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North Carolina authorities will travel to Kansas to question F. Glenn Miller Jr. about 1987 triple slaying

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Friday, April 25, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.

North Carolina authorities are planning a trip to Kansas to question the man accused of killing three people in Overland Park about a triple homicide at an adult bookstore in their state decades ago.

Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman told The Charlotte Observer that cold-case officers will attempt to interview F. Glenn Miller Jr., the white supremacist charged in the April 13 shootings that took the lives of a doctor, his teenage grandson and a mother of three outside the Jewish Community Center and the nearby Village Shalom senior living center.

Miller, founder of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, testified for the prosecution in the 1989 trial of a man charged with helping kill three men at an adult bookstore in Shelby, N.C., in 1987. The bookstore’s clients included gay and bisexual men.

The defendant, white supremacist Douglas Sheets, was acquitted, and the case against a second man was dropped. While some testimony at the trial linked Miller to the murders, he was never charged. Miller, now 73, also goes by Frazier Glenn Cross Jr.

Norman told The Charlotte Observer that the sheriff’s office cold-case unit would try to develop new information about the bookstore murders and said that “we’ll definitely follow up as far as possible.”

Les Farfour, the attorney who defended Sheets at the time, told The Star on Friday that Miller was not a credible witness for the prosecution.

“He took the stand, probably was on the stand for an hour, and he didn’t have much to say,” he said. “The core of his testimony was he heard Sheets and the other fellow talking about how they’d done the murders.”

Farfour said he understood why authorities wanted to talk to Miller now.

“There were three people murdered, two seriously injured,” he said. “If you ask me, the victims’ families would like to have some closure. I think they’re hoping that he’s got nothing to lose by talking now, so why not?”

The federal case against Miller arose when he, Sheets and the other suspect in the Shelby murders were arrested in a trailer in Ozark, Mo., after mailing a “Declaration of War” that, 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 with other investigations of white supremacists. In return, Miller received a five-year prison sentence. He was released in 1990 after serving less than three years.

In a letter to the judge asking for leniency, Miller said he had information about the Shelby murders.

He said that as Sheets and the other man were helping him work on their war declaration, “Sheets bragged to me about the murders.” Miller said the two “intended to live underground the rest of their lives,” robbing banks and armored cars to finance themselves.

“It was several days later that I became convinced that they had, in fact, committed the murders,” Miller wrote.

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

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