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Anti-Semite dies in Kansas prison while awaiting lethal injection

By: - May 4, 2021 10:28 am

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. was convicted in 2015 of capital murder for his hate-driven shooting spree a year earlier at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center. (Kansas Department of Corrections)

TOPEKA — The man who killed three people in a hate-driven 2014 shooting spree at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center has died in state prison while on death row.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., also known as Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., died Monday at the El Dorado Correctional Facility. He was convicted of capital murder in 2015 and sentenced to death by lethal injection.

The Kansas Department of Corrections said a preliminary assessment indicates the 80-year-old died of natural causes. The official cause of death is pending an autopsy.

The shocking murders of William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno brought national attention to Cross, an anti-Semite Klansman from Aurora, Missouri.

Cross represented himself at trial and told jurors he thrived on hate, KCUR reported.

“I love to hate,” Cross said. “Hate gets me through my days, gives me a warm, soothing feeling in my stomach to know that I hate my enemies.”

Cross appealed his death sentence, and the Kansas Supreme Court heard arguments in the case in March.

In a statement, the Corporon family said the man who murdered two Methodists and a Catholic while intending to kill Jews could not steal their hearts, dignity, memories, “or the ability to offer forgiveness and kindness in the face of such tragedy.

“We pray that our healing journey helps others move forward during their own struggles and challenges,” the family said. “Don’t allow hate to occupy your heart or mind. It will rot you from the inside out.”

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Sherman Smith
Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith is the 2021 and 2022 Kansas Press Association’s journalist of the year. He has written award-winning news stories about the instability of the Kansas foster care system, misconduct by government officials, sexual abuse, technology, education, and the Legislature. He previously spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. He is a lifelong Kansan.