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Videographer exposed militia leader, earned his trust

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Few people documented J.T. Ready's actions like independent videographer Dennis Gilman.

"What stood out about J.T. was just about everything. He was a very charismatic individual," said Gilman.

Gilman's Web videos exposed Ready's ties to the white supremacy movement and to popular politicians like former state Sen. Russell Pearce.

"Russell Pearce was clearly J.T. Ready's mentor. Their relationship, according to J.T., was very close," said Gilman.

From rallies in Phoenix to militia operations along the border, Gilman followed Ready. And despite his critical videos, Gilman says the admitted white supremacist came to trust and confide in him.

"That has always been a mystery to me, except that I think he liked getting any type of publicity," said Gilman.

Although he never thought of Ready as an overly violent person , despite the tough talk, Gilman had a different take on the people who followed Ready.

"The people around J.T. were scary. And what was happening was people were coming from all over the country to join his militia," said Gilman.

There is a lot about what happened on Wednesday in Gilbert that doesn't make sense to Gilman.

But one big question was why Ready was wearing his black militia uniform at the time investigators believe he murdered four people, including a 15-month-old girl, then turned the gun on himself.

Gilman said Ready only wore his uniform when he was on a mission.

"What he was dressed like that for, I have no idea," said Gilman.

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