Klan leader Ancona killed by son-in-law; wife dumped body in river
The lurid details behind the murder of Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader are beginning to emerge, and it looks like a domestic spat gone out of control.
[Frank Ancona] might have been shot in his sleep because he had told his wife he wanted a divorce, St. Francois County Prosecutor Jarrod Mahurin said Monday after filing murder charges.
“It may have been a marital issue,” he told a reporter. …
Ancona, 51, was shot in the head between 2 and 3 a.m. on Thursday.
Malissa Ann Ancona, 44, of Leadwood, Mo., and her son, Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr., 24, of Belgrade, Mo., were charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.
Jinkerson shot his sleeping stepfather in the bedroom of the victim’s home in Leadwood, sheriff’s Detective Matt Wampler wrote in an affidavit accompanying the charges. Ancona’s body was taken in Jinkerson’s vehicle to an area outside Belgrade, where it was dumped near the Big River, Wampler wrote.
Ancona called himself an imperial wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
A website for that group features an image of Ancona in a white hood and robe standing in front of a burning cross. His wife is shown next to him in another photo.
The Park Hills Daily Journal said Ancona was reported missing Friday, when his employer called Leadwood police to say that he failed to show up work Wednesday or Thursday. A neighbor said Ancona had a job delivering parts for a St. Louis auto supply company.
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