In Olathe, Kansas, the white supremacist identified as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr, who was responsible for murdering 3 people outside two separate Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA)’s on April 13, 2014 has been tried and sentenced. Cross’ motive for the shootings were his fixation on killing Jewish people, however, because the JCCA has members and employees of all religions, Cross ended up killing people later identified to be Christians. They say a man who represents himself in a court of law, has a fool for a client. Cross represented himself during his criminal trial and he was found guilty in August 2015. Today, he was sentenced to death in the premeditated killings.
Judge Thomas K. Ryan listened to testimony no doubt from both character witnesses on his behalf and that of victims’ families which is known as the ‘Victim Impact Statement.’ Reportedly, Cross could not contain his emotions and had to be removed from the courtroom following an outburst.
- Dr. William Corporon, 69
- Reat Griffin Underwood, 14 (Corporon’s grandson)
- Terri LaManno, 53
Both Corporon and Underwood were killed at the JCCA in Overland Park, Kansas. LaManno was killed at the JCCAA near the Village Shalom Retirement Center where she had gone to visit her dying mother. LaManno was married about 2 years prior to her death and had two children. Lamano was adopted and she was able to connect with her mother just before her death and whom she had been visiting when she was killed.
“I pity you. I feel sorry for you because you have never experienced loved. You are a coward. You snuck up on my father. You are not a patriot.”
— Will Corporon
“We are here today to silence this hateful voice permanently.”
–Melinda Corporon, William’s daughter
“Evil assassinated an old man from the back, it killed a quivering child and it murdered an unarmed middle-age woman.”
— William Corporon’s widow
Cross made no eye contact with any of the victim’s family or friends. Terri’s daughter chose to say an outloud message to her mother rather than acknowledge Cross.
“Mom, I hope you are proud of me. I’ll see you at the pearly gates.”
— Alissa, Terri LaManno’s daughter
It is accustom for the guilty to say something if anything to the court, often to show mercy if they show any remorse for their actions. But, as Cross began to make his statement, the victim’s’ family and friends exited the courtroom. Cross argued that he did not have an adequate defense during his trial and that he was painted as a evil person by the media. The judge handed down his sentence which was to be put to death. Cross motioned for a new trial but was denied. At which point, Cross made several hate speech comments about Jewish people.
“I can’t get a fair trial because of you. This court, it is because you’re under rule of the Jews, and you support yourself according! Heil Hitler!”
— Frazier Glenn Cross Jr
Apparently, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. is a Vietnam War veteran who founded the Knights of the KKK and the White Patriot Party in North Carolina. He ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2006 and the Missouri Senate in 2010. Thankfully, he did not get elected in either election. Reportedly, many of his campaigns were forums for his white-power movement. Cross will be the first person executed since 1965.