Accused Jewish community shooter known for rantings - KCTV5

Accused Jewish community shooter known for racist, anti-Semitic rantings

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AURORA, MO (KCTV/AP) -

The FBI was aware of a known white supremacist and his hate-group affiliations before he was accused of gunning down three at Jewish-related sites in hate crimes.

There was no answer at the last known address for a man suspected in the shooting deaths of three people at a Kansas Jewish community center and retirement complex.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, was booked into the Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks Sunday in Overland Park. Authorities said Monday that he will likely face state murder charges and federal hate crime charges.

The small, single-story house is located between the southwest Missouri towns of Aurora and Marionville. The house was bordered on three sides by barbed-wire fences. Outside the home, a red Chevrolet pickup bore two Confederate flag stickers.

A man showed up at the house Monday afternoon, but would not answer the door and quickly sped away in his car.

People in Aurora and Marionville say Cross kept to himself, and rarely interacted with people except to hand out white supremacist pamphlets. One person did describe Cross as personable while being private.

"Most people knew their beliefs and just avoided them," said Flora Walker, a Marionville resident. "They didn't come around us and we didn't go around them."

The mayor of Marionville often worked on engines for the family, and even says he considered Cross a friend.

"He let it be known that he was a racist and he didn't like any race except the white race," said Mayor Daniel Clevenger. "He mostly focused on Jews. I don't know what got him started on that."

The Southern Poverty Law Center says Cross is a known anti-Semite, and a former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He authored at least one book about white supremacy, and wrote a series of controversial letters to a local newspaper.

"He'd write things that were just pretty vile," Walker said. "He'd bring those papers around and pass them out and as soon as he would leave they'd all be gathered up and put in the trash."

Cross also spent three years in federal prison in the 1980s, for weapons violations and threats against the president of the SPLC.

In 2008, one of his sons died during a shootout with police in Marionville. Two years later, he launched a write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. His radio advertisements attacked Jews and non-white Americans.

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