Posted: August 14, 2002
White supremacist prison gang leader Scott Biswell and a companion were shot in their Provo, Utah, hotel room on August 11 after Biswell pointed a gun at police officers attempting to serve arrest warrants.
Biswell, 31, who died at the scene, was wanted in West Valley City on a $250,000 felony warrant. On August 4, Biswell attacked and threatened to kill two women and a baby.
Biswell (a.k.a. Ace), had been in and out of prison since the age of 18 and was a lieutenant in the violent white supremacist prison gang, Soldiers of Aryan Culture (SAC). SAC, founded by two West Valley men in 1996, is the second largest white supremacist prison gang in the Utah state prison system. It has approximately 150 members. In its "Instruction Manual of Conduct," a guide for members, the SAC is open about its racism as well as its criminal activity: "At times, crime is used to fund our cause. We will do what we must to achieve our goals."
Soldiers of Aryan Culture came to prominence last winter when Utah law enforcement officials revealed that they had received information suggesting that members of SAC and another prison gang, Krieger Verwandt, were making pipe bombs and intending to use them to attack Jews during the 2002 Winter Olympics (it is not known if the intended targets were Israeli athletes or members of the local Jewish community). Law enforcement officials did not have enough evidence to make any arrests, but said that the alleged plotters solved the problem themselves by being involved in a beating incident that violated their parole and gave law enforcement reason to put them behind bars again.
Kortni Rae Grimm, 23, who had been staying with Biswell at the hotel for three days, died after being taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. She was wanted by West Valley City police on a $50,000 warrant for failure to appear for a sentencing hearing on a child endangerment charge in June 2001.
Biswell had a lengthy criminal record consisting of numerous arrests and convictions over the last decade. Paroled eight times in nine years, Biswell was returned to prison within months of each release. While in prison, Biswell was associated with white supremacist Troy Kell, currently on death row for killing a fellow inmate in 1994 while serving time for another murder conviction.
Among the charges Biswell faced were three counts of third-degree felony aggravated assault, one count of second-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief.