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Cross recalls picking up black prostitutes just to pummel them

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Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. is accused of capital murder in the April 2014 killings near Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. is accused of capital murder in the April 2014 killings near Kansas City.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., the 74-year-old Aurora, MO, man who has admitted to the killings at two Jewish community sites, began and ended his rambling defense on Friday.

Cross maintains he was a compassionate killer on a mission to slay Jews. The three killed in April 2014 were Christians who were active in their churches.

"I anguished over it of course. I'm not a violent person," said Cross, who is also known as Glenn Miller. "I wanted to convince myself I was doing nothing wrong."

Before the court was in session, Cross was talking to anyone who would listen, saying it was his chance to run his mouth. He was even captured during a candid telephone call this week with a supporter, saying he planned to raise hell.

Because he fired his defense attorneys is representing himself, while on the stand, Cross can make any statement he sees fit. He had said plans to take up three to four days to tell his side, because that is how much time the prosecution took.

Cross took the stand just before 8 a.m. saying he wanted to explain, “What was in my head that caused me to kill three people and try to kill more.”

After announcing his son would testify Cross said, “The state must prove my criminal intent and I had no criminal intent, I had a patriotic intent.”

Cross then tried to introduce a video that shows him from 20 years ago and the people he associated with. The state objected to the video and the judge sustained the objection. Cross said the judge “kicked his legs out” from him.

As he got more comfortable, he also became more excitable. At one point Cross reminisced that he used to pick up, “black prostitutes and beat the hell out of them.”

Cross escalated to yelling at the judge from the podium before the judge needed to take a break.

The jury was released on a recess just after 11 a.m. with the judge saying there are several issues that have come up.

The court reconvened about 2:45 p.m. when Cross returned to his routine rhetoric, saying if he could pinpoint why he did it was to "satisfy my own conscious." He also admitted to visiting the JCC at least five times to plan his killing spree.

The prosecutor pointed out, "You went to JCC that day knowing the KC Superstar was going on that day, a talent show for young high school students."

Cross tried to back track about knowing a lot of kids would be at JCC that day. He admits he would have intentionally killed a 14-year-old child if they were Jewish, however was less confident after having his inconsistencies exposed.

Cross finally had enough and rested at 4:10 p.m. 

One exchange simplified it all. Cross said to the judge, “We do have a failure to communicate.”

The judge whipped back, “You have a failure to listen.”

Cross had sought to plead guilty in exchange for life for prison. Prosecutors rejected that because they are seeking the death penalty.

Closing arguments and jury instructions will be given Monday morning and then it's in the hands of the jury. It's universally expected that the jury will take little time to convict Cross with his punishment the only issue in doubt.

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