The Witness Wore Red

The Witness Wore Red

The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

Book - 2013 | First edition
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A gripping account of Rebecca Musser's struggle to escape the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints led by Rulon Jeffs and his son, Warren, and her subsequent decision 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.
Publisher: New York : 2013. Grand Central,
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455527854
Branch Call Number: B 364.15553092 MUSS
Characteristics: viii, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cook, M. Bridget


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It is a good book but I have read better. I suggest before you read this that you try other flds polygamy books to understand most of what she is saying :)

Mar 31, 2018

“100 Must-Read Books About Life in Cults and Oppressive Religious Sects”
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Feb 23, 2018

Let's say it's no surprise that Rebecca Musser got into multi-level marketing and real estate after leaving the FLDS (fundamentalist Mormons). But that's being ungenerous. Her skills, independence, and yes, self-centredness helped get her up and out, and were in fact nurtured by her upbringing. On the one hand, Rebecca has a lot to be proud of, and most of her story is riveting. On the other, though saying she regrets her own behaviour, she either doesn't mention or glosses over any examples, like her mild reaction to her little sister Elissa being forced into marriage with a cousin and raped. Elissa Wall has written a book of her own, Stolen Innocence, and it is the better of the two. But really, these two books should be read together for a full picture. Think of them as a story by a house slave, then a field slave.

Dec 18, 2017

Simply amazing.

JCLBrentW Jul 18, 2017

A very moving story.

Apr 05, 2016

This was a 2 star read for me. I did learn new things about the inner workings of FLDS, but the interesting facts were few and far between. This read more like a self-praise book written solely for the author to bask in her greatness. Don't get me wrong, her story is brave and inspiring. I just feel her approach to tell the story seemed to glamorize herself instead of informing others about the inner workings of the FLDS.

Mar 19, 2016

One of the creepiest things I have ever read was about her wedding night at the age of 18 to the 85 year old prophet. Then I read about his son Warren taking over as the prophet and realized pops had nothing on this pederastic sociopath. One church record revealed a celestial visitation with his 12 year old wife in the temple including several other sister wives watching that made both me and Satan weep. The power these cult leaders yield over their followers is unbelievable, but it's also remarkable to me just how dumb the general public is to believe these charlatans. But I guess I would not put anything past Americans if they'll consider putting the killer Clintons back in the White House.

May 04, 2015

Fundamentalism exists not only among some in the Muslim religion. According to this account, it is alive and well among some Christians in North America at this very moment in time. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS) embraces a culture that confines women to the home and places them like chattel under the ownership of fathers and husbands. The number of young girls an esteemed leader of the FLDS is entitled to as wives in this earthly life is limited only by the amount of power he can wield for himself. This eye-opening account of how one young woman who escaped from the fold was able to bring the leader of this group to justice is a must read.

Apr 24, 2015

This book was amazing. Beautifully written, despite being completely horrific. I was impressed with Musser's ability to love and care for her people despite ongoing atrocities.

shokolit Sep 19, 2014

A fascinating and somewhat shocking story about a brave woman, who fought against the dangerous leader of the cult she grew up in, and escaped from.

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