Doomsday Prepper (and Convicted Felon) Tyler Smith Jailed for Illegal Firearms

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The neighbors of Tyler Smith can breathe a little easier. He is in jail and, you know, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. (ahem)

Remember the episode of National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers back in November in which a camo-clad moron warned the preparedness community of his impending attacks on their homesteads? (You can refresh your memory HERE)

“We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming.”

Smith, 29, is the leader of Spartan Survival. The group has more than 80 dues-paying members. Smith founded the organization in 2005 to train and prepare others on survivalism.

On Tuesday night, Smith’s story will be told on the National Geographic Channel survivalist TV show “Doomsday Preppers.” (source)

Well, as it turns out, there IS something that can be done to stop him. Smith is a convicted felon.  A truly stellar individual, he’s a level one sex offender who was convicted in 2009 of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, when he inappropriately touched a drunken 14-year-old girl in an Auburn parking lot. He was also convicted of stealing a motorcycle in 2009.

Being a convicted felon precludes the ownership of firearms.

So all of those guns he was showing off on TV when he was boasting about his firepower? Illegal.

Smith, for his 15 minutes of fame, just landed himself back in jail (which, given his desire to steal from preppers in a disaster scenario, might just be the best place for him).

[Sheriff’s department spokesman Ed] Troyer said the Buckley man came to the department’s attention “by people all over the country bringing him to our attention.”

“Reality TV crashed into reality,” he said.

Deputies have been investigating Smith since the television episode aired Nov. 12.

“We have video and pictures of him (Smith) loading guns and firing them,” Troyer said. “He verbally expressed a threat to his neighbors while being armed.”

“If I could (afford it), I would fire a couple thousand rounds a day,” Smith said at the time.

He also said he had a regional map of places he can get supplies by force, and studied medicine, including how to perform a cesarean section on his wife.  (source)

If you recall, Smith smugly referred to himself as the “apex predator” in his area.  He warned, “We’ll kick your door in and take your supplies. … We are the marauders.”

It looks like this particular “apex predator” is no longer at the top of the food chain.

Hat tip to JHT!

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    • I don’t know KY Mom, in jail he will get criminal training from other criminals on how to be a better criminal. He will likely build resentment towards society in general from being placed there, and once released (he didn’t get a life sentence) he’ll likely be worse than before.

      Jails benefit no one except those who run them and fill them, and most likely Never makes things better.

      Jails impoverish innocent people who have to pay the taxes to run the jails. No one wins except those who run the jails and fill the jails.

      What then is a solution? Private Justice, private courts, and individual responsibility.

        • Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, —->generally age 11 years or younger<—-

          • “Disorder” or not, it’s incurable and the recidivism rate is astronomical; like almost all sexual crimes.

            Seems to me only solution to resolve them re-offending is to cull the herd. People like this POS and the rest of his molesting buddies need taken out behind the courthouse for sentencing. There they can receive one bullet behind the ear before tossing them in a dumpster for a proper burial at the landfill. Cure complete.

            Only good thing you can hope for is that he’s somebody’s favorite little love toy while he’s locked up. Hope he gets a daily taste of what it’s like to be victim of sexual assault.

            On a seperate note this makes like what 4 or 5 Doomsday “stars” that have gotten into trouble with the law over crap they said, did or inferred to on the show.

    • Ever wonder why Smith was picked to be on the show? You think the producers hadn’t done a background check on him?

      • There are military bases in washington. and should things go to the just survive order many of them are getting together to survive. All of them are trained much better than spartan survival with experience to match it. And many would not mind to smoke check the little pervert for making life hell for innocent people.

  • Yes, Daisy, he’s certainly not the kind of prepper that the rest of want to know is out there, but it’s important that we do because decent people have to remember that there will be many more like him with the same plans.

    He’s the kind of prepper that the sane preppers have to prepare for, in addition to preparing for everything else.

  • I find it hard to believe that the producers of National Geographic’s ‘Doomsday Preppers’ didn’t know beforehand of Mr. Smith’s criminal record. Does anyone really believe that National Geographic failed to run a background check on this, or on any person that they choose to star in one of their episodes?

    I believe he was chosen to demonize the prepper movement and when his usefulness to that project was over he was thrown to the wolves.

    I also believe it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he was coerced into participating in ‘Doomsday Preppers’ with the promise of leniency in exchange for playing a role.

    “No matter how cynical you are; it’s never enough!”

  • Quoting from National Geographic’s website, “National Geographic actively pursues funding from foundations and U.S. federal agencies”. I don’t trust either of them. Why did they ‘select’ Tyler Smith on a program about Preppers?

    Keep your eye on The Police State. It will be far more dangerous at your door than punks like Smith.

    • my 2 cents – I think there is a high likelihood they are selecting riffraff like this to discredit, marginalize and otherwise paint the movement as a bunch of crazies. (much like they are doing with groups like the TEA Party). Nat Geo’s handlers in the government now have a better clue as to how many Preppers are out there and realize the movement is growing and becoming “popular” for lack of a better term. Now they want to do everything they can to turn their propaganda machine towards demonizing preppers to the rest of the general Sheeple public by stopping just short of saying Preppers are terrorists. As if they don’t infer it enough.

  • Marjory Wildcraft is into selling her garden video to grow your own groceries. She is online. She tells a story from a number of years back where she goes into a store to promote the sale of her video when the guy behind the counter says that he doesn’t need to grow a garden, and pulls out a gun. He then says, that this object is all that he needs. The workers there all agree. We are certainly living in “interesting times.”

    We got rid of the TV years ago. Don’t miss it.

  • Turn this piece of crap into dog food when he breaks down your door. bag the s**t up and let the forest critters puke on the remains.

  • Notice he said there are 80 more in his org just like him. Even if he exaggerated by a factor of 10, if I were a neighbor I would be on guard.

    • Thats a group of 80 gutless skilless rednecks who cant look after themselves further than stealing from others…. how long ya think they will last as a marauding band before they start killing each other?

  • I wish I could say I am surprised by this turn of events, but in all honesty I have to admit I almost expected it. He wants to be so big and bad, at least in his mind but guys who go after 14 year old girls are NOT the “apex predator” in the local jail. I will wager anyone here that he is not behind bars a week before someone, be it inmate or guard recognizes him, perhaps because of a re run of the show in the common room or something like that. After that, he will spend more time bent over his bunk than sleeping on it.


  • Yeah the guy is a dumb ass. I’ve worked in a prison before and have seen first hand what the other inmates do to child sex offenders. It’s not pretty.

  • Do you guys not think Nat Geo didnt know all about it. They put creeps like this up on the show to make preppers look retarded. And the viewers of the show and those that blog about it, are also then watched by the gov and put on a list, as most of you know. This hilliblly tree trunk hilljack more than likely is a Vrill host. Vrill hosts are not only stupid most of the time, but also are typically transfixed with child molestation like this creep.

  • Don’t bite my head off here, but I always thought convicted felons could own lifers and shot guns. Just not hand guns. Please correct me if I am wrong.. But do it nicely.. lol.


  • “What so ever a man soweth, that also he shall also reap”
    He gave himself enough rope and then hung himself!!

  • I am a prepper.
    But I am not a batshit crazy prepper.
    I believe in being prepared, but I don’t think it should rule your life.
    I don’t think some one should quit their 9 to 5 and move their family to some secluded ranch in the middle of West Texas,or where ever. I believe that one of the most important things in life is balance, so I am a prepper but I don’t let it rule my life.

  • I see any of these “Apex” predators…I WILL put them down. He may “like minded neighbors”…I have a “like minded state”…and we don’t put up with that crap in Texas. We hunt it down and END IT.

  • My students are reading a series of books called The Giver. They have a project in which they create a persuasive video asking the people of the book series to prep themselves so that they can change their way of life. I want them to submit these videos to Daisy Luther. How can I get in touch with her?

    Thanks in advance.

  • If the SHTF, I can see pieces of poop like him using their children to let people’s guard down – oh look, that little boy is crying, let’s talk to him – then he’s in your house. No morals!

  • Not only is he not the top of the food chain he looks like he ate the food chain… What a simpleton!

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