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Stupid Vicious Criminal Scum

Posted on | July 11, 2014 | 49 Comments

Left to right: Marisela Pacheco, Ruben Archunde, Jessica Gallegos

Marisela Narango Pacheco’s boyfriend was in jail in Tucson, Arizona. Her boyfriend’s buddy Ruben Estevan Archunde had just been released from jail and was awaiting trial on an auto theft charge. They came up with an idea of how to get the money to bail out Pacheco’s boyfriend — armed robbery — and so they called for a taxi.

Timothy Royce, 27, was a driver for Yellow Cab. He was an Army veteran, and his fianceé was four months pregnant with their son. On the night of March 5, 2008, Royce picked up Pacheco, Archunde and his girlfriend, Marisela Narango Pacheco, a 16-year-old runaway. Archunde shot Royce twice with a .45-caliber pistol and left him in an alley. The trio of robbers got Royce’s wallet and $5.

Five dollars. He died for $5.

The murder was reported in the Tucson newspaper. Pacheco and Archunde “went to the jail to show her boyfriend the Arizona Daily Star’s article on the slaying so he could know what they had done for him.” On a digital recording of that meeting, Pacheco can be heard loudly proclaiming “I was there too!” Pacheco also told her sister-in-law about the crime, and the sister-in-law called the cops.

This murder was featured on the A&E network’s The First 48, a reality show that is actually about reality: Camera crews follow around homicide investigators as they obtain evidence and testimony, interrogate suspects and, usually, solve the murder.

The First 48 is fascinating to watch because the murders these real-life detectives investigate are nothing like the exciting, suspenseful thrillers that are the subject of fictional TV crime dramas. There are no mysteries, no elaborate conspiracies. No, the victims on The First 48 are usually people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and got shot, beaten or stabbed to death by stupid, vicious criminal scum. Sometimes it’s a drug deal gone wrong. Sometimes it’s a beef between rival hoodlums. Other times, it’s just a robbery like the one that led to the murder of Tucson cab driver Timothy Royce.

Gallegos was sentenced to seven years in prison, Pacheco was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and Archunde got life without parole, spared the death penalty because he had a bad childhood:

Margaret DiFrank, a mitigation specialist hired by Archunde’s attorneys, David Basham and James Fullin, spent months collecting information on Archunde’s background. She found that:
• Archunde’s mother gave birth to five children between the ages of 14 and 21. Archunde was the second-eldest.
• Archunde attended four schools in kindergarten alone, the longest for three months.
• Archunde’s father was sent to prison when Archunde was 6, for child molestation.
• Archunde’s mother moved to New Mexico when Archunde was 8, leaving her children behind with a grandmother.
• Archunde became a ward of the state at the age of 12 and made his first suicide attempt.
In sentencing Archunde, [Judge Richard] Fields said Archunde “was abused and abandoned more than anyone would wish upon their least favorite creature,” and that led to his creating “street families” to fill the void.

Whatever. Why is it that it’s only after they kill somebody that we learn about the horrendous childhood experiences of stupid vicious scum like Ruben Archunde? Why can’t police figure out that some animals are too dangerous to be turned loose on the streets? They actually had this particular scum in custody, jailed for auto theft, and turned him loose just days before he shot Timothy Royce.

Unlike the suspense-filled TV crime dramas, there’s no moral to this story. Just a dead cab driver and his son — now nearly 6 years old — growing up without a father, because of stupid vicious criminal scum.



49 Responses to “Stupid Vicious Criminal Scum”

  1. Jeanette Victoria
    July 11th, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    Lots of people have bad childhood they don’t kill anyone

  2. maniakmedic
    July 11th, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    He had a bad childhood? Cry me a frickin’ river. I had a bad childhood, too. But as much as that messed with my head, I didn’t let it rule my life and I’ve always been a contributing member of society. As opposed to a POS douchebag leech criminal.

  3. My2Sents
    July 11th, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    Life without parole? This country is in dire need of prison, and sentencing reforms. We won’t see them though because private prison companies are getting rich at tax payers expense off of these inmates. They all become cheap labor. And what exactly is the point of our penal system besides cruel, and unusual punishment? It certainly isn’t rehabilitation. It takes messed up people, and then messes them up some more, and then we wonder why our recidivism rate is so high? Look at Norway: 20 year max for murder, conjugal visits, prisoners are shown respect, and made into responsible members of society, and their recidivism rate is 30%, while ours which treats inmates like animals has a recidivism rate over 60%. We’re obviously doing something wrong, but the law and order pricks in this country will never do anything to change it.

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  5. NeoWayland
    July 11th, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

    You wouldn’t want to live in a society that constantly watches children for “criminal tendencies.” And most people do grow out of it.

    Some schools already medicate for ADD, Some schools suspend students for even drawing a gun. And then there are schools that ban games that have physical contact. These actions are warping kids as we speak.

    The problem wasn’t a “bad childhood.”

  6. Ann Deez
    July 11th, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

    Among the savages, life is cheap.

  7. Cube
    July 11th, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

    You wouldn’t want to live in a society that constantly watches children for “criminal tendencies.”

    Agreed. I also don’t particularly like living in a society that pretends nothing is wrong (or at least refuses to say there’s a problem) with some kids in order to avoid bruising the delicate feelings of people in preferred victim groups. Truth can be uncomfortable but it needs to be said.

  8. Anon Y. Mous
    July 11th, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

    On the night of March 5, 2008, Royce picked up Pacheco, Archunde and his girlfriend, Marisela Narango Pacheco, a 16-year-old runaway.

    Is one of those Pachecos supposed to be Gallegos? I’m not trying to nit pick you, just trying to get the players straight.

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  11. Anon Y. Mous
    July 11th, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

    Your comment is all over the place. First off, while I am not a fan of private prisons, they make up a very small percentage of the prisons in the USA. From Wikipedia:

    The trend toward privately operated correctional facilities has continued with 85,604 adults (3.7% of the total US prison population) now housed in 107 privately operated prisons as of 2011. Companies operating such facilities include the Corrections Corporation of America, the GEO Group, Inc. (formerly known as Wackenhut Securities), and Community Education Centers. In the past two decades CCA has seen its profits increase by more than 500 percent. The prison industry as a whole took in over $5 billion in revenue in 2011.

    That is a bit dated, but I doubt much has changed in the last 3 years. The pressure for longer prison sentences comes overwhelmingly from the public. For some reason, most of the citizens of this country don’t want a bunch of robbers, rapists, and murders living with the rest of us. You know what the recidivism rate is with prisoners who spend the rest of their lives in prison? The answer is nobody really spends too much time worrying about it, since if they are reoffending, chances are overwhelming that the victim is some other prisoner.

  12. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 11th, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

    Now I understand many pro life people are anti death penalty (because they are pro life), but I find it odd how the left loves to support “choice” in killing babies but not “choice” in killing convicted murderers. Why is that. Heck, many would read that story of his bad childhood as an argument why his mother should have aborted him. While that might have worked out better for the victim in this case, it just seems strange they then try to keep the killer alive.

  13. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:22 am

    Reminds me of Al Pacino’s soliloquy in Scent of a Woman. “Be careful of the Leaders being produced here…”

  14. My2Sents
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    F*ck the American public. Who cares what they want, or know? If it was left to them we wouldnt even have the thin democracy we have left. As it stands our current prison system doesn’t work, and needs reform.

  15. My2Sents
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:46 am

    apples, and bowling balls. Letting the state murder an actual living human being, and a mother abort her pregnancy, ethically aren’t even in the same universe. No wonder we keep winning the abortion debate.

  16. kilo6
    July 12th, 2014 @ 2:40 am

    We do not now, nor have “we” ever had a democracy (assuming you’re talking about the U.S. ), it’s a democratic republic.

    Authors including Plato, Aristotle, Madison and deTocqueville referred to democracy as “tyranny of the majority” and their critiques are too long to express in a comment box.

    It’s sort of comical you express the elitist spirit as is found in The Republic because if you’re trolling blogs with such shoddy rhetoric, you’re sure as heck not a part of the ruling elite

  17. TroubleAtTheMine
    July 12th, 2014 @ 2:41 am

    It’s cute the way you say “abort her pregnancy” instead of “kill her unborn baby” though. It’s almost like you know that there’s an actual living human being in the womb as well, and you have to find ways not to talk around it.

    The bad news for you is you DON’T keep winning the abortion debate. Just statistically, that is. Polls show.

  18. kilo6
    July 12th, 2014 @ 2:47 am


    Do you believe in spontaneous generation? (Somehow “life” mystically begins at childbirth)

    What’s your definition of an “actual living human being”?

  19. DeadMessenger
    July 12th, 2014 @ 3:01 am

    I can’t believe I’m agreeing with a libtard troll, but I am in this case. The problem is that the American public, being sheeple by and large, believe what they hear in the media and are told.

    Let me give an example.

    I’m do volunteer Christian counseling. There is a family whose son was download adult boobie & beaver porn on a peer-to-peer network. Problem is, when you download “packages” of porn, you don’t know what’s really in them.

    This kid, 18 at the time he was “caught”, started downloading a package the previous YEAR. By the time it finished download, slowly, he’d forgotten about it. Proof of that was that he never opened it, by the cop’s own admission.

    However, merely “possessing” what turned out to contain some kiddie porn cost him 10 years in prison and the rest of his life ruined, and he never even looked at it. Clearly, by the rest of the copioius amount of material, the kid was into grown women. Now, when he gets out at age 28 (no parole for this), he’ll get to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, even though he never viewed or distributed kiddie porn, nor did he ever molest or attempt to molest, any child.

    All this info came from the cop’s investigation report, which I read.

    Now, please refresh me: how many years in prison and how many years of sex offender registration did “Free Kate” get, who actually did molest a child?

    Do you see a problem with this scenario? I do. Yes, the kid shouldn’t have been downloading porn. Yes, he should have to take some lumps, but my God in heaven, 10 years? Permanent, non-negotiable sex offender status?

    Interesting side point: the probable reason the kid never even opened the offending porn file is because just a couple of weeks before the cops showing up to trash the family’s house and lives, they had been baptized, and were then attending church regularly.

  20. K-Bob
    July 12th, 2014 @ 5:59 am

    Paragraph two re-states Pacheco as the girlfriend of Archunde. I believe you meant to place Gallegos in that part of the sentence.

    Kids in war-tron countries often grow up to be fine, upstanding citizens. So I really don’t care what someone’s past was like.

    Everyone gets the same deal: one life, lived with the hand you’re dealt. Frequently, some world-class a-hole gets aces, and some really excellent people get a busted flush. It’s how you play the hand that matters.

  21. K-Bob
    July 12th, 2014 @ 6:06 am

    That was without doubt the dumbest comment on the entire internet this week.

    Well done.

  22. NeoWayland
    July 12th, 2014 @ 8:32 am

    Agreed. I just don’t want the politicos or bureaucrats telling us that things are wrong.

    Thats a big part of how we got here.

  23. Squid Hunt
    July 12th, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    I like the Bene Gesserit definition: Someone who can endure pain and agony to save their own life as opposed to an animal that will chew off its own arm. If you’re not capable of making painful decisions through thought and foresight, I think the term human being is a bit grandiose.

  24. NeoWayland
    July 12th, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    If people can make their own mistakes and have to deal with the consequences, most find a way that works.

    Our problem is that we excuse people from the consequences.

    Freedom and responsibility usually works.

  25. Escher's House
    July 12th, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    If Arunde weren’t such a loser, he would have succeeded in at least one of his suicide attempts and Tim Royce would be alive today.

  26. richard mcenroe
    July 12th, 2014 @ 9:39 am

    The 60’s called. They want you back.

  27. richard mcenroe
    July 12th, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    We DO live in a society that constantly watches children for “criminal tendencies”: OMG he chewed his sandwich into the shape of a gun!

  28. NeoWayland
    July 12th, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    We live in the beginning of one, yes.

  29. DumbFuckingCons
    July 12th, 2014 @ 11:59 am

    Yeah, so says the moron who thinks the unborn, non-living, potential has the same rights as the living.

    July 12th, 2014 @ 12:17 pm


  31. Quartermaster
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:12 pm


  32. Quartermaster
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    Some one needs to call the exterminator. We have a cloud of roaches on the premises.

  33. Jeanette Victoria
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

    Those aren’t “criminal tendencies” but be careful too much watching and punishing of normal behavior can push a fragile person over the edge

  34. K-Bob
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    Even dumber. Keep digging, troll.

  35. K-Bob
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    Well, that eliminates anyone under the age of twelve, then.

  36. EnoughDorkyCon
    July 12th, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    Shut up, dork. Whether or not we have a “republic”, or a “democracy is of little relevance in terms of my comment, or anything else. Our system is commonly referred to as a “democracy” whether or not it’s technically a “republic”. You making this distinction does little for your argument(which is really just ad hominem), serves only to split hairs, and makes you sound like the know it all kid back in junior high who got the crap kicked out of him on a regular basis, and in your case it was definitely deserved. I have a hunch, that you probably didn’t kiss a female until well into your 20’s(if at all.)Your type is common.

  37. 22Cents
    July 12th, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    You’re reading the polls wrong. A thin majority claims they are “pro-life” but that doesn’t mean that a majority are for a ban on abortion, it just means they wouldnt have one, or find it morally objectionable. Polls still say the overwhelming majority of Americans are still for legal abortion in some form or another because that’s rational, and a ban would only serve to create an illegal market, and put women in danger. case in point: Texas. The new regulations, which are effectively a ban, have caused doctors to prescribe drugs to women to do give themselves abortions at home, putting them in severe danger if complications should arise. It’s either that or the find a physician willing to ignore the law all together, and do the procedure.

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  39. Anon Y. Mous
    July 12th, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    even though he never viewed or distributed kiddie porn, nor did he ever molest or attempt to molest, any child.

    Most of what you say are valid points, but the part I quoted is technically inaccurate. The way a torrent works is that from the minute you get even the smallest piece of the torrent, you become a node. You are a distributor of those pieces you have downloaded, and as you pickup up more and more of the torrent, you in turn are also a distributor for more and more of the torrent. If the kid spent a year downloading to get the whole thing, then he also spent a year uploading as a distributor of the pieces he had obtained, even if he immediately removed the file once it completed.

  40. Anon Y. Mous
    July 12th, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    You should run for office on that platform. Your ideas don’t even agree with themselves. You rail against the American public because they don’t value democracy. But, if that is what they want, the ideals of democracy should let them have it, no? If you put democracy to a vote, and the people vote no, then where are you? You either value the outcome of the vote and do away with democracy, or you ignore the vote and keep democracy regardless of what the people want.

    You should really think about your beliefs and try to figure out what you do believe before you try to tell others what they should believe.

  41. Quartermaster
    July 12th, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    I am pro-capital punishment because I am pro-life. There is a world of difference between executing a murderer and killing a child in the womb.

  42. Quartermaster
    July 12th, 2014 @ 3:30 pm


  43. TroubleAtTheMine
    July 12th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    Oh look, there are all the progtard talking points/lies/delusions about abortion.

  44. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 12th, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

    Letting a mother kill her child for convenance vs. killing a convicted murderer…

    Your right they are not in the same moral universe. Thanks for making my point.

  45. cmdr358
    July 12th, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    Well played.
    Game. Set. Match.

  46. cmdr358
    July 12th, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    Norway huh?
    This ain’t Norway doofus.

    Our recidivism rate ain’t because we make guys pay for their crimes and don’t allow them to get laid while in prison.

  47. cmdr358
    July 12th, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

    Dork? Did you call him a dork?
    Does your mommy know that your using the internet?

  48. Squid Hunt
    July 12th, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    One might make allowances for those still under tutelage. Even the sycophants crying for democracy allow for that.

  49. cmdr358
    July 12th, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    Since you brought it up…..

    Can you tell the class why an innocent unborn human being shouldn’t have at least the same rights as you would grant a convicted murderer?

    Go sit in the corner you stooge.