The wife and stepson of a Missouri KKK leader have been charged with murder after the Klan leader was found dead.
Frank Ancona, who called himself an “imperial wizard,” was fatally shot in his sleep on February 9, according to WILX. His body was found next to a river on February 11 and his vehicle was found 30 miles away.
According to the BBC, Ancona was reported missing by his employer when he did not show up for work.
Ancona’s wife, Malissa, told police that her husband was out of town on a delivery job before his body was found.
Police believe that Malissa and her stepson, Paul Jinkerson Jr., shot Ancona in his sleep at their Leadwood, Missouri, home and drove his body about 20 miles to a river near Belgrade.
On February 11, a family found Ancona’s body while fishing in the Big River.
Malissa Ancona and Paul Jinkerson Jr. have now been charged with murder in connection with Ancona’s death. They also face charges of tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.
According to the BBC, Malissa told police that she planned to file for divorce from her husband.
Ancona was an “imperial wizard” of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, an organization which describes itself as a “White Patriotic Christian organization that bases its roots back to the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th century.
“Our mission is to preserve our White culture and heritage but also be relevant to the happenings going on in our Republic today,” a statement on the organization’s website, signed by Ancona, reads.
Jinkerson’s attorney, Eric Barnhart, says he does not believe that his client was involved in Ancona’s murder. Both Jinkerson and Malissa Ancona remain in jail without bail, however.
Sources: WILX, BBC / Photo Credit: WREG