Naked Carjacker is a Former Chandler Teacher and Real Estate Executive


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The naked carjacker who terrorized Scottsdale last Friday once worked as a Chandler high school English teacher and, as recently as last year, a real estate executive.

John Brigham, 45, was arrested June 29, 2012 after the incident in Scottsdale that left several people injured, including a woman who is eight months pregnant. He was also arrested in November for trashing his uncle's house while on a meth-fueled rampage.

Brigham worked as an English teacher at Chandler High school from 1995-2003, and also may have done some coaching for a few of the school's sports teams.

"By all accounts, he was well-regarded," said Terry Locke, director of community relations for the Chandler Unified School District. "He was an excellent English teacher and the school was sorry to see him leave, but there were a lot more opportunities for him in the private sector."

To Locke's knowledge, Brigham didn't display any alarming behavior during his time at Chandler High.

From there, he moved on from teaching to pursue a career in the real-estate industry. He was named Senior Vice President at Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT in Arizona in 2006, according to an article on RISMedia.com and Brigham's own Linkedin profile.

Case, Huff and Associates, a Scottsdale-based real estate company, confirmed that Brigham did work for its firm, but a representative would not provide a time-frame for his employment there and declined to comment on his current situation. Brigham's Linkedin account indicates that he began working for the company in 2011.

Several New Times readers have commented in the past few days on their connection to Brigham.

Commenter "Ewave2613," who said he is one of Brigham's former students wrote, "He was an awesome teacher and a great guy. It breaks my heart to see him like this and it must have taken something serious to push him over the edge. I hope he gets better."

Although Brigham appears to have left some positive impressions on a number of different people and places in the past, it also appears that not everyone was a fan.

"I would always get in trouble in his class and he would call my parents. I would tell them that he is a dumbass." wrote "Reuster," who identified himself as Brigham's former student. "They now believe me."

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guesty
guesty

Brigham's not the only one on bath salts and meth . . . 

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

No one exactly knows why that former teacher-turned-junkie hit the lowest points of his life. Perhaps he lost his teaching job due in part of the Gov. Klan Brewer and the entire Republican legislature's killing of the teacher's union and education as a whole? The shutting down of public and private schools? His blame doesn't bode well with arpaio, it should be blamed at the drunkard Gov. and her education-hating Repubs. I fail to see where MCSO Shurf comes into play in this case.

Lisa J.
Lisa J.

Wait, what? What does this have to do with Joe Arpaio? Step away from the keyboard and get some sleep. You're not making any sense.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Lets see? Racist Sheriff  Arpaio is proud he has Deported/Starved away over twenty percent of the State of Arizona? We have fired hundreds of Teachers, yet Arpaio still has the same size Army of Deputies, over Twenty percent of them pick up blown down Real Estate signs? Take it out on the Teachers right Racist Arpaio? January 2012 = The start of the Arizona E-verify Law, the Hitleresque Deportation/Incarceration Programs, and of course "The Great Recession, and our New Wonderful Deficit, right Arpaio? Just Fire Teachers not your worthless Excess Minions right Arpaio? Your Furor would be proud Joe, and J.T. waits to see his Mentor? To: Arizona.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Alehound, you said he was an alien? Good Ale!

Jake Wellington
Jake Wellington

 Walt...police already confirmed he was on PCP.  I saw this event occur in real time and there was little doubt he was stoned out of his mind on some type of hallucinogen. If he was looking to hit rock bottom before seeking help; he came crashing down in a major way.  He's facing some serious charges and will likely spend 15-20 in the cooler.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

I sincerely doubt he ingested any bath salts.   It's the excuse the authorities and news creators use way too much now without even really knowing bath salts were the evil culprit.   Of course once it's said, that's all people will remember.    Why in the world would this guy use bath salts for anything other than taking a bath.   I think he could afford some top of the line cocaine instead of bath salts.     I don't believe this story.

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