Alleged Kansas City JCC shooter said killings were necessary and his ‘right’

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The Missouri man charged with murdering three people at two Jewish sites in a suburb of Kansas City last year told a court that the killings were necessary and his “right.”

Frazier Glenn Miller, who is representing himself, appeared in U.S. District Court in Johnson County, Kansas, on Friday.

Miller, 74,  who also goes by Fraizer Glenn Cross, is charged with capital murder in the April 13, 2014 shootings, which killed two people at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, and one person outside Village Shalom, a Jewish assisted-living facility a few blocks away. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

The victims were William Lewis Corporon, a retired physician, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, and Terri LaManno, a mother of two. None of the victims was Jewish.


Johnson County Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan said the “compelling necessity” defense could not be used, following an hour-long speech by Miller, who talked about Caitlyn Jenner, AIDS, Israel, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, British wartime leader Winston Churchill, the Rev. Billy Graham and a Jewish conspiracy he alleged was behind the sitcom “All in the Family,” according to the Associated Press.  Miller said he would use the defense to argue that he committed the attacks in order to stop “the Jewish genocide of the white race.”

Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, told the Kansas City Star that he began planning the attacks when he became so sick with emphysema that he thought he would die soon and that he conducted reconnaissance missions of the JCC and Village Shalom in the days before the shootings.

“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he told the newspaper.

The trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Aug. 17.


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