Wife And Stepson Of Slain Ku Klux Klan Leader Charged In His Murder

Police say his wife confessed to helping her son clean up the crime scene and dispose of the body. 

The wife and stepson of a Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader have been arrested on charges related to his murder, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The dead body of Frank Ancona, 51, was discovered Saturday when it washed up on the banks of The Big River near the town of Belgrade, Missouri. Police say his stepson Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr., 24, killed Ancona, and with the help of his mother, Malissa Ancona, 44, disposed of the body and cleaned up the crime scene.

Frank Ancona was the self-proclaimed “Imperial Wizard” with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, whose website proclaims the need to “unite and organize White Christian Patriots.” Ancona was the public face of the hate group, appearing on MSNBC and in photos standing in front of a burning cross. His employer reported him missing on Friday after he had missed two days of work, according to CBS News. When police confronted his wife Malissa, she told them he had left the state on a delivery job, a claim his employer denied. She also told them he was planning to divorce her. A cursory search of the Ancona’s property revealed a safe that had been broken into, missing guns and a burnpile.

Ancona’s body was discovered Saturday morning by a family who were on their way to go fishing. His death was ruled a homicide after police determined he was killed by a single gunshot to the head. Authorities executed a search warrant on the Ancona home and discovered “extensive blood evidence” in the master bedroom, according to CBS affiliate KMOV. Court documents state that Malissa then told police her biological son Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr., shot Ancona while he was asleep. She then helped him destroy and conceal evidence and clean up the crime scene before Jinkerson put his stepfather’s corpse in his truck and disposed of it. Both mother and son have been charged with abandonment of a corpse, first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

[Photo: Frank Ancona’s Facebook Page]

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