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
J.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 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.
Billy 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
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 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, 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.
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.
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?)
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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