All night reading In fact it might actually put you to sleep mid sentence but it is really thorough and well worth the slog to understand everything that happened from the start of Ervil LeBaron s life Best book I v Ever read Could not put it downliterally read this in one day 3 Times This book was decent It kept bouncing around between past present and future I have problems reading Once i keep reading i cant stop until i fall asleep and by then i an confused about what i ust read because it keeps going from past to present with no warning Other than that its pretty up there as far as violence There is no climax It Helliconia Winter just gets straight to the point Its a decent read iust wouldn t put it on a pedestal and share for the world to read it Having had some personal dealings with religion mostly Catholicism and to a lesser extent Mormonism I found The Four O Clock Murders to be a fairly good analysis of religious fundamentalism and murder Of course one man s one true faith is anothers apostasy My Catholic ancestors believed in the virgin birth and divinity of Jesus Christ while others the Mormons specifically are awaiting an afterlife of a planet of their own and possibly multiple wives Joseph Smith and Brigham Young founded the Church of Latter Day Saints in the 1800 s with a foundation of polygamy and the tenet of blood atonement which meant that a sinner could only enter into the kingdom of heaven by having their blood spilled onto the ground sort of a variation on the old testaments sacrificial lamb This background leads to an almost comic but tragic series of killings by the infamous Lebaron family Although a good read the book is exhausting due to the sheer volume of fanatic killers It is well written with some sarcastic and funny lines by the author I do recommend it to fans of true crime Wow I thought I knew a lot about this story because I d read memoirs by some people who were peripherally involved but I had no idea It was so much worse than I already knew This book was an excellently written account of the Ervil LeBaron family It
*had a lot of good details about the family before Joel pronounced *a lot of good details about the family before Joel pronounced prophet and really showed a family history of instability as well as a good primer on Mormon history in general If you find cults or polygamy fascinat Fascinating subject matter on the LeBaron family but the writing is dry and I found myself struggling to get through it Fascinating read I thought Manson was a monster these guys made him look like a amateur Pretty scarry to think that they traveled through my hometown multiple times More about the Mormon Manson Ervil LeBaron I ve read a few books written by wives of his brother What a fascinating group of madmenI discovered that Ervil is buried ust a few miles from my house Kind of gives me the creeps Also buried there is one of his sons for whom I say I prayer every time I pass that cemetery He was ust a teenager when he testified against the cult was given zero protection by the authorities and was murdered
by his aunt and uncle Really sad I did read it in 2005 but only 120 pages Then i his aunt and uncle Really sad I did read it in 2005 but only 120 pages Then i a bit tired Maybe because I d already read 2 true crime books about mormons Might try againUpdate August 9 2014 Will add it back to TBR shelf See if I like it the second time better. Have been murdered and no one involved in the case believes the bloodshed is over yet Investigative writer Scott Anderson presents an astonishing portrait of America's most bizarre crime family In a meticulously researched book Anderson follows the bloody trail of the LeBaron cult over twenty years and reveals how it has been served by the controversial and hidden history of the Mormon church As compelling as the best fiction The 4 O'Clock Murders is all the terrifying because it is true.
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Clock MurdersScott Anderson S TheMurdersScott Anderson s The O clock Murders published in 1993 is a must read for those interested in a documentary of America s most bizarre but now apparently defunct crime family The Doc chronicles the history of this extremist cult initiated in the late 1960s by the sociopathic serial killer Ervil LeBaron He was my uncle no lessThe cult was largely made up of Uncle Ervil s fourteen wives and about sixty children plus a few other staunch followers and their wives and children He called his cult organization the Church of the Lamb of God But it was in reality anything but lamb like Ervil LeBaron s cult was a fundamentalist Mormon mafioso syndicated crime family cloaked under the
Guise Of ReligionAnderson S Text Is Theof religionAnderson s text is the up to date book on this cult Thanks to his dedicated and daring work we have an amazing wealth of information and insight to further our research awareness and understanding of Evil Ervil and his avenging angelsI ve been told the Ervilites no longer exist But that s not to say another extreme cult of avenging angel s couldn t or hasn t risen from its ashes to take up where the Ervilites left off You are with me in hoping that isn t the case and never happensRecently I read Scott Anderson s The 4 O clock Murders only to have my hair stand on end when I realized how little I had ever really known about this horrifyingly horrific dangerous and devious band of outlawsI m not proud to say most of them were my relatives And that it was all spawned by my charismatic and brilliant but lunatic Uncle Ervil and his treacherous teachings that included hearing God regularly tell him to Kill those sons of bitchesBut maniacal Mormon Manson Ervil couldn t have succeeded in his reign of terror without the dastardly group of mislead miscreant autistic like demented people who
followed his violent crazy megalomaniac and malevolent religious philosophyThe majority of Uncle Joel LeBaron s Church of thehis violent crazy megalomaniac and malevolent religious philosophyThe majority of Uncle Joel LeBaron s Church of the followers couldn t stomach his brother Ervil LeBaron s violent threatening and far fetched Philosophy of life Nor did they want anything to do with his domineering devious and deceptive waysErvil s overbearing self centered presumptuous pseudo authoritative sense of entitlement was hard for most to take not to mention his nonstop talk wayward religious doctrines and his bad breathUncle Ervil s priestcraft and manipulations drove some of my peaceful Uncle Joel s followers into frenzied frustration rebellion and disillusionment such that they left Joel s cult Uncle Ervil had a large role in helping Joel buildIn other words most of Uncle Joel LeBaron s followers myself included wouldn t leave Joel s sect to A Primavera de Helliconia - 2 (Helliconia, join the violent renegade retrograde cult Ervil LeBaron started Ervil initiated it after Joel excommunicated him from the Church of the First Born a Mormon offshoot cultTherefore you have to wonder about the adults who did choose to follow Uncle Ervil hook line and sinkerstinker Pun intended and even to murder for him In 1967 at age twenty one I escaped Uncle Joel LeBaron s cultust as Uncle Ervil his right hand man and brother was beginning to preach his own violent subversive civil law and blood atonement doctrine. Texas residents are shocked when at 4 PM an a June day in 1988 four people are slain in precisely timed attacks at three different locations in the state Police know who the killers are but cannot convict them They also know who is giving the execution orders a man buried in a Texas grave twelve years ago Dubbed by the media as the Mormon Manson Ervil LeBaron believed he was a prophet chosen by God to purify the Mormon faith Resurrecting the nineteenth century Mormon tenets of polygamy an. Along with all its mafioso underpinningsA few years after I fled The Church of the Firstborn of the Fullness of Times Uncle Joel as I mentioned above finally disfellowshipped his brother Ervil from his church due to among other things Ervil s insurrection insubordination aggrandizement and blood atonement philosophyYou must read the following books The 4 O Clock Murders Prophet of Blood and my recently deceased Aunt Irene Koonz "LeBaronSpencer s book Cult Insanity to know what I m talking about if you aren t already familiar with the "s book Cult Insanity to know what I m talking about if you aren t already familiar with the Madmen storyI wish there were an update of this bloody LeBaron Documentary The Four O clock Murders Written over twenty five years ago much has taken place among the Ervilites LeBarons and Joel s cult since Scott Anderson went out on a limb putting his life on the line to chronicle and publish this incredulous history of a vengeful crime family that makes Manson and his family seem tame in comparison I m grateful Anderson scribed this well written Doc Without his honesty and dedication I and the world would never have known the extent to
this bloody and ill begotten cult was willing to go although we do have the earlier and eually well written and researched documentary The Prophet of Blood chronicled and published in 1981 by Ben Bradlee Jr and Dale Van AttaThese Documentaries may not always be rightwhich this bloody
on the button But they re close enough Whose got the button The Authors did well giventhe button But they re close enough Whose got the button The Authors did well given difficulty involved in obtaining information Even ex cult members usually don t talk especially to outsiders If bits of Info were circumspect blame the cult members they interviewedThat said The Prophet of Blood is a recommended read It contains historical data not in The 4 O clock MurdersScott Anderson s Documentary published twelve years later chronicles updated history of the bloody and loony legacy spawned by the maniacal prophet Ervil LeBaron It s a pathetic legacy of a Prophet out for Profit out of his mind Very thoroughly covered the events leading up to the murders then the 4 o clock murders come in around 34 of the book I appreciated the history and family story laid out in this book because I read The Polygamist s Daughter and was having trouble keeping all the people straight and the details of the actual events were a bit vague great book don t get me wrong I wanted backstory after reading it though This totally filled in the gaps for me and the family tree in the beginning was unbelievably helpful I referred to it so many times while reading the book The LeBaron family is enormous and that s The Illustrated Roger Zelazny just Ervil s wives and daughters The Sound of Gravel covers some of Joel s kids and together my goodness so many kids to try to keep track ofI m on this FLDS memoirMormon Manson reading kick lately for some reason It started with Ruth Wariner s book then Anna LeBaron s book then Carolyn Jessop s book this one is related to Warren Jeffs not Ervil LeBaron and now I m getting geeky with the true crime books as opposed toust the memoirs All are riveting and I m not sick of them yet I ust picked up Prophet of Blood but I doubt I ll learn many new details from it that the 4 o clock Murders has not covered already Good read Can be boring in parts It s definitely not one of those books you ll stay up. D blood atonement he formed a fanatic religious cult still in existence which has left bodies scattered throughout the American Southwest So strong is LeBaron's hold that even twelve years after his death many of his thirteen wives and sixty children are still carrying out his orders It is those orders that frighten law enforcement officials Before he died LeBaron penned a chilling last testament to his family a death list called The Book of New Covenants To date five of those on the list.