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Jewish centers murder suspect F. Glenn Miller Jr. was once caught with a black male prostitute, former prosecutor says

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 7:18 a.m.

Suspect in court

F. Glenn Miller Jr. was wheeled into court for a hearing Thursday morning.

Johnson County District Judge Kelly Ryan set another scheduling conference for May 29, when attorneys will discuss discovery material and other matters. Lawyers are expected to then set a time for a preliminary hearing where prosecutors will present evidence and witnesses regarding the criminal charges.

Miller, in an orange jail suit with his hands shackled, held papers and spoke briefly to his attorney before the hearing but said nothing to the judge.

The white supremacist accused of shooting to death three people outside Jewish centers in Overland Park was caught in the mid-1980s in a car with a black male prostitute dressed as a woman, a former federal prosecutor said Thursday.

Police in Raleigh, N.C., filled out an incident report after finding F. Glenn Miller Jr. in the car, said Douglas McCullough, who in 1987 prosecuted Miller on charges of possessing hand grenades and mailing a threatening communication.

“It was a male prostitute in a vehicle, and it was a Raleigh Police Department incident report,” said McCullough, now a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He told The Star that the details in the report were “salacious” and that the male prostitute was known to police.

“I don’t know if they actually took him into custody or just did an incident report about it because the police knew who he was,” McCullough said. “But I’m quite sure it was never prosecuted or anything like that.”

McCullough said he and other authorities learned of the incident as they were investigating Miller in 1987. He said authorities heard of no other cases involving possible sex crimes in connection with Miller.

“That is the only incident that I was aware of, this one-time incident,” McCullough said. “I’m sure he won’t be happy that all of that is being dredged back up again now.”

Miller, 73, who also goes by Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., was arrested April 13 outside a school near the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park. He is accused of killing a doctor, his teenage grandson and a mother of three outside the community center and the nearby Village Shalom senior living center.

The federal case against Miller began when he and two comrades were arrested in a trailer in Ozark, Mo., after mailing a “Declaration of War.” The document, among other things, established a point system for the assassination of federal officials, blacks, Jews, gays and others.

In the trailer, authorities found a large cache of weapons and explosives. Miller cut a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to cooperate fully with a federal investigation into the existence of a seditious conspiracy of white supremacists plotting to overthrow the government. In return, prosecutors recommended that the court sentence Miller to five years in prison. The judge followed their recommendation, and Miller was released in 1990 after serving less than three years.

McCullough, who sat in on interviews with Miller in 1987 after his arrest in Missouri, said the incident with the prostitute was surprising because of Miller’s venomous and public hatred of blacks and gays.

McCullough said he knew of no public record of the incident.

Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Thursday that a police officer in North Carolina told his organization about the episode as they were preparing for trial in a case against Miller in the summer of 1986.

“At the time, we were like, ‘What a hypocrite,’ ” Cohen told The Star. “And also, ‘How bizarre.’ But there was no way for us to use the information at trial. It wasn’t relevant to our issue.”

In the case, Miller was found in contempt of court after violating the terms of an agreement in a lawsuit settled with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The center’s Heidi Beirich spoke with Miller about the issue in a recorded phone conversation last fall. Miller didn’t deny the incident, saying he had lured the prostitute to a meeting in order to beat him up.

“If you will check that particular police report,” he told Beirich, “you’ll find I had a blackjack, a night stick and a .38 loaded pistol.”

To reach Judy L. Thomas, call 816-234-4334 or send email to jthomas@kcstar.com.

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