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The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice by [Musser, Rebecca]
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"The book speaks to the ways isolation, fear and secrecy can shelter insidious abuses until someone has the courage to step forward as a witness." ""Kirkus Reviews"""

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Now in paperback, the New York Times-bestselling story of one woman's fundamentalist upbringing and the brave stand she took on behalf of the women in her community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8665 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (10 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOW9NQG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have read several books by former FLDS wives, and I never get tired of them, though they make difficult reading because of their intensely moving stories.

Rebecca (Becky) Musser's book is hard to put down, extremely easy to read in terms of style, and so full of information I hadn't read before because she was one of the first of Rulon Jeffs's 'young wives', and therefore at the very heart of the organisation. She was privy to major decisions, watched as - even on her 'Honeymoon' - Rulon Jeffs married a succession of younger women, and was able to see the workings of the people surrounding him, including the notorious Warren Jeffs - as he pushed his way to the top, and manipulated everyone around him.

I haven't finished reading the book yet: intriguing and absorbing as it is, I measure how much I subject myself to at any one time, so that it doesn't become overwhelming and sadden me too much, but I absolutely recommend reading her book. I've read Carolyn Jessop's and Becky's sister's book, and I would have to say that I am finding this the most satisfying read. That is not to detract from the others - which were amazing, especially Carolyn's, as it was the first I read of its kind - but Becky's book is very well written and edited.

With the issues she is revealing - which are hard to take in today's enlightened Western society - it really has its place as one of the foremost books on the subject, not least because of her position, and ultimately, how she has brought the subject to the world's attention due to her "privileged" (??!) position at the top.

Well done, Becky, for turning your abuse into a major force for good, positivity, and enlightenment for others.
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When Rebecca Musser was barely nineteen, she became one of Rulon Jeffs' (the then so-called "Prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) "young wives". As one of the first young women to be sacrificed to Jeffs (he married more than forty other women and girls after her, two within days of the wedding), she was at the heart of the FLDS, able to see Warren Jeffs' rise to absolute power and the rapidly-decreasing age of marriage.

Throughout the book, you see the control the men have over the lives of the women. The women have no control over who they marry, or over their bodies when they do marry, and their salvation is held above their head as the stick to force them to total obedience.

It's heart-breaking to read, and shocking that people can be so subjugated in a Western country such as the United States: young girls forced to marry men older than their fathers, even as they're sobbing, and having their spirit "bred" out of them (as the FLDS phrase goes). With her place at the top of the cult (apparently "privileged", but with no ability to travel freely, and constantly-monitored, I'd question the term), she was able to see the machinations of the cult up close, making her testimony incredibly valuable for anybody reading about the FLDS.

It's an absorbing but horrific read. It's very emotionally-difficult to read some of the details, especially regarding the abuses of notorious cult-leader Warren Jeffs, whose rise to power and manipulation is laid bare here.

Musser writes very well, and it's inspiring to see how she overcame a background of such abuse to speak against the leaders of the cult, and against oppression in general.

Recommended for scholars and people interested in the FLDS, but expect an emotional punch.
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Yes, its an interesting and utterly fascinating story and presumed insight into the life of Rebecca Musser. However, having read bother her sisters account of her own experiences and upbringing and her fathers rebuttal of events one wonders how much of this particular book is actually accurate. I read Elyssa's book first and enjoyed it immensely, I then read this one and throughout the first part covering the childhood I certainly noticed very loudly that certain things did not tally. Surely the experiences and history of 2 sisters cannot be so vastly different! Rebecca talks about constant abuse from her mothers sister-wives and yet Elyssa mentions none at all, in fact almost the opposite at times. Once or twice she mentions slight tension but nothing out of the ordinary surely in the lets face up, abnormal lifestyle situation. Elyssa's book STOLEN INNOCENCE is utterly absorbing and down to earth, it shouts honest at the reader and yet this one seems to say.. Sensationalized!
YES.. I enjoyed it but please, read the other 2 books as well before you believe everything you see!
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It takes a special person to stand up not only to a religious tyrant but his mass of brainwashed followers. Going against her upbringing and large extended family was a brave but necessary move. These men prosecuted were little more than paedophiles exercising control in the name of religion and instilling fear in their faithful flock should they fail to adhere to the rules of a self appointed messenger from God. May the faithful few of the FLDS learn to be less gullible and open their eyes to the truth of what has happened and learn from this.
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