Consequences of hate: Homegrown terror takes its toll in Kansas
April 16, 2014 8:03 PM
The suspect in the murder of three people Sunday near Kansas City is a reminder that the United States has a domestic terrorism problem that is overshadowed by fear of foreign terrorists.
Frazier Glenn Cross, the man accused of killing three people at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement community, is well known for his white supremacist views and hate speech. The Southern Poverty Law Center said he’s an ex-leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, two paramilitary groups.
The murders of retired doctor William Lewis Corporon, his 14-year-old grandson Reat Griffin Underwood and Terri LaManno could be classified as a federal hate crime if evidence warrants it.
Authorities have already charged Mr. Cross with first-degree premeditated murder and capital murder. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison or face the death penalty.
One of the ironies of the murders is that, while the accused is considered an anti-Semite who claims to be Christian, all three victims were Christians.
After 9/11, many Americans are still fixated on terror attacks from foreigners. What they should be worried about is the violence from the hatred-spewing Klansmen and paramilitarists next door.
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