The man behind the Kansas City shootings had a long 40 year history of hate
“We all needed to come together to… bring into this tragedy God, heaven, peace and love,” Jacob Schreiber, president and chief executive of the Jewish Community Center told a large group of mourners last week. It was a memorial service for the victims of a hate crime shooting perpetrated by Frazier Glenn Cross that shook the suburban community of Overland Park, Kansas on the eve of Passover.
Overland Park is a large suburb of Kansas City. The Jewish Community Center is used by a large part of the community, regardless of religious affiliation. It is called “The J” by locals. A couple weeks ago, the unspeakable happened when Frazier Glenn Cross A.K.A. Glenn Miller drove into the parking lot and parked behind another vehicle in such a way that the driver and intended victim would not be able to move his vehicle.
He then walked up to the driver’s side window, and shot 69-year-old William Corporon in the head. Next he open fired on his 14 year old grandson, Reat Underwood, who was sitting in the back seat. Cross then returned his firearm to the trunk of his car, and began to drive away.
Paul Temme witnessed the crime as it happened, called 911, and when he realized the gunman was fleeing he began chasing him. Cross saw him – even looked him square in the eyes – then fired on him, causing him to first drop to the ground then seek shelter behind a dumpster. His phone was still online with 911 during this part of the incident.
Soon, 911 received another call from the Shalom Nursing Center, located approximately a mile away from “The J”. A woman had been shot in the parking lot. She was later identified as 53-year-old Terri LaManno, an occupational therapist, who had come to the nursing home that day to visit her mother.
Frazier Glenn Cross is being held on $10 million bond on a charge of capital murder and premeditated first-degree murder for the killings. A local news station filmed what appears to be Miller shouting “Heil Hitler!” from the back seat of the police car after he was apprehended.
I agree that we should find God, peace, and love in this – indeed, in all – situations. For me, though, in order to do that, I needed to find out who Cross was and what would motivate him, propel him, to just coldly kill innocent people. What I found is nearly as disturbing as these murders, and it is a story with a long trail of hatred, grandstanding, lying, and insanity.
Frazier Glenn Cross who at the time was known as Glenn Miller, dropped out of high school his senior year to join the army. He spent 20 years in the army including 2 tours in Vietnam and 13 years as a Green Beret. According to Cross, he first saw white supremacist propaganda in the early 1970’s, when his father gave him a copy of The Thunderbolt, published by Ed Fields of the racist, anti-Semitic National States’ Rights Party. Within 2 minutes of browsing the Thunderbolt, he said he knew he “had found a home within the American White Movement. I was ecstatic.” He joined the National States’ Rights Party in 1973, but soon left because, he later testified, it was “made up mostly of elderly people who were not that active.”
It’s worth noting that it was up to 9 years later that he retired from the Army with the rank of Master Sargent. According to the SPLC, he was forced to retire because of his involvement with hate groups. Since his military retirement, Cross has been quite busy.
From the SPLC dossier on Frazier Glenn Cross:
He then joined the National Socialist Party of America, a Nazi group whose members attacked and killed marchers associated with the Communist Workers Party in Greensboro, N.C., in 1979. The following year, due to his involvement with the Nazi group, the Greensboro shootout, and death threats against him and his family, his wife left him and moved with their children to Chicago.
Cross was forced to retire from the Army due to his Klan-related activities. He enrolled in Johnston Technical College in Smithfield, N.C., and also bought a 25-acre farm in Angier, N.C., near Raleigh. It was there, in late 1980, that he formed the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and began to amass illegal weapons and conduct military training with the help of active-duty soldiers. Cross wanted to model the Carolina Knights on Hitler’s Nazi Party. “I would try to emulate Hitler’s methods of attracting members and supporters,” he wrote in his autobiography. “In the years to come, for example, I placed great emphasis on staging marches and rallies. It had been successful with Hitler.”
Cross represented a new, militant breed of Klan leaders in the 1980’s, preferring fatigues over the traditional Klan robe and training his troops in military tactics. He was not averse to publicity and began holding rallies and marches on a near-weekly basis up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. He announced his goal was to create a Carolina Free State, which would be an “all-white nation within the bounds of North and South Carolina.” He said his enemies were “niggers” and Jews. He boasted of having supporters at Fort Bragg, the nearby Army base that is home to a large contingent of U.S. special forces.
In 1983, after a black prison guard, Bobby Person, filed a discrimination suit against the North Carolina prison system, members of the Carolina Knights began to intimidate the plaintiff. They also harassed, threatened and intimidated other African Americans in the area. The SPLC, led by Morris Dees, sued Cross and his group in June 1984 – demanding they stop their campaign of intimidation and cease all paramilitary activity.
The SPLC lawyers did not know it at the time, but Cross had ties to The Order, a white nationalist terrorist organization whose members assassinated Denver talk show host Alan Berg just 13 days after the SPLC filed suit. The leader of the group, Robert Mathews, had given Cross $200,000 in cash that was part of the $3.8 million stolen during an armored car robbery. It was later revealed that Dees was at the top of The Order’s hit list. Cross testified in the 1988 trial of other white supremacists that Mathews told him “they were thinking about killing” Dees.
In January 1985, the SPLC reached a consent agreement with Cross that prevented the Knights from operating as a paramilitary group and from harassing, intimidating, threatening or harming any black or white person who associated with black persons. A month later, however, Cross announced the formation of a new Klan group, the White Patriot Party. His goal was the same: the “unification of white people.” He vowed to operate peacefully – unless the federal government infringed on his rights, in which case he would resort to “underground revolutionary tactics … with the armed resources at our disposal.”
It took less than a year for Cross and the White Patriot Party to violate the consent order. The SPLC obtained photographic evidence of active-duty Marines helping train his members. In a July 1986 trial, in which Dees acted as a special prosecutor to assist federal prosecutors, Cross was found guilty of criminal contempt. One witness testified he had procured weapons and explosives, including 13 armor-penetrating anti-tank rockets, from military personnel on behalf of Cross, after the settlement.
He also said he received a duffel bag full of cash as payment to conduct training intended to help “create a paramilitary guerrilla unit for later use in establishing a White Southland.” Miller was sentenced to a year in prison, with six months of that term suspended. He was also ordered to disassociate himself from the White Patriot Party and avoid contact with white supremacists.
In October of that year, while out on bond awaiting an appeal of his conviction, Cross wrote to North Carolina’s governor, asking for an appointment to the Governor’s Task Force on Racial, Religious and Ethnic Violence and Intimidation. He said he would be willing to publicly discourage racial violence and act as a liaison to “the many white groups in North Carolina.”
But, in 1987, while still out on bond, Cross disappeared and went underground. He mailed a “Declaration of War” to supporters, exhorting “Aryan warriors of The Order” to kill “our enemies,” and established a point system for each kill. The targets were: “Niggers (1), White race traitors (10), Jews (10), Judges (50) Morris Seligman Dees (888).” He signed the statement “Glenn Miller, loyal member of ‘The Order.’”
The FBI caught up with Cross and four other Klansmen in Springfield, Mo., where he was tear-gassed out of a mobile home. Authorities found hand grenades, automatic weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition, the explosive C-4, and $14,000 in cash. He and the others were indicted for conspiracy to acquire stolen military weapons, explosives and equipment, and for planning robberies and the assassination of Dees. Cross pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and to sending a threat through the mail. He served three years in federal prison, mostly in Otisville, N.Y. As part of his plea deal, he agreed to testify against 14 leading white supremacists in a sedition trial.
Cross has continued to produce racist commentary, both on his own website and on Vanguard News Network (VNN), where he operates under the user name “Rounder.”
Cross has dipped his toes into politics but found little support. He ran in the Democratic primary for North Carolina governor in 1984 and for the Republican nomination for a state senate seat in 1986. He failed in both attempts, finishing eighth out of 10 candidates in 1984 with less than 1% of the vote and last out of three in 1986 with 3%. In Missouri’s 7th congressional district, Cross received 23 votes in 2006 while running as an independent, putting him in last place again. In 2010, he ran for the U.S. Senate in Missouri as a write-in candidate from an unspecified party. He received only seven votes out of nearly 2 million cast.
His 2010 radio campaign drew much attention for its blatantly racist and anti-Semitic content. The Missouri Broadcasters Association raised questions about his campaign, alleging that Cross was not a legitimate candidate and was instead using his status to secure air time for his beliefs. However, the FCC ruled in his favor, stating there was no legal recourse to hold him accountable.
Cross’ campaigns have included promises to “work … to expose the Jewish domination of the US government, the mass media, the federal reserve bank, and the decadent American culture.” He has also called for incentive payments to white Americans to produce white children.
In 2002 after a stint as a trucker during which he penned his autobiography, A White Man Speaks Out, Cross relocated to Aurora, Mo., where he has since focused on distributing racist literature. His aim is to “unite, organize, educate, recruit” against the Jews until “death or victory.”
Since 2005, this ambition has been acted on by publishing the racist tabloid the Aryan Alternative, written by Alex Linder. For many, this has done little to remove the tag of “federal informant” and “white race traitor” from his name.
Cross has ties to Kevin W. Harpham, a neo-Nazi who was convicted of attempting to bomb a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash., in 2011. Although Harpham pleaded guilty, Cross was convinced that Harpham’s lawyers deceitfully convinced him that he would be found guilty regardless of his innocence. Throughout his trial proceedings, Cross was a regular pen pal with Harpham, who was sentenced to 32 years in prison. ”
Frazier Glenn Cross has been interviewed on the David Pakman show 3 times, most recently in 2010 while running for senate. He goaded Pakman via email to get that third interview. During the interview, Cross states that Jews “have all the money and power”. Pakman, ever the calm interviewer, stated that he was Jewish, and asked where he could go to get all of this money and power Cross claimed all Jews have. It’s best to watch this particular interview for yourself:
That same year, he pushed his way onto the Howard Stern show, who also wanted to know where this special place was that Jews met to get all this “money & power”. Cross told Stern, “the U.S. Congress!”
In trying to understand how Cross may have turned toward hatred as a way of life, I spoke with a friend who served in Vietnam, a 3rdSOG veteran, who told me, “I never knew a Green Beret to be completely sane. Their job was too isolated, too psychologically twisted – there’s just no way to do that job and come out with all your marbles.”
Perhaps being a Green Beret in Vietnam made Cross unstable? According to “How it Works”, the Green Berets did not have an easy job. Here’s their description:
“To describe the Special Forces role in Vietnam is one that is impossible to pigeonhole into one role, one mission or one ideology. Their “green berets” set them apart from other soldiers and they would be the first to tell you that they were not a part of the United States Army Special Forces, but were members of the United States Special Forces. The rigid structure of the conventional Army left a bad taste in the mouth of a Special Forces soldier. Their focus was on the mission as opposed to the binding of rules and regulations that ruled the actions of a regular U.S. Army soldier.”
“This lack of conformity is exactly what made the Special Forces soldier effective in Vietnam. Another very important aspect in regards to the effectiveness of Special Forces teams in Vietnam was the unconventional nature of the conflict in Vietnam. The Special Forces soldier was well suited to play a lead role in not only the training and development of the indigenous soldier but also in fighting in a guerrilla warfare environment. The Green Beret was not only a teacher and diplomat; he was a fighting force that set the standard for all other military forces in Vietnam.”
The motto of the Green Berets? “To Liberate the Oppressed”. I played the interview of Cross with David Pakman to my 3rdSOG veteran friend (who wishes to remain anonymous). Halfway through, he said, “Something’s off. He’s not passing the Green Beret Sniff Test.” “Why is that?” I asked. His answer? “I never said the Green Berets were stupid. They were all very intelligent – but they weren’t sane. This guy is too stupid to be a Beret.”
I would have to agree that I don’t consider any of Cross’s actions or opinions once he got into hate groups as “smart.” Cross considers Jews parasites instead of humans, yet refused to use the ” N” word, despite having been a KKK Grand Wizard. He has declared war against all Jews repeatedly.
Morbidly ironic is that Frazier Glenn Cross was obviously attempting to murder Jewish people and his 3 victims were all Christian. Federal prosecutors have said they plan to file federal hate crime charges against Cross in addition to the charges already filed.
As for me, I’m not sure I found my answer. My best guess is that somewhere in the Vietnam jungle a wire got shorted in Cross’s brain and it was off to Crazy Town from there out. My heart goes out to the families, friends, and community of his victims – both to the horrible murders he committed last Sunday, and to all who have been wounded by his trail of maliciousness.
Attorney General Greg Holder said that Frazier Glenn Cross is “an affront to who we are”. I wholeheartedly agree.