The man accused of opening fire and killing 3 people yesterday at a Jewish Community Center & Retirement Complex in Kansas is a well known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt according to police. Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, MO was arrested and jailed at the Johnson County Jail on initial charges of 1st degree murder after he carried out a shooting at Overland Park, Kansas. Cross is 73 years old.
Cross opened fire around 1 pm shooting two people in a parking lot at the center and then drove a few blocks to the retirement complex and gunned down a woman or girl there. He was arrested by Overland Park Police in a nearby elementary school parking lot a short time after. It’s alleged that he also shot at two other people but missed and those people were not injured. The two people shot at the Jewish Community Center have been identified by their families. They are Dr William Lewis Corporon who died at the scene and his 14 year old grandson named Reat Griffin Underwood who died at the regional medical center. The victim at the retirement complex has not been identified as of yet. Both Dr Corporon and his grandson were Christians and not Jewish.
Dr Corporon had taken his young grandson to the Community Center so he could try out for a singing competition for high school students. Reat was a freshman at Blue Valley High School and he was also an Eagle Scout.
Police say it is still too early in their investigation to determine is these murders where hate motivated and if there was an anti-Semitic motive involved. Police have said they are investigating the case as a hate crime. Although the suspected was booked into jail under the surname of Cross he’s more widely known by the name of Glenn Miller which is posted on his website. He used the name of Frazier Glenn Miller in 2006 and 2010 when he campaigned for public office.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Miller has a long involvement with white supremacist groups and has had for most of his life. He is the founder of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and served as its Grand Dragon in the 1980s. He is also a US Army veteran and a retired truck driver. Later in life he also founded yet another white supremacist group known as the White Patriot Party according to the SPLC.
In 1987 Miller became the subject of a nationwide manhunt by police when he violated his bond while appealing a case on a North Carolina conviction for operating a paramilitary camp. Federal agents found Miller and 3 other men in an Ozark mobile home filled with hand grenades, automatic weapons, and thousands of rounds of ammo. In 2006 he campaigned for Congress and in 2010 for the US Senate unsuccessfully. His platform was one of white power and white superiority.
The Ku Klux Klan was founded during the Civil War by a former Confederate general and one time slave trader named Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was responsible for the massacre of Black soldiers in the Union Army at Ft Pillow after they’d surrendered. Although it was originally founded to terrorize Black Americans it later also began terrorizing Jews, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Catholics among others. It is identified as a hate group by federal authorities and the SPLC. Some have tagged the organization as a domestic terrorist group as well.
Hatred is a horrible thing especially racial and ethnic hatred. One would think that America would have gotten beyond this kind of stuff by this 21st century but that sadly is not the case. Racism and hate are still very much a part of Americana. It’s just more subtle than it was back in the 1960s and before. Yet, hate is hate no matter how much lipstick you try putting on the pig! At some point Americans are going to have to get beyond skin color, religion, and political differences and unite as AMERICANS FIRST. If we do not then there will be no saving our nation from the vile hands of the Fascist Corporatist who are now ruling (not governing) over us!
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