White supremacist and home terrorist F. Glenn Miller Jr. died in a Kansas jail Monday, awaiting execution for a murderous rampage in Overland Park in 2014.
Miller was a coward and a killer. He shouldn’t be mourned.
However 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 be taught 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 Group Heart in Overland Park.
He shot and killed 53-year-old Terri LaManno outdoors the Village Shalom care heart 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 supposed to kill Jews, though not one of the victims was Jewish. He mentioned he would do it once more if launched from jail.
Nevertheless it’s essential to recollect Miller’s bigotry and terrorism didn’t begin in 2014 in suburban Kansas Metropolis. In reality, he had a decades-long historical past of spreading extremism and hate throughout a number of states, together with Missouri.
He launched a racist splinter political celebration 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 computerized weapons, pipe bombs and different explosives.
Confronted with severe jail time, Miller reduce a deal. In trade for testimony in opposition to others within the white supremacist motion, and appearing as a federal informant, he would get a shortened sentence and a reputation 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. Amongst his different crimes, Miller was a con man.
His views weren’t a secret. Miller’s antisemitic, racist rants have been acquainted within the area. He ran for the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2010, airing a sequence of antisemitic, bigoted radio commercials that left listeners aghast.
They ultimately disappeared. However Miller’s thoughts nonetheless seethed.
It’s not essential to completely reprint his views right here. “I thrive on hate,” he as soon as mentioned. “If I didn’t thrive on hate, I’d go loopy.”
That somebody together 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 just not far faraway from Miller’s extremist views. “America was given to us by our forefathers, who fought, bled, and died … so they may move on this nice nation to us, their posterity,” he wrote in 1999. “We now have sat by like timid cowardly sheep and allowed it to be taken from us.”
That sounds disturbingly acquainted, and stands as a warning.
For the reason that 2014 killings, the family members of Miller’s victims have proven extraordinary grace and braveness in serving to the group heal. Mindy Corporon has written and spoken with wonderful 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’s discovered.
The Star Editorial Board opposes the dying sentence in all circumstances. F. Glenn Miller won’t endure that penalty, however he died in jail, the place he belonged — a small, overwhelmed man whose hatred didn’t win, and can by no means win so long as terrorist crimes like his are remembered and condemned.