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This is Mrs. Spencer's second book about being a plural wife in the LeBaron cult. I've read her first book, Shattered Dreams, as well. That first one was about her marriage to Verlan LeBaron, her jealousy of being one of ten wives, the depressing poverty they lived in as one man vainly tried to support ten wives and 58 children.
In Cult Insanity she discusses the history of the LeBaron cult, how several of the LeBaron brothers believed themselves to be God's prophet on Earth, and how brother Ervil's thirst for power led to murder, violence, and constant fear within the group. Ervil has his followers murder his brother Joel, repeatedly attempt to murder his brother Verlan, murder his own daughter, and kill about 25 people from his death list. The murders went on even after he died in prison as his followers continued to eliminate people from his death list, and then began to turn on one another. It's an amazing story of what can happen when a mentally ill person is able to recruit believers to carry out his evil plans.
Now I have read several books about the LeBarons--these two by Irene Spencer, another by her sister wife Susan, and one by Ervil's wife Rena, who killed for him. Despite all that, sometimes this new book was hard to follow. It was hard to keep track of who all the people were and how they were relatd to one another. With all the plural marriages, you'd have somebody married to one woman whose sister was married to that person's father who was also married to the first person's daughter. Very confusing. Some more charts would have been helpful, as well as more explanations.Read more ›
I didn't read the first book the author wrote (Shattered Dreams), which tells her life being married in polygamy. I wish I would've read that book first, because at times I was a bit lost with all the wives and the extended family. Cult Insanity focuses more on how the cult started, and on the murders; so there isn't much background on the family itself, except for a few of the LeBaron brothers.
The first two-thirds of the book moves a bit slow; with not much happening except the cult growing stronger and getting wierder. It's not until the last third of the book that it gets truly chilling and disturbing. Also, most of the murders are just a short footnote at the end; don't expect to find a detailed account of all that happened. I wish too the author would've written more what her own emotions were during this time. Often, she comes across as very detached, which certainly makes sense after some of the things she's been through
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Worn out story; not well written. One must congratulate the writer for pulling herself out of the muck and mire of her life in plural marriage and fake religion. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maryann Kowalczyk
A sensational riveting true crime story: "Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement" (2009) authored by Irene Spencer is her intense impassioned... Read morePublished 5 months ago by missmickee/bookreview
This is a book that should be read by everyone. The facts shared in this book are not unique to this cult only, but shine a light on the craziness of other cults as well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wendy S.
Fascinating and sad how many peoples can be lead astray by a false belief. How a man can believe himself to be a God and do such ungodly things.
This was a page turner for me. Read more
People need to read Irene Spencers " Scattered Dreams " before this one!Published 15 months ago by J. Nielsen
Beware of groups where you're not allowed to question the leadership. What an insightful and down-to-earth account of one woman's years of living with people who abused their... Read morePublished 15 months ago by TSM
I read Shattered dreams first. And that book was a tear Jerker. Then I was introduced to this book Cult Insanity. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jane doe
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