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Shawna Forde - Arizona


Shawna Forde had no chance at anything but the death penalty when she committed her crimes, the murders of father and daughter Raul and Brisenia Flores.

Shawna and her cohorts hated immigrants and belonged to a group that vowed to protect America from illegal immigration.  She  founded, and was Executive Director of the Minutemen American Defense (M.A.D.), a splinter group of  Minutemen Civil Defense CorpsSince 2007, she had been involved in vigilante activities and later joined the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. However, she was asked to leave the organization in February 2007 after members described her as being "unstable."

She thought of herself as some type of feminine political force and even ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Everett, Washington City Council in 2007. She had several run-ins with law enforcement throughout her life prior to her arrest for the double murder. Court records show that she served time in juvenile lock-ups for repeated convictions involving theft, burglary and prostitution.

Forde has married four times. In 1989, her boyfriend sought court protection from her, claiming that she had physically attacked him and threatened to hurt herself with a knife.

While running for the Everett City Council, her son was convicted of assaulting her employer. In January 2008, Forde accused members of a drug cartel of sexually assaulting and shooting her; however, she later suggested the alleged culprits were actually criminal associates of her son. Forde's brother alleged that she fabricated the story, and authorities closed the case due to insufficient evidence.

With that lovely history she went on to plan and commit the murders in order to rid the world of immigrants.

The only problem was that both of her victims were American born. American citizens. They burst into the home and attempted to kill the wife and mother, Gina Gonzalez but missed. She played dead and when the killers were distracted she called 911. They shot and killed her husband and daughter.

 From the transcript:
Gonzalez: "They shot me and I pretended like I was dead. My daughter was crying. They shot her, too.

Operator: "Are they still there, the people who, that shot them?"

Gonzalez: "They're coming back in! They're coming back in!" (Gunfire.)

On February 14, 2011, Shawna Forde was found guilty of all eight counts for which she was being prosecuted: two counts of first degree murder for Raul and Brisenia, one count of attempted first degree murder for Brisenia's mother, Gina Gonzalez, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of burglary, armed robbery, and aggravated robbery. On February 22, 2011, she was sentenced to death by a Tucson jury, becoming the 3rd woman on Arizona's death row.