White supremacist and home terrorist F. Glenn Miller Jr. died in a Kansas prison Monday, awaiting execution for a murderous rampage in Overland Park in 2014.
Miller was a coward and a killer. He ought to not be mourned.
But we should keep in mind his crimes, which stretched for many years. Miller stands as a warning to us concerning the methods racism and hate can flip into actual bloodshed and tragedy. We should study from his sorry life.
On a wet April Sunday in 2014, Miller shot and killed Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outdoors the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park.
He shot and killed 53-year-old Terri LaManno outdoors the Village Shalom care middle close by. After a brief search, Miller surrendered to authorities, spewing vulgarities and hate.
He remained in custody till his dying.
Miller later claimed he intended to kill Jews, though not one of the victims was Jewish. He stated he would do it once more if launched from jail.
But it’s essential to recollect Miller’s bigotry and terrorism did not begin in 2014 in suburban Kansas City. In reality, he had a decades-long history of spreading extremism and hate throughout a number of states, together with Missouri.
He launched a racist splinter political social gathering in 1980, after reviving a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1987, he was arrested in southern Missouri, together with a number of different males, after a federal raid on a paramilitary compound. Authorities discovered quite a few weapons, together with automated weapons, pipe bombs and different explosives.
Faced with critical jail time, Miller minimize a deal. In alternate for testimony in opposition to others in the white supremacist motion, and appearing as a federal informant, he would get a shortened sentence and a name change, to F. Glenn Cross, the identify he used on the time of his dying.
His self-dealing did little to assist the federal government, some claimed later. Among his different crimes, Miller was a con man.
His views have been not a secret. Miller’s antisemitic, racist rants have been acquainted in the area. He ran for the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2010, airing a collection of antisemitic, bigoted radio commercials that left listeners aghast.
They ultimately disappeared. But Miller’s thoughts nonetheless seethed.
It is not vital to totally reprint his views right here. “I thrive on hate,” he as soon as stated. “If I didn’t thrive on hate, I would go crazy.”
That somebody with his well-known views might get hold of quick access to weapons and ammunition, and use them to commit homicide, is a disgrace on this nation, and mustn’t ever be forgotten.
And the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 is not far faraway from Miller’s extremist views. “America was given to us by our forefathers, who fought, bled, and died … so they could pass on this great country to us, their posterity,” he wrote in 1999. “We have sat by like timid cowardly sheep and allowed it to be taken from us.”
That sounds disturbingly acquainted, and stands as a warning.
Since the 2014 killings, the family of Miller’s victims have proven extraordinary grace and braveness in serving to the neighborhood heal. Mindy Corporon has written and spoken with superb eloquence about her household’s ordeal, and the religion she depends on to make sense of the tragedy.
We stand in awe of their serenity, and sense of mercy. All of us, right this moment, ought to keep in mind the victims, and their households, and all victims of prejudice and hatred wherever it is discovered.
The Star Editorial Board opposes the dying sentence in all circumstances. F. Glenn Miller will not endure that penalty, but he died in jail, the place he belonged — a small, overwhelmed man whose hatred did not win, and can by no means win so long as terrorist crimes like his are remembered and condemned.