A 73-year-old southwest Missouri man with a long history of anti-Semitism is suspected of killing two people outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Ks., near Kansas City, and then a third at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility, reports the Kansas City Star. After officers arrested Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo., better better known as F. Glenn Miller, he went on a rant inside the patrol car. “Heil Hitler,” Miller yelled out, and then he bobbed his head up and down. The Southern Poverty Law Center said Miller is a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.
“We are investigating it as a hate crime,” said Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass. Two of the victims were a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather who attend the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. The gunfire at the west side of the Jewish Community Center came as hundreds of high school singers from across the metro area were expected to audition for the KC SuperStar contest and actors were rehearsing for a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Some witnesses reported the suspect making anti-Semitic comments. The Passover holiday starts Monday.