Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., the man suspected of shooting and killing three people on Sunday, sits in jail, facing a capital murder charge and a premeditated first-degree murder charge.
Cross' hateful views were well-known to both the FBI and his community in southwest Missouri. His family also has a well-known history of violence.
KCTV5's Emily Rittman reported on Cross and his family extensively during her time in Springfield, MO, and conducted a lengthy sit-down interview with him years ago.
The senseless shootings in the metro are not the first time this family was involved with violence. Cross, a longtime fixture in the white supremacy movement, is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller.
In 2008 his son Jesse Miller was shot and killed by a police officer.
Jesse Miller was involved in a car crash about six years ago in Marionville, a small town southwest of Springfield. When a good Samaritan stopped to help him, Jesse Miller shot and killed the man.
Jesse Miller then shot the first police officer to arrive at the crash. That officer, Andy Clark, fired back and killed Jesse Miller.
And just like his father witnesses in the 2008 shooting say Jesse Miller also shouted obscenities about Jewish people at the crime scene.
Rittman talked with the attorney who represented Clark.
"Well he finally did it. End quote," said Richard Crites, a Springfield attorney. "He believes that blowing people up or shooting people is the way to get things done. I mean he is so anti-Semetic it's pitiful."
Crites said Jesse Miller carried a 12-gauge shotgun with him at all times. He said the man was raised in a home filled with hate.
Rittman says that, when she went to interview Cross, it was a pretty scary experience. She said the family lived in a very rural, secluded area. Rittman said Cross sat in a recliner a few feet from her wearing a cowboy hat and he seemed very proud and confident. He also seemed to really like the media attention and gave a copy of a book to both Rittman and her accompanying photographer.
Rittman said of her interview with Cross that he would say something shocking and sit and wait to see what kind of reaction it would get. He appeared to get pleasure from making people uncomfortable.
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