On the Jan. 18 episode of "Deadly Women," the story of Shawna Forde was told. She was a sociopath who murdered because she believed that she was a patriot "defending her country" from illegal immigrants.
The killer worked as a part-time beautician and had a long history of prostitution and theft in her juvenile years. The one thing that she felt strongly about was the problem of illegal immigration. In an attempt to do something about it, she joined the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps., a group of activists who were passionate about stopping Mexicans from crossing the border illegally.
However, the group kicked her out because she was "too wacky" for them. Shawna Forde had an idea of patrolling the border herself and would go to great lengths to stop Mexicans from crossing the border.
She ended up starting her own group, the Minuteman American Defense and began recruiting members she thought would get the job done. She recruited 34-year-old Jason Bush, who had a lengthy military history and was a sniper. She also invited Albert Gaxiola to her newly formed group.
The group is eager to start ridding the country of illegal immigrants, but they have no money. She comes up with an idea to rob drug dealers because the home invasions would not be reported to the police.
Raul "Junior" Flores was rumored to be dealing with drug traffickers and the group believed he had money, drugs and guns in his home.
The amount of money that was rumored to be in the Flores' home is disputed; "Deadly Women" said that the group believed he had up to 3 million dollars stashed at his house, but HyperVocal reported that the amount was $4,000.
The group went to the home of the target with the ruse that they were border patrol agents looking for fugitives. Once they gain entry, they shot Junior several times, then shot his wife, Gina Gonzales. Then the group did the unspeakable... they pointed a gun at 9-year-old, Brisenia, and shot her at point-blank range.
Gina Gonzales was the only one who survived and she did so by pretending to be dead.
Albert Gaxiola, Jason Bush and Shawna Forde found no money, drugs or guns. The only thing worth anything from the home of Raul Flores was a few pieces of jewelry.
One thing the killers did not count on was Gina Gonzales surviving and being able to identify one of the killers. They felt zero remorse and were even planning another home invasion.
Candice DeLong, a former profiler for the FBI says that Shawna has much hostility and anger towards the world and wanted to direct it at those she felt deserved to be punished. She also stated that the leader of the Minuteman American Defense group was grandiose and full of herself. Delong said that she never expressed one ounce of remorse, has no feelings for anyone else and is completely empty inside. Shawna Forde considered herself to be a "patriot who was defending her country from illegal immigrants."
The FBI profiler also told "Deadly Women,"
"She is a sociopath to the very depths of her soul."
All three members of the Minuteman American Defense group were onvicted on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Albert Gaxiola is serving a life sentence without parole, Jason Bush was given the death penalty and Shawna Forde is still sitting on death row. According to the Phoenix New Times, the execution date has not yet been determined.
Shawna has her own website and declares that she is the victim of false arrest and political persecution.