Aurora, Mo. • For years, police officers, investigators and members of the media in southwest Missouri knew Frazier Glenn Miller Jr.
He was the extremist who sent out hate-filled fliers, wrote inflammatory letters to the editor and kept police agencies wondering whether his vitriol would ever evolve into violence.
"We were always waiting," said Richard Witthuhn, police chief of Aurora and Marionville Mo. "There was always that possibility."
Yet, Witthuhn said, Miller, 73, wasn’t known to act violently. "It was more a lot of verbal and the threat," he said. "There wasn’t any outward shootings or beatings that I’m aware of."
Miller, who is booked in the Johnson County jail as Frazier Glenn Cross but is widely known as Miller, lived in rural Aurora with his wife in a neat, gray, one-story house at a T-intersection northwest of Marionville.
He was arrested Sunday afternoon in Overland Park, Kan., after three people were shot and killed at the Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom senior living center. Witnesses saw police arrest Miller, who later ranted "Heil, Hitler" as he sat in the back of a police car.
At his home Monday morning, two black dogs ran around the yard. A red Chevrolet Colorado pickup, with a Confederate flag on the bumper, sat out front. The garage door was open, and a large Confederate flag was standing in the corner.
No one answered the door.
Miller had lived in the Aurora area for years, but neighbors and other residents did not know him well. Still, they knew him well enough to have an opinion.
In the words of three residents: "Crazy." "Nuts." "Fruitcake."
"Probably nobody was really surprised," said Bill Robinson, who works at Hillbilly Gas Mart on U.S. 60. "We had all seen the papers he passed out."
A neighbor, Mitzi Owens, said she had visited with Miller often when he came into the pharmacy where she works in Aurora.
"He was just as pleasant and nice as he could be," she said. "Nothing political. Well, he talked a lot about Obamacare, but the ‘Heil Hitler’ stuff was not the man I talked to in the store."
But, she said, she didn’t want to sound like she was defending him.
"I can’t imagine having that kind of hate in your heart."
Mark Webb, the police chief in Bolivar, Mo., was at the Marionville Police Department, near Miller’s home, from 2009 to early 2013.
"He’s always spouted the rhetoric, the anti-Semitic, anti-everything," Webb said.
But in recent years, he said, Miller "had been very low key, kind of off the radar. He was a non-event."
Witthuhn has been in Aurora four years and hasn’t met the man, only heard of him.
"He’s been pretty quiet," the Aurora chief said. "In fact in the last couple months my officers asked if he’s been around."
Added Webb: "Who knows what triggered it."Next Page >
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