The death of a Ku Klux Klan leader in Missouri has prompted a Honda dealer in Kansas into damage control to avoid a mix-up over the same name.
Frank Ancona Honda is notifying customers on its website that owner Frank Ancona is not related to Frank Ancona, the leader of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who was killed on Feb. 9.
The Honda store in Olathe, Kan., just outside Kansas City, has even placed a disclaimer on its website that reads: “Frank Ancona Honda is not in any relation to the KKK leader that was recently found dead.”
Ancona, 85, told Automotive News the Honda store has received five phone calls in the past week from people, “ranting and raving,” who’ve mistaken him for the Klansman.
The body of Frank Ancona, 51, a longtime Klansman, was found on Feb. 11, near Belgrade, Mo., about an hour and a half south of St. Louis, according to a Facebook post by Sherriff Zach Jacobsen of the Washington County Sherriff’s Office. Jacobsen called the murder of the KKK leader a “tragic and senseless act of violence.”
Ancona was shot in the head, The New York Times reported. His wife and stepson have been charged with first-degree murder in the death.
Jacobsen directed all questions to the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department, which did not immediately return Automotive News’ requests for comment.