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Kansas Shooting Suspect Has KKK Ties, History of Gun Charges

Yesterday in Overland Park.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center identified the man arrested for murdering three people near Jewish community centers in Overland Park, Kan. yesterday as a white supremacist who has spent time in prison on weapons charges. From their press release:

Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, of Aurora, Mo., was arrested today for the murder of three people at two separate Jewish Community Centers in Overland Park, Kan. Miller, who was arrested using the alias Frazier Glenn Cross…is the former “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which he founded and ran in the 1980s before being sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against African Americans.

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After subsequently forming another Klan group, the White Patriot Party, he was found in criminal contempt and sentenced to six months in prison for violating the court settlement. He went underground while his conviction was under appeal but was caught by the FBI with a weapons cache in Missouri. He served three years in federal prison after being indicted on weapons charges and for plotting robberies and the assassination of SPLC founder Morris Dees. As part of a plea bargain, Miller testified against other Klan leaders in a 1988 sedition trial.

Miller has a white-power-themed website and has been a frequent contributor to the anti-Semitic “Vanguard News Network.” In 2012 he spoke to a class studying religious extremism at Missouri State; BuzzFeed interviewed to the professor who taught the class yesterday night.

This post has been updated.

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