Thursday, September 04, 2008
Former National Vanguard Director Kevin Alfred Strom Released From Prison, Will Live In Charlottesville, Virginia; Elisha Strom Still Dogging Him
Kevin Alfred Strom, the former director of the now-defunct National Vanguard organization who was sentenced to 23 months for possession of child pornography and who still considers himself a white separatist, is out of prison, and his proposed residence in the 1100 block of St. Charles Court is causing some neighborhood consternation. Someone in the area is targeting the prospective neighborhood with leaflets warning residents about Strom. Full story published in The Hook; additional information on Overthrow and the Vanguard News Network Forum.
Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo, who lives in that neighborhood, hopes Strom gets a fair treatment in his transition back into society. “We talk a lot about redemption,” says Longo. “He’s served his sentence. I would hope people will not pre-judge.” Longo calls Strom’s mother and stepfather “good people” and “good neighbors,” and he says his children play with Strom’s children, who have been living with Strom’s mother while he was incarcerated on the child porn possession charge. And Longo points out that Strom, who has been at the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, will be heavily supervised during his 15-year probation.
Strom went to trial in October 2007 on charges of enticement of a minor and witness intimidation, charges that were thrown out. In January 2008, he entered a guilty plea to one count of child porn possession, but said he’d possessed it “unwillingly,” and at the April 21st 2008 sentencing, declared, “I am not a pedophile.”
Suspicion for leafleting the neighborhood falls upon his estranged wife, Elisha Strom, who has behaved in an extremely vindictive manner towards Kevin. She denies leafleting St. Charles Court about Strom’s release, but states, “Someone has to notify the neighborhood, especially since he’s still pretending to be innocent.” However, an estranged spouse is hardly a source of credible information, and Elisha is widely suspected within the white nationalist community of being a closet feminist.
The Stroms’ tempestuous relationship was revealed in court in October 2007, after Elisha Strom’s phone calls to police accusing Strom of kiddie porn possession, stalking a 10-year-old friend of her daughter, and intimidation of a witness, namely herself, led to felony charges. She did admit to bashing Strom on the head with a telephone. However, Elisha testified in such an incoherent and emotional fashion that the judge threw out the charges before the case could go to a jury.
While Strom is not prohibited from being around his minor children, Elisha Strom maintains that her husband is a danger to children. “He’s in denial,” she says. "[Strom and his parents] are trying to play the victim. They’re not victims.” Another St. Charles Court resident, who asked that her name not be used, is most concerned about “those two wonderful children living in that household with Kevin’s mother.” She says, “I can’t imagine the impact on them. I just don’t know what the publicity is going to do to those children.” The fact that Elisha Strom is willing to drag Kevin's parents into it, defaming and smearing them in her desperation to get back at Kevin, is another sign of her vindictiveness. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but it is questionable whether Elisha is truly a "woman" in her heart.
It should be noted that once Kevin Alfred Strom was originally arrested, National Vanguard immediately disincorporated and then was resurrected as European Americans United (EAU). EAU, which also operates the Western Voices World News website, has no association with Strom.
I also recommend you read Bill White's summation of the sequence of events which landed Kevin Strom in this predicament.
Commentary: I attach significant weight to Chief Longo's assessment. In a society reeking of pedophilia hysteria, to the point where a man refuses to stop to help a small child out of fear of being labeled a pedophile, for a police chief to appeal for fair play towards a convicted child pornographer is an act of political courage, and implies that concern about Kevin's presence in the neighborhood is overblown. We should at least acknowledge the possibility, however remote, that the porn might have been planted on Kevin's computer without his knowledge, although his voluntary guilty plea undermines that defense.
But while Kevin Alfred Strom may deserve the chance to integrate himself back into civil society, a return to white nationalist activism is absolutely out of the question. In two separate VNN Forum threads, HERE and HERE, sentiment is overwhelmingly against a return to active involvement in the Cause by Strom. Most white nationalists realize that the return of Strom to white activism would be a huge propaganda victory for our enemies, permitting them to further misrepresent and marginalize us. Any WN organization, a racially-populist organization, or even a paleoconservative organization which accepts Kevin Alfred Strom as a member will be identified and ruthlessly exposed.