In June of 1984, someone gunned down talk radio host Alan Berg in the driveway of his Capitol Hill home in Denver, Colorado. When reporters asked a Denver police detective if there were any suspects in his murder, the detective pointed to the phone book and said, “Where do you want to start?”
Berg was “the most loved and hated man in Denver” according to a newspaper poll at the time. Left- leaning, bombastic, and confrontational, he spoke up on behalf of the poor and minorities—especially Jews. “I know that you’re listening,” he rasped into the microphone on one broadcast. “I want you to call me and tell me why you don’t like Jews.”
But Alan Berg’s murder wasn’t just some random act of violence by a crazed listener. Berg had been specifically targeted by a group of violent white supremacists calling themselves The Silent Brotherhood or The Order. And it wasn’t an isolated incident—Berg’s death was just one grisly event in a multi-state crime spree that would spark the largest domestic terrorist investigation in the history of the United States.
The Order of Death also explores the tenacity of white supremacy, tracing The Order’s influence up to the present day.