Kansas white supremacist sentenced to death for three murders

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Frazier Glenn Miller , convicted of killing three people outside a Kancity City area Jewish centers, has been given the death sentence. Photo courtesy of Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Frazier Glenn Miller , convicted of killing three people outside a Kancity City area Jewish centers, has been given the death sentence. Photo courtesy of Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

OLATHE, Kan. – A judge on Tuesday issued the death penalty for the white supremacist convicted of shooting to death three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas last year.

Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan sentenced Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, to die by lethal injection.

A jury in early September convicted Cross, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, of the murders and recommended that he be put to death. Cross also was convicted of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at three other people.

The jury found Cross guilty of killing Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and Terri LaManno, 53, outside a Jewish retirement home, both in Overland Park, Kansas.

After the judge announced his decision, Cross gave the “Heil Hitler” salute and was forcibly removed from the courtroom.

On the way out, Cross said, “One day my spirit will rise from the grave and you’ll know I was right. I’m a happy man.”

Cross said in court on Tuesday, as he did during the trial, that he wanted to kill Jews because he believes they control the media, financial institutions and the government.

“Jews are destroying the white race,” he said, calling himself a patriot. None of those he killed were Jewish.

In court statements before the sentencing, several relatives of victims denounced Cross for his views and spoke of their painful losses. Cross, a military veteran, sat at a court table in a wheel chair, sometimes glancing up at those who spoke at the podium.

Will Corporon, son of William Corporon, glared at Cross as he talked.

“You are a coward,” he said. “You are not a patriot. You are a disgrace to the uniform you wore.”

Cross, representing himself in court, said on Tuesday he should be released because he was justified in trying to kill Jews.

“I wanted to kill Jews, not Christians and I do regret it,” Cross said. During the trial he faulted the victims for associating with Jews by going to Jewish centers.

Melinda Corporon, wife of William Corporon, told Cross he has never known love.

“We are here today to make sure this voice of evil is silenced permanently,” she said.

Kansas restored the death penalty in 1994; no one has been executed in the state since 1965.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City)

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  • Doc Anthony

    Here’s the problem: Vicious,convicted murderers can be sentenced to death in Kansas, but that doesn’t mean a thing unless people are willing to get up and actually ENFORCE that sentence. And they really aren’t.

    Making matters worse is the fact that the Obama Supreme Court appears to be signaling a new willingness to oppose the death penalty if given the proper (as in politically safe) opportunity.

    So now there is some real uncertainty, both now and in the foreseeable future.
    If murderer Cross can “stall everybody” long enough, there is a very real chance that he could, as with some other convicted murderers, get away with NO death penalty at all.

    Instead of yapping about how his spirit “will rise from the grave”, Cross simply needs to take advantage of the current mollycoddling liberalism, like most other crooks do.

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  • Larry

    Doc, your post is a parade of fact-free arglebargle.

    Obama and his supreme court has nothing to do with this case. It is purely a state matter. The death penalty costs states more than life without possibility of parole and is far more punitive than making this m0r0n a white supremacist martyr.

    What you call “stalling” is more honestly called Due Process. One which favors white people and those with money above all others. Granted, I have no problem with giving people like Cross the death penalty. He truly is the worst of the worst.

    Too bad he is not typical of those on Death Rows throughout the country. Many are there on shaky evidence and usually were poorly represented.

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  • Mike

    Also, the “Obama Supreme Court” was appointed by:
    Barack Obama (2)
    George W. Bush (2)
    Bill Clinton (2)
    George H. W. Bush (1)
    Ronald Reagan (2)

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Cross, AKA Frazier, is unrepentant, and in bad health. He will not likely survive the appeals process. That is just fine. Normally I support death penalty in extreme cases and this is certainly one. But as an execution brings only headlines that will inspire more eliminationists, it is just as well if the state does not oppose any delays his appellate lawyers make because he’ll leave this mortal plane soon enough. As the psalmist of 23:5 says, “Thou preparest a table before mine enemies….” so Cross’s first meal on the other side would be with the likes of Nat Turner and Mordecai Anselwicz (Jewish resistance leader in Warsaw ghetto uprising).