Small Town Newspaper Frequently Dealt With Glenn Miller

Published 04/15 2014 07:10PM

Updated 04/15 2014 08:46PM

AURORA, Mo. -- On Sunday, the nation was introduced to a man who has lived in the Ozarks for a long time.  Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is accused of killing three people at two Jewish centers near Kansas City.

People living in Lawrence County, Missouri have heard the angry rants of Glenn Miller for years.  Angry letters and political campaigns, a life focused on white supremacy.

If anyone is familiar with the inner workings of Glenn Miller's mind, it may just be Aurora Advertiser General Manager Judy Dingman.  She has been with the Advertiser for 18 years.  That's where Miller sent dozens of anger-laced editorials.

"As I would type, the anger in me, what I was reading, would pick up thumping on my keyboard," Dingman said.

"My dealings were rewriting his letters.  This was in the day before email.  He would submit his letters probably handwritten, either handwritten or typed, I don't recall, and we'd have to retype them for the paper.   You're reading all of the hate he has for all of the groups," Dingman added.

At first, Dingman became angry typing the letters, then she took a different approach, praying for Miller.

Lawrence County Sheriff Brad Delay dealt with Miller for all of his career.

"We did used to receive calls after those letters would come out from area citizens, and citizens not necessarily from the area certainly didn't agree with what he said.  They were concerned, and wanting action to be taken," Delay said.

Though Delay responded to calls at Miller's house, he said Miller never gave any indication of violence.

Years passed, and Miller sent fewer letters to the newspaper.  New ownership took over in 2007.

"I'm just reasonably certain that we've not received any letters from him in that period of time," Dingman said.

"For me it was a relief to see them fade away because, like I said, I didn't enjoy his letters and the community didn't enjoy them.  But, I still used the argument at times and kind of equate it with the Westboro Baptist, sometimes you need to know there are people of that nature in your midst," added Dingman.

Neither Dingman noe Delay had heard anything from Miller for years, until they heard about his suspected involvement in the shootings near Kansas City.  Dingman said whatever image someone has of Miller, he does not reflect the Lawrence County community.

"This area is composed of people who care about each other, they allow each other to have a difference of opinion, they get along with each other even though they don't agree, but he does not represent the people in this neck of the woods," Dingman said.

Dingman said at one point, the previous ownership of the Advertiser thought making Miller pay to publish his rants would dissuade them, but all that did was incense the community.

Many community members said the way Miller would act depended on what he thought of you and what he wanted from you.

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