SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A longtime white supremacist from rural Missouri was arrested Sunday and held on a charge of premeditated first-degree murder in connection with a shooting spree in Kansas that killed three people at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home.
Frazier Glenn Cross, 73 — known in Aurora, Mo., as Frazier Glenn Miller — was arrested at 1:28 p.m. and was booked into the Johnson County, Kan., jail in Olathe at 8:48 p.m. CT, according to the booking report.
Before being driven off to jail, Miller began ranting while in police custody, police said. A TV news video shows the suspect yelling what appears to be "Heil Hitler!" from the backseat of a police car.
The shootings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, in Overland Park, Kan., and at Village Shalom, a retirement home nearby, occurred on the eve of Passover, a holiday significant in Judaism.
Among the dead were Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, who had come to the community center to try out for a singing competition, and his grandfather, 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon. Both were white Christians, according to family. The identity of the third victim, a female shot at the retirement home, still was not released early Monday. Two other people were shot at but escaped injury.
Miller, who in 2006 ran a write-in campaign for Congress against Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt, has a long history of white supremacist activities in Missouri.
In 1987, Frazier Glenn Miller was the subject of a nationwide manhunt after violating a court order prohibiting him from operating a paramilitary organization.
Miller and three associates were eventually arrested in 1987 in Ozark during a federal raid of a trailer where authorities found enough weapons "for a small army" after Miller declared war on the U.S. government, according to Springfield (Mo.) News-Leaderarchives.
Authorities found guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, grenades, crossbows, police scanning radios and $14,800 in cash. A demolition team from Fort Leonard Wood detonated a box that contained 20 pipe bombs, according to the story.
An affidavit for a search warrant for the trailer at the time told agents that Miller was planning on carrying out his declaration of war against federal judges and law enforcement officials.
A copy of his affidavit, mailed to the News-Leader at the time, listed a point system for killing various minorities and government officials. Judges were among those worth the most points.
Miller "planned on executing them with a variety of weapons, including firearms and crossbows," the affidavit noted.
In September 1987 Miller pleaded guilty to a federal charge of mailing threatening communications and possessing automatic weapons," according to a News-Leaderarchive story.
Miller served three years in prison.
In 2002, he moved to Aurora where he began distributing copies of his own racist fliers and The Aryan Alternative, a racist, hate-filled publication that was based in Kirksville, Mo.
William Lewis Corporon, 69. and grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, shown in an undated family photo. Corporon died at the scene. Underwood was rushed to an area hospital, where he died of his wounds. (Photo: Credit: Corporon family)View FullscreenNext Slide
In May 2005, the News-Leader published a letter from Glenn Miller that included these statements:
"The fact is folks, Bush and his Zionist Jew bosses not only want more tens of millions of illegal aliens to flood into our country, they do everything they can to encourage it.
"Why? To drown the white race in a sea of color. That's why.
"The Zionist Jews and their gentile prostitute government managers want to create a one-world government inside a world populated overwhelmingly by mixed-racial, therefore leaderless and easily controlled zombie slaves, forever unable to free themselves — a world void of white people.
"The federal government is the enemy of freedom loving, patriotic white Americans, and every politician in Washington not raising hell about the illegal alien invasion ought to be tried for treason."
Also, in February of the same year, he wrote: "In other words, of all racial groups, the Jews are singled out for special protection in every country on the globe, whether they are U.S. citizens or not. Including protection from all media criticisms which U.S. government bureaucrats decide are attempts to justify racial hatred.
"So you see, folks, 'our' government not only wars against the enemies of Israel in Iraq and Afghanistan, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslim women and children, now 'our' government will also protect all Jews from public media criticisms in every country on Earth."
The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., maintains an extensive file on Miller, which it describes on its website:
"One of the first white supremacists to use paramilitary tactics with his North Carolina-based hate group — the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which later morphed into the White Patriot Party — Glenn Miller went on the lam in 1986 after mailing a letter to 5,000 people calling for "total war" against the feds, blacks and Jews."
In February 2004, the center said, "He announced he would be putting out a new four-page racist tabloid. 'Since my prison release, I've worked for the Cause in the most effective way I know how,' Miller wrote on the neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network, where he vowed to 'unite, organize, educate, recruit' against the Jews until 'death or victory.' "
Miller's Aurora, Mo., home of about 7,500 residents is almost 200 miles southeast of the scene of the crimes and 30 miles southwest of Springfield, Mo.
Michael Siegal, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, said in a statement that "no community should have to face a moment such as this one."
"Today, on the eve of Pesach, we are left to contemplate how we must continue our work building a world in which all people are free to live their lives without the threat of terror," he said.