The man reported to be behind the fatal shootings of three people near Jewish facilities outside Kansas City on Sunday had North Carolina ties, according to several sources.
He even ran for state office twice.
The suspect was identified by a jail employee in Missouri as Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said Cross also is known by Frazier Glenn Miller.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center also told the Associated Press that it had reached Miller’s wife, Marge, and she said authorities had visited their home and told her that her husband was arrested in the attacks.
While living in North Carolina for more than two decades, Miller served as grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He founded the White Patriot Party in 1980.
Records show that Miller was a candidate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary election in North Carolina in 1984 but finished last. He also ran in a Republican primary for a state Senate seat in 1986 and finished last.
Miller was arrested in 1987, according to several sources, on weapons and other charges and served time in prison.
After living for years on a 25-acre farm in Angier, in Harnett County about 25 miles south of Raleigh, he moved to Missouri in 2002.
He ran for Congress in Missouri in 2006 and for Senate in Missouri in 2010. The second time, he received only 7 votes of about 2 million cast, according to records.