Accused Jewish center shooter refuses to talk to North Carolina authorities about 1987 triple slaying

05/23/2014 6:16 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

North Carolina authorities have canceled a planned trip to Kansas to question F. Glenn Miller Jr., the man accused of killing three people outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park, about a 1987 triple homicide at an adult bookstore in their state.

Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said Miller is refusing to talk to law enforcement officers about the decades-old case. Cold-case officers wanted to interview Miller, a white supremacist charged in the April 13 shootings that took the lives of a doctor, his teenage grandson and a mother of three outside the Jewish Community Center and the nearby Village Shalom senior living center.

“We were in the process of coming, and we notified the defense team along with the local authorities there,” Norman said Friday. “But we were informed by his defense that it would be a fruitless trip — that he actually refused to talk or cooperate.”

Miller, founder of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, testified for the prosecution in the 1989 trial of a man charged with shooting three people to death at the adult bookstore in Shelby, N.C., in 1987. The bookstore’s clients included gay and bisexual men.

The defendant, Douglas Sheets, was acquitted, and the case against a second man was dropped. While some testimony at the trial linked Miller to the homicides, he was never charged. Miller, now 73, also goes by Frazier Glenn Cross Jr.

Norman said authorities thought they might be able to develop some new leads by talking to Miller.

“We were hoping to maybe get some closure for the families or possibly get new information that would lead to closure,” he said. “Hopefully, he’s got a conscience and it’ll weigh on his conscience, and he’ll at least agree to talk eventually and maybe shed some new light on the case.”

Douglas McCullough, who prosecuted Miller in 1987 on federal charges of possessing hand grenades and mailing a threatening communication, told The Star last month that Miller had provided authorities with information on the Shelby murders but denied any involvement in the case.

“At the time, we believed that he was not involved,” said McCullough, who is now a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

The federal case against Miller arose when he, Sheets and another man were arrested in a trailer in Ozark, Mo., after mailing a “Declaration of War” that, among other things, established a point system for the assassination of federal officials, African-Americans, Jews, gays and others.

In the trailer, authorities found a large cache of weapons and explosives. Miller cut a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to cooperate fully with other investigations of white supremacists in return for a reduced sentence.

In a letter to the judge asking for leniency, Miller said he had information about the Shelby murders. He said that as Sheets and the other man were helping him carry out their war declaration, “Sheets bragged to me about the murders.” The two “intended to live underground the rest of their lives,” robbing banks and armored cars to finance themselves, Miller wrote.

To reach Judy L. Thomas, call 816-234-4334 or send email to jthomas@kcstar.com.

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