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June 20, 2013 0

Former Border Vigilante Leader Arrested For Child Molestation

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Credit: Mari­copa County Sheriff’s Office

Phoenix, Ari­zona police offi­cers arrested once-prominent vig­i­lante leader Chris Sim­cox, 52, on June 19 on child molesta­tion charges.  Author­i­ties have charged Sim­cox with two counts of child molesta­tion, one count of attempted child molesta­tion, and two counts of sex­ual con­duct with a minor.  Accord­ing to police, Sim­cox had allegedly molested sev­eral vic­tims, all girls under 10 years of age, within recent months.

The arrest marked a new low for Sim­cox, who at one point in the mid-2000s achieved national noto­ri­ety for his high-profile vig­i­lante patrols along the Arizona-Mexico bor­der as one of the founders of the Min­ute­man Project.  How­ever, his fall from grace was just as rapid as his ascent.

Sim­cox spent his early adult years as a kinder­garten teacher in Cal­i­for­nia, before mov­ing to Tomb­stone, Ari­zona, where he bought a tiny news­pa­per, the Tomb­stone Tum­ble­weed, in 2002.  Sim­cox used the news­pa­per as an out­let for his anti-immigration views and soon issued a call for a “Cit­i­zens Bor­der Patrol Mili­tia” to patrol the bor­der with Mex­ico.  Sim­cox sub­se­quently started an early bor­der vig­i­lante group, Civil Home­land Defense.  By 2004, he had received pro­ba­tion and a fine fol­low­ing a con­vic­tion for car­ry­ing a firearm onto a national park.

In 2005, Sim­cox banded together with Cal­i­forn­ian Jim Gilchrist to form the Min­ute­man Project, a high-profile effort to get main­stream sup­port for bor­der vig­i­lante activ­i­ties.  In this, Sim­cox and Gilchrist were at first quite suc­cess­ful, gar­ner­ing national atten­tion and spawn­ing var­i­ous “Min­ute­man” groups across the coun­try.  For a brief period of time, Sim­cox could hob­nob with politi­cians such as Arnold Schwarzeneg­ger and Rick Perry. 

How­ever, Sim­cox and Gilchrist could not get along and parted ways, split­ting the Min­ute­man Project into two sep­a­rate orga­ni­za­tions.  Simcox’s half became the Min­ute­man Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) and focused on bor­der vig­i­lante activ­ity.  Because of Simcox’s lack of lead­er­ship skills, as well as finan­cial scan­dals, the group went into decline, shed­ding mem­bers and chap­ters.  In 2009, Sim­cox attempted a dif­fer­ent tac­tic, step­ping down from MCDC lead­er­ship and announc­ing he would attempt to unseat Ari­zona Sen­a­tor John McCain.  This was no more suc­cess­ful; by early 2010, he dropped out of the race.

The molesta­tion charges against Sim­cox are the first such crim­i­nal charges against him, but not the first alle­ga­tions against him related to chil­dren.  In 2005, Deb­o­rah Crews, one of Simcox’s ex-wives, told the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter that in 1998 Sim­cox allegedly “tried to molest our daugh­ter when he was intox­i­cated.”  No charges were appar­ently filed.  A sec­ond ex-wife, Kim Dun­bar, filed a suc­cess­ful legal appeal for full cus­tody of their son.  She alleged that Sim­cox had vio­lent rages, includ­ing one inci­dent in which she said Sim­cox slapped his four-year-old son hard enough to leave a mark last­ing days.

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May 4, 2012 3

A Hater Until The End: The Last Messages of J.T. Ready

White suprema­cist and anti-immigration extrem­ist J. T. Ready took his life in hor­rific and tragic fash­ion on Wednes­day, killing four oth­ers, includ­ing an infant, before shoot­ing him­self in the Phoenix, Ari­zona, sub­urb of Gilbert. Though the inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing, police believe that Ready ini­ti­ated the mur­der­ous spree of domes­tic violence. 

The Anti-Defamation League has uncov­ered Ready’s final on-line mes­sages, reveal­ing that, even in the final hours before he took his own life and the lives of those clos­est to him, he was busy spew­ing hatred and anti-Semitism. Early in the morn­ing of Wednes­day, May 2, the day of the mas­sacre, Ready posted a steady stream of mes­sages to the video host­ing site YouTube as well as to the white suprema­cist mes­sage forum Stormfront.

These mes­sages from Ready drip with heavy-handed racism and anti-Semitism. “Hitler was right,” Ready responded (post­ing under his screen name of USBor­der­Guard) on YouTube to a com­ment from a British user. “And if you are too stu­pid to see that then you deserve to get pushed off your island into the sea by a bunch of for­eign­ers. Jews like Jack Straw have sold you down the river[,] mate.”

In another post, he opined, “Too bad trai­tors from within are sell­ing the UK down the drain and let­ting Pakis in at home to destroy the British race once and for good. I hope the sol­diers revolt and take back their island from the scum.”

In response to a video of jour­nal­ist Mike Wal­lace inter­view­ing Mor­gan Free­man about Black His­tory Month, Ready asserted that “Jews are not White. They hate White peo­ple. [T]hey geno­cide Whites from the planet.” He also repeated this opin­ion in another post in response to a dif­fer­ent video: “The Jew par­a­sites want to geno­cide Whites from the planet in order to enslave the rest of the races. All races should unite against this evil.”

Ready also posted to the hate site Storm­front at this time, though after the shoot­ing spree that site’s mod­er­a­tors deleted his account. How­ever, through Google caches or in responses from other posters who sub­se­quently quoted Ready’s mes­sages, his final com­ments on Storm­front could still be unearthed.

Not sur­pris­ingly, these posts also revealed his obses­sion with anti-Semitism. In them, Ready responded to news that five anar­chists had been arrested in Cleve­land for allegedly attempt­ing to destroy a bridge. Ready seemed con­vinced that Jews were involved, either as per­pe­tra­tors or as plot­ters in the gov­ern­ment cre­at­ing a set-up. “Have [the anar­chists] not yet fig­ured out,” he asked, “that they are both just tools in the same glob­al­ist tyranny toolbox?”

To another poster, who expressed doubt as to whether or not the anar­chist sus­pects were Jew­ish, he responded: “Learn what a Jew looks like[,] then you won’t be so Jew­blind. Call­ing a Jew a ‘hip­ster,’ [C]hristian, athe­ist, Bud­dhist, com­mu­nist, cap­i­tal­ist, lib­eral, con­ser­v­a­tive, trai­tor, patriot, crim­i­nal, saint, demo­c­rat, repub­li­can, or any­thing else…still does not change the racial fact that a JEW is a JEW!”

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May 2, 2012 5

Arizona White Supremacist And Border Vigilante J.T. Ready Identified As Perpetrator In Mass Shooting

Update: The Anti-Defamation League has uncov­ered Ready’s final on-line mes­sages, reveal­ing that, even in the final hours before he took his own life and the lives of those clos­est to him, he was busy spew­ing hatred and anti-Semitism. 

The Ari­zona Repub­lic reported on May 2 that the per­pe­tra­tor behind a shock­ing mass shoot­ing in Gilbert, Ari­zona, was J. T. Ready, a promi­nent neo-Nazi and bor­der vig­i­lante activist.  Ready report­edly shot and killed four peo­ple, includ­ing his girl­friend and an infant child, before killing him­self as well.

Infor­ma­tion is still emerg­ing about the shoot­ing inci­dent itself, which will make head­lines in the Phoenix area for weeks to come, but what is cer­tain about J. T. Ready is his noto­ri­ous past.  For almost a decade, J. T. Ready has been sig­nif­i­cant as a key nexus between the white suprema­cist move­ment and the extreme wing of the anti-immigration move­ment, able to move freely within both spheres.

J. T. Ready stepped onto the pub­lic stage in 2004 as an anti-immigration activist, asso­ci­ated with Ari­zona State Sen­a­tor Rus­sell Pearce as well as the bor­der vig­i­lante Min­ute­man Project. His abil­ity to gain main­stream sup­port suf­fered con­sid­er­ably after April 2007 when the Phoenix New Times and the Anti-Defamation League outed Ready as a white suprema­cist and neo-Nazi. Fol­low­ing this, he became openly involved with the National Social­ist Move­ment, a promi­nent neo-Nazi group.

More recently, Ready parted with the NSM to con­cen­trate more on anti-immigration and bor­der vig­i­lante activ­i­ties, form­ing his own group, the U.S. Bor­der Guard, which con­ducted numer­ous armed vig­i­lante patrols along the Arizona-Mexico bor­der.  These patrols attracted neo-Nazis from as far away as California. 

The Bor­der Guard’s web page promi­nently quotes Ready as say­ing “Some of us have our fin­gers on the trig­gers; Soap box. Bal­lot box. Ammo box. These were given to us by our found­ing fathers and moth­ers.  We have just about depleted the first two options.”

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