KKK “neighborhood watch” notes found in Fenton

FENTON, MO (KTVI) – Residents of a Fenton area neighborhood in Jefferson County are up in arms after the Ku Klux Klan began distributing fliers saying the white supremacist group was forming a neighborhood watch group in the area around Fiedler Court.

It was about 10:30pm Tuesday when witnesses say a white van slowly crept through the apartment complex. Small bags were being thrown out like newspapers, containing a few rocks to weight them down, and flyers with a sketch of a hooded Klansman pointing in a fashion reminiscent of the old “We Want You” recruiting posters of “Uncle Sam.”

“You can sleep knowing the Klan is awake!” the flier announces. It says “Neighborhood Watch” at the top, and asks the reader if there are troubles in the neighborhood. At the bottom it asks the reader to go to the group’s website or call a phone number.

A second version of the flier contains Klan logos and a skull and crossbones. It shouts, “Beware,” it what it calls a warning to criminals.

“It’s just really appalling,” one woman, who asked not to be identified told us.

She and her boyfriend, a biracial couple with four children, say they’re concerned about repercussions of going public against a hate group.

“I was kind of uneasy about it,” the man said. “I have biracial children. It’s just unsettling ya know. I didn’t lose any sleep but at the same time it kind of worries me.”

We called the number on the flier and reached Frank Ancona, a Park Hill, MO man who says he is the Imperial Wizard of the Traditional American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He claims his group received at least a dozen phone calls from people in the Fenton area asking his organization to help fight crime.

Asked if that wasn’t the job of police, he said, “Well, exactly that is the job of the police department, but the police can’t be everywhere all the time. The police need a helping hand. They need the citizens of the community.”

People we spoke to who live in the area unanimously declared their disbelief in the statement that anyone contacted the Klan.

“I’d really like to know where it’s listed in the yellow pages. Under hate? That would be good,” resident Lori Kifer told us.

Residents gathered outside the complex manager’s office Wednesday afternoon, clearly unhappy about the presence of the Klan in their neighborhood.

Kifer was livid, saying, “To think that someone came here in the middle of the night spewing hatred. They don’t even have the guts to do it during the day, to talk to anybody. No I don’t buy it.”

Ancona was unapologetic for showing up, and says law abiding citizens have nothing to fear from his organization. Who does?

“Maybe the drug dealers and the thieves out there,” he said.

Asked if he can’t understand why minorities in particular would be upset by the Klan’s presence, he said, “I don’t understand why they would because we are guaranteed the same rights under the constitution that they are. And so we have every right to do this and we intend to do it.”

He also says his group will conduct their neighborhood watch in the area, though their presence will not be announced by white sheets and pointy hats.

“He could be your pizza delivery guy, your nurse practitioner at the doctor’s office. He could be one of the county sheriffs,” Ancona said.

He went on to allege it could also be an employee in a newsroom. Asked how many members his group had, he declared it a Klan secret, but implying their numbers are in the thousands. Photographs on the group’s website never show more than an couple of dozen members in one spot.

With the flier telling residents they can sleep, we asked on African-American resident in their presence made him feel that way.

“Honestly no. It just makes me bring my pistol a little closer,” he said.

Sheriff’s deputies tell Fox 2 they are investigating what happened, though it does not appear any laws were broken.

As for neighborhood watch groups, deputies tell us those are for neighbors. They say they certainly don’t need any help from the Ku Klux Klan.

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27 comments

  • lol

    If the bloods and the crypts put their flier on your door how would you feel? lol personally I wouldn’t give two shits.

  • "Opinionated"

    “The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”
    (Albert Einstein)

  • Tiff

    Regardless….How do you go to bed at night knowing that they are “awake” It is almost like they are saying they are going to do something. It was only done along one street, so it does raise concern either way.

  • Jim Pierce

    We have been dealing with this scum in St. Francois County for a couple of years now. I spoke out against them and was attacked and beaten by elements of this group. CALL and COMPLAIN!! The Imperial Grand Wizard lives in Leadwood Missouri. His name is Frank Ancona!! He is on Facebook and so is his wife, Lisa Ancona!!

  • Tonis

    Anyone have the number that is blurred out especially since fox2 doesn’t believe in free speech and refuses to post certain comments

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      Yep – you’re correct – the far-right racist wackos on here can post any degrading, insulting comments they want about blacks, liberals, socialists, etc. but then let one of us CIVILIZED people use the same tactic and use one harsh word against conservative thugs and WHAM off the board you go censored!

      But this is Fox, after all! Itself with an extreme right-wing agenda to destroy democracy and lower the worker standard of living by handing over all power and money to the privileged classes, like those who OWN Fox, so what do we expect?

      I just come here to see what the enemy is up to! It’s good information!

      • Steven Sweeney

        Dems like you founded this group. First black politicians were all 3 GOP.Emancipation and civil rights were both GOP. Jim crow laws and oppositon to civil rights were both lefty dems. The enemy is you bye bye.

  • Andy Crossett

    First off, stop blaming City of Fenton (which is municipality in St. Louis County) with the acts of some degenerates from out in the country, who are terrorizing residents in Northern Jefferson County. They headline is titillating, but FALSE. Only in the article itself do we find out its not actually occurring in Fenton. But an outlying area near there.

    Nonetheless, shocking and stupid act by a minority of people.

  • BibleVersesForgotten

    just some true christians trying to spread the “love” taught in the bible. Exodus 20.

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Isn’t this YESTERDAY’S news?

    But oh, that’s right, Fox must remain loyal to the only viewers they have left: the deranged wackos of the extreme far-right, and this story is GREAT to fan the flames of conservative right-wingers and get their limited attention!

    Is the extremist wacky conservative into their guns and religion the only demographic Fox appeals to anymore? Apparently.

    Oh, well, just like with this flyer, at least we know where to find you and learn what sick schemes conservatives are up to next!

  • Bob

    I’m tired of someone tossing an advertising “newspaper” in my driveway every Friday, with the Post Dispatch’s name on it. I’m not a newspaper customer, so don’t act like you are delivering newspapers. Pay postage and have it delivered in the mail like everyone else.

  • Lee

    Are you insinuating that it was a minorty that vandlized the school? I can’t tell if you are ignorant or just plain stupid.

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