Tag: Dan and Ron Lafferty

False prophets: Why polygamists believe they’re doing God’s will

As a journalist, I’ve been aware that polygamy was still around, but only on the periphery, and I really didn’t give it much thought except for the HBO TV series, Big Love. But a friend suggested I read Jon Krakauer’s book, “Under the Banner of Heaven,” about a 1984 double murder committed by fundamentalist Mormons who believe in the so-called divine principle of what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints euphemistically calls plural marriage AKA celestial marriage.

Krakauer still vexed by FLDS

A year ago Jon Krakauer told the more than 800 people crammed into a Utah movie theater for a reading of his book, “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith,” that he wasn’t pursuing social reform when he wrote about religious extremism. Since then, he has so deeply immersed himself in the distressed lives of members and former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that he no longer will write about the polygamous sect that inhabits twin towns on the Utah-Arizona border. Jon Krakauer Author, Mormons clash on roots of polygamy

1984 Lafferty case still haunts

Twenty years ago today, two bearded men claiming to be prophets muscled their way into an American Fork duplex thirsting for blood. When they left, their brother’s wife and infant daughter lay dead, one on the kitchen floor, the other in her crib. On the quiet street where the murders occurred, the crime is all but forgotten. Families have come and gone. Trees have grown tall. The Lafferty name is met with blank stares. But some still remember Brenda and Erica Lafferty and the events of Pioneer Day 1984. The people have tried to bury memories of that day, but