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Authorities say hate motivated Kansas shooting



OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism.

Yet there's scant evidence the Army veteran and retired trucker with Ku Klux Klan links ever resorted to violence before Sunday, when authorities say Cross opened fire with a shotgun and pistol outside a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City. None of the three people killed turned out to be Jewish.

The 73-year-old, who shouted a Nazi slogan at television cameras when arrested minutes later, is jailed awaiting charges that investigators said could come as early as Tuesday. At some point, a federal grand jury is expected to review the slayings, which investigators now deem a hate crime.

"We want to express our condolences to the families of these poor souls who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and had the unfortunate experience of a first-hand encounter with evil," U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

The FBI and police have not offered any public explanation for what triggered Sunday's deadly outburst in Overland Park on the eve of the Jewish festival of Passover. While the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies were familiar with Cross, Sunday's gunfire was "very random," the FBI's Michael Kaste said.

"We don't really see how this could have been prevented. There's at least no obvious answer," said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and had a considerable dossier on Cross. "He is one of the more frightening characters out there, no question about that."

A Johnson County jail official reached Monday by The Associated Press refused to make Cross available and referred inquiries to his attorneys and Overland Park police. The Kansas Star reported that Cross had been assigned two federal public defenders.

Knocks by an Associated Press reporter went unanswered Monday at Cross' small, single-story home bordered on three sides with barbed-wire fences near the southwest Missouri town of Aurora, some 180 miles south of Overland Park. Parked outside was a red Chevrolet bearing two Confederate flag stickers.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said Cross, who also went by the name Frazier Glenn Miller, has been immersed in the white-supremacist movement most of his life. During the early 1980s, Cross was "one of the more notorious white supremacists in the U.S.," according to the Anti-Defamation League.

He founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and served as its "grand dragon" before launching the supremacist White Patriot Party, the law center said.

By 1987, he was the target of a nationwide manhunt for violating terms of his bond while appealing a North Carolina conviction for operating a paramilitary camp. Federal agents tracked him down along with three other men to a rural Missouri mobile home stocked with hand grenades, automatic weapons and thousands of bullets.

A federal grand jury indicted Cross on weapons charges and accused him of plotting robberies and the assassination of the law center's founder, Morris Dees. He then served three years in federal prison. As part of a plea bargain, Miller testified against other Klan leaders in a 1988 sedition trial.

Cross, using the name Frazier Miller, ran for the U.S. House in 2006 and the U.S. Senate in 2010, each time espousing a white-power platform.

During his Senate run as a registered write-in candidate, Cross' effort to air anti-Semitic ads was scuttled by the Federal Communications Commission, which concluded Cross was not a "bona fide" candidate entitled to mandatory access to the state's broadcast airwaves. The ruling allowed Missouri broadcasters to reject Miller's ads, such as one that urged white people to "unite" and "take our country back." It also criticized immigrants and minorities.

At the time, Miller complained in a written statement that the FCC action "deliberately silenced my political campaign" and made it "absolutely impossible for me to get elected." He responded to an AP telephone interview request with anti-Semitic slurs and profanity.

Violence ultimately proved fatal to his son. Jesse Miller was 30 and wielding a shotgun in 2008 when he was shot and killed by a police officer he wounded in southwestern Missouri's Marionville. The confrontation happened moments after Jesse Miller had gunned down a passer-by who stopped to help him after a car crash.

It was never clear what motivated the younger Miller to resort to gunfire.

In Cross' southwestern Missouri hometown Monday, most locals approached by the AP waved off the opportunity to discuss the man authorities suspect killed 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon, a physician, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Both were Christians killed moments before Terri LaManno - a 53-year-old Catholic occupational therapist and mother of two - was gunned down outside a Jewish retirement complex where she was visiting her mother.

"It was bound to happen. You can't be that deep into what he was into and not expect something to happen," said Steven Roberts, who lives in Aurora, a roughly three-hour drive from Overland Park.

Cross was well-dressed and educated, Roberts said, but "just had a deep hatred for other races."

In nearby Marionville, population 2,200, Mayor Dan Clevenger said Cross often distributed racist pamphlets around town.

"He's gone overboard," Clevenger said. "He's way too carried away with his ideas."

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Associated Press Writer Bill Draper contributed to this story in Overland Park, Kan.


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EZBE6@AOL.COM April 14 2014 at 9:09 PM

Hitler Married a Jew at the end of his sorry life. So why do these clowns idolize Adolf.

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orion15stars EZBE6@AOL.COM April 14 2014 at 9:19 PM

Eva Braun was Jewish? Since when?

Yes, I did read media reports stating that. However, wherever did they get any hair samples from Eva Braun's scalp to test, considering the intensity of the fire alleged to burn both bodies beyond recognition, would have rendered DNA positive id worthless, even with today's high tech equipment for DNA positive id effectiveness The roots of the hair follicles are need not just hair follicles without the roots.

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arnoldhoneybrown orion15stars April 14 2014 at 9:41 PM

Go lord , they have now she was Jewish for years , its old boy Adolph they think had Jewish blood !
But hey some of you folks heron Gen Sherman an Grant got caught by Lincoln, kicking an other things the Jews out of Memphis when taken over !!!!!!

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orion15stars orion15stars April 14 2014 at 10:59 PM

"arnoldhoneybrown

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Go lord , they have now she was Jewish for years , its old boy Adolph they think had Jewish blood !
But hey some of you folks heron Gen Sherman an Grant got caught by Lincoln, kicking an other things the Jews out of Memphis when taken over !!!!!!"


Nothing has been proved or disproved on Hitler's father being Jewish. All evidence located so far points to Hitler's father (Alois) being half Semitic Jew, because of an alleged affair Alois' mother had with a related member of the Rothschild family, whose surname was Frankenburger (19 years of age), the Austrian Jewish family for whom she worked at that time as a cook in Austria. It is quite possible, since both Hitler's father and Hitler were born in Austria not Germany, and young Maria Schicklgruber did work for the Frankenberger family.

Adolf Hitler's surname birth name wasn't Hitler. His surname was his father's and paternal grandmother's surname Schicklgruber, which isn't Jewish but Gentile Germanic instead. Adolf Schicklgruber changed his surname to Hitler, which isn't a German name. At some point he may have learned his father was illegitimate and half Semitic Jew - if that was the case. Frankenberger was said to send Maria Schicklgruber money after Alois was born. Alois' mother would marry a man named Hiedler.

Alois Schicklgruber was excessively abusive to Adolf as a child. Because his father was very likely half Semitic Jew, that may have increased his hate fest rage against all Jews, coupled with the fact that as a baptized RC, the church would have propagandized young Adolf to be anti-Semitic. It was severe childhood abuse leveled at Adolf by his father, which caused him to be devoid of a conscience. He became a sociopath. He saw females as weaklings, because his mother never protected him from his highly abusive father. He was already fully psyched for anti-Semitism, because of the Vatican's Augustine. In "Mein Kampf" he wrote he was Catholic for life.

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kayo1025 EZBE6@AOL.COM April 14 2014 at 10:08 PM

Hitler never married.

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orion15stars kayo1025 April 14 2014 at 10:46 PM

They married immediately before they allegedly committed mutual suicide. There is no proof that happened. However, documents have been found they were married shortly before the alleged suicide pact took place.

From the US National Archives stored at George Washington University:

http://blogs.archives.gov/TextMessage/2014/03/04/hitlers-political-testament-personal-will-and-marriage-certificate-from-the-bunker-in-berlin-to-the-national-archives-in-washington-d-c-part-i-the-creation-of-the-documents/

"The National Archives and Records Administration plans to place Adolf Hitler’s Political Testament, Personal Will, and Marriage Certificate (National Archives identifier 6883511) on exhibit beginning March 21, 2014. This series of posts traces these documents from the time of their creation to their first exhibition at NARA in 1946.

In The Washington Post on April 28, 1946, there appeared a list of things going on in Washington, D.C. At the National Archives, it was noted, one could see the World War II surrender documents and the “last documents signed by Hitler, including his marriage certificate and will.” A year beforehand, those documents had not even been created, and even four months earlier the documents were still hidden in German hands. The travels of the Hitler documents from his bunker in Berlin to the National Archives a year later began in Berlin in late April 1945 with the Russian forces on the verge of capturing the city."

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krattjd April 14 2014 at 8:12 PM

Wow its sickning to read some of the comments. What is it that the blame is always political. We have many sickos in this country. some even comment on line.

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'57mad April 14 2014 at 8:07 PM

hes a member of the pink swastika.

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nevwin1 April 14 2014 at 2:12 PM

Like a rabid animal .. put him down

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Hidget April 14 2014 at 2:13 PM

I just saw his mother on television- she is very strong and loving, and I realized that the monster that killed her son and father gained nothing. In fact, he gave me a reason to try to be a better person. And everyday the offender rises and salutes Hitler from behind bars, which will get pretty old after a while, the rest of us can try to practice just being good people, change what we can, and love stronger.

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matilda524 Hidget April 14 2014 at 2:54 PM

14 years old. How awful.

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palydin11 April 14 2014 at 7:57 PM

So this idoit represents the master race? Why do all the uneducated idiots call themselves supremacist? Because the really intellegent people, doctors, teachers, scientist, engineers, and entrepreneurs really have better things to do with their time. Most hard working people in general have better things to do with their time as well. We would rather earn a living because thats what we struggled to achieve by going to school and putting in the time and effort to make a positive difference in this country. We want help society instead of thinking that by the color of our skin something is owed to us. You saw what happened to Germany in WWII. If the Western Allies had stop at the Rhine, the Russians would have probably laid waste to all of Germany, slaughtered all the inhabitants and sowed the land with salt. Supremist My Ass!

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orion15stars palydin11 April 14 2014 at 8:31 PM

The Soviet Union was a Western ally in WWII.

Allies - US, England and Russia
Axis - Germany, Italy, and Japan

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xanadutu April 14 2014 at 7:48 PM

After all of his crap, they are saying - "We don't really see how this could have been prevented. There's at least no obvious answer,"------
WTF?????

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suncity85373 April 14 2014 at 7:45 PM

If he is "one of the more frightening characters out there", according to the FBI, maybe he needed a mental evaluation ??? Isn't being one of the most frightening characters out there reason enough for a mental evaluation...public safety, all that?
The FBI and others like them dropped the ball on this one. NO it wasn't "very random"
, he was a time bomb waiting to explode.
NOW the US Attorney calls him evil,,, after he kills three people on a hate fueled rampage? NOW he is evil? He wasn't for the last decades?
Just like the Boston bombers,,, the FBI dropped the ball on this guy. You can't tell me there wasn't some way to evaluate him and keep the public safe from him.
I might have men in black knocking on my door tomorrow,,,but someone has to call them on this.

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jwfoust suncity85373 April 14 2014 at 8:02 PM

So, although I agree this guy is a giant pile of crap, you believe we should imprison people prior to committing an act of violence just because we think they might? If there's a plan, it's figured out, then we arrest someone, so be it. Lock them up for as long as possible. Otherwise not certain theres a way to stop the actions of a misguided crazy man.

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Wanda jwfoust April 14 2014 at 8:18 PM

This guy had a history of deep seated, irrational hatred of other religions and races. He ran for office several times on a hate-fueled platform of white-supremacy. It isn't a stretch to think that a person like him would go off the deep end and start murdering people just because he didn't like their religious beliefs or skin color. I'd say there was plenty of reason to have this guy under constant scrutiny. I agree with suncity,the FBI dropped the ball on this one.

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jolyjungle April 14 2014 at 7:31 PM

Maybe he will be following in his sons footsteps and have the law take his worthless, miserable, disgusting life P.O S.

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spdy65 April 14 2014 at 7:30 PM

Well it's nice to know that a well known nut-ball time bomb with a huge record for craziness was allowed by our system to be a free man until he snapped. Yeah, America has a gun problem but we don't have mental health issues no no no.......

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charlie spdy65 April 14 2014 at 7:38 PM

The mental health is very evident in the White House.

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bobparks77 charlie April 14 2014 at 7:48 PM

lack of, that is.....

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mfa7125331 spdy65 April 14 2014 at 8:24 PM

exactly ..WTF he gets a gun.

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