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.
But Miller said because of his declining health, he does not expect to live long enough to have his day in court. He said he was afraid it would be at least six months before his trial would begin and even longer before sentencing.
“I’m not sure I have the stamina to go through all of that,” Miller, who appears in court in a wheelchair and is sometimes attached to an oxygen tank, told the AP. “I want to get it over with.”
A trial date has been set for Aug. 17 and prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Miller, a former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, one of the largest Klan factions in the country in the 1980s.
Miller’s guilt has never been in doubt. He publicly admitted his guilt in an interview last November with the Kansas City Star. He told the newspaper that in the days leading up to the attack he traveled from his Missouri home to Overland Park, Kansas, to conduct reconnaissance on the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom, a retirement home.
Miller said he chose the two Kansas facilities “for the specific purpose of killing Jews.”
He said he was convinced that he was dying and “wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”
Then on April 13, armed with a shotgun, his courage fortified by whiskey, Miller gun-downed two people at the Jewish Community Center – 69-year-old William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood, 14. Next Miller drove a short distance to Village Shalom and shot Terri LaManno, 53.
“Because of what I did, Jews feel less secure,” Miller told the Star. “Every Jew in the world knows my name now and what I did.”
None of the three people killed that day were Jewish.