Mexican flag-burnin' nativist Laine Lawless may have some 'splainin' to do. According to a report in the Everett, Washington Daily Herald, the newspaper that's been the most dogged in following their hometown minutewoman and accused child-killer Shawna Forde, Lawless may have visited with Forde and an alleged accomplice hours after a deadly home invasion in Arivaca, Arizona that left a father and nine year-old daughter dead.
In the article by Herald writer Scott North, minuteman Chuck Stonex explained how he responded to a phone call for help from Minuteman American Defense founder Forde to assist one of her wounded "scouts." The injured party ended up being Jason Eugene Bush, one of Forde's co-defendants in the May 30 killings. Bush sustained a leg-wound during the shoot-out in Arivaca, which left one survivor amongst the victims.
Stonex said Lawless asked to accompany him on his mission to aide Forde's co-defendant. As he examined Bush's wound in a house he now believes belonged to Forde's lover and cohort Albert Gaxiola, Lawless observed his ministrations and talked with Forde.
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"Forde and Lawless spoke together while he patched up Bush," Stonex told the Herald. "Earlier, he said Lawless had stopped to buy note pads. Lawless later told him she hopes to find a way to sell Forde's story, he said."
Recently, Lawless has been involved in the pro-Shawna Forde Web site Justiceforshawnaforde.com. Lawless, whose birth name is Roberta Dill, is an odd one for the minuteman pile: a lesbian pagan who's made her name by burning the Mexican tricolor outside that country's consulates in Tucson and Phoenix. Lawless has attended meetings of ex-KIA-dealer Rusty Childress' Phoenix-based nativist group United for a Sovereign America, and a self-proclaimed USA member is helping her with the pro-Forde site.
I profiled Lawless in the 2007 cover story "Burn, Baby, Burn!" The whip-wielding author of erotic fan-fiction based on the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess apparently changed her name to reflect her obsession with the show's lead actress Lucy Lawless. She still lives in the Phoenix area, I believe. Recently, I saw her attending a lecture/booksigning in Phoenix by Holocaust-denier David Irving. She later begged me not to mention she was at the meeting, which was heavily attended by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Forde was profiled recently for New Times by Seattle Weekly scribe Rick Anderson. Since the Arivaca killings, most minutemen have been running away from any affiliation with Forde and her crew. Lawless, however, is running towards her feckless pal, perhaps with the futile dream of a book deal leading the way, if Stonex is to be believed.