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

And the reason why [Keating] was showing it to them was, he wanted the community to be aware of the kind of garbage that was out there. So he put them through a full-length (chuckles) screening of Deep Throat and would say things like, "Look at that. See what they're doing? This is what's happening to our culture."

I honestly cannot say what his motivation was. But I do know he was a paradoxical creature in a sense, because when he was stealing all that money from one of his savings and loans, he was flying abroad and giving large sums of cash to Mother Teresa. I don't know if he believed in Mother Teresa's work, or maybe he thought she could help buy him a seat at the pearly gates, I have no idea.

This attorney in Nevada told me that [Keating] took a copy of Hustler up and put it in this elderly woman's face. He opens up the pages and says, "Look at that. Look what they publish."

He said he actually thought Keating was doing this because he got off on shocking people with what was in the magazine or what might be in the movie. Really a strange guy.

Did you ever meet Keating face to face?

Yeah, I met him a couple of times. I never had any conversations with him.

So unlike the Reverend Jerry Falwell, whom you reconciled with, you never came to terms with Keating.

At least Falwell conceded we were both in the same business. You know, making money. (Chuckles.)

You've outlived a lot of your enemies, haven't you?

The judge in the [Cincinnati obscenity] case, [William] Morrissey, he's passed on. The prosecutor is retired. Keating's dead. Falwell's dead. Yeah.

Is there any satisfaction in that?

Well, like I said when I started the interview, I don't say things bad about people who've moved on. But I had such contempt for Keating. I don't think the guy had a soul.

I was reading that he had quite the porn collection. All in the name of opposing it.

Probably the only people who have a larger porn collection than Keating is the Vatican. (Chuckles.)

It seems like you always find in people who are really moral arbiters, in a sense, that they want to be able to tell you what you can and can't do or where you can and can't do it....I think Keating was very much of a moralist.

But at the same time, I always had trouble reconciling that with the fact that he stole all that money from Lincoln Savings and Loan. And those were basically old people's savings in that bank. So he was having me prosecuted for a crime, at the same time that many people were considering it a crime that he was committing at Lincoln Savings and Loan, a greater crime than what he was having me persecuted for.

In the book Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions, authors Michael Binstein and Charles Bowden mention a rumor that Keating may have had something to do with the assassination attempt on your life by Joseph Paul Franklin.

I have heard that. But there were several wealthy, right-wing people that financed Joseph Paul Franklin and his activities. I don't know if they were ever able to connect it to Keating or not, but it wouldn't surprise me.

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bilgeez
bilgeez

Im a Republican but I NEVER voted for McClown when I lived in AZ! He is the biggest RINO ever! He, K(ch)eating and DiConman all deserve to fry in Hades! The People of AZ are stupid to keep re-electing this sad excuse of a senator. Flynt has more integrity than the three of those pukes put together. 

keffington11
keffington11

That Larry! He's got Keating beaten by a mile in the morals department.

Robin Denise
Robin Denise

You know his partner in crimes against America, NEIL Bush ??? Wonder if he'll come to the funera

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Remember that John McCain was thick as thieves with this Scum - he's just as bad and held Keatings balls while he fugked the taxpayers of this country!  Without McCain, there would have been no S&L Crisis - he paved the way with his malfeasance in office.

Ultimately, it is the fault of the US Voters - they elected McCain and Deconcini.  History will not treat those two kindly.  We had a choice in 1984 when McCain first ran for office - we would be in A LOT DIFFERENT place right now if the voters had made the right choice.  Harry Braun.  However, the voters couldn't stomach voting for a Dem.  I hope they learn their lesson

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Jennifer Salazar
Jennifer Salazar

Interesting how Larry Flint is calling someone ELSE "scum of the Earth". Which one is he? The pot? Or the kettle?

missioncreep
missioncreep

I had a two hour telephone conversation with Russ Meyer who also despised Keating for trying to destroy him. He told me he never recovered financially from having to defend himself in court. 

beaverhunt
beaverhunt

I've never met a hustler "asshole of the month," but I know very well a "fart in the wind" named guido.

ibcingutoo
ibcingutoo

Not to mention that McSame was a great friend of Keating.



Keating was the original Bernie Madoff.  He just did his dirty deeds using Savings & Loan organizations.



leonardclark
leonardclark

Thanks once again for a very informative article on the hypocricy of right wing do gooders that persecute people for what they do in their bedrooms and....at the same time ....flat out steal all the life savings from old people.

Leonard Clark :)

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Dead or alive, he was and was a piece of crap.

Davina Wilkins
Davina Wilkins

I love the stories The PNT is running to coincide with Keating's passing. I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and guess ya'll didn't like the guy;)

Jukes
Jukes

I certainly don't admire most of Mr. Flynt's businesses, but I have to say I admire him.  He's always been a straight talker and has paid a high price standing for what he believes in.  Yet you never hear him whining like most of the people who like to imagine they're being persecuted by liberals.  Not surprising he's a lot more moral a person than Charles Keating. I'm glad to know he's outlived most of his enemies.  I wish him many more good years.  

hjoemora
hjoemora

I worked on his house that was built on Lincoln Dr. I saw that he had a young Negro lady in a tutu  working for him . 

yoyowordup
yoyowordup

@ExpertShot And now we've voted in Obama . . . twice . . . and he's fucking us every day.

keffington11
keffington11

McCain said he was a nice grandfatherly man, Keating. McShameful!

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