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Former KKK Leader Arrested For Killing 3 Outside Kansas Jewish Centers, But Victims Were Christians

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.

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.

A well-known white supremacist and former KKK leader was arrested yesterday in the shooting deaths of three people outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement community in Kansas City. But although Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, was clearly targeting Jews in his attack on the eve of Passover—he reportedly shouted “Heil Hitler” from the police car as he was being taken away—his first two victims were white Christians, a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather. The pair were at the center so the boy could try out for a singing competition.

Cross is the subject of an extensive file compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He has a long history of racist and paramilitary activity and even unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for North Carolina governor in 1984, and as a Republican for a state Senate seat in 1987.

Cross was arrested at 1:28 p.m. and booked into the Johnson County, Kan., jail where he was charged with fatally shooting 14-year-old Eagle Scout Reat Griffin Underwood, who had gone to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City to try out for a singing competition, and his grandfather, 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon. They were shot in the parking lot. Several blocks away, Cross is suspected of gunning down a woman at Village Shalom, a retirement community, but authorities haven’t released the victim’s name.

Miller was ranting while in police custody, and a TV news video shows him yelling what appears to be “Heil Hitler!” from the backseat of a police car.

The family of the boy and his grandfather said both of them were white Christians.

Miller reportedly shot at two other people, but he missed them.

In a statement, Michael Siegal, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, said “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.

Miller lives in Aurora, Mo., almost 200 miles southeast of the crime scene and 30 miles southwest of Springfield, Mo.

This is how Miller is described on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“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.’ ”

In 1987, Miller was the subject of a nationwide manhunt for violating the terms of his bond while appealing a North Carolina conviction for operating a paramilitary camp, according to the Associated Press. The search finally ended after federal agents found Miller and three other men in an Ozark mobile home filled with hand grenades, automatic weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

In September 1987, Miller pleaded guilty to a federal charge of mailing threatening communications and possessing automatic weapons and served three years in prison.

He moved to Aurora in 2002 and began distributing copies of his own racist fliers and The Aryan Alternative, a racist, hate-filled publication that was based in Kirksville, Mo.

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12 thoughts on “Former KKK Leader Arrested For Killing 3 Outside Kansas Jewish Centers, But Victims Were Christians

  1. Milo Bendech says:

    Hardly a week goes by without a new report of ANOTHER mass gun killing by some lunatic. And Americans are still trying to
    figure out the solution to these gun shootings:. Is it
    "more guns", "less guns" , "more mental heath care", "more religion",
    "less bullying" , "more armed guards" etc.

    Hey, Americans!! Just Look around you at the rest of the world.
    Every other developed country in the world has ALREADY figured out how
    NOT make gun massacres a monthly news event.

    England, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Japan, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, China, France,
    Germany…all the other developed countries of the world DON'T have
    these monthly shootings. Only in the USA have these monthly gun
    massacres become a regular ritual.

    Why?
    It's simple. Because other countries take gun ownership SERIOUSLY. People can't just
    walk into Guns Galore and buy a shotgun or semi automatic assault rifle… like a 6 pack of beer.
    Meanwhile….owning a lethal weapon in the US is a JOKE. Anyone can own a gun…."raging racists". the mentally insane, the
    blind, drug addicts, alcoholics, suspected terrorists, people with anger
    management issues, 4 year old toddlers, even people who don't know
    which end of the gun is front…ANYONE..can own a weapon that can cause
    mass destruction.

    And Americans still can't figure out why they are the only developed country on earth with monthly gun massacres?

    When other advanced countries around the world have already solved a problem that
    Americans still keep having month after month…year after year…and
    Americans still can't figure out why they are the only one left with the
    problem.– It's probably because Americans don't have enough common
    sense to learn from other people.

    They have to keep making the same mistake over and over again.

    It's called STUPIDITY.

  2. And they say racism is dead.

  3. The people at the Jewish center said he was asking victims what their religion was and then shooting at them. That means he targeted Christians. it can't be an accident that all three victims were Christian.

  4. Why was this man not locked up a long time ago ? He's clearly a threat to society but the powers that be have everyone afraid of teenage black boys .

  5. LaMonte Keith Morman If they'd caught him with Pot he'd have been thrown in Prison! Our laws don't make any sense. Mean, dangerous people free to do their worst but smoke Pot, or God Forbid, be poor and you go to jail!

  6. Betty Weiss says:

    Does that *&^$$^&* know that he murdered a white Christian boy and his white Christian grandfather–may their precious souls rest in peace. Damn *&%^$%^&* him and all his *&^%#$^& kind.

  7. Ellen Reiner says:

    My sentiments exactly, Betty.

  8. Ellen Reiner says:

    My sentiments exactly, Betty.

  9. Brian Peterson says:

    Sad just can't fully understand why this has to happen!!

  10. Unfortunately hatred is alive and well, and being passed down thru DNA or so it seems. Hatred is evil and we need help to rid this curse from our country. Why so much hatred?

  11. Sadly it is true. I begin to despair for this country as it now seems ignorance and guns go hand in hand and ignorance is considered good by a lot of Americans. That is probably why so many people with so much to lose vote Republican.

  12. Bryan Thornhill says:

    Why does the author keep calling him "Miller" when his name is Cross?

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