Klan shooting suspect tied to past hate attack in Triad

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 04:39 PM

The Ku Klux Klan leader arrested this past weekend in the shooting deaths of three residents of Overland Park, Kan., has ties to the notorious Klan/Nazi shootout in a Greensboro neighborhood 35 years ago.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, will be charged in the shooting death of a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his grandfather in the parking lot at a Jewish community center, then fatally shooting a woman at a Jewish retirement community. Cross was arrested at the scene of the second shooting Sunday, the day before the Jewish holiday of Passover.
Also known as Glenn Miller or Frazier Glenn Miller, Cross is a former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based group that tracks hate crimes and the perpetrators of racial intimidation and violence.
Decades ago, Cross had extensive ties to North Carolina, including involvement with the group that instigated the Nov. 3, 1979, shootout between Klan and Nazi Party members and organizers with a communist organization. Five people were killed in the shootout during a Communist Workers Party demonstration, an incident that gained international attention at the time.
“He ... joined the National Socialist Party of America, a Nazi group whose members attacked and killed marchers associated with the Communist Workers Party in Greensboro,” according to a Southern Poverty Law Center biography of Cross.
Cross was active in Klan activities in North Carolina during the 1980s, according to the center.
“He announced his goal was to create a Carolina Free State, which would be an ‘all-white nation within the bounds of North and South Carolina,’” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. At the time, Cross said that his “enemies” were blacks and Jews.
Cross was associated with a Klan group that attempted to intimidate a black plaintiff who sued the state of North Carolina for discrimination in employment 30 years ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center says.
Cross later became involved in paramilitary activity with another group and was found guilty of contempt of court in 1986. While out on bond, Cross disappeared and later resurfaced as a hate group leader in the Midwest, the center reports.
While in North Carolina in the 1980s, Cross twice ran for public office — once for the U.S. Senate and then for the N.C. Senate. In both campaigns he got a negligible amount of the vote.

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