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…

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…

Review of “Zelph on the Shelf: Mormons, Ex-Mormons, and Censorship Culture”

I just discovered a most valuable and wonderful Website, "Zelph on the Shelf: Mormons, Ex-Mormons, and Censorship Culture." I read part of it. So very much look forward to reading more when I have time. Although I presently believe we are spiritual beings having a physical experience -- in other words, I am no longer a Social-Scientific-Thinker…