J.T. Ready, the Early Years, Courtesy of His Hometown Newspaper

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Lakeland, Florida acknowledges one of its own...

I knew Gilbert massacre shooter J.T. Ready was from Polk County, Florida, and I had contacted some relatives of his over the weekend seeking comment. (No luck, alas.) But until today, I could find no mention of him in his hometown newspaper, The Ledger, located in Lakeland, Florida.

Thankfully, Ledger reporter Elvia Malagon fills in some of the blanks. Seems Ready had a bad attitude as a young man as well. Here's an excerpt from Malagon's piece:

Cobb, 36, of Lakeland, said he knew Ready from ROTC and hung out with him a few times. He remembers Ready being interested in the military.

Cobb said he saw how enraged Ready became at the Lakeland students the night of the party.

"He was dead-set ready," he said. "Beat them up, basically."

Cobb said he broke ties with Ready after that night and was shocked to hear about last week's shootings.

Lyn Stevens, 50, still lives next door to the home Ready grew up in Lakeland.

Stevens said she didn't know Ready well, but knew he showed an early interest in guns and the military.

"He was strange," she said. "Jason was into guns really heavily."

Stevens said Ready joined the Marines but was later discharged.

You can read Malagon's story in full at theledger.com.

The 39 year-old anti-Semite once told me with a straight face that his mother was Jewish, though I always figured he was full of it. 

Malagon didn't score an interview with Ready's mom, so I guess a debunking of this improbable piece of Ready lore will have to wait.


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KO
KO

Given the gothic trailer-park dysfunction of his childhood, it's hardly surprising that Ready turned into a monster.  He was the bastard spawn of an extramarital dalliance between a married middle-aged Alabama redneck, Ernest James Ready, and a much younger woman.  His mother, Ladotha, wasn't equipped to raise a child, and JT eventually landed with his father and his father's wife.  That didn't go well, and by the time he was 13, they'd had enough, and gave him up to the father's brother, a Pentecostal small-time attorney.  He was 15 when he ended up with his mother again, by now married to some other redneck.  This is how you grow a Nazi killer.

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

The mention of meth got me thinking.  When someone does something unimaginable, like killing a baby girl, I automatically think of meth.  It burns out the soul.  Heard in the Sixties [from an authority] that the Nazis had invented it for the Luftwaffe for bombing Britain.  Made sense then and it does now.  Anyone know?  guess we can Wiki it.  What I want to know is whether anyone but me sees an obviously potential connection to the Rob Krenz shooting.

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

It used to be that fat people "had a nice personality."  Now they are typically loud and obnoxious and even armed.  I guess is makes sense, since they are now in the majority.  go to any Wal-Mart.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I wonder what kind of hat JT is wearing?

This guy is scum of the Earth and is currently rotting in hell beside his fuhrer Adolf Hitler. Looking at his mug is not something I want to do.

I express my deepest and most sincere condolences to JT's victims, especially the 15-month old. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you.  

Junior
Junior

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Ready for a fine example of a true American Patriot.

Junior
Junior

When I grow up I want be just like him and save my country from 3rd world depravity.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

JT Ready has absolutely (or had) claiming his prior military service unless claiming it for what it was, OTHER THAN HONORABLE.

Good servicemen do not get to a court martial.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Is that a special hat the dirtbag is wearing in the picture?  One to hide the horns of this devil?

Ftmn22
Ftmn22

I knew Ready from Corps. As well. They did not let him have a riffle. This guy has always been a loose cannon. God Bless his victims. But if you knew this looneybird I'm shocked he did not shoot out with cops. Also agree that he was not a raceist back in mid 90's. I really think he identified with them cause they were an easy target for his B.S. he had them eating out of his hand.

USMC-Camp-Pendleton-1995
USMC-Camp-Pendleton-1995

I was in Ready's USMC Company; He was pretty good to me. Never seemed angry, argued alot -- sometimes well but most of the time not-- Never thought he was a racist, but he did speak German fluently-- as far as I can tell. Went to Germany while in High School, had him on Facebook, and he disappeared from FB right before the shootings. He told me he was from Sweetwater Florida.

rogeliodechihuahua
rogeliodechihuahua

I'm just waiting to see where he'll be buried so i can go piss on his grave....natch.

Johnnyreb
Johnnyreb

This guy had an inferiority complex like most male new times bloggers do.

Marcy
Marcy

He looks like my son!

JJ2012
JJ2012

Hi KO, I'm a journalist writing a story for a large national publication about JT. I'm looking for more information on his childhood. Please drop me a line at jd123jack@yahoo.com.  Many thanks, JJ.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

And congratulations for making yourself look like a complete and utter dumbass.

I served in the U.S. Army boy. I'm employed and I go to school to study law. 

JT Ready failed his country, himself, the Oath he took the day he went to MEPS, and the U.S Marines.   

JT Ready did not know the definition of the word 'patriot' and neither do you so go run along and let the grown-ups have a conversation about a dead Nazi.

Max Derpin
Max Derpin

straight to the Hall of Right Wing Heroes

CarolynMarisa
CarolynMarisa

I'm presuming your post is SATIRE - otherwise, you'll probably end up like Ready.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

You want to be a neo-Nazi?

You want a portrait of Adolf Hitler over your heart?

I tell you what boy, go do the Nazi salute and Heil Hitler in front of some WWII veterans and some concentration camp survivors. We'll see how far you go and how long you last. 

Max Derpin
Max Derpin

There's an easier way, son. Just jump off the roof now, you'll get to join him as well!

USMC-Camp-Pendleton-1995
USMC-Camp-Pendleton-1995

He had a M-249 for awhile in early 1995 as a LAV scout. That was before he went 'nutz', he blamed it on a knee injury, and keep gaining weight, he did get more confrontational after that.

Katiekat2802
Katiekat2802

Its nice to see someone with honor, being truthful about who Ready was before he lost his way. I grew up with him on Sweatwater Dr, in Lakeland, FL. He was my little brothers best friend while growing up. Prior to going to Germany as a forigen exchange student he had spent many nights at our home, when his mentally abusive step-father and poor excuse for a mother would lock him out of the house as young as 12 years old. He was crazy, arguementative and lived to join the service. He always dreamed of being a Navy Seal, and joined the marines when he couldn't get into the Navy. It amazes me that a person so pasionate about life could actually take it and it in this way. God bless you and the service you gave to our beautiful country!

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

So you look like him?  Spare us a photo, then.  "Mother, who has raised your son so well...redneck mother"

Trevon Soetoro
Trevon Soetoro

 If Joe Biden had a son, he would look like J.T.

david saint
david saint

  I bet you did meth when you were pregnant and his father was a Hells Angels member and this was the result. a big bad nazi son of the meth whore and a Hells Angels meth druggie. Thanks Marcy for bringing him into this world.

Ftmn22
Ftmn22

In 1996 he took a rubber AK47 into the field cause he had no riffle. And they took that away. LOL! Everybody liked ready includeing myself; but now he is a baby killer. And ready was a lier. He told everybody he came from recon. The best thing they can do now is take away his service record. "Once a Marine always a Marne" true. But maybe if his service was cleared from his record as never being there. We would not have to concider this monster a Marine. Takeing away his service record would be the best way to punish him. I understand that post mortum punishment seems meaningless, but if you knew how much ready loved the Corps. It would never let him rest in peace.

JJ2012
JJ2012

Hi Katiekat, I'm a journalist writing a story for a large national publication about JT. I'm looking for more information about his childhood. Please drop me a line at jd123jack@yahoo.com.  Many thanks, JJ.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 So, it seems Johnny and Tri-6 are leading the pack. Glad you boys could make it.

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

Joe has a son who served honorably in Iraq, was a prosecutor and now a senator.  Looks and acts and is NOTHING like this murdering lardass.

david saint
david saint

you are thinking of pearce not biden...and what a coincidence that Russ's wife beating kid DOES look like him eh!! LOL

azlefty
azlefty

Actually I hear that Mitt was going to adopt him!

Katiekat2802
Katiekat2802

Actually his mother is a jew, who married a man that hated him and horribly abused him. His real father wanted nothing to do with him. He was just a product of faggots like you that think you know it all! PS dumbass meth wasn't around in 1973 when he was born!

JJ2012
JJ2012

Hi FTMN,  I'm a journalist writing a story for a large national publication about JT. I'm looking for more information about his time in the Marines. Please drop me a line at jd123jack@yahoo.com.  Many thanks, JJ.

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

Glad someone is reminding us all of Pearce's Nazi-tatoo son.  Is he still in jail?

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