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April 14, 2014 4

Overland Park Shooting Suspect Has Long White Supremacist History

Update — April 15: (ADL Report) Fra­zier Glenn Miller’s Vio­lent Come­back: Attack Fol­lows Years of Attempts to Reestab­lish Suprema­cist Credentials

Police in Over­land Park, Kansas, arrested a sus­pect on April 13 in the shoot­ing deaths of three indi­vid­u­als at a Jew­ish com­mu­nity cen­ter and a Jew­ish assisted liv­ing facil­ity ear­lier that day. The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied by police as Fra­zier Cross, was con­firmed by the Anti-Defamation League to be Fra­zier Glenn Miller (or sim­ply Glenn Miller), a white suprema­cist from south­west Mis­souri with a career in hatred and white supremacy that has spanned more than three decades.frazier-glenn-miller-kansas-jewish-shooting

In the early 1980s, Glenn Miller was one of the more noto­ri­ous white suprema­cists in the United States, but he even­tu­ally ran afoul of both the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and mem­bers of his own move­ment and has spent most of the last decade at the periph­ery of the white suprema­cist movement—no less rad­i­cal but far less able to influ­ence others.

Miller, orig­i­nally from North Car­olina, began his career as a neo-Nazi in the mid-1970s, but soon switched to the Ku Klux Klan. He was present at an infa­mous shoot­ing of left-wing activists by white suprema­cists in Greens­boro in 1979 that left five dead, but was never charged with a crime.

By 1980, Miller had formed his own Klan group, the Car­olina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (later changed to the White Patriot Party), a large regional Klan group that drew noto­ri­ety for its para­mil­i­tary train­ing exer­cises. Mem­bers of the group com­mit­ted sev­eral hate crimes against African-Americans dur­ing the decade, while its second-in-command was con­victed of a plot to pur­chase stolen weapons, osten­si­bly to tar­get a civil rights orga­ni­za­tion. Dur­ing this period, Miller was one of the more noto­ri­ous white suprema­cists in the United States.

The activ­i­ties of Miller and his group even­tu­ally led to a fed­eral court order pro­hibit­ing its para­mil­i­tary train­ing. Rather than obey the order, Miller went under­ground with sev­eral fol­low­ers in 1987 after issu­ing a “Dec­la­ra­tion of War” that called for the “blood of our ene­mies [to] flood the streets.” Fed­eral agents soon arrested Miller hid­ing out in the Ozarks in Mis­souri on charges related to his “Dec­la­ra­tion” and explo­sives violations.

Miller even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a hand grenade and received a five-year sen­tence. He also agreed to tes­tify against other promi­nent white suprema­cists in a sedi­tion trial in Arkansas in 1988—this lat­ter deci­sion for­ever earned him the enmity of the major­ity of the white suprema­cist move­ment, which now con­sid­ered him a trai­tor to the movement.

After get­ting out of prison in 1990, Miller moved to Iowa (later to Mis­souri) and became a truck dri­ver. Largely ostra­cized by white suprema­cists, he laid low until the end of the decade, when he self-published his auto­bi­og­ra­phy (A White Man Speaks Out). This marked a return to activism; by the early 2000s, Miller began pur­chas­ing adver­tis­ing space in local news­pa­pers in Mis­souri for racist and anti-Semitic screeds, fol­lowed by his own attempts to pub­lish a “white-friendly” news­pa­per called The European-American.

In 2004, Miller allied with fel­low Mis­souri white suprema­cist Alex Lin­der to pro­duce a more grandiose white suprema­cist news­pa­per that they dubbed The Aryan Alter­na­tive. Only a cou­ple of issues were ever pub­lished, but they were printed in large num­bers, which were dis­trib­uted by var­i­ous white suprema­cists for some years. Miller also tried run­ning for office, quite unsuc­cess­fully, receiv­ing only two votes in his 2010 attempt at a U.S. Sen­ate seat in Missouri.

Through­out the 2000s, Miller actively pro­moted his racist and anti-Semitic views on-line, but remained ham­pered by the hos­til­ity with which most of the white suprema­cist move­ment con­tin­ued to view him. In the years prior to the Over­land Park attacks, Miller was a peren­nial but periph­eral fig­ure within the world of white supremacy.

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