(JNS.org) A new report issued by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says that the gunman suspected to be involved in the Kansas City-area Jewish Community Center and assisted living facility shootings on Sunday had a “long history of promoting anti-Semitism and racism.”
The suspected gunman, identified by police as Frazier Cross, 73, is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller or simply as Glenn Miller. He is a white supremacist from southwest Missouri with a career “in hatred and white supremacy that has spanned more than three decades,” according to the ADL.
The ADL report said that Miller began his career as a neo-Nazi and then a Ku Klux Klan member in the mid-1970s. During the 1980s he formed his own Klan group called the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, later the White Patriot Party, and he was known as one of the more notorious white supremacists in the U.S. who ran an illegal paramilitary organization.
Later, Miller pleaded guilty to possession of a hand grenade and received a five-year sentence. He also agreed to testify against other white supremacists leading to him behind ostracized from the community.
After being inactive for most of the 1990s and early 2000s, Miller again reemerged in print and online, becoming active in white supremacist websites and newsletters.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Miller is a “raging anti-Semite” who has posted more than 12,000 times on the Vanguard News Network, a white supremacist website and forum.
Meanwhile, it was revealed that two of the victims were William Lewis Corporon, a retired doctor, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, who was at the Jewish Community Center for local singing auditions for a competition called “KC Superstar.” Both were members of a local Methodist Church.
Police Chief John Douglas of Overland Park, Kan., where the shootings occurred, confirmed Monday that the incident was likely a hate crime. If the suspected shooter is charged with a hate crime, under federal law, he could face the death penalty.