The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 10, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in-and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but 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. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life.

THE WITNESS WORE RED is a gripping account of one woman's struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.

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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice written by Rebecca Musser is a shocking look at her life with the
FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). The FLDS practice polygamy. I feel it important to point out that the FLDS is no more a representation of the LDS Church (Mormons) than the Westboro Baptist Church represents all Baptists. Rebecca Musser is very respectful of the FLDS. This is an expose of the leaders that allowed the tempting taste of power to corrupt them. The leaders controlled the people through fear of losing their salvation. The women of the FLDS were indoctrinated or brainwashed from birth to be subservient to males. The people of the FLDS look to the Prophet as God incarnate.
Rebecca Musser was only 19 years old when she was forced to marry Roulon Jeffs, a man in his 80s. She was only one of his 60-something wives. Upon his death, his son Warren Jeffs declared himself the Prophet. He changed the rules and allowed men, especially himself, to “marry” children. Rebecca Musser escaped when Warren told her he would break her. Despite threats against her, she assisted the Texas authorities in capturing Warren Jeffs and prosecuting him for sexual crimes and abuse against children.
While the author never once called the FLDS a cult, I will. The events that are described in this book are sickening. I admire the author for coming forward with the truth. Even after leaving the FLDS, their brainwashing left her feeling like she was unworthy of respect. As I listened to this book, I was saddened by the depravity of man. Rebecca Musser eventually comes to know her self-worth. This is a good vs evil tale that will stay with readers long after they read the last page. I am reviewing the audio format of The Witness Wore Red; it was read by the author which added depth to the story. At times this book brought tears, at times it brought a smile or a laugh, and it definitely brought a sense of triumph.

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This book illustrates a couple of maxims, such as: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." "Perception is truth to those who perceive it." Alternately depressing and hopeful, this book sheds light on ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Rebecca Musser speaks nationally on behalf of oppressed women and is the founder of Claim Red, a non-profit organization. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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