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:: August 01, 2002 ::
Hate group leader dead

William Pierce leader of a White Supremacist group known as the "National Alliance" died late last month.

Pierce was the author of "The Turner Diaries" (1978), an anti-government rant that fictionalized his worldview. His book became an obsession and some say inspiration for executed murderer Timothy McVeigh, the man responsible for the Oklahoma bombing. The book describes a race war, which begins when its hero blows up a federal building with a truck bomb.

Pierce ran the National Alliance (1,500 reported members) from an isolated compound 150 miles from Charleston near Hillsboro, West Virginia. He bought the land cheap and it is rumored partly with stolen cash given to him by members of "The Order," a hate group responsible for bank robberies and murder.

Pierce was most recently known for his foray into the music world, producing racist CDs for the youth market. He hoped to influence people through modern mediums and boasted that his goal was to become "the biggest distributor and producer of resistance music in the world.'' He claimed his label "Resistance Records" was the "soundtrack for white revolution.''

Pierce died without an heir, but his fervent followers seem to think the National Alliance will go on without him. Bob DeMarais, the group's business manager said Pierce left them with instructions. Karen Strom, editor of Pierce's magazine and newsletter will continue in that role and produce its radio show, "American Dissident Voices.'' She said, "We were lucky he had the foresight to build an organization that will survive and will continue to pursue the goals he set for it.'' But Mark Potok, an expert on hate groups said the group would more likely "wither" without its charismatic leader.

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