An autopsy revealed that a Ku Klux Klan leader in Missouri who was found dead in a river south of St. Louis on Saturday had been shot in the head, while his wife and stepson have been charged with murder.
The Park Hills Daily Journal reported that an autopsy was done on Frank Ancona, 51, of Leadwood, on Sunday. Ancona’s body was found by a family fishing near the Big River, a day after he had been reported missing by his employer. Ancona was the Imperial Wizard of the Traditional American Knights.
On Monday, Malissa Ancona, 44, and her son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., 24, were charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence and abandoment of a corpse. Police said Frank Ancona was shot and killed inside a bedroom at his residence in Leadwood. Police said the body was placed in Jinkerson’s vehicle. Police said Ancona’s body and vehicle were taken to Washington County and dumped.
The Daily Journal reported that Malissa Ancona told an investigator that Jinkerson shot and killed Frank Ancona while he was asleep on Thursday. Malissa Ancona told police she failed to report the crime and attempted to destroy blood evidence and altered the crime scene in an attempt to conceal what happened. Police reported finding “extensive blood evidence” in the master bedroom of the Ancona home.
Malissa Ancona and Jinkerson are being held in St. Francois County Jail. Bail has not been set.
Frank Ancona’s family last saw him Wednesday and he was reported missing Friday after his employer contacted police.
Police found Ancona’s vehicle in a wooded, remote area of Washington County in Mark Twain National Forest on Friday night. Police previously had said his disappearance was suspicious.