Feathered Bastard

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

According to one Gilbert neighbor, neo-Nazi baby-killer and anti-immigrant vigilante J.T. Ready boasted of hunting "two-legged varmints" just days before a massacre in which Gilbert police believe he murdered four, including a 16-month-old girl, and then committed suicide.

In a police report released Tuesday by the Gilbert Police Department, Budd Moyer, who lived next door to Ready's girlfriend-victim Lisa Mederos, states that he believed Ready was a U.S. Border Patrol "agent," a belief he expressed in a 911-callback recording released by the  police earlier this month.

Moyer describes Ready stowing a shotgun and body armor in a vehicle, when he asked Ready if he was a hunter. Ready, known for his desert patrols with his paramilitary group U.S. Border Guard, told Moyer that he hunted "two-legged varmints," and that "these two-legged varmints shoot back."

Another neighbor, Tammy Cowden, also thought Ready was "a border patrol agent," according to the report. Cowden along with other are residents described seeing and/or interacting with armed, camouflaged men hanging around with Ready at the Mederos residence, where he lived.

The report is full of gory details of the murder scene, some of which are summarized in a recent Associated Press news item. (You can read the report for yourself, here.)

I mention the comments above to make a point about Ready's activities in the desert, where he rounded up migrants with his fellow AR-toting extremists and turned them over to the real U.S. Border Patrol.

That is, if middle-class, English-speaking Gilbert residents assumed Ready was a border patrol agent, what do you think migrants, speaking only Spanish, thought of Ready and his camo-clad comrades? 

Did they think Ready and the others were with la migra or some other law enforcement agency? Did they believe that they were under arrest by these men, who often wore gear emblazoned with the words "U.S. Border Guard" and gold sheriff's stars?

We may never know, because it doesn't seem anyone bothered to ask. As I mentioned in a recent piece lambasting federal authorities for not properly investigating Ready's desert activities, U.S. Border Patrol representatives I spoke to in the past about Ready were pretty blase about having neo-Nazis turn over illegal immigrants or drugs to them.

"We don't confirm these type of things," one BP flack told me after I asked him about photos of Ready mugging it up with actual border patrol agents online. "We do respond to citizen calls. It doesn't matter who calls."

Apparently, it didn't matter who detained illegal immigrants in the desert, as long as border patrol got them in the end.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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