Frank Ancona was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head
The wound was not self-inflicted and his death is being investigated as a homicide
Ancona went missing Wednesday morning after saying he wanted a divorce from his wife
Ancona was the Grand Wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
It has been confirmed that 51-year-old Frank Ancona has been found dead near Big River. Ancona referred to himself as the Grand Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, who received national attention in 2014, during the protests against the shooting of Mike Brown.
An autopsy shows that Ancona was shot in the head. Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen reported that one man was arrested on an unrelated warrant, but at this time there has been no arrest made in connection to Ancona’s death.
Ancona Went Missing On Wednesday Morning
It is reported that Ancona’s wife, Malissa Ancona was the last person to see him alive on Wednesday morning. Jacobsen first learned Ancona was missing on Thursday through social media. Ancona’s car was later found by a Federal Forestry Service employee.
A search was conducted on Saturday morning by the Potosi Fire Protection District and the sheriff’s office. Jacobsen reported that the search revealed evidence of a burn pile near Ancona’s car.
Two search warrants were executed, and one man was arrested on an unrelated drug warrant. It is reported that as officers were waiting for a warrant, they received a call that a woman had found a body on a bank at Big River near Belgrade.
It is reported that the woman who called police was trying to take her family fishing when she discovered a body on the banks. The coroner confirmed that the body was Ancona.
Ancona Meets Anonymous
Following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Ancona became involved in a weeks-long feud with the hacktivist collective Anonymous that drew national attention.
The grudge between Anonymous and Ancona began after the KKK distributed fliers making threats towards protesters in downtown St Louis and on social media. The fliers threatened Ferguson protesters, claiming they would be met with “lethal force.”
The flier started by saying, “Attention: To the terrorists masquerading as ‘peaceful protesters!'”‘ It claimed that protesters had “awakened a sleeping giant.” Towards the end, it read, “You have been warned by the Ku Klux Klan.”
After the threat on the fliers, the hacker collective Anonymous responded to the KKK, #OpKKK and #HoodsOff were launched. Anons started #HoodsOff in the St Louis area and aimed to identify members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The response by Anonymous claimed that members of the TAKKK were on the local police force. A group of officers referred to as “Ghoul Squad.” At the end of the letter, Anonymous stated they would continue their war on the “terrorist group,” known as the KKK.
Ancona Sits Down With Anonymous
Before the KKK knew what happened, Anonymous began attacking KKK websites and hacked at least one of their main Twitter accounts, and several other accounts.
Ancona issued a response making a direct threat to Anonymous, stating, “we will hunt you down and tear those masks from your face. You’ll be strung up next to the chimps. On display for the whole world to see. The Klan is to be feared, not threatened.” Anonymous responded how you would expect them to, by upping their cyber attacks on the KKK.
Along with the cyber attacks, Anonymous released personal information about several prominent members of the KKK, including their Social Security Numbers. Ancona was one of many that had his personal information released.
The feud finally deescalated when Ancona sat down with Anonymous member Alex Poucher. News2Share was there for the meeting between the two.
Ancona and TAKKK Had Problems In The White Supremacy Community
Anonymous were not the only ones to feud with Ancona and the TAKKK. Ancona had issues with a handful of other prominent members of the white supremacist community. Even other Klan leaders had problems with Ancona and his “klan.”
The Loyal White Knights of the KKK have been extremely transparent with their feelings towards Ancona and the TAKKK. On their website, the Loyal White Knights statied that Ancona ““first popped up out of nowhere declaring himself Imperial Wizard of his Fake Klan which we all assume is a group created by the government, ADL or JEWISH Southern Poverty Law Center in order to collect names of White ’extremest’ as they call us to turn into the government to put on ‘Terrorist watch list’.”
Ancona claimed that his Klan had thousands of members around the country. Ancona went as far as to say the only states that the TAKKK did not have members were Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
While there is no way to prove or disprove the members that Ancona claimed, watchdog groups believe that the claims were grossly overstated. Not for lack of trying, as Ancona heavily recruited for TAKKK attempting to earn his Klan the respect he believed it deserved.
Ancona’s wife said the two had been fighting at the time of his disappearance. He had claimed that he wanted a divorce before he went missing. The day after Ancona went missing, his wife posted that she was looking for a new roommate on Facebook.
It was ruled that Ancona’s death was not caused by suicide and is being investigated as a homicide. The Washington County Sheriffs received hateful messages when they began the search for Ancona. On Facebook, Ancona’s page, and his family have been receiving messages from people celebrating his death.