Tuesday, August 29, 2006

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN

Fugitive Polygamist Leader Arrested

The fugitive leader of a polygamist Mormon sect has been arrested in southern Nevada.
Warren Steed Jeffs, 50, was taken into custody after he and two other people were pulled over late Monday by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 15 just north of Las Vegas, FBI spokesman David Staretz said.
The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was wanted in Utah and Arizona on suspicion of Sexual misconduct for allegedly arranging marriages between underage girls and older men.
Since May, Jeffs has been on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, with a $100,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture.

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An excellent documentation of polygamist sects within our country is the book Under The Banner Of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer. Centered around the 1984 murder of a woman and her infant daughter ordered by polygamist leaders, the book's information will both stun and infuriate you. It should be required reading.
A jacket blurb reads:

"Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God."

more about this book here

more about FLDS here


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