Arizona, Meet Your Criminals


Criminals in Arizona

Arizona’s Criminals

Arizona certainly has no shortage of criminals, as the entire state is riddled with violent and property crimes. This article will give you a chance to meet criminals from Arizona face-to-face and learn a little about the crimes they’ve committed. A population’s criminals are a representation of their populace, like it or not. Arizona bred and raised these monsters, so without further ado let’s meet them!

 Famous and Infamous Arizona Criminals

JT Ready murdered his family before killing himselfJ.T. Ready, vigilante and white supremacist (and purely evil)

This beast went on a shooting rampage in a quiet Gilbert, AZ neighborhood, massacring four people before he took his own life. The four victims ranged from a 15-month-old infant to a 47-year-old grandmother.

Ready, a prospective Democratic candidate for Pinal County Sheriff, was founder of U.S. Border Guard and a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and he also belonged to the National Socialist Movement, which espouses White-supremacist theories.

Robert Fisher killed his family and set their home ablaze

Robert William Fisher

Robert Fisher was married to Mary Jean, and had two children. Brittney was 12 and Bobby Jr. was 10. His wife and two children’s throats were slashed prior to the start of the fire.  After the crime, Robert Fisher fled to northeastern Arizona near Payson with his dog. The dog and the SUV were later found, but Robert Fisher was not.

The case has appeared twice on America’s Most Wanted. The story also appeared on Unsolved Mysteries. The FBI believes that Fisher may be working in a medical position, or living in a small town with a menial job. There is a reward for Fisher’s capture.

Warren Jeffs

Warren Jeffs

Warren Jeffs was the president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church). Prosecutors charged the 55-year-old sect leader sexually assaulted two girls, ages 12 and 15, by arranging illegal marriages under the guise of his religious beliefs. Jeffs is believed to have 78 wives, 24 of them under age 17, according to prosecutors. Jeff’s religious sect was located in Colorado City, Arizona.
Arizona dropped charges against FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs to facilitate the Texas prosecution. Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for sexually assaulting two girls he claimed were his “spiritual wives.”

Billy the Kid, an Arizona criminalBilly the Kid

Billy the Kid is one of those historic characters everyone has heard of from the old wild west. The reality is he was a brazen criminal when he was alive and stole many lives. Billy the Kid was one of the most notorious outlaws of the American West. According to legend, he killed at least 21 men, one for every year of his young life

Sammy "The Bull" Gravano

Sammy “The Bull” Gravano

Former hit man Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, who helped bring down mobster John Gotti, was charged in late February, 2003 with murder for allegedly arranging the 1980 killing of a New York City police officer.

Gravano is now in prison in Colorado, where he is serving state and federal sentences for masterminding an Ecstasy drug ring while he lived in Arizona.

Ike Clanton, a famous Arizona outlaw

Ike Clanton

Ike Clanton is famous for his role in the gunfight at the O.K corral. The Clantons moved to Tombstone, Arizona Territory, in 1877.

Ike Clanton and his brother Phineas were charged with cattle-rustling and pursued by detective Jonas V. Brighton. On June 1, 1887, at Jim Wilson’s Ranch on Eagle Creek, south of Springerville, Arizona, Phin Clanton surrendered, but Ike resisted and was shot dead.

Cory Morris

Cory Morris

Cory Morris, known as the “Crackhead Killer”, was convicted of first-degree murder for the slaying of five Phoenix women between 2002 and 2003.

Morris admitted to killing all five during sex. He would then dump the bodies in alleys or streets near the intersection of 13th St and Roosevelt.

The Baseline Killer

Mark Goudeau, “The Baseline Killer”

Already serving a more than 400 year prison term for raping a woman while holding a gun to her pregnant sister’s belly, 47-year-old Mark Goudeau is sentenced again by the Phoenix jury that convicted him recently of nine murders and dozens of other counts including kidnapping and rape.

Ernesto Miranda

Ernesto Miranda

Arizona vs Miranda was one of the most important court cases of the twentieth century and his case is where “Miranda Rights” originated. Miranda later claimed he did not realize he had the right to legal counsel after he was convicted 20 to 30 years for rape. Although he confessed, the Superior Court overturned his conviction and set him free. Now all criminals must be read their Miranda Rights when they’re in custody.

Arizona’s Not So Famous Criminals

The above criminals were huge cases, but what about the everyday thug criminals running around Arizona? Well, let’s meet them! These criminals aren’t convicted, so their names will not be used.


Drug possession (ya think?)


Forgery


Fraudulent schemes, money laundering, forgery, assisting crime syndicate, drug possession, misconduct with a weapon

See More Mugshots

There are plenty more mugshots to laugh at, and you can vote for the “mug shot of the day”! Check it out! I suggest you take a look at that website, especially if you live in the Phoenix area. It is eye-opening, to say the least, to see the faces of the people who are giving Arizona one of the highest crimes rates. As you’ll probably notice, the drug offenses always have the most mugshots.

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2 thoughts on “Arizona, Meet Your Criminals

  1. marysparacinobortel says:

    Another great article! Thanks! When I first moved out here I remember someone telling me “You don’t want to move out there, it’s full of criminals. Only people who have something to run and hide from live out there!” I believe that’s how it was years ago, but now more and more non-criminal people are moving here. Why? Who the heck knows. But eventually, they end up screaming “Let the criminals stay, but I’m LEAVING!”

  2. TheTram says:

    You need to add JASON DEREK BROWN who is currently on of two FBI most wanted list. Yes, Arizona currently holds two out of ten spots for their most wanted list.

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