Cross is a Vietnam War Veteran and also the founder of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party. As he was arrested on the eve of the Jewish celebration of Passover, Cross shouted, "Heil Hitler" at television cameras. Cross is well known to authorities as he was one of the most active white supremacists of the 1980's and was actually the focus of a nationwide manhunt in 1987 after violating terms of his bond in relation to an appeal for a conviction for running a paramilitary group.
In 2006 Cross ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and in 2010 ran for Senate... both with white-power/white-supremacist platforms. He had also been a guest speaker at Missouri State University at the invitation of religious studies professor David Embree. Embree claimed he had been invited to speak in order for students to better understand how truly dangerous white supremacists are. During his lecture, Cross claimed he hoped the next Hitler was sitting in the class.
Cross will most likely be in federal court next week for formal charges.