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The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice | [Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook]

The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens Rebecca Musser became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.
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Publisher's Summary

Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs.

Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family. The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in - and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS.

Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life.

The Witness Wore Red is a gripping account of one woman's struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Rebecca Musser (P)2013 Hachette Book Group

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    Briley ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 10-08-13
    Briley ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Compelling and emotional read"

    I normally shy away from audio books read by the author, but this is a gem. Her story is powerful, and to hear her share her own FLDS experiences will leave you wanting to know more. I finished this book in 2 days, and I'd love to read more by this author. I'm fascinated by the FLDS, and this memoir stands apart because it delves into the aftermath of growing up in such an environment. I commend this woman for stepping out and for being so vulnerable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Schurr Boston, MA 10-30-13
    Eric Schurr Boston, MA 10-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Stunning...Shocking...Amazing...Gripping"

    This book is truly incredible -- you may have read other books about the the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (e.g., John Krakuer's "Under the banner of heaven") but none reveal the inner workings of this bizarre world like this book does. Rebecca Musser was married to the top person in the church ("The Prophet") and witnessed first-hand events that are truly hard to believe are real.

    At many points during my listen I felt compelled to talk out loud (to myself!) about how truly astonishing and shocking this world was: Guys "marrying" 60+ wives, some of them 70 years younger than their husbands; women with basically no rights who are forced/brainwashed into being totally subservient to their husbands; men abusing pre-teenage girls "in the name of God," and so on.

    Rebecca Musser was very brave to escape the church, agree to be a key witness in Warren Jeff's prosecution, and write this book.

    All I can say is: listen to it. you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 10-06-13
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2007

    Jonnie

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    "This is a great story!"

    I loved this book from start to finish. Becky Musser is a real hero. The adversaries and odds she was fighting were overwhelming but she fought her foes with a growing confidence and dignity. Becky did the narration and it too was very well done. She expressed the emotions she was feeling in the various situations in such a way that you could feel the situations in a more personal and authentic way. I loved her interpretations of the Texas sheriff. :) I have read Under the Banner of Heaven and Escape and enjoyed them all but Witness gives you the best description of life inside the FLDS.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn NM, United States 09-29-13
    Glenn NM, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very compelling, well read, brought me to tears."

    I have listened to many audio books in the past several years, approaching 100 or so, and I must say, this one is close to the top of my favorites. Rebecca Musser is an AMAZING narrator. I am not sure what she is doing nowadays but she could earn a living at Audible.com. Her voice is so articulate and smooth and full of measured emotion. The story of the FLDS itself for me was not a complete surprise, as I have studied religion for over 20 years. (Also been an atheist for over 40.) I spent some time in southern Utah many many years ago and got a taste of what went on there via a super-secret girlfriend. The "leaders" of these people are very demented, in fact, the FLDS is similar to the fundamentalist Muslims in the way they brainwash their young and completely control their women. It is very sad indeed. It is amazing to me how these sects can continue to exist in this country. I can only hope that more of these young girls can escape this hell on Earth they live in. Rebecca Musser is no doubt a hero. Her bravery and tenacity are examples for others to follow. . A champion of the oppressed indeed. I would love to meet her one day just to shake her hand.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy JEFFERSON, WI, United States 02-18-14
    Nancy JEFFERSON, WI, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Former Waitress, Chargeback clerk, Clown, Florist owner, Clergy. Love series, humor, twists, history, mysteries, not into witches/bondage.

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    Would you listen to The Witness Wore Red again? Why?

    Yes, because I think I would learn more the second time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rebecca is a strong woman and intelligent. She fought hard for justice and for God.


    What about Rebecca Musser’s performance did you like?

    The delivery was good, even though she wrote it her voice was clear and the inflections followed her experiences.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to mention. This is a true story that is compelling. The biography is sensitive and loving. Her struggles are well written and well spoken. Some are terrifying and rock the deepest part of the soul.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Simonton Texas, USA 02-13-14
    J. Simonton Texas, USA 02-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Fun Happens

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    "Excellent Book with Horrible Accents"
    Would you listen to The Witness Wore Red again? Why?

    Yes, I do think the content outshines the horrendous narration of the book. Rebecca gives a look into the a secretive world in an honest manner.


    What other book might you compare The Witness Wore Red to and why?

    This book made me think about Banished by Lauren Drain- they were raised in two different cults but seemed to have very similar experiences.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Musser’s performances?

    Probably Not. The author reading this book was definitely a unique choice and her attempt at a Texan accent is comical at best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction to this books. Although parts are sad, I did not cry at all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reader Atkinson, NE, United States 01-20-14
    Reader Atkinson, NE, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A great listen..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very interesting book to listen to while driving - the miles passed quickly.


    What other book might you compare The Witness Wore Red to and why?

    Stolen Innocence was written by her sister, yet the points of view on different events give an interesting account of the lives they each led within the FLDS.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the fact that the author read the book herself. I know others don't always enjoy the book when it is read by the author, but in this case it was very well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lorraine salt lake city, UT, United States 12-21-13
    lorraine salt lake city, UT, United States 12-21-13
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    "Amazing"
    Where does The Witness Wore Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best i have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its so shocking yet very inspirational


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Musser – was your favorite?

    Herself


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "the story.."


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the lady that read the book but the story was amazing i couldn't put the book down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H. Ricks Colorado 11-05-13
    H. Ricks Colorado 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling yet sad story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, gives real insight into the FLDS church in a frightening yet real story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rebecca, obviously as the story was from her.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Musser’s performances?

    No. The reading was way too dramatic which really distracted from the story. When Brooks and the other Texas characters were introduced things got worse in her attempt to imitate them. At one point I almost stopped listening. A different narrator would have been a better choice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this book could have used some additional editing as many parts seemed like excess information that didn't pertain to the message of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall good book, frightening story especially since it's true.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SHANNON THE DALLES, OR, United States 10-15-13
    SHANNON THE DALLES, OR, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing story--Texas accent super annoying!"
    Would you listen to The Witness Wore Red again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening to this book until the author began using a horrible Texan accent. It was annoying and distracted from the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It shows the insidious nature of the FLDS church (cult), and how it sanctions child, and spousal abuse. I read "Under the Banner of Heaven" and this was a worthy addition to my education about the FLDS church.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, until the accent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me angry that the followers of the FLDS church have buried their heads in the sand, and allowed the systematic abuse of children!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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