The Arizona Republic has scant information in the four-sentence report * about the murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, 58, whose body was found late Saturday night on his ranch near Douglas, 12 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. Krentz had last been heard from as he aided an illegal alien at one of his watering holes. Krentz’s dog was also shot.
Diggers Realm blog provides a full report on the slaying of the Arizonan whose 35,000 acre ranch has been in the family for three generations — since 1907. We urge you to read the revealing exposé of the actual costs the family has borne in recent years. Syndicated columnist, Michelle Malkin has also given this tragedy coverage, finding more in the Tucson press than we could in the state’s largest daily, The Arizona Republic.
In 2003, then-Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) wrote of the challenges faced by border ranchers, and in particular highlighted the Krentz family’s plight, calling them “American Homeland Heroes.”
“In the month of November, 2002, in the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol … where the Krentz ranch is located, the Border Patrol apprehended 23,000 border crossers,” Tancredo wrote. “Many people would suggest that the [apprehension] ratio is just about maybe one in five, and that is a very conservative estimate. … I think it is closer to one in ten”.
In February  … a calf was butchered by illegal alien trespassers. Two men responsible were caught. They were tried. They were found guilty. They served a total of 51 days in jail. They were also ordered to pay $200 in restitution to the Krentz ranch. The Krentz ranch has not seen a cent of that money; and, of course, our best guess is they will not because these people have been released. They either came back into the population up here in the U.S.A. or returned to Mexico.
Read further details from Tom Tancredo’s account here.
* Expanded days later.