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Prophet of Blood: The Untold Story of Ervil Lebaron and the Lambs of God Hardcover – November 1, 1981

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); 1st edition (November 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399123717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399123719
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Miss Hater on August 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book I've read about the LeBarons and it is a subject that I'm fascinated by and can't get enough of.

What a story this is.Its a story I don't think is totally over.

This book was written by 2 reporters who had covered the case extensively when Ervil was still alive. They did their homework and the book is interesting and engaging with a healthy dose of background, not only on the LeBaron family history, but the Mormon church and polygamist splinter groups as well.

I stayed up longer than I should have several nights reading this book. The story is laid out artfully and flows easily.

I think the authors made one big mistake though. The book only goes up to Ervil's death.I think the authors thought that with him in prison and then dead that the LeBaron cult died too.

They make that assumption in the last few pages of the book. They couldn't have been more wrong. What happened in the years after Ervil's 1981 death could fill another book. And it did.

I highly recommend that you check out Scott Anderson's excellent work-The four o'clock murders if you want to know the many twists and happenings that occurred after Prophet of the cult of the Church of the Lambs of God died in prison.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Eileene LeBaron on December 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As I married into this infamous family, I too was fascinated about the history. I married one of Ervil's that broke away from his cult upbringing and went on to raise a family who followed the life and teachings of Jesus. (our family) He was just a little guy while most of this was going on....but the scars were there just the same. Growing up in a cult and never seeing his dad....raising himself with many brothers and sisters and sister wives....later on running away from the threat of being killed...and then breaking away and starting a new life and a wonderful family...replacing the shackles of the cult lifestyle with THAT is the story that continues today. Sure there are some remaining family members still practicing polygamy or running from the police or even still believing in the many initial cult practices. But the stories of those who left that behind and went on to live wonderful lives are the stories that are truly inspiring.

It is one difficult struggle to break free from the beliefs of a cult especially when you knew nothing else. My husband did. The real stories of moving forward against all odds would be an awesome thing to hear about as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Azburner on September 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is a very good historical examination of one aspect of Fundamentalist Mormonism known as the Church of the Lamb of God, its members and the historical account of bringing them and Ervil LeBaron to justice. I recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. I also recommend it as a reference to anyone researching the Church of the Lamb Of God and its followers in the time frame up to the death of Ervil. As with all historical accounts one has to understand there are two or more sides to every story and some variations of the accounts found in who is writing it down.

This book primarily covers the investigation of the group by law enforcement in the murder of Rulon Allred the leader of the AUB Church. This covers the time frame *before* the Houston murders of Mark, Duane and Jennifer Chynoweth and Eddie Marston in Dallas. There are other books that can give you a glimpse into the world in which they lived and the beliefs they adhered to and followed. An examination from inside the group by one of Ervil's daughters and the admitted trigger puller who killed Rulon can be found in the book by Rena Chynoweth, "Blood Covenant". Also the book "The 4 O' Clock Murders" by Scott Anderson is a good, well researched work on the group after the death of Ervil and the investigation of the murders in Dallas and Houston. You will find some contradictions in the same story and incidents these three books cover. That is normal due to the accounts of people who were interviewed as well as those who's memories were vague, or the accounts of people who may not have been forth coming of all they knew.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Eves on January 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
loved this book. lived in utah for 30 years and knew some of the relatives. What a scary book! a great read!
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