The shooting suspect booked into the Johnson County jail as Frazier Glenn Cross is better known as F. Glenn Miller, a southwest Missouri man long known for deeply anti-Semitic and racist statements.
In 2010, he filed as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate from Missouri, then bought or tried to buy advertising time on several Missouri radio stations, including at least two in Kansas City. The ads bitterly denounced Jews, the federal government and African-Americans.
“We’ve sat back and allowed the Jews to take over our government, our banks and our media,” one commercial said.
At first broadcasters said they had no choice but to run the spots under federal law. But the commercials were considered so offensive that the Missouri Broadcasters Association eventually asked for permission to ban their use.
In June 2010, the Federal Communications Commission said it would not be “unreasonable” for stations to conclude that Miller wasn’t a bona fide candidate, and therefore they did not have to air the ads.
The dispute made the headlines Miller clearly sought. But it was just one episode in a troubling, decades-long public battle Miller has waged against perceived domestic enemies.
“He’s a longtime white nationalist who has spent decades promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and has had various run-ins with the law,” said Devin Burghart of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.
“He’s been so embroiled in this stuff for so long, you have to wonder what finally led him to carry out the act that he’d been preaching about all this time?”
Miller, 73, lives in Aurora, Mo., a small town about 30 miles southwest of Springfield. A woman who answered the phone Sunday night at a number listed for Miller said she did not know where he was, and then began to cry.
An Army veteran who fought in Vietnam, Miller turned to racist and anti-Semitic politics in the 1970s. He was a one-time “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors ultra-right-wing and paramilitary organizations.
He founded the White Patriot Party in the 1980s. He later served three years in federal prison after authorities found him and others with a weapons cache near Springfield.
He agreed to testify against other members of the group, which caused a bitter split among some members of underground paramilitary groups.
In 1999, he wrote a book called “A White Man Speaks Out.” One excerpt: “Keep your Race pure at all costs.”
He also ran for office several times, never getting more than a handful of write-in votes. He sought the 7th District U.S. House seat from Missouri in 2006.
The website for his 2010 campaign is still online, providing links to videos and statements, many of them anti-Semitic.
Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass was asked whether the suspect’s car contained any literature, manifestos, bumper stickers or any other evidence of the alleged shooter’s political views.
“There are other things in the car, some things that we consider to be evidentiary,” Douglass said. “But until we have a chance to vet those and to work with the prosecuting attorneys involved for their evidentiary value and evaluate that, we’re not at liberty to say what.”