Before his murder, Missouri Klan leader was steeped in cat piss

Frank Ancona, the professed leader of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, complained to a relative that he lived like an animal a few months before his his dead body was found next to a riverbank in eastern Missouri.

A feature story in The Riverfront Times in St. Louis depicts Ancona as a sad sack who lived in a small, crumbling house with dozens of cats and a wife regarded warily. “I just knew she was going to do something one of these days,” a neighbor told Riverfront Times writer Doyle Murphy.

Murphy found that while Frank Ancona presented himself as the leader of a powerful organization, his home life was a disaster.

Frank confided in friends and family members that his wife was addicted to prescription pills and had grown erratic. He had taken to locking his medications and valuables in a safe or hiding them in the trunk of his car. When he slept, he tucked the car keys into his pillowcase.

The Anconas shared their misery with two dogs and dozen of cats. Malissa Ancona’s cat hoarding was notorious among animal-rescue workers in the area. Murphy spoke to one volunteer who called her a “con artist.”

Frank Ancona was so desperate that six months before he was killed, he reached out to Malissa’s ex-husband and asked if he might take her back. (The ex-husband declined.)

Stripped to underwear and socks, Frank Ancona’s body was discovered in Washington County the day after his car was found next to to a pile of burned clothes. He had been shot in the head.

Ancona’s wife, Malissa, and her son from a previous relationship were charged February 13 with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse.

Police say Malissa Ancona confessed that she and her son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., killed her husband. Malissa Ancona told detectives that Jinkerson pulled the trigger but his relatives are skeptical. Each has pleaded not guilty.

Animal rescuers went to the house after Frank Ancona was killed. They found 42 cats.

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