Feathered Bastard

Charles Keating Was "the Scum of the Earth," Says Porn Titan Larry Flynt

Savings and loan swindler Charles Keating, who died Monday in Phoenix at age 90, hated pornography. Or so he claimed.

The devout Roman Catholic made a name for himself in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, and beyond, as a scourge of smut, founding an influential anti-porn organization that eventually became known as Citizens for Decency through Law.

But Keating also reputedly possessed a massive porn collection.

In the 1993 book Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions, authors Michael Binstein and Charles Bowden tell a story of a reporter who went to interview Keating about his preoccupation with porn.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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