When dealing with prosecutors it’s not who you know, but what you allege to know.
A former Ku Klux Klan leader charged with killing three people is a former FBI informant given a new identity by the federal government, reports ABC News.
Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, is charged with murder in shootings outside a Jewish center near Kansas City.
Cross was born Frazier Glenn Miller, a trucker who became a well-known white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan leader and the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
In 1987, Miller mailed a “Declaration of War” to thousands of white supremacists and several member of Congress. The document exhorted racists to “Let the blood of our enemies flood the streets, rivers and fields of the nation. Rise up and throw off the chains which bind us to the satanic, Jewish controlled and ruled federal government. Let the battle axes swing smoothly and the bullets wiss [sic] true.”
Federal agents soon located Miller, the founder of Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the paramilitary White Patriot Party in North Carolina, in a trailer near Ozark, Missouri. Multiple guns, grenades and pipe bombs were found inside the trailer along with about a thousand copies of Miller’s racist screed.
Within days of his arrest, Miller told federal agents he had merely gotten out of hand with his drinking.
“I was on vacation, flirting with girls and drinking beer and going red-necking,” Miller told agents. “I love to go out and drink a beer with rednecks … do the Texas Two-Step. I’m a pretty good dancer by the way.”
He also said he knew of two fellow “White Patriots” who had committed murder.
During their investigation, agents learned Miller, after running for governor of North Carolina, had been arrested after being caught in the act of having sex with a black, male prostitute dressed as a woman.
Sensing this was the kind of man who could help them, federal prosecutors agreed to a deal where Miller would help them in exchange for a 5-year prison sentence.
In 1988, ABC says Miller was a “key witness” in a case against more than a dozen white nationalists charged with fomenting a war against the federal government.
His testimony must not have been very convincing: Every suspect was acquitted and one of the jurors later married one of the defendants, writes ABC News.
Three years into his 5-year deal, in 1990, Miller was released from prison under a new identity provided by the federal government.
He was given a fresh start. He had a new name, Frazier Glenn Cross, a new Social Security number and was provided a new place to live in western Iowa.
But, after several years living under the protection of the government he once tried to overthrow — and hiding from the former white supremacist pals he testified against — Cross returned to living his life as a “belligerent, unapologetic white supremacist,” writes ABC.
Let’s hope prosecutors don’t cut him any deals this time.
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