David Lane

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David Eden Lane

David Lane at Florence, Colorado
Born 2 November 1938 (1938-11-02)
Woden, Iowa, USA
Died 28 May 2007 (2007-05-29) (aged 68)
Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
Cause of death Epileptic seizure
Other names Wodensson
Occupation Real estate broker
Known for White nationalism
Religion Wotanism
Spouse Mary Lou
Katja Maddox (1994–2007)

David Eden Lane (2 November 1938 – 28 May 2007) was an American white nationalist leader and author. A founding member of the Silent Brotherhood, he died while serving a 190-year prison sentence in the Federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. [1] Lane was a prominent figure in the White nationalist movement, seen by many as a political prisoner and a P.O.W..[2] He coined the white nationalist credo: We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children, also know as the fourteen words.


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Living in several places throughout his childhood, Lane's family settled in Aurora, Colorado where he attended Hinckley High School.[3] Originally aspiring to become a golf professional,[4] Lane worked as real estate broker until his license was revoked because, "I wouldn't sell homes to coloreds in white neighborhoods."[5]


Lane was 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 Aryan Nations.[6]

Lane met Robert Jay Mathews in July 1983 at the Aryan Nations world congress.[7] On 22 September 1983, Lane was among the nine founding members to be sworn into die Bruder Schweigen, commonly known as The Order, a group which dedicated itself to delivering "our people from the Jew and bring total victory to the Aryan race."[8] The group was accused of stealing over $4.1 million in armored car hijackings, killing two people, detonating bombs, counterfeiting money, organizing militaristic training camps and carrying out numerous other crimes with the ultimate goal of over-throwing the United States government.

Lane coined the 14 words, which is a popular slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children." He also authored the 88 Precepts, a collection of statements on Natural Law, which combine in White nationalist shorthand to "14-88" or "14/88" [9]


White racial preservation

Lane believed that the survival of the White Race is of paramount importance. He also believed that Christianity is problematic to the White race because it is a product of non-White Jews and is anti-Nature. Similarly, he believed that completely white nations are necessary to eliminate miscegenation which he believed is a threat. He considered White people who supported what he viewed as the Zionist conspiracy to be race traitors.[10]


Lane was arrested 30 March 1985 near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Lane was serving a 190-year consecutive life sentence for racketeering (20 years), conspiracy (20 years) and violation of the civil rights of radio talk show host Alan Berg on 18 June 1984 (150 years). Berg was shot and killed in the driveway of his Denver home, by three members of the Silent Brotherhood. Lane expressed satisfaction at Berg's death, but denied any personal involvement in the murder.

Lane was also among 14 men prosecuted for sedition in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but 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, Lane remained an influential leader to the White nationalist movement. He contributed articles to White nationalist periodicals and websites. With his wife and Ron McVan, he ran a publishing company called 14 Word Press in Idaho to disseminate his writings.


David Lane died on May 28, 2007 in the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute due to an epileptic seizure.[11]

Bibliography (excerpt)

  • (1997) Introduction to Creed of Iron: Wotansvolk Wisdom by Ron McVan (14 Word Press, ISBN 0-9678123-0-5)
  • (1999) Deceived, Damned & Defiant: The Revolutionary Writings of David Lane (14 Word Press, ISBN 0-9678123-2-1)
  • (2004) KD Rebel, fiction (direct link to RTF file; also available in HTML here)

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External links


  1. Getaway driver in radio talk show host murder dies in prison. 9news.
  2. Gardell, p. 199
  3. Flynn & Gerhardt, p. 259
  4. Flynn & Gerhardt, p. 259
  5. Schwartz, p. 64
  6. Schwartz, p. 64
  7. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke: Black Sun - Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity. New York University Press 2002, p. 270
  8. Gardell, p. 193
  9. 88 is also shorthand for the National socialist greeting, "Heil Hitler." "H" being the eighth letter of the alphabet, and eight two times signifying "HH". http://www.adl.org/hate_symbols/numbers_88.asp
  10. Lane, David. Countdown to 1995. "The White Race Must be Saved." 1993.
  11. "White supremacist, talk show host killer dies in prison"