this day in crime history: june 18, 1984


On this date in 1984, radio talk show host Alan Berg was shot and killed outside his home in in Denver, CO. Berg, who frequently courted controversy on his radio show, was shot by members of a white nationalist group known as The Order. Eventually, two members of the group, David Lane and Bruce Pierce, were convicted of racketeering and civil rights violations in connection with Berg’s death. Lane was sentenced to 190 years in prison, Pierce to 252. Lane died in 2007, Pierce in 2010.

Further reading:

Denver PostThe murder of Alan Berg in Denver: 25 years later

Wikipedia – Alan Berg

Wikipedia – The Order

6 thoughts on “this day in crime history: june 18, 1984

  1. John D.:
    I read that link to the Denver Post (25 years later)…that was one of those crimes that made some headlines, even back on the right coast, and the story behind “The Order”: and the mooks in that fringe group made for interesting reading.
    And no one was convicted of murder…(lack of evidence)…amazing.

    Very good post.

    Roll safe out there.


    • The group’s leader, Bob Matthews, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement. Even if no one was convicted of Berg’s murder directly, they all faced justice eventually, one way or another.


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