The man accused of killing three people Sunday at Jewish facilities near Kansas City, Kansas once resided in Carroll County for a short period of time.
Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the last name Miller, is suspected of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center and a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility on Sunday.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, Cross is the founder and former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party. Both groups operated as paramilitary groups in the 1980s, according to the SPLC, adding that Cross also used the name Frazier Glenn Miller in his anti-Semitic and white supremacist activities. According to national news reports, Cross sat in the back of a police car shouting “Heil Hitler!” after he was apprehended at a nearby elementary school.
Investigators have said that the shootings could be a hate crime, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said Monday. Cross also faces charges of premeditated first-degree murder, officials said.
The December 25, 1986 edition of The Carroll News includes an article in which F. Glenn Miller Jr., the former White Patriot Party leader, planned to move his family to the Hillsville area.
“Miller was convicted in July on contempt charges for operating a paramilitary organization. He was sentenced to six months in prison, but is free on appeal,” the newspaper article states. “He reportedly has left the White Patriot Party and has formed a new white-rights group.”
The Carroll News quoted a Raleigh, N.C. article in which Miller filed a motion in US District Court December 17, 1986 asking that his conditions be amended to move to Hillsville.
“His motion was quoted in part, ‘Due to my controversial political activities over the past several years, I do not feel my family would be safe living at our present and well-known address during my scheduled six-month imprisonment,’” the newspaper article states.
Hillsville resident Mava Vass told The Carroll News of a conversation her late husband, former Sheriff Hassell Vass, had with Miller at the time.
“I remember him talking about a stern conversation he had with the man. He said there wouldn’t be any problem as long as he stayed out of trouble, but if he did,” Vass said before pausing. “All I remember is the man didn’t stay here long.”
Vass’s memory is correct. According to the May 6, 1987 edition of The Carroll News, Miller, 46 at the time, was arrested one week earlier in Missouri after federal agents threw canisters of tear gas into a mobile home where he was staying.
In the article, U.S. Attorney Sam Currin of Raleigh said Miller and three other alleged white supremacists were caught off-guard as 40 federal law agents and law enforcement personnel from Springfield surrounded the mobile home after evacuating residents of more than 20 other homes.
“It was about 7:20 a.m. when the authorities ordered Miller, who had threatened a race war if 17 demands, including one for $888,000 and an apology for violating his rights were not met, out of the mobile home. Tear gas was thrown in when the men didn’t comply,” the article states.
The article went on to say Miller was sought for violations of bond stipulations after he left Virginia without notifying authorities. His bond was revoked and an arrest warrant obtained for him April 20, 1987 after it became clear he had left Hillsville.
“Miller had told a N.C. radio station April 23 (of 1987) that he had eight teams of freedom fighters prepared to begin a race war nationwide if his demands were not met,” according to the article.
The 1987 article in The Carroll News went on to identify Miller as a former leader of the Carolina Knights of the KKK and the founder of the White Patriot Party. According to the article, Miller was a retired Army Sgt. who ran as a Democratic candidate for Governor of North Carolina in 1984 and as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 1986.
“Miller was charged with using mail to threaten a race war against the government. He admitted violating the terms of his bond by failing to report to a federal probation officer. He said he didn’t violate another bond stipulation which required him to stop associating with the White Patriot Party and its members,” another article in the May 13, 1987 edition of The Carroll News states. “Reports were that Miller left his Hillsville home a month ago after receiving permission from federal probation officers to take a vacation. Shortly after he left, a letter threatening race war and bearing Miller’s signature was sent to white supremacists and government officials.”