There aren’t many ways of making yourself a social outcast as effective as acting openly racist. But the FBI recently helped Kevin Alfred Strom, one of the founders of the white nationalist group National Vanguard, find one.
On Jan. 4, FBI agents raided Strom’s Charlottesville, Va., home, arresting and charging him with possession of child pornography and witness tampering.
National Vanguard is the same group to which Kalispell resident April Gaede, mother of 14-year-old twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede and agent for the girls’ white power group Prussian Blue, belongs. National Vanguard also heavily promotes the band.
Strom stepped down as head of National Vanguard in July 2006 due to “health and family matters,” according to a letter distributed to National Vanguard members.
According to the indictment, the FBI investigated Strom from October 2005 to August 2006.
Immediately after Strom’s arrest, Travis McAdam, interim director of the Montana Human Rights Network, issued a press release attempting to connect Strom’s arrest to Prussian Blue and the Gaedes.
“[Strom’s] arrest for child pornography gives new perspective on his fascination with Prussian Blue. He may have considered April Gaede’s daughters the ultimate Aryan princesses,” McAdam says in the press release, adding, “It’s now becoming clear [National Vanguard] was founded by a sexual predator that targets children and includes people like April Gaede who exploits her own children for personal fame.”
Nothing in the FBI indictment connects the charges against Strom to Prussian Blue or the Gaedes, although Lamb and Lynx’s looks have certainly played a role in their promotion.
“I mean, what young red-blooded American boy isn’t going to find two blonde twins, 16 years old, singing about white pride and pride in your race…very appealing?” April Gaede asked in an interview with ABC News, while talking about the band’s prospects.
Speaking with the Independent, McAdam concedes that Strom has only been charged, not convicted, of possessing child pornography, and that there is no evidence linking National Vanguard’s promotion of Prussian Blue to Strom’s alleged proclivities.
But, he says, “It is sort of an interesting connection to look at.”