Wife and stepson of slain Missouri KKK leader charged with murder

Malissa Ancona

Malissa Ancona

LEADWOOD, MO (KTVI) – The wife and stepson of a Ku Klux Klan leader found dead near the Big River over the weekend have been charged with murder.

Frank Ancona, 51, had been missing since last Wednesday. His car was located in Potosi on Friday evening. His body was located Saturday by a family on a fishing trip.  He was shot in the head, according to a release from the St. Francois County Coroner.

Malissa Ancona, 44, and Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr, 24, are both both charged with murder, armed criminal action, tampering with evidence and abandoning a corpse.  The probable cause statement from police says that Jinkerson shot Ancona while he was sleeping Thursday night. They say his body was then dumped near Belgrade, MO.

Paul Jinkerson Jr.

Paul Jinkerson Jr.

Investigators say they discovered evidence of blood in the master bedroom of Ancona's home in the 1100 block of Mill Street in Leadwood during a search. Neighbors showed FOX 2 reporter Roche Madden blood stains on the sidewalk near the home. Malissa Ancona tells police that she helped clean up the evidence after Jinkerson shot her husband.

The prosecutor says Malissa Ancona had a tough time keeping her story straight when compared to surveillance video from a local business and a neighbor`s home.

"She made several statements some on Facebook to various individuals for her accounting for the event and where she was. When you have video of those thing that take place. It doesn't just match up and when you're confronted with those things its difficult to lie your way out of video evidence," said St. Francois County Prosecutor Jerrod Mahurin.

Frank Ancona described himself as an imperial wizard with the Ku Klux Klan. But the prosecutor says that had nothing to do with his murder.

The prosecutor said Malissa Ancona began looking for a roommate at the time her husband was killed. Both suspects are held without bond.

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Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen posts to Facebook:

“On Friday the Washington County Sheriff’s Office learned of the disappearance of Frank Ancona who was missing from Leadwood Missouri. During this time, we were also informed Mr. Ancona’s vehicle had been located by a United States Federal Forest Service employee on Federal Forest Service Property. Deputies responded and secured the area.

On Saturday, I requested assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol due to the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Mr. Ancona. During the investigation, one subject was arrested on an unrelated warrant and two search warrants were executed in Washington County.

Subsequently, a body was discovered on the bank of the Big River near Belgrade Missouri, in southern Washington County. The body was transported by the Washington County Corner’s Office for an autopsy. The body was identified as Mr. Ancona, and his family has been notified. A cause of death has not been released and any inquires should be addressed to the Saint Francois County Sheriff’s Office.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our sympathy to Mr. Ancona’s family and friends. I would like to thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Franklin County Sheriff”s Office and the Saint Francois County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance and professionalism during this tragic and senseless act of violence.

I would also like to thank my staff for the professionalism and dedication they show day in and day out for our great community, and to the citizens of Missouri.”