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Asatru/Ironwood Kindred
Virginia in July executed Michael Lenz, convicted of murdering a fellow prison inmate in 1990 during an Asatru religious ceremony. Lenz established a prison chapter of Asatru — an ancient religion with gods from Norse mythology — that he named Ironwood Kindred. The victim was allegedly involved in struggle for power within the Kindred. A co-defendant, also sentenced to death, committed suicide while on death row, in 2004. Stephen McNallen, director of the Asatru Folk Assembly, a leading Asatru group, believes there are 10,000–20,000 followers in the U.S. Experts say Asatru, which McNallen parallels to Native American religions, has become increasingly popular with white supremacist prison groups. [csr 5.3 2006]