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Why Alcoholism Is the Convenient Scapegoat in the “Jewish Center Killer” Story—Not the Culprit

Frazier Glenn Miller is a nationally known white supremacist, but the media decided to blame the bottle for his hate crime.

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Miller then went about setting up his vision of a Klan-inspired militia,  the White Patriot Party (WPP), which grew to be 5,000 strong. Located initially in South Carolina, it attracted other sympathetic Southern vets, along with enough funding to keep them outfitted and equipped.

Using evidence gleaned by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an anti-hate advocacy group that hacked into the WPP computer system, Miller was charged with planning to assassinate SPLC’s boss, civil rights attorney Morris Dees. The dispute was resolved, but in 1987 Miller was arrested on weapons charges, along with leaders of The Order, a white supremacist revolutionary group active in the early 1980s. The Order financed its bombings and other domestic terrorism by robbing armored cars. When their tactics escalated to assassination, their first victim was Alan Berg, the confrontational, liberal host of a popular Denver talk-radio show. (Miller’s self-published autobiography,  A White Man Speaks Out, contains a chapter about hiding one of the murderers.)

During the lead-up to the trial, Miller snitched on The Order’s hierarchy, making him  persona non grata among most fellow “white nationalists.” Entering the witness protection program, he was relocated with his family to Iowa under the name Cross and provided with a steady stipend. He began spending a lot of time online in white supremacist forums like Vanguard News Network (VNN), where he became a star, logging over 12,000 posts under the user handle “Rounder.”

VNN is a fetid cyber swamp of racist rhetoric and generalized rage at the growing diversity of America. A steady drumbeat of hate is kept up via “Holohoax” videos, lovingly described violent scenarios against gays, and references to the shadowy “Zionist Occupation Government” (ZOG) and its conspiracy to wipe out the white race.

VNN is also where the alcoholism rap originated. The realization that VNN’s own “Rounder” was “the Jewish Center killer” initially met with members’ support. But as it became clear that none of the victims—two adults and one teenager—were actually Jews, the mood on Vanguard turned sour. “Pussy-Bund Trooper” wrote: “If he killed a single White person then he is a fucking scumbag. If they were kikes, then he gets a round of applause.” Some members rejected violence as self-defeating, while others were disgusted at his all-around inept execution of the crime.

So began a search for answers that led to alcoholism. “Joe Smith” posted that he found out from Miller’s wife “that Miller was drunk at a casino and disappeared last night.” Cross-posting from his own racist blog, Occidental Dissent, Brad Griffin wrote that when he learned the suspect had yelled “Heil Hitler” in the squad car, he knew it was Miller, because he’d known “Glenn for 10 years now [and] he’s been known to do that when he gets drunk and excited.”

From then on, the demon-rum narrative gathered steam as cyber-Nazis by the dozens weighed in. Miller was, in the words of the chorus, “a 73 year old man with an alcohol problem,” a “bitter drunk” whose “murder spree was so ill conceived and ineptly executed that it [was] triggered by an alcoholic binge.” Sounding like counsel for defense, James K. Jones pulled all the “pertinent factors” together, writing, “Miller is advanced in years, quite possibly of diminished capacity, diagnosed with a terminal issue, facing financial woes and supposedly intoxicated at the time of the event. Was it just a case of a tired old man full of drink popping off?”

But it was a post by Don Black, cyber-fuhrer of the highest-trafficked “white nationalist” forum, Stormfront, which gave the alcoholism story nationwide traction. Black, most famous for having led a failed coup-attempt on the democratically elected government of Dominica, posted that he had worked with Miller in the 1980s and noticed, even then, that he was an “alcohol driven blowhard.”

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