He made headlines for decades with different groups but neighbors say you would never know.
Mitzi Owens lives next door to Glenn Cross and his wife, Marge, and says he was a man who lit up the room.
"As soon as he walked in, it was hey ladies and how are we doing today, he had that kind of personality," says Owens.
But never knew the 73-year-old had a rap sheet of racial run-ins stretching decades.
"It just goes to show you normal people, you think you know somebody."
Vincent Jennings studies white supremacy groups and their impacts to communities.
"We dealt with hate groups and White Supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan."
Cross served as a Green Beret in the Army for 13 years and two tours in the Vietnam War before he was relieved of his duties because of his extreme beliefs.
"We know several people who served in Vietnam who didn't come back the same."
After that, he created the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
In his book, a White Man Speaks Out, he writes about his involvement in the 1979 Greensboro Shootout.
Next, he created the White Patriot Party in 1985. He recruited former soldiers to join his fight.
Two years later, a manhunt led to him being arrested in Springfield. He served three years in prison for possessing a grenade.
Cross’ prison time was shortened after he gave information about other white supremacist.
Owens says its scary to think one man could have so much hatred and live a normal life.
"I had been told all these things all of these years but to see him and talk to him, he does not come across, he was very nice."
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