Police arrested a well-known white supremacist in connection with Sunday’s shootings at Jewish centres in Overland Park, Kan.
Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is now charged with first-degree murder, reportedly has a long history of anti-Semitism and was at one point Ku Klux Klan leader.
As police drove away from the scene of his arrest on Sunday, the 73-year-old was heard yelling “Heil Hitler” from the back of a police cruiser.
Cross is accused of killing two people at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Kansas City – Overland Park is a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., situated just over the Kansas state line – before driving to nearby Village Shalom retirement community and killing one more person.
Here’s what we know about him:
He is a Vietnam vet and an ex-Green Beret
According to his website, Cross spent 20 years in the army and did two tours in Vietnam. For 13 years of his military career, Miller was a member of the Green Berets – the U.S. Army Special Forces Unity.
He was reportedly booted from the military in 1979 because of his views and links to extremism.
He ran two racist organizations and spent time behind bars
Cross founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan after he was discharged in 1980 and became the group’s grand dragon.
He later formed the White Patriot Party, considered an illegal paramilitary group.
He fled while he on a bond and waiting for an appeal.
He was eventually caught after a nationwide manhunt and pleaded guilty to possession of weapons, including hand grenades, for planning robberies and plotting the assassination of the centre’s founder Morris Dees.
Cross was sentenced to five years in prison but only served three years after he agreed to testify against other white supremacists.
He ran for office and fought to have racist ads broadcast on air
Cross, under the name Frazier Glenn Miller, ran as a write-in candidate for the Senate in March 2010.
The Federal Communications Commission ruled Missouri TV and radio stations did not have yo air his ads because he was not a “bona fide” candidate in the race.
But at least one ad, in which he encouraged white people to “take our country back,” did air months prior to the ruling.
In the end, he got just seven votes out of 1,943,899 votes cast.
He had previously run for the Democratic nomination for governor of North Carolina, in 1984, the North Carolina Republican primary for the U.S. Senate nomination in 1986, and as a write-in candidate for Missouri’s 7th congressional district in 2006. He lost.
He told Howard Stern U.S. politicians were “corrupted to the core” and “whores for Israel”
During his 2010 campaign, Cross appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show to talk about how he believed the Jews controlled government, media and the federal reserve.
“And with those powers they commit genocide against the white race,” he told Stern.
Cross’s campaign slogan was “It’s the Jews stupid!”
He said all other problems in the country paled in comparison to “the Jewish problem.” He said that included the “problems we have with black crime.”
He also referred to President Barack Obama as a “you know what in the White House.”
He said he had a great deal of respect for Arabs and Muslims – in particular Louis Farrakhan, leader of the primarily African-American Nation of Islam movement.
Cross used Stern’s comment, that he was “the only honest politician out there,” out of context on his website. Stern said the comment was because “at least he doesn’t lie” about his opinions.
He was interviewed by Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictional character Brüno
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen – as his fictional Austrian journalist character Brüno – interviewed Cross for his 2009 film, Brüno.
According to The Smoking Gun, Cross said he was paid to be in the film and that he knew the British comedian was setting him up.
He fathered five children; one was killed in a shootout with police
Cross’ 30-year-old son was shot and killed by a police officer in 2008 following a car crash in Marionville, Mo.
Jesse Miller reportedly shot and killed a good samaritan who stopped to help miller after his SUV collided with a pickup truck. He then shot a police officer who arrived on the scene shortly after. The officer, who suffered a wound to his shoulder, was able to fire back and fatally shoot Miller.
With files from The Associated Press
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