J.T. Ready Bragged About Hunting "Two-Legged Varmints" in Police Report

The FBI claims it had an ongoing investigation into Ready, one that supposedly began about four years ago. But the agency has refused to explain what this "investigation" entailed and whether it ever looked into the possibility that Ready was impersonating a law enforcement officer or illegally detaining migrants.

Ready was a media whore who bragged about his desert operations, had numerous run-ins with local law enforcement, and was connected to a nationwide network of white supremacists.

In other words, Ready was practically begging for scrutiny. At the very least, his antics might have helped secure a search warrant on the Mederos home, where authorities may have found the six military-issued 40mm grenades illegally in his possession.

That's not to knock just the FBI. So far I've yet to discover any law enforcement agency, local or federal, that has explored these avenues of investigation. Though I'm still trying.

As the Vekol Valley area Ready patrolled overlaps the Maricopa County-Pinal County line, I contacted the sheriff's offices of both counties for any record of their dealings with Ready and his cohorts.

Seems neither agency investigated Ready for impersonating law enforcement or wrongfully detaining persons at gunpoint.

The PCSO had a record of Ready's U.S. Border Guard turning over a backpack of what looked to be meth in August 2011. And there was a report of a desiccated body of a woman in the desert from Ready's fellow neo-Nazi Harry Hughes in August 2010. (An autopsy determined exposure to be the cause of death.)

Other than that, the PCSO had little on file. PCSO spokesman Elias Johnson explained that Ready would call the PCSO to let the agency know when his group would be "patrolling," but the PCSO didn't keep any written record of these messages.

"We didn't have any information/reports of Ready doing anything criminal," Johnson told me. "If someone would have reported a crime committed by Ready or his group to PCSO, it would have been investigated. Ready commonly would alert federal agencies when and where his group would be."

The MCSO had one report of a body of a Hispanic male called in by Ready and his crew in June 2010. Again, the cause of death was exposure, and the body evidently had been outside for a long time, judging by the description of the corpse given by an MCSO deputy.

A Border Patrol agent was present, according to the MCSO report, to take custody of a migrant, whom Ready and his fellow vigilantes had come upon.

Ready told the deputy that the migrant had approached him and his men, asking for water, and that Ready then contacted the Border Patrol about the migrant. The deputy spoke to migrant, asking him if he had any knowledge of the dead body (he didn't).

Yet the deputy did not question the migrant about his encounter with Ready, and it's not clear whether the Border Patrol agent did so, either.

Were the migrants Ready turned over to the Border Patrol ever asked about their encounters with these vigilantes? 

Did anyone care that heavily armed neo-Nazis were roaming around the desert hunting "two-legged varmints"? 

Other than the warnings of a few groups and individuals, there was not much in the way of outrage over Ready's patrols. That indifference cannot be laid merely at the feet of federal or local law enforcement. The public at large bears responsibility for this lethal apathy.

There's some other interesting stuff in the report. All victims were shot in the head, including Lilly Mederos, the 16-month-old child. 

One neighbor reports hearing two cars peel out after some of the shots were fired. And there are some discrepancies in the report concerning the description and placement of Ready's 9mm Beretta, believed to be the murder weapon.

Asked about these passages, Gilbert Police Department Lieutenant John Lyle indicated that Ready was the "sole suspect" in the homicides.

"We do not believe there are any other suspects involved in this crime," Lyle told me. 

He added that the only other person present at the time of the killings was Brittany Mederos, the daughter of Ready's girlfriend and the sole survivor.

Concerning Ready's handgun, Lyle had this to say:

"We believe the 9mm Beretta is the only weapon used to harm the victims and that it was in the possession of JT Ready during the commission of the crimes. The recovered 9mm Beretta was found laying in proximity to both bodies, although closer to [victim Jim Hiott]."

Hiott was the fiance of fellow victim Amber Mederos, mother of Lilly and daughter of Ready's girlfriend Lisa Mederos.

Robert Karas, the father of a woman who lived near the Mederos house, told police he had spoken to Ready the night before the shootings.

"J.T. showed Robert a new bulletproof vest and ammunition," the report states. "Robert said the items were inside the garage. J.T. told Robert he needed to wear the vest to 'get used to it.' According to Robert, J.T. appeared to be 'high-strung' the prior night and was worried about 'being invaded.' Robert stated this behavior did not strike him as unusual for J.T."

That description of Ready as "high-strung" is intriguing. We'll have to await the medical examiner's report to see whether Ready was on something at the time of the murders.

Also interesting are the comments of Cassandra Olivier, who told police she had been living with Amber Mederos, Jim Hiott, and baby Lilly at an address in Mesa until one day before the massacre. 

She said Ready made Amber, Jim, and Lilly move out when he moved into the house, and that Ready tried to limit their contact with Lisa Mederos. 

Olivier also told Gilbert PD that she believed Ready "became upset today because . . . Amber was going to ask her mother if they could move back in the house with her."

Finally, there's the question of whether or not Ready possessed a working grenade launcher. 

There was a photo of Ready on his Flickr site for U.S. Border Guard, showing Ready pointing what looks like a modified rifle with a grenade launcher at the camera. (The photos posted to the Flickr site have since been removed.) An ATF spokesman indicated to me that the "launcher" portion looked like it was made of PVC pipe.

The police narratives mention an AR-15 rifle under the bed in the master bedroom, and one supplemental note refers to this as "an AR-15 with a grenade launcher."

I asked Gilbert's Lt. Lyle if he could confirm that description.

"I cannot confirm that statement.," he replied. "The investigation into the weapons found in the [Mederos] home is under the jurisdiction of federal agents at [the Joint Terrorism Task Force]."

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Buddha
Buddha

Listen here is the deal. JT was too selfish to kill hisself. Doesn't anybody realize that less than 13 days before, a whole truck of illegals was fired upon by "men in military style clothing with automatic weapons" and the obvious attempt to cover it up by killing the "weak link" he even told neighbors he was "getting ready to be raided ".
Why would he worry unless word came down that him and his border Nazis were being fingered!

It goes like this. You and your buddies (including Ready) go play border nazi and shoot up a truck and slither away. Then 10 later you hear some rumblings. You realize you have the worlds biggest media whore and his family as your "weak lInk" JT even makes his family move. To u and your buddy's he is the whistleblower (obviously) so you roll up kill everyone and make it look like murder/suicide. I hate JT too and he is NOT innocent. I believe he killed those people in the truck. But his death and the rest was a coverup by someone (remember the car tires squealing

Jarhead1171
Jarhead1171

I was stationed with JT, and was at his first court martial, while he was with 1st LAR. He was an evil person. I believe he did this, he use to spout utter bull crap. I remember seeing an article in swat magazine years ago with him in it talking about illegal immigration. I emailed swat magazine to tell them about his character, telling them he was a bomb waiting to go off. I don't believe he really had anybody hang out with him after getting to our unit. I remember him stealing from the Marine Corps, and testifying about his lousy character at his court martial. He was a lousy person, and I hope I never run into anyone like him again.

IBMMuseum
IBMMuseum

The two Arizona Voter ID cards (for separate counties) that J.T. Ready had in his wallet are interesting too. Dash between the two polling places, vote twice. Does each respective County Clerk's office keep records of whom signed to vote in prior elections?

John
John

 Scary huh...a Nazi voting twice!  

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

"An AR-15 with a grenade launcher?" An M-16 (the military version of an AR-15) with a grenade launcher is an M-203 - or at least it was decades ago when I was in the Army. And it fired 40mm grenades. Why would Ready have six 40mm rounds and nothing to use them in?   

azlefty
azlefty

He was saving  up  for the  launcher perhaps? You don't make a lot of scratch working  the parts counter at Auto-zone

IBMMuseum
IBMMuseum

 By most accounts I had heard, J.T. wasn't working at Auto-Zone (or anywhere else) for several months. How he got the expensive gear he already had is the million-dollar question. He couldn't just steal it from the Marine Corps like he did before.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

from what I have heard, he didnt work for some time.

John
John

 Perhaps the answer to that question would be best answered by the agency which reportedly took possession of the 40 mm's, and which had as also reported been investigating Mr. ready for some four years?

Stepford
Stepford

The witness who said JT was a "Nazi guy" and that he wasn't surprised this happened, at least made sense. I can't believe one of the witnesses said she wasn't afraid when 3 men in camo gear equipped with assault rifles walked up to her home? Others also mentioned that they weren't afraid of men in camo gear with weapons wandering the neighborhood late at night. What's the matter? Is everyone on sedatives?

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Wait a minute, at the murder scene, 40mm grenades were mysteriously discovered and it was uncertain how JT Ready obtained them.

In other news, Penile County is having to provide records as to used military equipment to the Defense Logistics Agency after it is discovered Penile County and Sheriff Paul Babeu obtained this equipment for official law enforcement use (as outlined in DoD/DLA policy) to organizations that did not perform law enforcement activities.

(Does US Border Guard count or did that Jan Brewer bill to fund militias get killed?)

shlthead
shlthead

"Other than the warnings of a few groups and individuals, there was not much in the way of outrage over Ready's patrols. That indifference cannot be laid merely at the feet of federal or local law enforcement. The public at large bears responsibility for this lethal apathy."

Thank you for saying this in your article. It's been really bothering me deep down inside seeing the widespread quiet acceptance of a very vicious and mean disgusting aspect of personality, not only go largely unopposed, but often silently endorsed. I don't know what to term it actually, but it's been keeping me awake at night. I've seen far too many people be okay with hate lately, and even up here in Canada. People need to knock these hateful people down a few notches before they start walking around high on their own authority and power.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

SA tactic.  entice criminals, fools and racists with patriotic blather..   get your numbers up till EVERYONE fears you then proceed with your agenda.

Buddha
Buddha

ShIthead,

Your right on the money brother! This hate in this state is killing us. Causing us to lose income from winter visitors and other tourism. I am selling my business, open now 7/week for 8 yrs and getting the hell out before they start profiling EVERONE without " I hate Obama" stickers on thier foreheads.

Willard Olson
Willard Olson

I suspect JT had and still has a lot of supporters in Arizona.  It is misplaced to believe that overt bigotry died with that fat slob.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

it didn't there are people that talk like him here in Yavapai county.

John
John

  Concerning the supposed fake launcher:  I can’t state for certain that it is in fact a working unit, real or fake.  However I think it safe to say that it is in fact not a standard piece of PVC pipe, as has apparently been suggested.

IBMMuseum
IBMMuseum

 He didn't finish the end, nor worry about darkening the bore. And it doesn't have any rifling to arm the fuse of a 40mm grenade. But he did rattle-can the outside to make it blend with the weapon, not quite matching it up:

http://ibmmuseum.com/7850952.8...
http://ibmmuseum.com/7851130.8...

John
John

 IBM   Thanks for the picture links, had not seen those. Also you are correct about the apparent lack of rifling, which I had also noticed. However simply viewing the poor photo I wasn't certain enough to say ye or nay on the rifling.  The tube appears ( at least for me ) to have had some milling, concerning the mounting bracket, and too a somewhat raise ''ring'' around the upper front part of the tube.  I'm just having a hard time calling it a piece of PVC, and I have even a harder time the thing were aimed in my direction.

IBMMuseum
IBMMuseum

 I had wondered why Ready didn't have that particular weapon for his desert photo-ops, and thought it was just for show. J.T. imagined (probably hoping against all hope) he would get into some firefight in the desert, and wouldn't have taken any inoperative weapon there. He was good with some details, but really seemed lack attentiveness elsewhere (the light-colored bore, no pun intended, never would have seemed to do much other than be for show).

Marcy
Marcy

Here's what JT Ready has to say now:

IBMMuseum
IBMMuseum

I agree, an interesting read. Besides the fatal shot to the  head, "stippling" and the position of her body show that J.T. intended to kill Baby Lilly too. The "over-the-counter" medication in Ready's car trunk, and the neighbor's description of it not being unusual that J.T. was "high-strung" has some strong implications.

Has any word been put out what was in the two barrels in the backyard?...

John
John

 rain water.

IBMMuseum
IBMMuseum

I would think that water in a barrel, even under a gutter drain, would evaporate in Phoenix. Water for the yard? Lisa was mad at neighbors for not lending her a grass seed spreader, and a comment was made that J.T. didn't help her with yardwork, what kind of lawn did she have?

Wanumba
Wanumba

Hey Russell and Lester Pearce fans......not much difference between JT and your sleazebag heroes. 

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

J.T. was a coward. Even money says he had meth in his body prior to this most cowardly act. peace

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

you didn't think they were turning over everything to BP did you.   he did not come back empty handed lets say

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Doesn't meth make you skinny?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 NO there is alot of fat meth addicts around like the fat cunt meth addict who was a bus driver and her house was full of garbage. she was a fat meth addict.

alehound
alehound

That's no way to speak of your mother...

Yummyt45
Yummyt45

too bad he didnt hunt lemmons

MM2
MM2

 Look how pretend tough you are.

Wanumba
Wanumba

 Yummy, you'd crap your pants the minute the cops come to investigate you for making a threat.

Nazis...the biggest pussies on earth.

azlefty
azlefty

Unless it is 20 to 1 then they are the  Brave "Aryan" warriors

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol when it's 20-1 against them they cry like bitches and then go home and take it out on their wives and daughters...

Slicksterzz
Slicksterzz

 So you advocate cold-blooded murder?

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Take your best shot, Oswald.

Bob_Lablaw96
Bob_Lablaw96

 I like your efforts to get Joke tossed in the can, but you seem to run on only two issues.  You have some talent that could be applied to other topics besides a liberal rant against anything north of moderate liberal

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

U gots one thing right, chimchimcheree. North = enlightenment. South and southwest = racist evil mofos

Coz
Coz

Internet tuff guy and as usual, full of shit, is all it is Stephen.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Last night. With El-Ray Bone's mom ;)

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

 Your another internet tough guy green hornet. when the last time you even had a fist fight with another man? EVER?

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Zip it, El Ray-O-Vision, and go suck on your own bone. You know you've done it before.

EL WRAY BONESHACK
EL WRAY BONESHACK

your the internet tough guy coz. your always full of macho bullshit talk on here.

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