FBI investigates Kansas woman's death as possible hate crime

Family members call Kidwell a white supremacist 

July 24, 2018 - 6:49 pm

The FBI is investigating the stabbing death of a Kansas woman as a hate crime.

Ronald Lee Kidwell is charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of MeShon Cooper, 43, who was missing for a week until her body was found July 14 at Kidwell's home in Shawnee.

Kidwell's estranged daughter and a cousin told The Kansas City Star that Cooper's death was likely a hate crime because Kidwell was an avowed white supremacist. Cooper was black.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Tuesday the agency is investigating Cooper's death as a possible hate crime.

Kidwell's estranged daughter and a cousin said Kidwell was a white supremacist who had a history of targeting and assaulting black people. They said he often showed off his swastika tattoo and bragged about belonging to the Ku Klux Klan.

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