Features an all-new chapter for this edition
New York Times bestselling author Stephen Singular provides an inside look at the Mormon polygamist sect that made headlines in 2008 for coercing young girls into marriage, and the story of their ruthless leader, Warren Jeffs.
As the self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, Warren Jeffs held sway over thousands of followers for nearly a decade. His rule was utterly tyrannical. In addition to coercing young girls into marriages with older men, Jeffs reputedly took scores of wives, many of whom were his father’s widows. But in 2007, after landing on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, Jeffs’s reign was forcefully ended. He would be imprisoned for committing rape as an accomplice.
In When Men Become Gods, Edgar Award–nominee Stephen Singular traces Jeffs’s rise to power and the concerted effort that led to his downfall. Newly updated, it describes the controversial 2008 raid on Jeffs’s Texas compound and the fate of the 439 children taken from the sect. It offers readers a rare glimpse into a tradition that’s almost a century old, but has only now been exposed.
“A harrowing, well-written account of a frightening cult.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Shines much-needed light on the disturbing activities of these outlaw communities. I only wish it had been written years ago.” —Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
“A raw and bracing account of Warren Jeffs’s sex crimes and fugitive years. . . . Troubling and fascinating.” —Publishers Weekly