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Frazier Glenn Cross, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, looks around after being wheeled into a Johnson County courtroom for a scheduling session on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Olathe, Kan. Cross, 73, an avowed white supremacist, is accused of fatally shooting 69-year-old William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, on April 13 in Overland Park, Kan., and 53-year-old Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement complex. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer, Pool)
Frazier Glenn Cross, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is wheeled into a Johnson County courtroom for a scheduling session on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Olathe, Kan. Cross, 73, an avowed white supremacist, is accused of fatally shooting 69-year-old William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, on April 13 in Overland Park, Kan., and 53-year-old Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement complex. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer, Pool)
Frazier Glenn Cross, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, visits with his defense team after being wheeled into a Johnson County courtroom for a scheduling session on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Olathe, Kan. Cross, 73, an avowed white supremacist, is accused of fatally shooting 69-year-old William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, on April 13 in Overland Park, Kan., and 53-year-old Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement complex. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer, Pool)
Frazier Glenn Cross, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, visits with his defense team after being wheeled into a Johnson County courtroom for a scheduling session on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Olathe, Kan. Cross, 73, an avowed white supremacist, is accused of fatally shooting 69-year-old William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, on April 13 in Overland Park, Kan., and 53-year-old Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement complex. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer, Pool)
Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, appears at his arraignment in New Century, Kan., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Cross is being charged for shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City on April 13. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, David Eulitt, Pool)
Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, appears at his arraignment in New Century, Kan., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Cross is being charged for shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City on April 13. At right is Michelle Durrett, attorney with the public defender's office. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, David Eulitt, Pool)
In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. (AP Photo/KCTV-5) MANDATORY CREDIT
This photo provided by 41ActionNews, shows Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross is accused of killing three people outside of Jewish sites near Kansas City, Sunday April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/41ActionNews) (AP Photo/41 Action News)
Investigators work behind a police line near the location of a shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A Kansas State Trooper controls traffic at the entrance of the Jewish Community Center after reports of a shooting in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas State Troopers stand outside a police line near the location of a shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
An Overland Park police officer and Kansas State Trooper guard the entrance of the Jewish Community Center after reports of a shooting in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A Kansas State Trooper stands near the location of a shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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The scene outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., following a shooting on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
People, including many students from Blue Valley High School, gathered to mourn the victims of the shooting at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom during a vigil at St. Thomas The Apostle Episcopal Church in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. One of the victims, Reat Underwood, was a student at Blue Valley High School in Overland Park. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach briefs the media on the shootings that occurred Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom. A suspect in the shootings is in custody. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
Police and crime scene investigators were on the scene of a shooting at the Jewish Community Center campus in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. A pickup truck was of interest to crime scene investigators after the shooting. Two males were killed just outside the White Theatre on the campus. Police announced a suspect is in custody. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
Police appear on the scene of a shooting at the Jewish Community Center campus in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. Two males were killed just outside the White Theatre on the campus. Police announced a suspect is in custody. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
Marshall McCarl, 16, mourned the loss of Reat Underwood, a classmate at Blue Valley High School who was shot and killed Sunday outside of the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. People gathered to mourn the victims of the shooting at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom during a vigil Sunday night at St. Thomas The Apostle Episcopal Church in Overland Park. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
The scene outside the Jewish Community Center in Leawood, Kan., following a shooting on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
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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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