Review of Scott Anderson’s “The 4 O’Clock Murders”

Investigative Journalist Scott Anderson, Author of The 4 O'clock Murders Scott Anderson's "The 4 O'clock Murders," published in 1993, is a must-read for those interested in a documentary of America's most bizarre but now apparently defunct crime family. The Doc chronicles the history of this extremist cult initiated in the late 1960s by the sociopathic serial…

Review of My Aunt Rena Chynoweth’s “The Blood Covenant”

This Memoir, written around thirty years ago, struck me as the work of an immature apologist and revisionist. Its bias toward Uncle Ervil's cold-hearted cult hangs like a cobweb over the entire tale authored by none other than my Ex-Aunt, the infamous Rena Chynoweth. The book is still in the public libraries, et Al; but…

Homage to Detective Sam Brower, Author of “Prophet’s Prey:” A Chronology of Warren Jeffs, the FLDS, and Short Creek/Colorado City

The Book "Prophet's Prey," was authored by outstanding LDS Mormon Leader, Activist, Detective and Private Investigator Sam Brower. It is among the best books written on life within Mormon fundamentalist clans and enclaves. A film by the same title, "Prophet's Prey," opened in theaters on September 18th, 2017. It's based on Brower's chronicle of Warren Jeffs…

Review of Ruth Wariner’s Memoir, “The Sound Of Gravel”

NOTE: The following essay is a Review of The Sound of Gravel, a Memoir by Ruth Wariner, a first cousin of mine. ("Wariner" is Ruth's mother's maiden name. My Uncle Joel LeBaron was Ruth's father.) By Stephany Spencer:I've read once, listened thrice to Ruth Wariner's book/audiobook, The Sound of Gravel. It got higher ratings with each…

Review of Charlotte LeBaron’s “Maud’s Story”

Post updated.View Post In 2017, I bought and read Maud's Story, a 2013 self-published/Vanity Press book written by my Aunt Charlotte LeBaron -- my Mother's brother Verlan LeBaron's first wife.  It's a short book consisting mainly of letters supposedly written by Maud Lucinda McDonald LeBaron* -- letters run-together in often hard-to-decipher paragraphs more akin to vignettes.  It appears, at the time…

Review of Luna Lindsey’s “Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control”

Luna Lindsey, Author, Speaker, and Musician  (*NOTE: My Review doesn't look as nice as it looks on Amazon.com, from whence I copied and pasted it after I wrote it there. But at least I was able to post it here, for better or for worse. ~Also, below this Book Review is an essay I used by permission of…

Media on My Extended Family, Friends, and Fundamentalist Mormon Cults

Media on My Extended Family, Friends, and Fundamentalist Mormon Cults   This is a movie done some years ago about my infamous Uncle Ervil LeBaron, my mother's brother. He is now known as "Evil Ervil," and "The Mormon Manson." I knew, respected, and loved him before he went off the deep end with his sociopathy and…

Poem: Comical Comedians, Madigan and Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan Madigan and Gaffigan   By Stephany Spencer-LeBaron What a brilliant comedian is Jim Gaffigan He makes me laugh then laugh again His moniker is “Mr. Universe"He's earned this title in action and verseHe's a regular dynamo running in reverse! Most stand-up comics lewdly gesture and curseTheir work is loaded with smut and worse Trying to…

Review of Cousin Anna LeBaron’s “The Polygamist’s Daughter”

By Stephany Spencer: Review of my cousin Anna LeBaron’s Memoir: The Polygamist’s Daughter *Note:This is a re-post Review I wrote three years ago when Anna Le Baron's first Memoir came out. I'm happy to tell you she is now in the process of writing her second book. Follow her on social media sites such as…

La Mora, Sonora, LeBaron American-Mexican Drug-Cartel Tragedy

Rancho La Mora, Sonora: LeBaron-American-MexicanMassacre NOTE:Due to the recent Mexico-LeBaron tragedy, I interrupt my regular-scheduled blog to post the following Memorial. MSN.COM: US Victims in Mexico massacre were tied to family with long history of violence In Memoriam: My condolences to my extended-family members and friends murdered in the recent Rancho LaMora, Sonora, Mexico massacre.I'm…

Pt 40-B: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy

Pt 40-B: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy Gifted Susan Ray Schmidt was part of my Uncle Verlan LeBaron's harem. After escaping polygamy, she penned the above super memoir. Her writer's voice reads like a 19th-century Jane Austen novel. “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing…

Pt 38-C: Farewell to Floren McDonald LeBaron: The Last of The Mexico-LeBarons

Farewell to Floren McDonald LeBaron: The Last of The LeBarons FLOREN MCDONALD LEBARON The Last FarewellIN MEMORIAM "THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"(Floren's favorite saying)~~~On February 17, 2019, Two months before his 92nd birthday, Floren McDonald LeBaron Left this earthly helm To join his family In a heavenly realm.  Fourth youngest of thirteen children, Floren…

Review of Gabriella Owens’ “BBQ Pizza: A Flaming Expose of Macho Cooking”

 [ BBQ Pizza: A Flaming Expose on Macho Cooking Owens, Gabriella ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2013Paperback by Gabriella Owens (Author) On Review: Gabriella Owens’ Book, BBQ Pizza: A Flaming Expose’ of Macho Cooking Dear Readers: I couldn't believe a cookbook could keep me so engrossed that I wouldn't put it down! Because I…

Fred Morrow Plumbing: Super Savings on Sewer Sub-Meters!

Poets for Fred Morrow Plumbing,* And super-savings on Sewer Sub-Meters: (He’s installed hundreds of these meter readers!) First class, first choice Contractor’s corporation — In my humble opinion, Best plumbing Co. in the nation! I hired Fred Morrow So I wouldn’t be sorry tomorrow; Did my homework; So I don't repent in sorrow! On April…

Review of the California Writers Club Anniversary Anthology, “Cascade of Pearls”

  Ode to The California Writers Club: The California Writers Club is our oyster,  And writers the pearls polished within her. Stephany Spencer  2016   2016 marked the 30th anniversary -- The Pearl Anniversary of The California Writers Club: San Fernando Valley Branch. For thirty years, This club's been our "oyster" ranch,  And we members Pearls growing within her dance, Polishing…

Review of Ester Shifren’s “Hiding in a Cave of Trunks”

'* Note: The following is a book review I did of an acquaintance's book,"Hiding in a Cave of Trunks." Unfortunately, when I copied and pasted my review, as usual, it didn't turn out looking nearly as nice as it looks on Goodreads.com, but it will do.  Read  My book review of Esther Shifren’s “Hiding in…