J.T. Ready, Neo-Nazi and One-Time Pal of Russell Pearce's, is Shooter in Gilbert Massacre (w/Update)

Indeed, in 2007, I watched Pearce and Ready work an anti-immigrant crowd together at the state Capitol, during a nativist rally, later posting photos of them side-by-side and smiling. 

Ready had been outed as a white supremacist by the ADL in a hearing held at the state Legislature earlier that same year.

The fast-talking fascist was fond of media stunts to garner attention for himself or his movement. The latest was his announcement that he was running for Pinal County Sheriff as a Democrat. His campaign photos included some of himself with an African-American woman. 

There was another of him giving the black-power salute in front of a "Malcolm X Street" sign in Pinal County. One of his campaign promises was that, if elected, he would name a street after the late American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell.

He could play the clown, but always menacingly. As I reported on him many times, he would send me odd text messages, sometimes with racist epithets, other times with photos of women he said he had bedded, including more than one African-American. 

The last text I received from him read, "You smoke? 420," which he sent on April 20, a date when marijuana enthusiasts are known to light up.

As Ready was a creative, inveterate liar, it was difficult to tear fantasy from reality when speaking with him. He once told me, on background, that he was half-Jewish on his mother's side. With a straight face, I might add. Needless to say, he could be very convincing.

He always prided himself on once being a Marine, though in reality he had been drummed out of the service after getting court-martialed twice. He was intelligent and wily, and I was always on my guard around him.

I'm not entirely surprised that his life ended this way, considering his love of firearms and his twisted political ideology. Many have wondered if he was involved in the recent shootings of two illegal immigrants in Eloy. But that, of course, is highly speculative.

My sympathies to the families of the victims. I'll update this post as I get more.

UPDATE 7:04 p.m.: Just got this info from my colleague Eric Tsetsi, who has been on the scene and heard the latest briefing from the Gilbert cops. 

Of the five dead, four of the bodies are still in the Gilbert home where the murders apparently took place. A toddler was removed and transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police say they are not moving the four remaining bodies because there is an unknown substance in containers outside the home that they are investigating. 

Police also say that the shooter was one of the four in the home. They have not confirmed that Ready was the shooter, although other media outlets also are reporting that he was, and my sources say this as well.

Fox News reports:

"In what may be a quadruple murder-suicide, J.T. Ready presumably shot and killed his girlfriend, 47-year-old Lisa Mederos, Lisa's daughter 22-year-old Amber Mederos, Amber's 22-year-old boyfriend, Jim Hoitt, and Amber's 2-year-old daughter, Lilly, according to a law enforcement source. This information has not officially been released by Gilbert Police."

Tsetsi also told me that the Gilbert cops acknowledged that the FBI is involved in the investigation, though the agency would not normally be.

This is curious as there was much speculation by myself and others that Ready was an FBI informant, though, of course, Ready denied this, and the FBI would neither confirm nor deny.


UPDATE 5/3/12: Please also see my colleague Matt Hendley's update from this morning, where Gilbert police confirm Ready's death, and admit they believe he is the shooter.


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hatetoregister
hatetoregister

Isn't it sad how people who are so filled with hate end up being consumed by it?

That guy killed a lot of people and ALL of them were white. 

May his soul rest in H[E][LL]! #HateIsJustPlainDumb

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

10 men/women white supremacists arrested in Florida, no wonder Florida and Arizona rank as the highest in crime, violence and lowest in the totem pole in decency, this J T Ready and his cronies and his political pals in state senate and other official offices as yet undisclosed is what has tainted Arizona, made us a joke in America and internationally we are seen as the modern day version of Alabama of the 1960's, we have our sheriff Bull Conners incarnate in Arpaio, a female version of George Wallace, only question is how long will it take for these social misfits to leave and go home whence they came and how long will we be stuck with these useless, worthless politicians who do not good for Arizona, or our state economy!
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EL Indio
EL Indio

Just shows how much AZ is ready for a big, giant enema. These crooked and racist politicians deserve what's coming to them.

HND
HND

Why couldn't he have shot himself in the head and called it a day instead of being a goddamn coward? If there is a hell, I hope it is searing his ass good right now. 

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

Karma is a funny thing I have noticed this lunatic for a long time in the news, could not have predicted his suicide, but his murdering a child, unarmed civilians par for the course, anyone who admired, glorified Adolf Hitler who killed millions of women, children and men is merely doing what obviously he liked to do, I am suspicious that if the truth is ever discovered many of them mysteriously discovered bodies in desert might have this fellows invisible finger prints on them, when I first saw the reports of mysterious camoflauged folks shooting at folks in desert, then the two murdered just recently my first thought was "Neo-Nazi's, Minute men lunatics"!

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

I venture his death will leave more questions than answer's but guess at least one of these camoflauged rambo-wanna-be's will not be running around the desert in Arizona shooting at illegals for some sick sport, I still think him and his buddies have a body count in our desert, they like shooting at unarmed targets, sissies all of them!:-)

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

His final act of cowardice was killing himself, since he knew in prison he would have been some tough guys bitch, and he never had the guts to finish anything he ever started in his pathetic life! Now they say the one unpardonable sin is suicide since one cannot repent from that one act, once done its done! I doubt where he ends up is going to be a place he can run from, and ironically he will be there for all eternity with many of the very people he hated with such gusto, how ironic!

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

Was Auto Zone ever sued for denying blacks access? I doubt your analogy would be a very good one, but alas, I am sure much as many LDS members wish Pearce would fade into the wood work so their man Romney can have a shot at winning the white house, ones history of being a racist relgious organization cannot be erased by wishful thinking!

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Katrina McCaffrey-McCombs
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Its real easy to sit on your high almighty throwns hiding behind fake names while judging people that you don't even know! I grew up with Jason and have known him most of my life, no I never have agreed with his views of society, but thats the great thing about being an american, we're all entitled to our opions. At least he didn't sit back bitching about the things that he thought where wrong. He got out there and did something about it! You may not agree with the way he did it, nor do I, but at least he did something; thats more than I can say for you losers. What have any of you ever done to make AMERICA a better place to live? How many of you would risk your lives to take on drug cartels on a daily basis? HE DID

Fantasea42
Fantasea42

"When facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross" - 

Sinclair Lewis

Seems like an apt description of jt and his ilk.  Here's a description of just one of Lewis's prescient books:

It Can't Happen HereFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFor other uses, see Can't Happen Here (disambiguation).1st editionIt Can't Happen Here is a semi-satirical American political novel by Sinclair Lewis published in 1935 by Doubleday, Doran. It describes the rise of a populist politician who calls his movement "patriotic" and creates his own militia (the Minute Men or "MM", paralleling Hitler's "SS") and takes unconstitutional power after winning election — mirroring what Hitler was doing in Germany at the time of writing. Its plot centers around newspaperman Doremus Jessup's belated realization of what is happening, and his subsequent struggle against the fascist regime of President Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip.

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

Pearce, JT Ready and their ilk have a fate coming to them, some just get their sooner, am sure one day ole Pearce will re-unite with his old cook out buddy, and they can spend all eternity together hugging one another!;-)

Snoopy420
Snoopy420

Tyler durden is a wanna be intellectual. Fuk JT Ready, Tyler Durden And Anyone Who Shares His Beliefs. Russell Pearce I Hope You Awake Everynight With The Nightmares You Created

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

As a former marine, I find it disgusting this fellows being referred to in any way as a marine, he was booted out of the marine corps as unfit, with a bad conduct discharge which is one level above dishonorable! He was a social misfit, disturbed human being at minimum, at worst pure evil incarnate! It takes a special kind of evil to murder a child, a special low human being, am quite sure his eternity is not one to be envied!

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

If he was capable of killing 3 innocent adults, 1 child, does anyone wonder what he did on his desert patrols when on one was watching or video taping? We have many bodies discovered in desert, deceased by assumed dehydration, imagine how easy someone demented as this fellow was could have apprehended a unarmed illegal, held them, deneid them water let them die of dehydration no one the wiser, leaving the body for the vultures, some unsolved shootings have occured, one recently two murdered by unknown individuals in a pickup loaded with illegals, where was JT Ready on that night? One of his former buddies is in prison now for being caught traveling down a major Arizona highway with home made pipe bombs, where were they destined for and what purpose? A evil sub-culture exists here in Arizona fragmented Neo-Nazi's, Aryan Nations brotherhood, etc., they have come to Arizona like flies to a pile of manure, dreaming of their race war!

Coz
Coz

Some sick bastards singing the USA National Anthem and carrying the NAZI Flag in the 2nd video..

Azrooter1
Azrooter1

JT Ready worked at Autozone. Does that make the Autozone corporation a bastian and supporter of Neo Nazi's? NO, about as much as his ties to the LDS church.

Quinn
Quinn

I'd much rather Ready be alive, if that spared the lives of the other four. Seriously, Ready was expousing ideas reviled by most people. I doubt he was converting anyone to his brand of racial hatred -- just preaching to a relatively small choir. I doubt that his living or dying influenced the trajectory of politics in Arizona in any meaningful way. Pearce was recalled. No, I would far prefer to have seen him fail in his political aspirations because his ideas were rejected as vile by the electorate and his kind relegated to scrap heap of history. How much more satisfying it would have been to have those four alive and Ready toiling away as a bitter, rejected car parts clerk.

flyinroom
flyinroom

To the good people of Arizona....... another one bites the dust.

Joe Hill
Joe Hill

He died a few days short of V-E Day.  How appropriate.  

Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden

 It's so unfortunate that even after Ready killed four other people, his supporters are still trying to push an agenda by claiming it was a "Mexican death squad." It's just unbelievable the levels people will stoop to.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I for one am happy that JT Ready is dead.

His support of Adolf Hitler, an evil, sick, hateful "man" in his own right, absolutely disgusts me.

At least millions of taxpayer dollars are saved because this racist asshole offed himself. We don't have to pay for a trial. We don't have to pay for him to sit on death row and eat three meals a day. We don't have to pay for his appeals, all of which will be shot down.

The world is a better and just place without racist sons of bitches like JT Ready in it. I can and will sleep easier at night knowing this son of a bitch is six feet under.

As for JT's victims, I express my deepest sympathies and sorrow.

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Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

When will Pearce make a statement on the murders by JT......awwww....never. He will take the Arpaio defense, I don't remember anything.

alehound
alehound

What's the worst thing about fucking a dead baby?

Wiping the blood stains off of your clown suit!

Stout7735
Stout7735

The nation is not laughing at our Arizona jokes... They are copying them...

Stout7735
Stout7735

Take a guess on who elected those politicians...It was the majority of Arizonans, not the illegal aliens, who elected the crooks in their own country...Illegal aliens will be flushed back to their homeland...

Marcy
Marcy

You're as delusional as JT Ready was Katrina.

He didn't take on drug cartels at all.  He was a fat sack of shit who never did anything but play pretend soldier.

No, I don't agree with "the way he did it", ie gunning down 4 innocent people including a baby.  I don't agree with that at all.

Wanumba
Wanumba

"
What have any of you ever done to make AMERICA a better place to live"

I vote, I pay my taxes, I give to charity ... and whenever possible I raise my voice to shout at the rafters whenever a miscreant slime like JT Ready proselytizes his evil, insidious hate.

What did you do when your life-long buddy worshiped the man who killed 13 million Jews, Gypsies, Gays and others?

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

Opinions are like that unmentionable part of antatomy, we all have one we all think everyone elses stinks but our own!:-) I don't need to know anything about a child killer, to despise him, his views, opinions or feel any sorrow for his self done demise! One thing for sure this fellow will be spouting his views for all eternity in that lake of fire, my but my guess is between the gnashing of the teeth & claws he will not be too happy, and am sure his friends will one day reunite with him in that same destination!

Hairy Huge the Turd
Hairy Huge the Turd

"
Its real easy to sit on your high almighty throwns hiding behind fake names while judging people that you don't even know!"
"but thats the great thing about being an american, we're all entitled to our opions"uh hhmmm.....yup.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

"What have any of you ever done to make AMERICA a better place to live?"

I served in the U.S. Army. I took the same Oath JT did. Only difference? JT could never live up to the high standards the Marines set for themselves. He failed his country, the U.S. Marines, himself and the Oath he took the day he enlisted. He is a complete disgrace and failure.

JT Ready supported hate. He referred to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler as a great white civil rights leader. The license plate on his car was NSMUSA. He has a portrait of Hitler over his heart. And you think this swastika-licking asshole was great?!

Go fuck yourself you racist prick. I hope you rot in hell right alongside your fuhrer Adolf.  

Aznative818
Aznative818

 You are joking, right? So even though everything that ever came out of his racist mouth was wrong, at least he did something about it? Even though everything he vomited was bad for Arizona, and the country, was harmful, at least he did something about it? Seriously, go back to school and try to learn about the world around you, it MIGHT help.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Thank you for your service in the Marines. It is greatly appreciated. 

Katrina McCaffrey-McCombs
Katrina McCaffrey-McCombs

He was court marshelled for being featured on 20/20 during a pinning ceremony... getting kicked out of the marines is what destroyed him. Maybe you should know someone, or at least know what your talking about before you make media based assumputiions about who they really were! He was also an a-1 marksman by the age of 12, if he had intnded to kill the child, I do not believe that it would have been found alive. He did drop three adults with precsion. Think about it.

azlefty
azlefty

You should go find  his recruiter and Bitch Slap him for Recruiting him.

RED
RED

We are home, you  should be looking for a homeland Sir.It's your ancestors who killed, enslaved and stole my ancestor land under the name of your god which currently gives you  the upper hand, but time is in our side.

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

You must be crying buckets of tears for your bosom buddy! They gave him a bad conduct discharge for criminal activity and being AWOL..., that last one is absent without leave for the ramba-wanna be's that means he could not follow the requirements of the military, he was a fat sissy, coward who murdered a baby and 3 unarmed civilians, him and his fans are sick puppies!

nunya
nunya

 the baby was not found alive... she was dead... and arrived to the hospital having been dead for thirty minutes... all the reporters saying there were signs of life and she was alive are completely fabricated

Hairy Huge the Turd
Hairy Huge the Turd

people have been shot and havent died instantly. the baby did end up dying later. and am glad that you can admit that your sorry piece of shit friend DID murder those people. he was a coward.....not a hero.

shoots and kills unarmed civilians = coward
shoots and kills children = coward
shoots and kills himself = coward

coward, coward, FUCKING COWARD!

i would rather spend my tax paying money on a mexican to get food stamps than this piece of shit to get food, shelter, medical for the rest of his life. im glad he saved us the trouble of court costs and all that shit. too bad he just didnt take only himself. each and everyday i hope somebody pisses on his grave.

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

My guess is whom ever recruited him is not advertising the fact, when I joined the marines at age 17, to young for the draft to take effect, I served with many angry dratee's, but in basic training out of 84 only 34 made the grade the remainder were discharged unable to adapt to military life, obviously this social misft got past that level, but like some the marine corps does cull them over time, he was unfit to wear the unifrom, booted out! Now where he is now I am assuming the shoveling coal for old Lucifer for all eternity is not picnic, so I will just leave the recruiter alone, one cannot blame him for the social misfits in this old world!:-)

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

Was Auto Zone ever sued for denying blacks access? I doubt your analogy would be a very good one, but alas, I am sure much as many LDS members wish Pearce would fade into the wood work so their man Romney can have a shot at winning the white house, ones history of being a racist relgious organization cannot be erased by wishful thinking!

Stout7735
Stout7735

You are a conquered people...Be grateful that you are allowed to operate casinos to steal from the white eyes, instead of just stealing our horses...

azlefty
azlefty

While I never did serve I did grow up in Yuma and have many Friends who are Marines, I have also seen recruiters that would sign Satan if meant meeting  their goals.  I also saw many a person in the  Marines kicked out for their actions, Yuma used to be the first duty Station for many when they Finished School for their MOS, many a turd was flushed out by MCAS Yuma

azlefty
azlefty

Me thinks you posted this to the  wrong person
I think AZrooter1 is who you seek

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