Wife of KKK grand wizard who was shot in the head says she 'pulled the trigger', not their son
Frank Ancona, who was the leader of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was found dead with a bullet wound to his head by a river close to Belgrade, Missouri
The highly-reported murder last year of Frank Ancona, the Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard in Missouri, has taken a sudden turn. His widow, Malissa Ancona, who had initially blamed her son for the murder, came forward and said that she was the one who shot her husband. Malissa had written a letter from jail in September that allegedly said she wanted "to let the court know that he did not pull the trigger, (I did)".
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Malissa wrote, "My son is innocent". The Riverfront Times reported that she and the couples' 24-year-old son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., are both currently facing charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and abandoning a corpse.
The Post-Dispatch reported that the handwritten letter was sent to Judge Wendy Wexler Horn and, in the letter, Malissa allegedly "complains about her public defender, pleads for medications and says she was deemed permanently mentally ill in 2003 by the state", according to the Times.
The Kansas City Star reported that Frank Ancona, who was the leader of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was found dead with a bullet wound in his head close to Belgrade, Missouri, in February 2017. The 51-year-old KKK leader from Leadwood, Missouri, was found on the bank of the Big River by a family who had been fishing in the area, according to Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen.
Malissa Ancona previously blamed her son for shooting & killing her #KKK imperial wizard husband Frank. But here’s the letter she sent a judge saying “he did not pull the trigger, (I DID).” She declined my request for a jailhouse interview. @KMOV pic.twitter.com/lBGxnGzPW2— Russell Kinsaul (@russellkinsaul) November 8, 2018
The Star reported that just two days after his body was discovered, Malissa and Jinkerson were charged with his murder. Jinkerson had been the one to be accused with shooting his stepfather while he was asleep in the master bedroom of the family home.
According to the probable cause statement: "Ms. Ancona admitted that she failed to report the crime and additionally attempted to destroy blood evidence and altered the crime scene in an attempt to conceal the offense and was acting in concert with her son Paul Jinkerson Jr."
In the letter that Malissa wrote to the judge in September, she said that she had been under the influence when she spoke to the detectives after she was arrested and that she couldn't remember what happened to her husband.
The next hearing for Malissa Ancona has been scheduled for April 19, 2019, and her son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., will be going to trial in May 2019.