JCC gunman ‘wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews’
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JCC gunman ‘wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews’

F. Glenn Miller Jr. says he scouted out Overland Park community center before April attack in which he killed 3 non-Jews, one of them a 14-year-old; describes ‘exhilaration’

Marissa Newman is The Times of Israel political correspondent.

Overland Park JCC shooter Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., also known as Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., appears at his arraignment in New Century, Kansas, April 15, 2014. (photo credit: AP/David Eulitt)
Overland Park JCC shooter Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., also known as Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., appears at his arraignment in New Century, Kansas, April 15, 2014. (photo credit: AP/David Eulitt)

In a first interview since a shooting spree at a Kansas City JCC and Jewish retirement home, unrepentant killer Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. said Saturday that he “wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”

The long-time white supremacist — who was charged with the murder of three people in the April 14 attack in Kansas, none of them Jewish — also told the Kansas City Star that while he regretted killing 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, he is proud of rattling the Jewish community, and does not harbor any guilt for killing the other “accomplices of the Jews.”

Underwood’s grandfather, 69-year-old physician William Lewis Corporon, was gunned down alongside his grandson. Moments later, Miller shot to death Terri LaManno, a 53-year-old Catholic occupational therapist and mother of two, outside a Jewish retirement complex where she was visiting her mother.

In the weekend interview, Miller explained the decision to commit an attack “for the specific purpose of killing Jews” came after his emphysema worsened.

“I was convinced I was dying then,” said Miller. “I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”

The murderer said he was surprised to hear that the victims of the shooting were not Jewish, saying he was “convinced there would be all Jews or mostly Jews.”

But despite not killing any Jews, Miller indicated he was nonetheless satisfied with the attack.

“Because of what I did, Jews feel less secure,” he said. “Every Jew in the world knows my name now and what I did. As for these… white people who are accomplices of the Jews, who attend their meetings and contribute to their fundraising efforts and who empower the Jews, they are my enemy too. A lot of white people who associate with Jews, go to Jewish events and support them know that they’re not safe either, thanks to me.”

But the “young white boy,” he said. “I regret that.” Miller added that Underwood was 14, but looked like he was 20.

Kansas shooting victims Dr. William Lewis Corporon and Reat Griffin Underwood (Photo credit: Twitter)
Kansas shooting victims Dr. William Lewis Corporon and Reat Griffin Underwood (Photo credit: Twitter)

Prior to carrying out the attack, the killer searched for information about the JCC online, but was “careful” to supplement his searches to throw police off his trail. He also scouted out the center on various occasions.

“I even Googled Islamic community centers, Hispanic community centers, Baptist community centers, just to throw them off,” he said. “I didn’t drive my truck because I was convinced it was being monitored by satellite by the cops. That’s the reason I took my wife’s car.”

“I drove all the way from my home in Missouri, back and forth, back and forth,” he said. “I reconnoitered the damned place.”

Miller said he was “terrified of getting caught with these weapons” during the stakeouts, and was astounded that the police were not on to him.

“And nothing happened,” he said in recounting the multiple times he visited the JCC. “I parked right in front of it and drove around. If the feds had been monitoring me, they’d have stopped me right then because they were afraid I was going to kill somebody.”

After gunning down his victims, Miller said he phoned the police 10 times to turn himself in, but there was no answer. When the police arrived at the scene to arrest him, they brought witnesses to verify that he was the shooter.

“They brought them up in a car and then they took me out of the police vehicle and in front of the car where the people could see me. I screamed at them, ‘Heil Hitler. I wish I’d have killed all of you,’” Miller said.

The killer said he murdered his three victims “for my people.”

“Not my family,” he said. “I told my family when they were kids, I said, ‘Look, the reason I had you was to grow up and help me fight the Jews.’”

However, his children were not inclined to participate in his racist attacks, he said.

“They wanted to have a good life and to hell with everything else,” he said. “That’s the way you all are, you know. All white people are that way. Self-interest. Satisfy their bellies, pocketbook and genitals. And watch ballgames. That’s all they want.”

In the immediate aftermath of the killings, Miller said he felt elated.

“I have never felt such exhilaration. … Finally, I’d done something.”

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