White supremacist held in killings at Jewish center

| April 14, 2014

As the U.S. continues to commit itself to fighting terrorism abroad, the threat continues to raise its head within our borders. While it seems to have been only as of late that the nation has been fighting this battle overseas, domestic terrorism has existed in this nation for quite some time. Just ask the people of the nations indigenous to this land. And, we still find it fascinating that people idolize someone who was responsible for the death not only six million Jews, but also tens of thousands of more than 400,000 Americans. The Bible teaches that the tongue is a mighty force—and a dangerous one. Folks will shout us down for this speculation, but we can’t help but wonder how much the seemingly acceptable poisonous political rhetoric—particularly race baiting rhetoric, such as calling the president a half-breed dog in reference to his multiracial background—has encouraged people to take license with their racism. And, we have to ask, have the hard-edged tales of so-called street life heard in too much music today encouraged the beating of a helpful motorist just because of the color of his skin? It has been said that hate is a blinding force. Perhaps, we should pray for the hate to stop before both our eyes are poked out and we are truly blind.

Supremacist held in slayings at Kan. Jewish center

A gunman opened fire at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City Sunday, killing three people and shocking an otherwise peaceful community.

Wes Johnson, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader

A 2006 file photo of Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller (Photo: Dean Curtis, Springfield News-Leader)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A longtime white supremacist from rural Missouri was arrested Sunday and held on a charge of premeditated first-degree murder in connection with a shooting spree in Kansas that killed three people at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home.

Frazier Glenn Cross, 73 — known in Aurora, Mo., as Frazier Glenn Miller — was arrested at 1:28 p.m. and was booked into the Johnson County, Kan., jail in Olathe at 8:48 p.m. CT, according to the booking report.

Before being driven off to jail, Miller began ranting while in police custody, police said. A TV news video shows the suspect yelling what appears to be “Heil Hitler!” from the backseat of a police car.

The shootings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, in Overland Park, Kan., and at Village Shalom, a retirement home nearby, occurred on the eve of Passover, a holiday significant in Judaism.

William Lewis Corporon, 69. and grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, shown in an undated family photo. Corporon died at the scene. Underwood was rushed to an area hospital, where he died of his wounds.

William Lewis Corporon, 69, and grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, shown in an undated family photo. Corporon died at the scene. Underwood was rushed to an area hospital, where he died of his wounds. (Photo: Credit: Corporon family)

Among the dead were Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, who had come to the community center to try out for a singing competition, and his grandfather, 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon. Both were white Christians, according to family. The identity of the third victim, a female shot at the retirement home, still was not released early Monday. Two other people were shot at but escaped injury.

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