A class at Missouri State University was “flabbergasted” when anti-Semite and accused murderer Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Glenn Miller, gave a lecture on white power two years ago, a Jewish student who witnessed the lecture said today.
“It was definitely interesting; he’s a little bit crazy,” Rachel Rundle told ABCNews.com, recalling the day in the spring of 2012 when Cross, a former KKK leader, was a guest speaker during her religion class.
But she never imagined that he would be arrested two years later on accusations that he fatally shot three people outside two Jewish centers in Kansas this month.
Cross spoke about “how Jews were ruling the world and how there was one giant Jew telling all the other Jews how to take over the world,” Rundle recalled.
“My friend and I were the two Jewish students in the class. My friend was like, ‘This is a bunch of crap; I’m Jewish and I’ve never been told how to rule the world,’” Rundle, 25, said of her friend’s open challenge to Cross.
“It was ranting from a man who just doesn’t understand the world.”
Religion professor David Embree invited Cross, a known white supremacist, to be a guest speaker for his “White Supremacy in the Ozarks” class, along with two other white supremacist speakers during the course of the class.
"I told my students from the very beginning -- some of these guys are going to say very disturbing things, they're probably going to be insulting," Embree told ABCNews.com today. "They're going to talk about visions of things you've never imagined before.
"But the basic motivation for it was that I deal with a lot of really nice students who really believe the 'coexist' bumper stickers and believe everyone believes the same things."
Embree hoped hearing from someone like Cross would open his students' eyes to extremists.
Rundle remembers that particular class being “intense,” but says she was never scared of Cross.
She was surprised to learn that the man who spewed vile, anti-Semitic insults at her friend two years ago had been linked to the April 13, 2014, shootings.
Like many, Rundle, a senior at Missouri State University in Springfield, thought Cross was all talk. She chalked the violence up to reports that Cross was ill.
“I figured he probably had cancer and had nothing left to live for,” she said.
Cross' lawyer has not responded to ABCNews.com's request for comment. Cross has been arraigned but has not entered a plea.