2014 Book Goal: 52 (mostly non-fiction)
2014 Books Read: 54 (91% non-fiction)
The book The Witness Wore Read: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice by Rebecca Musser is a shocking look at how a psychopath used the faith, compassion and trust of his Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saint congregation to sickening levels. I learned about the book after reading My Story by Elizabeth Smart… that was another shocker of a book.
These books are a continuance of the research I have done about psychopaths in general. I am blown away by the lack of humanity these people have. The whole idea of doing stuff like these psychos do to the fellow humans is so incomprehensible to me. I’m not a naïve person and I have met my share of bad folks, but this kind of stuff is beyond understanding.
It is sickening how the Jeffs family prayed on the goodness of others. While I can’t dismiss what Rulon Jeffs did as the “prophet” of the FLDS church, it was nothing compared to what happened with his son, Warren Jeffs took over. His psychopathy was all that more disturbing.
I had heard the story of the Yearning for Zion (YFZ) ranch just outside of San Angelo, Texas back when the Feds raided the compound and filed it away under “crazy, weird story.” After reading Smart’s book, I sought out this book.
I know these are completely unrelated cases, but both involved some nutjob pretending to be a prophet and using innocent victims for his own gratification both sexual and mental. I think there should be a special prison for these types as my research has convinced me that they are not salvageable. They cannot be rehabilitated. There is some basic wiring differences in their brains.
Other related books I’ve reviewed on psychopaths: