By now you’ve probably heard about J.T. Ready, the Nazi hillbilly who killed four people in Arizona before — like a coward — turning the gun on himself yesterday afternoon.
At this point, it’s fairly clear Ready was the shooter — our former colleagues in Arizona have confirmed with police that they suspect it to be a case of quadruple murder/suicide. However, Ready’s racist hillbilly buddies are attempting to blame the murders on Mexicans (natch) — despite there being nothing to suggest anyone but Ready was the shooter.
We met Ready several times during our five years in the desert while working for the Voice’s sister paper the Phoenix New Times — he’s one of the more charming National Socialists we’ve had the displeasure of meeting. Subsequently, we “liked” his Facebook page to keep up with what he and his Nazi buddies were up to. Below is what’s currently posted on Ready’s page:
Reports are unconfirmed that a cartel assassination squad murdered JT Ready and several of his friends and family this afternoon in Gilbert Arizona. This page’s admin will keep you updated of the situation as soon as possible.
Law enforcement officials never publicly suspected a cartel hit squad had anything to do with the murders — and there has been no update.
Naturally, Nazi scum like Ready and his cronies would initially try to blame the shootings on Mexicans (yes, “cartel” — in the world of racist hillbillies — translates to “Mexicans”). But the Facebook status was posted after it was confirmed that Ready was the shooter — and it seems his comrades are too embarrassed to admit that their messiah (not a Mexican hit squad) was the trigger-man.
Ready got his name in the papers several years ago when he organized packs of armed nativists and neo-Nazis to patrol the Arizona desert in search of illegal immigrants and drugs. He carried a Nazi flag during white-supremacist rallies and is widely regarded as Arizona’s most prominent racist. At the time of his death, he was running for sheriff in a county just south of Phoenix. See our former colleague Stephen Lemons’ — who knew Ready much better than we did — take on the neo-Nazi here.
Yesterday, it’s presumed Ready murdered his girlfriend, his girlfriend’s daughter, his girlfriend’s daughter’s boyfriend, and the couple’s 15-month-old daughter before taking his own life. As a friend said yesterday, it seemed “only a matter of time” before Ready killed somebody.
It’s undoubtedly a sad story — a family (including a baby) is dead. But it would be hard to argue that the world is not a remarkably better place now that J.T. Ready is no longer in it.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 3, 2012