Talking With the KKK Shooter

A Jewish reporter recounts an interview 33 years ago
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2014 2:25 PM CDT
Talking With the KKK Shooter
This 2006 photo shows Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, in Marionville, Mo.   (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis)

When he heard the name of the suspect in the Overland Park shooting, Robert Satloff writes that he "shuddered." Because Satloff had met and interviewed Glenn Miller (aka Frazier Glenn Cross) 33 years ago, he recounts in today's Washington Post. "Don't bring down no blacks and no Jews," Miller warned when agreeing to the interview. Satloff is Jewish, but he got a crew-cut and wore a cross to pose as a gentile, and brought a blond photographer along for good measure. He met Miller at his farm, which was crawling with armed guys in combat uniforms.

At first, the interview seemed to be proceeding smoothly. But then a man in a Nazi uniform pulled Miller aside for a chat. "I smell a Jew," Miller said when he returned. His men hauled Satloff, a Duke undergrad at the time, to his car and kept him there under armed guard. Miller continued the interview with the photographer, trying to convert him. "I bet those Jews up there at Duke don't associate with you whites, do they?" he said. Eventually, both men were allowed to leave. "At the time, I didn't think these sorts of things still happened in the United States," Satloff writes. "I was wrong." Click for his full column. (More Frazier Glenn Cross stories.)

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