dresden too and of the kids Bday parties with their cousins, our cattle branding etc. Just pics to show him that what he did was not in vain and to give him a glimpse into a healthy family life that he could not have. David was my friend, in all the years that I knew him via phone and email he never once said anything inappropriate to the girls. I believe that the comment that he made on the documentary was not made in a perverted way like Elisha and the documentary would have you believe. He was just acknowledging that pretty white women are attractive to WN men. The girls are 15, they are not babies, they are young women.
To claim that I manipulated David is so mean. I was one of the people who didnt forget him. How much did you write to him?"
Well, that was probably not the smartest thing that April has ever asked. Will Williams has been a long time activist within the movement and is well respected within the rank and file. His response?
"Gaede says it's mean of me to say she manipulated David Lane, using her daughters. The truth can be mean. I'm not saying having the girls in his life didn't bring David some measure of needed attachment to females on the outside. Fantasies were all the man had where he was.
"She asked me how many times I wrote to David Lane like that's relevant. I was corresponding with Lane back in 1988 and for years after, long before she first wrote to him and started sending him pictures of her girls in 2001. I edited his 88 Precepts and was the first to publish them, 13 years before the Shewolf of the NA wiled her way into his lonely life, and was reasonably close to Katja Lane and especially with Ron McVan, David's right arm, all through the 1990's as they developed Wotanism together. I published a letter by David Lane in 1989 in which he called Xianity an "escape hatch," and admitted that both he and Bob Mathews took a dim view of Xianity and had both read Klassen's White Man's Bible. So much for claims that they were Xians."
While all of this may seem to be just more of the drama that takes place in cyberspace, it is important to view this squabble in context. Given the severity of the charges that have been leveled and acquiesced to in regard to Strom, the children with whom he had contact should be of the utmost concern.
April Gaede will probably never win "Mother of the Year." However, there is even more to be considered when looking into her parenting practices. Rarely am I ever in agreement with a racist, but Will Williams raised a legitimate concern when he offered his opinion on the manipulation of the children. Also, are April's wishes for stardom and success such that she not only manipulated but exploited these two beautiful girls? This question has been raised more than once by many people.
Kevin Alfred Strom was a huge promoter of the twins and April. The question remains, why did April continue sending Strom pictures of her girls? Apparently, many in the movement knew of Kevin's penchant for young girls. It would be patently ingenuous of April Gaede to claim that she had no clue.
Any sane person would question April's motivation behind her relationship with David Lane. Assigning Lane "Godfather" status begs the question of her own sanity, not to mention that she has also dubbed Matt Hale as their "Spiritual Leader." One can only conclude that April understood the esteem that was bestowed upon Lane and hoped that by using his name the Prussian Blue duo would be revered and legitimized among those in the movement.
Booking her children into white power events, insisting that they perform for drunken and often obscene skinheads and the like cannot be justified as anything other than manipulation and exploitation. And if Kevin Alfred Strom's actions with their pictures did not curdle her stomach the very thought of a murderous felon having sexual fantasies about them should have.
Her claims of providing Lane with a "glimpse into a healthy family life," would almost be laughable if the circumstances were not so wretchedly abominable.
Elisha Strom isn't without culpability in all of this, however. In 2003, Elisha was featured as one the Southern Poverty Law Center's "40 To Watch." Countering what many called Kevin Alfred Strom's "effeminate ways," Elisha presented herself as more of a feminist often drawing fire from the rank and file racists for her strong views on women.
Entering into the fray that generally characterizes the racist right is not an easy thing for women. In most instances, women are viewed as weak and too emotional to handle things that should be left to the men - things like voting or participating in the political arena. Elisha didn't fit the mold.
As much as Kevin's website was strange, so was Elisha's which often featured "hot men of movement." As early as 2002, a confidential source eluded to the belief that Kevin's feminism was rivaled by Elisha's masculinity and claimed that both were involved in "weird sexual exploits."
Kevin's affinity for young girls was a well known fact among the racists yet his writings and broadcasts were highly touted by them. According to his first wife, Kirsten Kaiser, Strom was infatuated with "nymphs" and had them all over their home.
In a very revealing interview with Kirsten, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that she had been interviewed and questioned by the FBI in November of 2006, and asked for names of underaged girls who might have lived on the National Alliance compound during the same time as Kevin.
Kirsten also reported a telephone conversation with Elisha:
"She said that for the first two years of her marriage she tried to figure out what was wrong with her [because Strom showed so little interest], and for the second two years she tried to figure out what was wrong with him," Kaiser said. "The fact is, he wasn't interested in me, either, once we got married."
Now, considering all of these things, one must also consider that Kevin Alfred Strom and Elisha shared the same living space and the same bed. It seems almost inconceivable to me that any woman could live for so many years with a man who lusted after children and not realize that something was very wrong with that picture.
It seems to me that Elisha knew about her husband and, perhaps, ignored or denied or even abetted him in his quest for pictures of very young girls. She relates a story that while attending a function of David Duke, Kevin wanted to take pictures of Prussian Blue in their bikini's at the pool. According to Elisha, she intervened and asked another person to get those shots.
This whole affair is a sordid mess and, I suspect, involves many others. There are those who knew and kept quiet. There are those who tried to cover or sweep it under the rug. And, there are those who obliged Mr. Strom by sending photo's, by interfering with authorities, or by simply condoning his actions.
April Gaede as well as Elisha Strom must both share in this despicable happening. No woman would force her daughters into an arena so rife with degenerates nor allow them to associate with men with such disreputable pasts. Likewise, no woman would not know that there was something rotten going on with her husband, and once known, would have allowed it to continue.
Elisha will say that she tried to get him to seek help. She will say that she filmed him and recorded him for "proof." The "proof" was always there and the bottom line is, she didn't report him. He was brought to the attention of law enforcement by the parents of a young child that he was stalking.
In fairness, it is possible that Kevin was abusive and that Elisha feared him…but when it comes to children, no matter how much she feared, she should have done what was necessary long ago to protect them.
April Gaede is another story. Her manipulation and exploitation of the twins is unconscionable and may have adverse affects on both for years to come. While cat fights are not generally fruitful, I can only hope that, in this case, that April will see what she has done and ask forgiveness from her children.
Kevin Alfred Strom was scheduled for trial in January on the porn charges. If Elisha Strom is correct and he pleads guilty, I can only speculate that others will be named as part of that plea bargain. He will not go gentle into the night - bet on it.