Shooter in Grisly Murder-Suicide IDed as Neo-Nazi Tied to Recalled AZ State Sen. Russell Pearce

J.T. Ready, who the Phoenix New Timesdescribes as "Arizona's most prominent neo-Nazi and the one-time political protege of recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce," has reportedly been IDed as the shooter in a grisly murder-suicide in Gilbert, Arizona. According to reports, Ready killed himself and four others, including a baby, on Wednesday.

Here's the Phoenix New Times with more on Ready's background:

A one-time member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, Ready, 39, was a committed white supremacist, a former Republican precinct committeeman, and a failed candidate for the Mesa City Council. 

Charismatic and articulate, he was once a rising star in Arizona's burgeoning, anti-Mexican nativist movement where his inflammatory rhetoric and radical political ideas were largely embraced. 

However, his far-right extremist ties eventually became so overt that the anti-immigrant movement shunned him as an embarrassment....

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of Ready was his relationship with ex-Senator Pearce, who helped him join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and groomed him, according to Ready, for a possible run for the legislature.

Ready said Pearce treated him as a member of his family, though Pearce was ultimately forced to renounce Ready in 2008 after numerous stories by myself exposing their relationship. 

The blog Jesus' General has some telling excerpts from Ready's JT Ready for Sheriff Facebook page. Here are a few:

JT Ready for Sheriff shared a link.
April 25
Imagine when the narco-terrorists start padding the pockets of the corrupt screeners to allow kilos of drugs onto a plane only to have it be a bomb instead and explode in midair.

JT Ready for Sheriff shared a link.
April 7
Enemies to American peace and prosperity have been aligning themselves together for decades now, it is time we stand up and do the same.

After the shooting, someone took to the page to spread rumors that a "cartel assassination squad" was responsible for taking out Ready and his family.

Read more at the New Times and Jesus' General.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at May 3, 2012, 6:53am

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