The Order of Death

Series produced by Josh Mattison

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The Order of Death is a limited podcast series exploring the murder of Denver talk radio host Alan Berg and the people and ideology responsible for his death.

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. Let’s not pretend this doesn’t exist. Let’s stir it up. You’re anti-Semitic, and you know it, and you’ve got real feelings about this, and I want to find out what they are.” Berg loved nothing more than to get into it with people on his live call-in show and he took special pleasure in aggravating racists.
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 seeks to understand the factors that created The Order and eventually led to the current renaissance of the white supremacist movement. We explore their strategies and how they operated and interrogate the ideas and tenacity of white supremacy, tracing The Order’s influence up to the present day. Hide full description

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. Let’s not pretend this doesn’t exist. Let’s stir it up. You’re anti-Semitic, and you know it, and you’ve got real feelings about this, and I want to find out... Show full description


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Episode one focuses on Alan Berg. We explore his marriage, his career as a lawyer in Chicago, and his eventual move to Denver and meteoric rise in ...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 41:58