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August 26, 2015

Judge Thwarts Anti-Semitic Killer’s Attempt At Show Trial

As opening statements and testimony began this week in Olathe, Kansas, in the murder trial of white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller (also known as Frazier Glenn Cross), the defense strategy of the former Klansman—who is representing himself—became clear.

Frazier Glenn Miller mugshot

Frazier Glenn Miller mugshot

Miller, who has admitted committing a shooting spree at two Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas, in April 2014 that killed three people, including one child, indicated his intentions with his opening statements on August 24. Miller asserted to the jury that the murders were justified, describing his actions that day as “well-intentioned” and claiming that he had “good, moral reasons” for the slayings.

These statements echoed earlier remarks by Miller before the trial that he would attempt a “necessity” defense, claiming that the shootings were needed to halt the “Jewish genocide of the white race.” Though Miller had admitted that his intentions were to shoot Jews, none of the victims he killed at the Jewish institutions turned out to be Jewish.

Miller told the jury that white people “have a right to survive” and the right to preserve our heritage…and a safe future for white children.” This was a reference to the “14 Words,” a popular white supremacist slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” It refers to the widespread white supremacist belief that the white race is threatened with extinction because of a rising tide of non-white peoples who are controlled and manipulated by Jews.

However, Miller did not get far in his effort at an anti-Semitic show trial before Judge Kelly Ryan stopped him. Judge Ryan had earlier ruled that Miller could not introduce his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories into the guilt phase of the trial, which was to determine whether a crime had been committed, not why. The judge said that Miller could make such arguments during the penalty phase of the trial, if he were convicted.

As witnesses began to testify, Miller found other ways to introduce his anti-Semitic views, such as bringing certain books to court with him. At one point he had a copy of his own, self-printed autobiography, A White Man Speaks Out, displayed on the defense table. Another time during the trial he held up a book for people to see: They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby, an anti-Israel book written by Paul Findley, a long-time anti-Israel activist, in 1985.

Miller was a prominent white supremacist in the 1970s and 1980s, at one point heading a large Ku Klux Klan group, but the white supremacist movement ostracized him for providing testimony in a criminal case against other white supremacists. Miller has spent most of the past 15 years trying to get back in the graces of the movement, with little success. His shooting spree was apparently a final attempt.

Miller’s Overland Park attack was only one of a number of deadly shooting sprees by white supremacists in recent years. These and other murders have made white supremacists the most deadly extremist movement in the country, as detailed in ADL’s recent report, With Hate in their Hearts: The State of White Supremacy in the United States.

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April 16, 2014

Overland Park Shooting Suspect Admired “Lone Wolf” Killers

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Glenn Miller on Joseph Paul Franklin

Following deadly shootings at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas, on April 13, 2014, Overland Park police soon arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross (more commonly known as Frazier Glenn Miller or simply Glenn Miller). A new ADL report reveals disturbing new details about his recent activities.

Miller is a long-time white supremacist whose extremist career spans decades.   In recent years, Miller was active on the white supremacist discussion forum Vanguard News Network (VNN), making over 12,000 posts to that site.  He expounded racist and anti-Semitic views on a variety of subjects, but during 2009-2013 Miller repeatedly made posts related to one rather disturbing theme:  support for lone wolf white supremacists who had committed violent acts.

One lone wolf terrorist Miller admired was James Von Brunn, the 88-year-old white supremacist who opened fire at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June 2009, killing a security guard.  Miller also approved of Wade Michael Page, the white supremacist who embarked upon a deadly shooting spree at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012.  “Many thousands of would-be mud [i.e., non-white] immigrants…will decide not to come [after Page’s attack],” Miller wrote shortly thereafter.  “Is that good or bad for white folks?  See?”

Another white supremacist murderer Miller admired was Keith Luke.  In early 2009, Luke embarked upon a murderous rampage in Brockton, Massachusetts, killing two West African immigrants and shooting and raping a third.  Luke allegedly planned to attack a synagogue that evening, but police caught up to him before he could carry out the final act of his spree.  In early 2010, Miller described Luke as “a super courageous young white man with the guts to act, as opposed to yellow cyber-space [white nationalists] who only type, anonymously.”

When Norwegian extremist Anders Behring Breivik committed bombings and shootings in July 2011 that killed 77 people, mostly children, Miller imagined an American equivalent.  “If some enterprising American fellow went to a youth camp in the Catskills, Camp David, or Martha’s Vineyard,” he wrote on the VNN forum that same month, “and ‘sprayed’ some young’uns belong to our immigrant-loving JOG [Jewish-Occupied Government], I dare say I might not lose a whole lot of sleep…I just might sleep even better than my norm, possibly with a wide grin on my face.”

However, if there was one murderer whom Miller particularly looked up to, it was Joseph Paul Franklin, the white supremacist serial killer and death row inmate who in the 1970s hadcommitted a number of murders and bombings against African-Americans, Jews, and interracialcouples.

In August 2009, Miller proclaimed that Franklin was “one hell of a [white nationalist].”  Millersoon actively urged other white supremacists to support Franklin—whom he dubbed a “martyr”—by writing him, sending him money, and other measures (including bribing guards).  In early 2010, Miller announced on the VNN forum that he had received a letter from Franklin, “this living [white nationalist] legend.”

By September 2013, just months before Franklin’s scheduled execution date, Miller and Franklin had established a relationship, with Franklin making regular phone calls to Miller.   Miller energetically tried to raise money for Franklin and to promote his reputation.  Franklin, he claimed in a September 29 posting to VNN, was “the most courageous American warrior for our race in our lifetime.”  Two days later, Miller called Franklin, “a lone wolf hero.”

Miller even tried to put himself into Franklin’s head when describing some of Franklin’s violent actions:  “This one in one-hundred-million white man, in total self control, cool and confident in himself and his Aryan abilities, does not run away to safety.  No, no, no.  He calmly pulls over, confronts the n—–, and blows his black ass away, and the white assed, n—–loving bitch, too, AFTER relishing, up close and personal, the terror in their eyes.  And then, and only then, he calmly drives away while planning his next hit.”  For a select few, Miller said in a different posting, “it’s what makes life worth living.”

On November 20, following Franklin’s execution, Miller announced his death, then proclaimed that “Joseph Paul Franklin, martyr, is born and will live forever in the hearts and minds of strong, loyal white men, women, and youth.  Hail Joseph Paul Franklin!!!”

Five months later, Frazier Glenn Miller allegedly embarked upon his own killing spree in Overland Park, Kansas.

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April 14, 2014

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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