On Monday, Frazier Glenn Miller was convicted of murder and other charges in last year’s shooting deaths of three people at two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, the Associated Press reports. As the jurors filed out of the courtroom, Miller, 74, raised his arm in the Nazi salute.
The jury of seven men and five woman took just two hours to find Miller, who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s, guilty on one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and assault and weapons charges. (Miller is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross—the name he was given in 1990 after turning federal informant to get out of prison.)
The Aurora, Missouri, man admitted to killing three people—William Corporon, 69, Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53—in the Passover eve shootings at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park and the nearby Village Shalom retirement center. However, he plead not guilty, because he said it was his duty to stop genocide against the white race.
Last fall, Miller told the Kansas City Star that he decided to carry out the attacks after he went to the emergency room in late March, unable to breathe because of his emphysema. “I was convinced I was dying then,” Miller said. “I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”
According to the AP, during his closing arguments, Miller, who has been representing himself since firing his attorneys in May, said, since the killings, he has been “floating on a cloud.” Earlier, when District Attorney Steve Howe said that Miller wanted to kill as many people as possible, Miller interrupted: “I wanted to kill Jews, not people.” None of the victims were Jewish.
Before deliberations, Miller encouraged the jurors to “show great courage” and acquit him. “You have the power in your hands to inspire the world,” he said. “You can become a man or woman your forefathers will be proud of for your bravery.”
After the guilty verdict was announced, Miller, who faces the death penalty, said, “The fat lady just sang.” As the jurors left, he told them, “You probably won’t sleep tonight.” The judge reminded Miller that the jurors he was speaking to were the same who would decide his sentence. Sentence proceedings are expected to begin Thursday.