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Frazier Glenn Miller, the longtime neo-Nazi accused of killing three people last spring at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City, fired his team of experienced lawyers during a testy status hearing in the case on Thursday.
Miller, who is 74 and in poor health, told the presiding Johnson County, Kan., District Court judge that he thought representing himself was “the only damn way” he would be allowed to say what he wanted during his upcoming capital murder trial, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
Miller, who suffers from chronic emphysema, was seated in a wheel chair with an oxygen tank at his side in court Thursday, as the judge cautioned Miller against representing himself in such a complicated proceeding.
“It’s my life and I’ll do as I please,” Miller said, according to The Kansas City Star. “The death penalty don’t bother me.”
After he has his say at the trial scheduled to begin Aug. 17, Miller told the judge, he “might climb up on the gurney and stick the needle in, myself.”
Miller is accused of gunning down William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., on April 13, 2014. Corporon had taken his grandson to the center to audition for a singing contest. Minutes later, prosecutors say, Miller shot and killed Terri LaManno, 53, outside of the Village Shalom care center, where she had gone to visit her mother.
Miller has said he drove from his home in Aurora, Mo., to Overland Park with one goal in mind: killing Jews. He told The Kansas City Star last November that he was convinced he was dying and wanted to “make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”
None of the three people killed that Sunday in April was Jewish.
The status hearing began with the Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe telling the judge that Miller’s court-appointed lawyers had twice told prosecutors that the elderly white supremacist would plead guilty in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. The state declined both times, including the defense’s most recent offer on May 6, according to the Star. Moments later, Miller shouted that he was firing his attorneys and wished to represent himself. The judge, Kelly Ryan, called a recess to give Miller and his attorneys time to discuss the issue in private. When court resumed, Miller said he still wanted to represent himself.
Judge Ryan warned Miller that he would be held to the same standards and rules as a licensed attorney. He asked Miller if he thought he was competent to do so.
“My IQ is probably higher than yours,” Miller replied, according to the Star.
The judge asked Miller’s now fired attorney, Mark Manna, if he would remain in the case on a stand-by basis to assist Miller or if need be to take over again. Manna agreed to do so and the judge granted Miller’s request.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled on June 10.
It should be an interesting summer with Miller in charge of his own defense once his trial begins. According to the Star, Miller said one witness he intends to call is actor Mel Gibson.
Authorities in Colorado have arrested a 32-year-old man on hate crime-related charges for sending white powder envelopes deemed as threats to two Jewish organizations during Passover last month.
Jeffrey Thomas Klinkel, of Boulder, Colo., has been charged with two counts of felony menacing, two counts of interfering with an educational institution and two counts of using a hoax explosive or biological weapon. Following his arrest on Thursday, he also was charged with a failure-to-appear warrant related to a previous criminal case in Erie, Colo., jail records show.
The charges are related to letters containing white powder sent in early April, during Passover, to the Boulder Jewish Community Center and Congregation Har HaShem, a Jewish place of worship in Boulder, authorities say.
The threat letters resulted in the evacuations of a dozen children from the Jewish Center and a response by the Boulder County hazmat team, according to media reports.
The note in the envelope delivered to the Jewish Community Center said: “This Goyim is enjoying the blood of her enemies for Passover,” according to court documents. A similar note accompanied the envelope sent to Congregation Har HaShem.
The white powder in both envelopes was corn starch, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. A forensic examination also turned up Klinkel’s fingerprint on both letters, charging documents say.
Investigators searched Klinkel’s parents’ home, where he sometimes lived, and recovered books covering “multiple religious views and conspiracy theories,” the Colorado Spring Gazette reported. Authorities didn’t immediately return telephone calls Monday from Hatewatch, seeking additional details.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder City Police, U.S. Postal Inspectors and the FBI jointly handled the investigation.
Scott L. Levin, Mountain States Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League, issued a statement commending investigators for their inter-agency cooperation that led to the suspect’s arrest.
“We hope that in the coming days as formal charges are brought against him, that the Boulder District Attorney will also issue bias-motivated charges if they are found to be warranted,” Levin said.
“While we are relieved that no one was harmed, Levin said, the letters “were clearly sent to scare the staff, members and others who may visit these institutions. These incidents serve as a reminder that we must all be vigilant about security.”
It appears that Jeff Rense’s radio show has been pulled from the line up of the Global Star Radio Network (GSR), which provided Rense with access to the Galaxy 19 satellite. As of today, Rense’s program is no longer listed as being aired, according to the GSR schedule (SPLC will verify whether the program has stopped broadcasting by listening to the satellite feed). Also, none of the other programs that run on Rense Radio Network, such as The Pete Santilli Show, appear any longer on GSR’s schedule.
GSR’s satellite had streamed the programming across North America. Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) contacted GSR to ask whether they were concerned about running Rense’s program on Galaxy 19. That satellite is owned by Intelsat, which is headquartered in Luxembourg. That country has a law against Holocaust denial, an activity that Rense regularly engages in. GSR did not respond to the SPLC’s emails. ( continue to full post… )
Putting The Cart Before The Courts: Robert Ransdell Announces Forthcoming Move to National Alliance Compound
Former National Alliance (NA) Cincinnati chapter coordinator and current National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group (NARRG) unit coordinator Robert Ransdell announced on Sunday that he would be the first member of NARRG to return to the NA compound in Mill Point, W. Va.
There’s just one problem though. The property doesn’t belong to NARRG, at least not yet.
NARRG is currently embroiled in a $2 million civil lawsuit against the NA’s last chairman, Erich Josef Gliebe, and has hopes to reclaim both the organization and the West Virginia compound. However, much to the chagrin of NARRG’s leadership, which continues to spend tens of thousands of dollars on legal fees, another former NA member, Will Williams, has already quietly negotiated Gliebe’s resignation and the transfer of the NA to himself.
Despite these revelations, NARRG’s lawsuit continues to target Gliebe and several other former and current NA board members. The group’s leadership, at least publicly, remains confident in its case despite the fact that Williams has initiated the restoration of the compound, which had fallen into disrepair during Gliebe’s tenure.
Ransdell made headlines last Fall in Ohio and Kentucky during a failed campaign for a United States Senate seat in Kentucky with the slogan, “With Jews, We Lose!” His campaign featured a stop at the University of Kentucky where he was removed from the stage at a Constitution Day event after delivering an impromptu white nationalist screed to an audience filled with high school and college students. ( continue to full post… )
Editors’ Note: This story has been updated to correct that Pat Buchanan has written for American Free Press before.
Pat Buchanan, the former presidential candidate and Reagan staffer, has once again thrown his lot in with professional anti-Semites.
On April 25, a column penned by Buchanan ran as an advertised exclusive to the American Free Press, a publication put out by Holocaust denier and longtime anti-Semite Willis Carto. Carto founded the anti-Semitic Liberty Lobby in offices not far from the White House, created the first Holocaust denial outfit Institute for Historical Review, and still publishes a denial magazine, Barnes Review. In general, the Press carries stories on Zionism, secret “New World Order” conspiracies, American Jews and Israel.
Old, sick and and behind bars for more than a year, neo-Nazi and accused triple-murderer Frazier Glenn Miller is apparently ready to officially confess at least some of his crimes and sins.
In a telephone call from jail on Monday, Miller, 74, reportedly told The Associated Press (AP) that he now intends to plead guilty to killing three people at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City last spring. The rampage ended with the longtime white supremacist handcuffed in the back of a police car, screaming, “Heil Hitler.”
Miller, who suffers from chronic emphysema, told the AP he had wanted to go to trial quickly so he could explain in open court – more like rant and rave – the motive for his attack on three unarmed people, including an elderly man and his 14-year-old grandson. ( continue to full post… )
Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report on the Rense Radio Network and its owner, Jeff Rense. Rense, whose network hosts radio shows by former Klansmen David Duke and Don Black, has become increasingly anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi. This ugly turn to preaching hate hit a milestone last Monday when Rense.com celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday by posting a laudatory paean to Hitler that praised the genocidal leader for “standing up to International Jewry.”
The SPLC’s report looks at Rense’s anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, the extremist guests featured on his own radio program and the advertisers whose products make Rense Radio Network possible. It is accompanied by a selection of audio excerpts from Rense’s own radio program that document the program’s anti-Semitism and extremism.
Jeff Rense, owner of the Rense Radio Network, hosts radio programs by well known racists and anti-Semites, including former Klansmen Don Black and David Duke. But Rense is not just the CEO of a hate radio empire, but a fellow ideological traveler and a self-professed friend of many extremists. He frequently hosts anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers on his own radio show, often endorsing their opinions.
Jeff Rense regarding his relationship to David Duke: “I wanna bring on at this hour a very good friend of mine for a long time. Without question all of you know his name. Many of you fortunately know of his brave and valiant work. He is one of the great patriots in the history of this country. For all peoples, ALL peoples.”
Jeff Rense praising Duke’s anti-Semitic propaganda: “[Your videos] are without question the most brilliantly conceived and executed videos I have ever some across exposing the truth of Zionism as racism and the tribal effort to continue to subjugate and crush the western world and if you talk about ISIS, don’t forget, Zionism is right in the midst of the construct called ISISm or ISIS and they are trying to eradicate all remnants, all forms, all remnants of Christianity from Iraq, just for starters.”
Duke on Israeli support of ISIS: “Israel has supported the ISIS movement, has supported even al Qaeda and I don’t know of any better and more powerful truth that Americans no longer control America but these Jewish extremists, these Zionists control America…”
Interview on May 13, 2010, with Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, the first radio interview Zundel gave after his release on March 1, 2010 from a German prison where he served nearly three years for contravening Germany’s hate speech laws against inciting racial hatred.
Jeff Rense described Zundel as his “his friend” and “the world’s most famous political prisoner.” He also said Zundel is “a true visionary and an amazing journalist” and that Zundel sent him letters as well as watercolor paintings from prison.
Rense stated, “The letters that you sent me are very much treasured and the littler watercolors as well, and I want to thank you for that.”
On the show, Zundel proclaimed, “I knew that I was innocent.”
Rense agreed: “You were innocent, you are innocent, you always will be innocent. This was beyond an outrage.”
Interview on Jan. 16, 2015, with Harry Cooper, owner of Sharkhunters International, a travel outfit that takes neo-Nazis and others on celebratory trips to visit Nazi sites, and David Dees, an anti-Semitic illustrator whose “art” is frequently featured on rense.com. Dees most recent notable piece was a graphic paean to Hitler on rense.com that wished the genocidal leader of the Nazi party a “Happy Birthday” on April 20, 2015. Cooper is a regular guest on Rense the third Friday of every month and Rense serves on the Sharkhunters board according to Cooper.
Rense minimizing the Holocaust: “It’s a very, very sad story of massive brainwashing that has gone on for 60 years plus, and it’s not going to change. They’re teaching Holocaust history now in primary schools around the United States and in Europe and it’s only going to continue to get worse. No one defends the Holocaust, whatever it really was. No one defends picking up hundreds of thousands of people, maybe a couple of million, putting them in work camps, otherwise displacing them, taking their possessions, that’s not okay. That doesn’t work for me, but to lie about something and then capitalize on it and make trillions of dollars on it ultimately, doesn’t work for me either. Now somewhere in between there is the truth and it’s up to you to try and figure that out.”
Dees denying the Holocaust: “Also during the war, you know, they, the Americans and the Brits also flew over looking for any…also they bombed Germany back into the Stone Age. They dropped 75-100 percent more bombs on Germany than Germany was able to drop on England. But they also flew over Germany and took these incredible photographs, detailed photographs looking for targets and they were well aware of the concentration camps and all these photographs, there’s not a single one that has anything to do with mass graves. There were no mass graves, there was nothing that would give you evidence that any bodies were being burned, there was no people lined up and they had all these photographs and they never talk about the fact that there’s not one single photograph or any evidence of a Holocaust of a gas chamber that was being used to destroy people.”
Rense minimizing the Holocaust: “Yes, there were dead bodies in the camps, I must say David, but they died of typhus and starvation. Many of the other bodies shown as ‘allegedly Jews’ are actually Germans immolated in Dresden for example, piles and piles of bodies its just…you gotta hand it to them, they’re very cleaver.”
Marrs on Jewish people: “The Jews cannot administer a country, they don’t know how to run a country, all they are, well they’re just plain, well, you know, they’re parasites. They can get into a country and take over its financial system, and use the propaganda organs of a country, but they really don’t know how to administer for the good of the people. They cannot even administer the economy in the nation of Israel today.”
Rense agrees: “It’s greed. And lust for self, that’s what it is.”
This past Thursday, both “Stormfront Radio” and neo-Nazi David Duke’s radio program were dropped by their satellite provider. On his radio broadcast yesterday, former Klan leader Don Black, the host of “Stormfront Radio,” confirmed that his satellite access had been cancelled and blamed that cancellation on “Jewish supremacists.”
The cancellation comes in the wake of a major Southern Poverty Law Center exposé of “Stormfront Radio,” which documented the program’s extensive anti-Semitism and racism. The SPLC’s report also revealed that the show was being streamed into Europe via a French-owned satellite, Hot Bird 13A. That satellite is owned by Eutelsat, a Paris-based corporation.
The SPLC contacted Eutelsat to ask them whether their broadcast of hate radio into Europe might not violate various European countries’ hate speech laws. The company told SPLC that it was investigating and, soon after, the satellite contract was apparently dropped.
The American company that worked as the middleman (or reseller) with Eutelsat to put Don Black’s material onto the Hot Bird is Global Star Radio Network (GSR), based in Orrtanna, Pa., and owned by Todd Waite. As of today, GSR’s website is no longer showing Stormfront Radio or David Duke’s show as part of its programming, though both shows were listed yesterday. In addition, Hot Bird 13A is no longer advertised as one of GSR’s satellites. When called, Todd Waite refused to comment on the record about what exactly had happened.
Though Waite has apparently let Black and Duke go, he has not dropped Jeff Rense’s program. Both Black and Duke’s shows are part of the Rense Radio Network and their archives are stored there as of today (formerly they were on GSR). Rense has frequently interviewed anti-Semites on his program including both Black and Duke and Holocaust deniers Ernst Zundel and Texe Marrs. On air yesterday, Black said he had the “complete support of Jeff Rense.”
GSR continues to run radical right programming, but apparently no longer in Europe because it lost the Hot Bird and now only has Galaxy 19, which is owned by Intelsat, a company based in Luxembourg. Besides Rense, other GSR programming includes Scriptures for America, the racist ministry of now deceased Christian Identity preacher Pete Peters, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ program. Luxembourg has laws against Holocaust denial, but is unclear if they apply to materials broadcast on Galaxy 19 into North America.
Every day, in thousands of small, rural towns across the American South, the local barber has generally been among the best-informed and one of the most influential opinion shapers in the community. He knows a few town secrets, probably has a few himself. And in Harrison, Ark., barber Freeland Roy Dunscombe is no exception.
On one recent weekday, just after 9 a.m., there was a steady stream of foot traffic at Dunscombe’s single-chair barbershop in a former gas station in downtown Harrison. He was holding court, as usual, regaling his patrons with talk of psychology, philosophy, history and race — as if he were married to the Ku Klux Klan.
And in more ways than one, he is.
“From an evolutionary perspective,” Dunscombe opined that day, “tribalism is a great strategy, and it far defeats nationalism.” He stepped back to run a brush through his electric clippers. “A guy who will go jump on a grenade to save his nation doesn’t have very good reproductive success.”
Such thinly-veiled racist conversation from a barber may be what many have come to expect in Harrison, population 13,324, a city whose Klan presence has put it on the map as one of the more racially divisive towns in America. But Dunscombe is much more than a garrulous barber who can riff on anything from politics to pomade.
For an hour each weekday morning, before he opens shop, Dunscombe assumes the name “Truck Roy” on Stormfront Radio as a co-host to former Klansman Don Black, who broadcasts a two-hour radio show from his dining room table in West Palm Beach, Fla. Dunscombe’s role with Black, however, is much more than a verbal sparring partner.
An ideologue with a finger on the pulse of the movement, he serves as a bridge connecting Black to a new generation of anti-Semites, Klansmen, race conspiracy theorists and Holocaust deniers –– a bridge that Stormfront’s patriarch so desperately needs as younger racists look elsewhere online for a steady stream of hate.
Every Friday, for example, Dunscombe anchors a feature on Black’s program on the Rense Radio Network called “Five for Friday” to discuss issues of race and, more often, “white genocide.” During one such moment in March focusing on “white tribalism,” Black and Dunscombe discussed what exactly white genocide meant. Did everyone have to die, Black wondered, for genocide to be the right word? Dunscombe responded, “There are still Tutsis left.” (The Tutsis are the second largest population group in Rwanda targeted for genocide by the majority Hutus.)
Their conversations on the radio are not always so … dynamic. In fact, there are times when enough tension is apparent between Dunscombe and Black to suggest their relationship may be one not of friendship, but of shared objectives –– racists from opposite sides of the generational divide and united by a crooked branch on a racist family tree.
Raised and homeschooled in Palomar Mountain, Calif., Dunscombe, 38, spent his early years living the nomadic life of a truck driver. He worked for Rock Solid Chugcreek Trucking in Wyoming before going to barber school in North Dakota. He then moved to Harrison, Ark., where – as he told the Southern Poverty Law Center – he moved “to follow a girl.”
Not just any girl, though.
On Nov. 12, 2009, Dunscombe married Charity Pendergraft, the granddaughter of Thomas Robb, an Arkansas-based Christian Identity pastor and head of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. They wed not quite six months after she turned 18, according to their marriage license. Dunscombe was 32 at the time.
With that marriage, Dunscombe earned a direct family relationship to one the country’s most infamous racists, and by luck or deliberate design, a connection to nearly every former head of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. His grandfather-in-law now leads the Klan group, which David Duke started before handing the reins over to Dunscombe’s boss, Black, who ran the group until he was he was arrested for violating the Neutrality Act by plotting to invade a Caribbean island in 1981 and sent to prison.
But by the time of his wedding, Dunscombe had already been a fixture on Black’s Stormfront radio – a predecessor to the program broadcast on Rense. On that network, he hosted a show called “Riding Shotgun with Truck Roy.” With infamously racist in-laws, it was there that Dunscombe seemed to find a mouthpiece and truly started to talk.
“The only reason why our people have been disheartened and disillusioned and have been tricked into not standing up for themselves is because our controlled media and our society as a whole has tried to beat us down and tried to make the White race seem petty. And of course we’re not petty. We’re the grandest thing that’s ever happened to this planet,” Dunscombe said during one broadcast on May 28, 2008.
But those early radio days –- when he was also broadcasting on Intercept Radio under the registered amateur radio handle of “KF5NBP” –- were only a glimpse of Dunscombe’s racist activism to come. After settling down in Arkansas, he started working hard to live up to the expectations of his Klan in-laws.
By 2012, Dunscombe had started to exhibit the beginnings of political ambitions. He ran as an independent candidate for justice of the peace in Boone County, hoping, it seemed, that a sprinkling of folksiness might sugarcoat his history. “I have never run for political office before, but as a barber I listen to a lot of folks,” he told the Harrison Daily.
While claiming not to be a member of the Klan, he couldn’t hide that three years earlier he had spoken at the Knights Party National Congress, held conveniently by his in-laws. In an interview he gave the Carroll County News in November 2012, four days before the election, Dunscombe’s views came into clearer focus.
“Our enemy is not black. Our enemy is not brown or Mexican. Our enemy looks just like us but has no loyalty to us,” Dunscombe said.
He lost handily to Ann Kimes, a Republic incumbent, who mocked Dunscombe for believing his views would have widespread appeal. “I really can’t take credit for winning the election. I just give him credit for committing political suicide,” Kimes told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette after Election Day.
But with the blessing of Black and Robb, political pitfalls did not slow Dunscombe’s rise on the radical right.
In 2013, at Stormfront’s annual retreat in Tennessee, Dunscombe shared the dais with David Duke, Sam Dickson and Timothy Murdock, the man behind White Rabbit Radio and the proliferation of The Mantra – a 221-word mini-manifesto written by Robert Whitaker, an aging segregationist with a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Murdock had been using his online radio platform to spread The Mantra far and wide, and it wasn’t long before it found its way to Harrison.
On Oct. 15, 2014, a bright yellow billboard with bold black letters appeared overlooking a well-traveled street in Harrison. The sign proclaimed in black letters, “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White,” the final and most frequently quoted section of Whitaker’s screed.
It remains unknown who paid for the billboard. But eight months earlier, Dunscombe, Robb and others attended a meeting at the local library for the Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations, established to repair Harrison’s tarnished image as a stomping ground for those who promote racial hatred. During the meeting, Robb chastised the city, as usual, for its characterization of his racist beliefs. But it was his grandson-in-law, Dunscombe, who stole the show.
“It’s only white countries where people get called racist, and then as penance for their sin of being white, they have to bring in tens of millions of non-whites into their country,” Dunscombe said indignantly at the meeting.
On his chest he wore a sticker with a message no one had seen before –– Whitaker’s Mantra – and an exact image of the billboard that eight months later no one would claim, in the end not even Dunscombe.