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New Video Appears to Show Vigilante Border Murder

By Casey Sanchez on August 13, 2007 - 1:19 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

This morning, the Intelligence Report obtained a video that purports to show a vigilante murdering a Mexican immigrant just inside the U.S.-Mexico border.

It’s unclear at this point whether the video is authentic. It is strikingly similar to another video, posted on this blog late last week, that appears to show a nativist yelling threats and firing a shotgun at migrants crossing the U.S. border, but apparently hitting no one.

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The video, filmed with night-vision equipment and low in quality, is not always easy to understand. Here is a detailed description:

The footage starts by showing a single figure wearing a backpack sneaking along a rugged desert trail. A male voice, off-camera, says: “I got him. He’s low crawling. Guy with a backpack. I betcha it’s probably full of dope.”

As the figure crests a hill, the man shouts out loud: “Hey, puto [“faggot”]!” The backpack-wearer ducks behind the far side of a rocky outcropping, then pops up and peers over it a few times. “I got him,” the off-camera voice says. “He’s prairie doggin’ now. He heard me.”

A walkie-talkie crackles and a second male voice that sounds like it’s coming from an off-camera walkie-talkie says: “All right, where you at? What’s your 20?”

“He’s up there on the, uh, smuggler’s trail,” the first voice responds.

The second male voice says, “I don’t have a visual.”

At this point in the video, the backpack-wearing figure begins to slowly emerge from behind the rock outcropping. “You know what? I’m going to take a fucking shot,” the first voice says. There are two flashes of light and the sound of two semi-automatic rifle shots in quick succession. The figure wearing the backpack appears to fly backward and drop from view.

“Oh fuck, I got him dude!’ the first voice says. “I fuckin’ got him!” There is a pause, then the first voice says, “Dude, what are we gonna do?” The voice on the walkie-talkie replies, “Get the shovel, get some lime, and hey, grab me a 12-pack, too, while you’re up there.”

“Roger that,” the first voice answers between chortles. “We fuckin’ nailed him, dude! We fuckin’ nailed him!” That’s where the video ends.

The Intelligence Report has contacted law enforcement authorities to provide them with a copy of the video.

The voice of the man who is the apparent shooter in this video is remarkably similar to that of the apparent shooter in the earlier video, which showed a man shouting “Hey, putos” and firing a shotgun. The earlier video (visible in the posting immediately below) was posted here on Aug. 10 after being E-mailed to a number of nativist leaders by Mountain Minuteman founder Robert Crooks, also known as “Lil Dog,” on July 26. Crooks denied making that video or being the shooter in it. He did not confirm or deny E-mailing the video to other anti-immigration activists.

Crooks has recently been stationed at a remote outpost on the border near Jacumba, Calif., where he was joined in late July by Leland Sprout, the founder of Americans4America, a Las Vegas, Nev.-based chapter of the Minuteman Project.

On Aug. 11, the day after Hatewatch posted the first night-vision video, San Diego Minutemen founder Jeff Schwilk posted the following message to a Minuteman discussion group online:

“If the media goes to Patriot Point to confront Lil Dog (or Leland) on this, I’m afraid it could be 10 times worse than it already is. I asked Lil Dog for a statement of facts about this yesterday, but he has not given me one yet. He’s telling people there is nothing wrong with the video. He doesn’t feel he owes anyone an explanation of why he thinks its ok to post death threats on the internet…

“I have a press release all ready to go if this hits the American media. We will isolate this incident and these people from the rest of us to minimize damage to the Minuteman movement. Lil Dog, my advice is go take a vacation and get away from the border for a while or longer. And make sure Leland stays away from the border too. Disappear for a while.”

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  • Dave

    I think that this video is most likely a fake. HOWEVER I think that its a great idea to make this type of video and publish it on the internet. People would eventually see it and it would create a fear that would hopefully stop/minimize the number of people that would attempt to enter the country illegally with narcotics. The narcotics trade is responsible for thousands of REAL murders on our southern border every year. If the drug trade were to go away, so would those sensless REAL deaths.

  • Juan Chavez

    Jeff Schwilk and Robert Crooks: I recognized those two names as men James Chase fired from California Minutemen for bad behavior. I was there. Crooks told Chase he wanted to kill smugglers and sell the dope. Chase fired him and physical pulled his card out of crooks wallet. I thought there was going to be violence. Schwilk was demoted from manager for endangering people. He was then fired for attempting a gropup takeover. He then went on to destroy indians homes up near Escondido. Chase could not believe the police let him destroy illegals homes in the bush. Chase quit because he is for reporting no harming illegal aliens. In fact he watered and fed them. Not hardly a Nativist. Has Mexican family.

  • teneisha

    real or not..this stuff isnt funny

  • littlemex

    Let the games begin!!! No mercy for anyone!!! The time is comming to an end for you!!! God is with me!!!

  • JT Ready

    Just one more reason to completely secure the borders with our Marine Corps. to prevent this, um, trajedy?/comedy, from really happening.

  • Enuff

    Contact the FBI immediately. This is what we’ve been reporting to them all along. Why are people standing still and allowing vigilantes to go on human hunts.

  • Pat

    It’s funny how blog readers believe what they read without question. Just look at the comments above this one.

    http://www.10news.com/news/13923784/detail.html

  • http://OUTLAWBIKER.US Harley

    Real or not !! If they want to come into the USA they need to follow the LAW’S We had better wake up before it is to late. They want to are and are taking over the USA. We need to stand up and FIGHT, WAR IS WAR DEATH IS WAR. LOOK AROUND YOU ASSHOLES! What do you see ? SHOOT EM ALL IN NEED BE OR ROUND THEM UP AND SEND THEM TO IRAC AND BRING OUR BOYS HOME !! Our boys are in Irac fighting for us . Why don’t we try fighting for what we have at home ?

  • Kevin Riley O’Keeffe

    What makes anyone take that film seriously? It looks like a rather obvious fake to me. The whole point of why they’d bury that guy would be in order to hide the evidence of a murder; there’s simply no way they’d mark it with stones and a make-shift cross. A decidedly unconvincing forgery.

  • Lexie

    The fact of that matter is this, plain and simple.

    We have a group of individuals that call themselves “patriots” and feel they have every right to stand on the border and fire “warning” shots at immigrants making the journey.

    Regardless if anyone was actually killed in the making of the video, shots WERE indeed fired.

    The original video was captured before the removal of it, on these activists\vigilante’s websites.

    A while later it was then edited and reposted on YouTube,

    Once they got heat from that, they made a “spoof” video to try and cover their tracks, making it seem harmless and jokingly mean spirited.

    If ANYONE should be on the border, it needs to be police officers and Federal Agents, protecting the lives of people who only seek to make a better life for themselves.

    And we could go on all day long about crimes that illegals commit, but I personally promise that if we posted crimes of regular everyday AMERICANS the posts would be much more lengthly.

    Its the normal defense mechanism, of border vigilante’s and their supporters, to place cherry picked “facts” to try to cloud the judgment of fellow Americans, by scaring them, and threatening their personal safety.

    Bottom line…The Minutemen and SOS groups, have gone to an all time low and no allow anything that breaths a membership to their hate groups.

  • Chuck

    Yeah, And while we’re at it lets send e-mails about the students executed in VA, the soilder who was hit by a drunk illegal & killed, the 16 yr. old girl that was raped & murdered “he said that he held his foot on her throat until she didn’t move anymore”, Etc. to the president, all your senators & representives, & all the presidental canadates.

  • tom scott

    Hey, why can’t I watch the video? Who wrote the script for this? Scott Beauchamp?

  • Mazsys

    This is clearly a fake.

    For one thing, the person who made it mimicked the first video, which was real, and mistakenly thought there were two people on the video, there were not.

    Also, all they had to do was call Leland to know this is not him, he has a very distinctive voice.

    And why run an old post of Schwilk? Schwilk has been trying to keep people from supporting Little Dog, for well over a year.

  • http://oceansidegangbusters Ron Hinton

    Don’t be so gull-a-bull. This is obviously a fake.

  • BorderRaven

    The inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty, is a work of art, it is not government policy.

  • http://exliontamer.wordpress.com r@d@r

    oops. guess we need to re-write that bit at the bottom of the statue of liberty – “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, so i can hunt them down and shoot them like dogs – i lift my M16 beside the golden door.”

    maybe i’m naive, but i have a funny feeling the FBI does not like these guys running around in the dark shooting at anything that moves. even if they didn’t care about the mexican nationals or whoever else was sneaking across the border, they’d probably be somewhat concerned about their own personnel coming under fire…..

  • http://waronracism.blogspot.com quantumflux

    THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE AND TOTAL OUTRAGE I AM SCREAMING AND FOAMING AT THE MOUTH MAD RIGHT NOW!!! I AM ALMOST IN TEARS!!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO FURIOUS IN MY LIFE!!!

    There. That felt better. This video *MUST* receive media attention else the FBI won’t do a thing about it. I challenge everyone to e-mail this article/video to as many news networks as possible!! E-mail this video/article to the President, all your Senators and Represenatives, all of the presidential candidates, and Mexico’s president!

  • MM Watch

    Schwilk and the SDMM should have a difficult time disclaiming any relationship with Crooks.

    http://72.14.253.104/search?q=.....#038;gl=us

    May, 2006 -

    “Lil Dog has requested assistance from any MM that are able to come out for a day or more to help him border watch. Due to the heightened threat right now, I strongly suggest you go armed. Contact Lil Dog [get contact info from SanDiegoMinutemen.com] if you can help or have any questions.”

  • http://x2yjftearthlink.net David Tyler

    This report defies words.By the time one group of human beimgs is hunting another group we have a serious problem to contend with.That someone who did such a thing would tape it,to be appreciated by others goes beyond any means of human expression I know with which to express my own personal disgust.This junk needs to come to a screeching halt.No way these guys can just hunt human beings like game,like it is some kind of sport,and publicly advertise it and no one will react.What do they want?To kill others without consequence or restraint.These guys need a prison cell to afford them plenty of time to reflect on just what the meaning of human life is.