Neo-Nazis Awash in Sex Scandals

Aryan Love

Despite all their pious rhetoric about defending the virtue of women, American white supremacists have always been particularly wont to sexually scandalous behavior. Nineteenth-century Klansmen were often rapists, and the Klan of the 1920s collapsed in the wake of its powerful Indiana leader's conviction for a rape so bestial that his victim died. More recently, the deputy of former Klan leader David Duke, Bruce Alan Breeding, left the movement after he was exposed for running a secret porn empire. And the National Alliance, long the most important neo-Nazi group in America, has shrunk to a discredited shadow of its former self, in part because of its leaders' taste for strippers and all-nude lap dancing.

So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to find that the heat goes on. Even so, the latest round of scandals has set neo-Nazis' tongues wagging nationwide.

In November, Martin Linstedt, a vitriolic racist who was for years a "pastor" of the neo-Nazi Church of the Sons of YHVH, was committed to a Missouri mental hospital while awaiting trial for allegedly kissing a young family member on the child's back, buttocks and groin. Three months earlier, church leader Morris Gulett ejected Linstedt for suggesting the "gang rape of female whigger [a white "nigger"] herd animals" and the "skinning alive of prisoners and execution by slow torture." Gulett, an ex-felon now in federal custody awaiting trial for conspiracy to commit bank robbery, said Linstedt had made his group look like "street thugs."

In October, Steven Holten, the self-described Nevada leader of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations, was arrested after allegedly soliciting a male undercover officer in Sparks, Nev., for sex. Police said Holten, who was in full Nazi regalia when he was arrested, had been advertising for sex in a flier that particularly sought Hispanic men. Holten had only recently emerged from federal prison, where he served part of a 10 month-sentence for making E-mail death threats. Holten, initially booked on suspicion of indecent exposure, is suffering from AIDS. Police said that he could be charged with a felony for failing to tell sex partners that he had the disease.

Also that month, Miner Prescott, a Cleveland neo-Nazi known as "Tsun" in his frequent postings to neo-Nazi chat rooms, admitted that he enjoyed having women urinate on him. Prescott defended the practice in a message to the neo-Nazi VNN Forum, adding that it was particularly appealing "when administered by a swanky blonde wearing something black and low-cut." Prescott also said he ran three pornographic Web sites and had sponsored Asian sex tours -- a most definite no-no in the world of all-white Aryan love, which does, after all, have its limits. He was rapidly ejected from the neo-Nazi chat rooms where he was once a favorite.