The Witness Wore Red

The Witness Wore Red

The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

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Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family. The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in-and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life. THE WITNESS WORE RED is a gripping account of one woman's struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478927358
1478927356
Branch Call Number: 364.153 MUSSER PLAYAWAY
Characteristics: 1 sound media player (approximately 14 hours) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in

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AL_JILLA Jul 27, 2017

The whole FLDS society fascinates me, so this book was an interesting read for me. It is also disturbing, frustrating, horrifying, and aggravating at the same time. A good read if you want to learn more about life in FLDS.

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crg57
Jan 06, 2015

Oddly, the whole thing seemed to work while Rulon Jeffs, the paterfamilias, was alive, but his son then got a little greedy with the wives and the proclamations, and the widowed author had had enough and eloped with somebody else. She doesn't reflect much about why it still goes on, except to state the obvious, that it seems normal when you're raised that way. Or why she needed another man to help her escape from the whole thing.
This could have been an interesting look at how the FLDS culture operates, but it's light on reflection and heavy on the Hallmark moments. Readable, but don't expect much originality or flair for analysis.

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