Friday, January 30, 2015

The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser

The Witness Wore Red 
Rebecca Musser with M. Bridget Cook

  •  352 pages
  • Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
  •  978-1455527854

Rebecca grew up in fear, living downstairs from her father's "real" family and concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the outside world.  In her teens, she became the 19th wife of Rulon Jeffs the leader of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Later Day Saints).  Mr. Jeffs would later add 48 additional wives.  When Rulon Jeffs died, his son Warren took over leadership of the church and threatened to marry Rebecca off to another and Rebecca feared for her life and escaped her home and church.  

As a witness to many child marriages, child abuse, and others horrors of life within the FDLS church, Rebecca help the Texas authorities to identify the crimes and testified in court about the horrors that she was a part of as a young girl.

This memoir looks at the many trials and tribulations that Rebecca has to go through to come to the point that she can go before that court and retell the story for all to hear.  Because of her testimony, Warren Jeffs and many of the other abusers will spend many years in jail.

I would recommend the story to anyone wanting to know more about life within the FDLS church and how children and woman can be exploited and abused by the people who they trust.  The closed society of the FDLS church is a horrific example how people can be brainwashed. We see how important education and involvement in a diverse community is to the growth of children and families.

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