Suspect in Kansas Jewish Center Shootings Has Long History of Hate

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The elderly man was well known in this slightly faded farm town for his failed attempts at elective office, his libertarian leanings, his Southern charm.


Frazier Glenn Cross, pictured in 1984, was once grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Cross, now 73, is suspected of killing three people at Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kan. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

But Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also went by the name of Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., was known even more for his white supremacist beliefs that led him to try to incite a race war, pepper local papers with anti-immigrant letters and get into a shouting match with a Jewish student at Missouri State University.

Police arrested Cross on Sunday on suspicion of shooting and killing a 14-year-old Boy Scout and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., and a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living center.

As authorities announced Monday that they planned to treat the slayings as hate crimes, a fuller picture began to emerge of the former U.S. Senate candidate who kept a Confederate flag in his garage and derided what he called the “Zionist occupation government” that runs the U.S.

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