Most of the boys and girls riding scooters or bikes, or playing on the well-manicured lawns of the complex, are South Asian. Some of the women watching over them wear saris. Around dinner time, the air is tinged with the aroma of curry.

Anglos are a distinct minority in this ethnic enclave near Tatum Boulevard and Bell Road, close to the border of Phoenix and Scottsdale. The residents decidedly are upper middle class, and there are plenty of BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes in the parking lot.

The back patio of a ground-floor apartment where Simcox lived at the time of his arrest looks out onto a gazebo and a swath of green lawn. Within eyesight is a jungle gym.

At a 2007 roast of Sheriff Joe in Sun City West, Simcox gushed that the sheriff "makes a good case for cloning."
At a 2007 roast of Sheriff Joe in Sun City West, Simcox gushed that the sheriff "makes a good case for cloning."
Simcox at a 2008 pro-Arpaio rally by nativists on the lawn of the state Capitol.
Simcox at a 2008 pro-Arpaio rally by nativists on the lawn of the state Capitol.

Simcox introduced himself as "Chris" to his neighbors and never said exactly what he did for a living, though he sometimes left the impression that he worked for a branch of government, according to one resident.

In fact, he worked at a Scottsdale company called iMemories, about a 10-minute drive from his apartment. The business converts home movies and photos into a digital format for customers and is affiliated with Arizona Treasurer Doug Ducey, a conservative Republican.

Considering the legal situation he finds himself in, Simcox's employment at iMemories could've been a cause for concern because family videos and photos sometimes depict children in various states of undress.

Kristen Beckman, vice president of human resources for the company, claims Simcox did not have access to such "customer assets," but she would not say how long he worked at iMemories or what exactly he did. She only disclosed that he was an "hourly employee" terminated June 5, two weeks before Phoenix police arrested him.

The company's past press releases mentioned Ducey as its "lead investor," and Ducey still is listed on the Arizona Corporation Commission's website as iMemories' board chairman, but Beckman told New Times that Ducey "stepped down from that responsibility in 2012."

Asked whether Ducey, who has formed an exploratory committee for a 2014 gubernatorial run, knew that Simcox worked for the company, Beckman's answer via e-mail was indirect.

"As with most companies," she wrote, "our board members focus on the broad strategic direction of the company and are not involved in daily operations nor personnel decisions regarding hourly employees."

Alena's order of protection against Simcox remains in place. Despite having violated that order more than once, Simcox was granted visitation rights and saw the children at least twice a week and every other weekend.

He told neighbors that he home-schooled the girls, and paperwork from Simcox's ongoing family court case with Alena suggests that the court was aware of this.

Their six-year marriage officially was over by April 2011, but issues involving custody and child support continued: Simcox owed Alena nearly $9,000 in support at one point.

Though he denied having a problem with alcohol, the court ordered him to attend 30 sessions of Alcoholics Anonymous, and he was forced to undergo counseling for domestic violence as well.

Notes from a therapist who treated Simcox in 2011 were part of the family court record. Simcox had acknowledged to the therapist problems caused by his being 20 years older than Alena.

He said he still loved Alena, despite what he termed "false allegations" of domestic violence, and told the therapist he "needed to have a family."

But in Alena's 2010 police report documenting allegations that stretched back to the previous year, she told Phoenix cops that Simcox drank heavily and often turned violent when drunk.

During one drinking session after copious amounts of Johnnie Walker, he called his family "his albatross," according to Alena, and made wild accusations that she was having an affair with his son by a previous marriage.

She told police that Simcox gave her a black eye and punched the walls of their home. She showed them fist holes made by his fists and provided a photo of herself with a black eye.

He repeatedly pointed his handgun at her, she said, at one point telling her while laughing that he was going to "love killing her."

In late August 2009, Alena said, he removed a .45-caliber revolver (which he called his "Dirty Harry" gun) from its safe and tried to hand it to her, saying, according to the police report, "he wanted Alena to shoot him in the head."

When she refused to take the firearm, the report states, "Chris became angry and threatened to shoot his entire family and any responding police officers."

During an interview with police, Simcox denied Alena's allegations.

Investigators referred the case to the County Attorney's Office for prosecution on a charge of misconduct involving weapons, but Simcox never was prosecuted. Though Alena's 8-year-old son by a previous marriage seemed to back up some of Alena's story, it mostly became her word against his, and her photos of the signs of physical abuse were several months old.

The charges of spousal abuse pale in comparison to the current charges against Simcox: six felony counts involving child molestation and sexual conduct with minors.

His accusers were three girls under 10, one of them his daughter, and the other two children of neighbors, play-pals of his kids.

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DNichols
DNichols

@Jimigilchrist;

This Great Nation of Immigrants doesn't need Racist Vigilantees Idiots patroling our Borders Period!

This should be the Sole Responsibility of our Government.

No one should be  killed in the Desert by Sick Vigilantee Whacko's. (Example Eloy Arizona.)

Simcox is a Sick Child Molesting Bastard that Molested his own Child Daughter,among other Children.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery should be charged with Shielding this Peice of Child Molesting Trash because they are Border Dating/Patrolling Life Buds!

You Idiots and your Racism/Hate have not only Crashed America Economically since January 2008 and the start of the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs, You have caused a resurgence of Racism, and Hatred worse than in the 1960's

Why don't you worthless Idiots find a new hobby, just not Child Molesting?!

To: Good, and Brotherhood, not Racism/Hate.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

This article is one of the more credible pieces of propaganda written by a Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) minion.  The author did a reasonably good job putting this story together, and appears to have a higher-than-normal caliber of journalistic instinct and talent.  However, to rely on information from David Holthouse for some sources of his information puts the veracity of the author's writings at risk.  

Holthouse is a pulp-fiction writer who has seldom written anything truthful or factual about me or the Minuteman Project.  He just plagiarizes what other incompetent journalists (propagandists) have written without serious verification of its content.

Other than including references to poorly skilled journalists like Holthouse, this article ranks as one of the seemingly more objective ones about Simcox's unfortunate alleged past, in my opinion.

Insofar as the minuteman movement's presence, it is very much alive and well, but still needs to rid itself of some of the eccentric, counter productive zealots who still remain within its ranks.  While the actions of people like Simcox and Forde have brought negative publicity to the immigration law enforcement advocacy movement in general, it is but a remote cause for the movement's lack of mojo during the past few years.  

Rabid infighting among immigration activists on my side of the debate is the real source of the movement's slowdown.  My organization has even had to successfully sue members of the movement to prevent them from seizing, exploiting and plundering the movement for their own apparent sinister motives.  The consequences of infighting is that it is difficult to garner serious attention and support from politicians and the electorate because what use to be a debate over an "issue" becomes an ongoing rhetorical donnybrook among persons who used to be cooperative allies.  No one wants to go to a party if they think a hockey game is going to break out.

Jim Gilchrist, President and Founder, The MinutemanProject

-a multiethnic immigration law enforcement advocacy group-


lardosardo
lardosardo

Well now OK that makes a lot of sense dude.


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papahutch2000
papahutch2000

Hardy har har har.  I hope someone asks him what he knows about the murder of rancher Rob Krenz.  It had to have been done by some minute man nutso.  Rob was well-armed. They didn't like each other.  Does anyone still care? i DO

DNichols
DNichols

In the photo of the "Bigot League" Arpaio seems to be the smallest Midget of a Bitch in the group?

Looks like he is pissed off at the World for being a short little Bastard?

And the Woman that Half Minute Man Simcox has his hand on appears to be Far older than the Pre-School girls he likes to date?!

Arizona's G.O.P.sure has some "Real Winners" in our Politics.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Now what would you be saying if it were the Mexican flag instead?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Is that Crazy Al Garza on the extreme left (ironic)? The one that split off from Simcox in 2009 to form his own self-styled "patriots" group?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Hey, I volunteer to stick the needle into that bitch Shawna Forde.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Why really surprises me (but then again it shouldn't), is that Simcox had ANY support from the GOP and it's "leaders" in AZ.  I actually thought the GOP here was at least smart enough to distance themselves from a guy with a long history of being a real loose cannon and a nutjob.  But then again, they like Pearce and Arpaio.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Chris Simcox is disgusting, vile and atrocious.

I hope Simcox is convicted and he rots in hell for his crimes.

And two of the politicians in that photo have been booted from public service thanks to the people. The MCSO shurf needs to fall from grace the same way twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce did and the way Candy Andy did....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, the Italian and Irish flags are similar to the Mexican flag.

You got something to say about Mexicans, Irish and Italians?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@robert_graham Deport all the folks that claim to be Irish and wear green and wave the Irish Flag on St Patty's Day!  And also deport all the Italians that get awards from Italian groups, like, for example, Joe Arpaio!


Isn't that right Jaffy?

DNichols
DNichols

@Robert Graham:

Is something wrong or illegal with a Mexican Flag?!

Do you have Hate issues with any other Flags of the World?

You are a Bigot.

A Bigot standing up for your "Child Molester " Hero.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

@Robert_Grahamcracker He is a chicken-choking shit talker who loves to pose as  a bad ass with his computer keyboard, but who is in reality an abject coward and hypocrite. I offered repeatedly to take him on a tour of the border south of Bisbee but he never responded. 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Robert_Grahamcracker So, Jaffy got deported from AZ?  Maybe his buddy the Joker will serve the warrant on him anyway!

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

Many irish fought along side mexicans in the mexican american war...againts the United States..take a good look at ex mexican president fox...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Truth, I fully believe that if we can find a person who is sane, and we work our asses off to raise money, elevate the person's profile, etc. I think we will have someone who is willing to take on the narcissistic old man and put his ass out to pasture.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

         I have a little irish in me...and proud of it...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Eric, I think it's because his profile wasn't elevated enough. Plus we really didn't work to get him known to the community.

As I've been saying, let's find a person who is willing to take on the narcissistic old man and work our asses off. We have 3 years before the narcissistic old man is due for a job renewal. Let's use that time to our advantage.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 Well, we surely could have pulled it off if Paul Penzone had stepped up and run against the shurf. Why he didn't is a mystery to me.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 Jaffy still has a soft spot for AZ. He still posts his bs. If he has really left the area you'd think he'd latch onto some other demagogue.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Mr. Grahamcracker, if I remember correctly little Robert HATES California. He claims the state is too liberal for him.

Are you sure he lives in Fresno? Personally I would think he'd live in a more politically conservative state like Alabama or Mississippi?

 
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