Alan Berg's neo-Nazi killer dies in prison

Aug. 17, 2010 at 11:08 PM
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ALLENWOOD, Pa., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Bruce Pierce, who was serving a life sentence for the 1984 slaying of Denver talk radio host Alan Berg, has died of natural causes, prison officials said.

Pierce died Monday at the federal prison in Allenwood, Pa., where he had been locked up since 1987 when he was sentenced to 250 years.

Pierce, a resident of Montana, was a reputed neo-Nazi who pumped 13 shots into the Jewish talk-show host from KOA radio in 1984. The incident was the basis for "Talk Radio," a play by Eric Bogosian that was adapted into the feature film of the same name, directed by Oliver Stone.

A prison spokesman told The Denver Post Pierce was "an average inmate" who passed the time working at the institution and taking part in recreational activities.

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