LEADWOOD, Missouri — The wife and son-in-law of a slain Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard have been charged with shooting him in the head and dumping his body in the woods, police say.
Frank Ancona’s body was discovered along the bank on the Big River in central Missouri on Saturday, a day after his car was found parked in the nearby Mark Twain National Forest.
Authorities said they believed the 51-year-old Ancona had been shot in his sleep because he had told his wife he wanted a divorce.
“It may have been a marital issue,” St. Francois County Prosecutor Jarrod Mahurin told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Malissa Ancona, 44, and her son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., 24, were charged Monday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.
Detectives say Jinkerson shot his stepfather in the early morning hours on Thursday in his bedroom. Malissa Ancona then helped Jinkerson move her husband’s body and dump it near the Big River.
A search of the Ancona’s home revealed substantial blood evidence in the bedroom and a pile of clothes was found burned near where the Klan leader’s car had been left, a criminal affidavit said.
Ancona is the Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights, a Missouri chapter of the KKK. He rose to national attention in 2014, when he said the protests in Ferguson, Missouri against the police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown had awoken a “sleeping giant” and threatened “lethal force” would be used to protect white people and police from “terrorists.”
Malissa Ancona told police he was last seen on Wednesday when he got a call from work asking him to make a delivery in another part of the state. But investigators later determined he had not been contacted by the company.
Police also found that a safe in the Anconas’ home had been broken into with a crowbar and its contents taken. Ancona’s collection of guns was also missing.