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Morbidology the Podcast – 13: Raul & Brisenia Flores

The case of Shawna Forde is a bizarre and tragic tale which highlights the dangers of militia groups.  She first began making headlines in 2009, when she claimed to have been targeted for a series of violent incidents in Everett, Washington. According to Forde, she was the victim of Mexican drug cartel retribution for her Minutemen activism. The Minuteman Project began in 2004, allegedly in a response to the wave of people crossing the U.S. Border from Mexico. They were an anti-immigration movement, insisting that undocumented residents were responsible for increasing crime.

However, in 2012, Forde committed a crime under the guise of the minutemen which completely overshadowed any of their earlier actions.

Podcast Promos:

I Have So Many Questions:



Dumb and Busted:





The Daily Beast, 22 February, 2011 – “Shawna Forde Sentenced to Death”

Phoenix New Times, 22 February, 2011 – “Shawna Forde, Kid-Killing Minutewoman, Sentenced to Death”

The daily Herald, 14 Februqary, 2011 – “Shawna Forde Convicted of Plotting Murder in Arizona”

San Diego Examiner, 31 May, 2011 – “Shawna Forde,  Jim Gilchrist, and the Arivava Murders”

The Daily Herald, 29 April, 2006 – “Illegal Immigrants’ Aid Targeted”

Tri-City Herald, 6 September, 2006 – “Minutemen Challenge Kennwick”

The Daily Herald, 1 October, 2006 – “Locals Will Keep Watch at Border”

The Sunday Age, 27 September, 2008 – “Keeping out the Hordes”

The Daily Herald, 6 January, 2009 – “Hoax Claims Ridiculous Minutemen Leader Says”

The Daily Herald, 17 January, 2009 – “Leader of Minutemen Group Reports Being Shot”

The Daily Herald, 22 February, 2009 – “Trouble Finds Shawna Forde”

Southern Poverty Law Center, 22 March, 2009 – “Jim Gilchrist Admits NAtivist Movement Growing with Sinister Intentions” 

Green Valley News, 12 June, 2009 – “Suspect in Murders Headed Minutemen Group”

Green Valley News & Sun, 9 February, 2011 – “Jury Hears Forde’s Story, Mulls Death Penalty”

San Anotonio Examiner, 18 January, 2013 – “Convicted Killer Shawna Forde Claims she is a Victim of Political Persecution” 

Tucson Weekly, 25 August, 2011 – “Bloody Aftermath”

The Daily Beast, 26 January, 2011 – “The Minuteman Vigilante’s Arizona Murder Trial”

The Daily Beast, 20 January, 2011 – “Arizona’s Other Shooting Horror”

Phoenix New Times, 22 June, 2009 – “Shawna Forde, Alleged Kid Killer, Extremist, Phoenix Tea Party Attendee, and Ghost of Tea Parties Future”

Green Valley News & Sun, 2 June, 2009 – “Mother Shot Intruder; Funeral Set for Girl, Dad”

Tucson Weekly, 14 January, 2010 – “Murder in the Desert”

The Sahuarita Sun, 25 January, 2011 – “Arivaca Shooting Scene Described in Court”

The Arizona Daily Star, 27 January, 2011 – “Grim Photos of Slaying Punctuate Forde Trial”

 The Arizona Daily Star, 28 January, 2011 – “Witness Links Forde to Alleged Gunman”

The Arizona Daily Star, 11 February, 2011 – “State’s Closing Arguments Paint Forde as Mastermind”

Audio Sources:

“Murder at America’s Border: The Story of an Anti-Immigration Vigilante”

“On Patrol with America’s Minutemen”

“A Cycle of Fences”

“GB Search 0:44 / 4:54 Shawna Forde represents Minutemen”

911 Call”

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