Man charged in Kansas killing has North Carolina ties

The ABC11 I-Team has made some startling discoveries about Glenn Miller, and his time living in Johnston County.
April 14, 2014 5:08:30 PM PDT
A man with ties to the Triangle area faces hate crime charges after police say he went on a shooting spree that killed three people in Kansas Sunday.

The ABC11 I-Team has made some startling discoveries about Glenn Miller, and his time living in Johnston County, his time in the Army, and his run for North Carolina governor. The I-Team also found video of Miller at a Ku Klux Klan rally in the Triangle in the 1980s.

Police say 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller Cross, who goes by the name Glenn Miller, went on a rampage firing at a Jewish community center in Overland Park where parents and children attended a singing contest. A doctor and his 14-year-old grandson were killed.

Police say Miller then went to a retirement complex where he shot another person.

As police took him away, he yelled Nazi slogans from a patrol car. Police are investigating the rampage as a hate crime, but they don't know the gunman's motive.

The I-Team has been digging into our video archives and we discovered Miller is the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which he started and ran in the 1980s. Video showed Miller marching at a rally in the Triangle.

"I've spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, two years in Vietnam, and 12 years as a Green Beret paratrooper," said Miller in the 1980s.

Miller served three years in federal prison after being indicted on weapons charges, and for plotting robberies, and the assassination of Morris Dees, the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

As part of a plea bargain, he testified against other Klan leaders in 1988.

If you lived in the area in the 1980s, you might remember that Miller ran for governor and the state senate while living in Johnston County.

In a 2010, he recorded a radio ad which showed his hatred for Jews.

"We've sat back and allowed the Jews to take over our government, our banks, and our media," said Miller in the ad.

Miller lived in Smithfield with his family, and then moved to West Virginia, and Missouri.  

Last year, the I-Team investigated current Klan activity in North Carolina.

A group called the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has its national office in the town of Eden, which is north of Greensboro.

On their website is a video of a cross burning in Mount Airy in 2012. People are seen carrying torch, lighting the cross, and gathering in a circle around it. Some of the people were wearing white robes.

Also on the website are pictures of what's described as a "meet and greet" in North Carolina last year.

People were gathering in what looks like a hotel meeting room with a KKK flag on the wall. Some were wearing white robes, posing for a picture holding certificates, and saluting. Women are also in the picture.

The I-Team contacted the Imperial Wizard of that group -- called the White Knights today -- his name is Chris Barker.  He says Miller left the North Carolina Klan in 1989 -- for a neo-Nazi group called the National Vanguard.

Barker says he knew Miller as a nice guy, not someone "prone to violence."


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