Bruce Pierce

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Bruce Pierce

Bruce Carroll Pierce (May 14, 1954 - August 16, 2010) was a member of the Silent Brotherhood. Pierce was a Christian Identity White nationalist originally associated with Aryan Nations. He is believed to have been the triggerman in the execution of Jewish supremacist radio talk show host Alan Berg.[1]

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Background

Bruce Pierce lived outside Frankfort, Kentucky and moved to Plains, Montana.[2] While in Montana, Peirce became familiar with Christian Identity beliefs. Previously he had little interest in race, religion, or political issues. In March 1983 he meets Pastor Richard Butler at Aryan Nations (Church of Jesus Christ, Christian) and eventually became a member of the church’s uniform security guards.[3]

Interview

From a 1986 Rockey Mountain News interview:

I’ve heard my own people, different people in the movement, say I hurt it. I’ve heard what they’ve said, “What you’ve done is you’ve hurt us and you’ve brought too much attention down upon us and really what did you accomplish.”
That make me defensive, but I realize a lot of people are going to feel that way. It’s very east to criticize the man in the arena of battle. In retrospect, have I hurt the movement or not, it’s irrelevant when you consider that it’s all according to God’s will.
We had been making statements for years and I think we all recognized that it wasn’t going to be done by talking. Our own people in the movement had been talking for years. And we really by far would have preferred to do this on a discussion level. It just wasn’t going to happen.
I don’t think we had any idea that we could start and finish in 1984. But you have to begin and you have to make a stand. And if it be we were unsuccessful this time, that’s not to say that in other times someone else won’t be successful. Our actions were based upon our belief, and our beliefs were that in the end we wanted a separate nation.[4]

Timeline

  • March 1983 - Bruce Pierce visits Aryan Nations and eventually joins the church’s security detail.[5]
  • September 22, 1983 - Nine men including Bruce Pierce take the oath of the Silent Brotherhood forming the organization.
  • October 28, 1983 - Bruce Pierce, Bob Mathews, Randy Duey, and Dan Bauer rob a porno store north of Spokane, Washington taking $369.10. This was the group’s first crime and parallels an event in The Turner Diaries.[6]
  • December 3, 1983 - Bruce Pierce is arrested for passing counterfeit money at a mall southwest of Spokane, Washington. Pierce was passing fake $50 bills with David Lane and Dan Bauer. They evaded arrest.[7]
  • December 23, 1983 - Bruce Pierce is released from jail after his bail is lower from $25,000 to $2,500.[8]
  • January 20, 1984 - Bruce Pierce and Gary Yarbrough rob the Washington Mutual Savings Bank in Spokane, Washington taking $3,600.[9]
  • March 16, 1984 - Bruce Pierce along with Bob Mathews and Randy Duey participates in the Fred Meyer store robbery in Seattle, Washington during an armor car pickup. Gary Yarbrough drives the getaway car. The robbery netted $43,345[10]
  • April 3, 1984 - Bruce Pierce pleads guilty to counterfeiting in a Spokane courtroom thinking he would get probation for a first offense. Instead Judge Robert McNichols suspicious over the silence of how he got the phony bills and his ties to Aryan Nations sentences Pierce to two years in prison. Pierce is released on bond for three weeks to take care of his affairs.[11]
  • April 23, 1984 - Bruce Pierce participates in an armor car robbery at the Northgate Mall in Seattle, Washington with six other members of The Order. Pierce holds the gun to the head of one of the guards. The press reported it as being a half-million dollar robbery with $230,379 in cash ($4,432 Canadian) and $301,334 in checks.[12]
  • April 29, 1984 - Bruce Pierce and Richard Kemp carry out an “unauthorized” bombing of a synagogue in Boise, Idaho. The bomb is placed in a crawl space under the residential style building and does little damage.[13]
  • June 18, 1984 - At 9:21 pm an assassination team consisting of David Lane, Bob Mathews, Richard Scutari and Bruce Pierce ambushes Alan Berg as he returns home in Denver, Colorado. The driver David Lane, stops at Berg’s driveway. Mathews gets out of the car and opens the door for Bruce Pierce. Pierce approaches Alan Berg as he steps out of his black Volkswagen killing him with a MAC-10. The four quickly drives away.[14]
  • July 19, 1984 - Twelve members of The Brotherhood rob an armor car outside of Ukiah, California. All participants have bandanas over the faces except Pierce. Pierce fires four shots with his H&K.308 weapon shattering the armor car’s windshield. The armor car had thirty sacks of money; the group only had time to take half of them totaling $3.6 million.[15]
  • March 26, 1985 - Bruce Pierce is arrested in Rossville, Georgia south of Chattanooga, Tennessee by the FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation and is held without bail on four federal warrants.[16]
  • April 12, 1985 - A federal grand jury in Seattle indicts 24 members of the Silent Brotherhood, including Pierce, on racketing and conspiracy charges.
  • November 1987 - Bruce Pierce and David Lane are convicted of violating the civil rights of Alan Berg. No murder charges were ever filed in the death of Berg.
  • August 16, 2010 - Bruce Pierce dies of natural causes in federal penitentiary where he was serving a 252-year sentence.

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Notes

  1. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 149
  2. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 142
  3. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 148
  4. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 452
  5. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 148
  6. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 131
  7. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 140
  8. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 155
  9. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 162
  10. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 165, 166
  11. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 182
  12. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 187, 189
  13. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 193
  14. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 249, 250
  15. The Silent Brotherhood, By Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, page 280
  16. Alleged Racist Leader Is Refused Bail

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