Monday, May 15, 2017
Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement by Irene Spencer
Irene tells the story of the LaBaron polygamous cult in Mexico in the 1950s to the 1980s. While Joel LeBaron was the self-appointed prophet and leader of the group, his brother Ervil wanted to be the leader and he gained his own group, eventually becoming known as the Mormon Charles Manson because he got several of his wives and others to kill people who refused to follow his twisted teachings and leadership. Irene was married to the third LaBaron brother, Verlen, one of his 10 wives. She illustrates how truly insane Ervil was, but I don't think that she seemed to understand how insane the whole group and it's teachings were. The book is quite interesting.