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White supremacist and domestic terrorist F. Glenn Miller Jr. died in a Kansas prison on Monday, awaiting execution for a murderous rampage in Overland Park in 2014.
Miller was a coward and a killer. He shouldn’t be mourned.
But we must remember his crimes, which lasted for decades. Miller warns us about how racism and hatred can turn into bloodshed and tragedy. We must learn from his sad life.
On a rainy April Sunday in 2014, Miller shot and killed Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park.
He shot and killed Terri LaManno, 53, outside the nearby Village Shalom health center. After a brief search, Miller surrendered to authorities, spitting out vulgarity and hatred.
He remained in detention until his death.
Miller later claimed that he intended to kill Jews, although none of the victims were Jewish. He said he would do it again if he was released from prison.
But it’s essential to remember that Miller’s bigotry and terrorism didn’t start in 2014 in the Kansas City suburbs. In fact, he had a decades-long history of spreading extremism and hate in several states, including Missouri.
He started a dissident racist political party in 1980, after relaunching a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1987, he was arrested in southern Missouri, along with several other men, after a federal raid on a paramilitary compound. Authorities found many weapons, including automatic weapons, homemade bombs and other explosives.
Facing severe prison terms, Miller struck a deal. In exchange for testimony against other members of the white supremacist movement, and acting as a federal informant, he would get a shortened sentence and name change, to F. Glenn Cross, the name he was using at the time. of his death.
His personal transactions did little to help the government, some later claimed. Among his other crimes, Miller was a con artist.
His opinions were no secret. Miller’s anti-Semitic and racist rants were familiar in the region. He ran for the US Senate from Missouri in 2010, airing a series of anti-Semitic and fanatic radio commercials that left listeners aghast.
They finally disappeared. But Miller’s mind was still seething.
It is not necessary to reprint his point entirely here. “I feed off hate,” he once said. “If I didn’t feed on hate, I would go crazy.”
That someone with his well-known views can gain easy access to arms and ammunition, and use them to commit murder, is a disgrace to this nation and should never be forgotten.
And the Jan.6 Capitol riot is not far removed from Miller’s extremist views. “America was given to us by our ancestors, who fought, bled and died… so that they could pass this great country on to us, their posterity,” he wrote in 1999. “We sat like shy and cowardly sheep and we allowed it to be taken from us.
It sounds strangely familiar and serves as a warning.
Since the 2014 murders, relatives of Miller’s victims have shown extraordinary grace and courage to help the community heal. Mindy Corporon wrote and spoke with amazing eloquence of the trial of her family and the faith she relied on to make sense of the tragedy.
Terri LaManno’s family displayed a similar grace.
We are impressed by their serenity and their sense of mercy. Today we must all remember the victims, their families and all victims of prejudice and hatred wherever they are.
The Star Editorial Board opposes the death penalty in all cases. F. Glenn Miller will not suffer this sentence, but he died in prison, where he belonged – a beaten little man whose hatred did not win and will never win until terrorist crimes like his are recalled and condemned. .