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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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    Jenna 07-06-15
    Jenna 07-06-15
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    "An insider's perspective of the FLDS"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would. This book provides an insider's perspective to an organization that only ex-members can provide. The book details the secrets the FLDS tried to protect and the experience and difficulty of leaving an organization that uses persuasion and manipulation to coerce its members. It is an eye opening book that explains the difficulty of leaving a manipulative structured society without setting out to do so.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. I liked that the author narrated her own story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I think having listened to her story was enough for me, I would not want to relive her experience via a movie. However, had I not listened, I would probably watch the movie.


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    Jennifer 06-16-15
    Jennifer 06-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing and Moving"
    Where does The Witness Wore Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this in the top 5 audio books I have listened to. The fact that the author read the story made it even more powerful. Her story many times moved me to tears.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rebecca was the primary character and she is my favorite. She is a strong amazing woman and I look up to her.


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

    Could you give your all to protect the ones you love?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is incredibly inspiring. In many places I was moved to tears by the struggles Rebecca was forced to endure. Her strength was inspiring to me. Her refusal to back down from a terrifying challenge showed her character.

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    Kris 04-24-15
    Kris 04-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth listening to"

    The story is interesting and if you know nothing about the FLDS it's very informative and pretty well written for a memior. The irritation is with the naration. Rebecca is fine, but when she tries to imitate others voices it's annoying. She falls in and out of her accents, and people don't really talk the way she makes them sound. I almost didn't make it thru the whole thing. I did because her story is important. Rebecca comes off a little self-righteous at times, but it is a good story.

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    Kathy H. 04-02-15
    Kathy H. 04-02-15

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    "Great story!"

    I couldn't put it down, which says a lot for me. I admire Rebecca's courage to leave and then to stand up and fight for the rights of her people. Especially all the young girls. Great book. Highly recommend!

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    Erika 03-15-15
    Erika 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Informative & Well written!"

    Narration by the author is always a treat but Rebecca did a tremendous job with this! Her story is truly remarkable and a must read.

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    Linked and Happy 03-14-15
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    "Fascinating story, but the narration..."
    What did you love best about The Witness Wore Red?

    The powerful glimpse into this crazy, scary cult - and a reminder of the horrible things that people can justify and get away with under the guise of religion. Rebecca is a strong person to have endured, and eventually escaped, life under the FLDS.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rebecca Musser?

    Unfortunately, no. I do understand why Rebecca is the narrator and this powerful book is written in the first person, but if she writes another book, please let someone else read it! She sounds like she is reading something she has never seen before (one word at a time), has little change in inflection, frequently puts the emphasis on the wrong syllable and occasionally mispronounces some words (e.g. viral vs. virile). At first I wasn't sure if I'd be to get through it, but the story drew me in anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    The story pulls you in so much that you can overlook (figuratively speaking) the less than satisfactory narration.

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    Maralee 11-13-14
    Maralee 11-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to The Witness Wore Red again? Why?

    I might listen again - it was long, but it was compelling.


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

    I don't know that I have a good comparison for it - it was not like any of the religious memoir I have read/listened to. Ms. Musser was in an entirely different spot than any of the others I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found any scene involving Warren Jeffs particularly fascinating. Because he was such a figure in the media, her view is particularly interesting.


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

    One woman's quest to escape fundamentalism


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated that Ms. Musser, while hinting around it, did not spell out explicitly the sexual encounters she had with her former husband. Sometimes it seems like those scenes are thrown in there for juice, but they wouldn't have added a thing to this book and would have rather markedly detracted from it.

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    Priscilla Otis, OR, USA 08-29-14
    Priscilla Otis, OR, USA 08-29-14 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to The Witness Wore Red again? Why?

    Yes, It's a great insight into a world I knew nothing about. Definitely worth another listen.


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    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 08-22-14
    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 08-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).

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    My question refers to evil. Will people who commit evil acts continue to get away with it?
    Perhaps some will think that has nothing to do with this book, but that is what I was left feeling when I finished this book.

    There is much of the book that is quite hard to get through due to the horrid (that's the best word I can come up with at the moment but nowhere strong enough) things that happen and are discovered. Which leads me to another thought what is going to happen to the women and girls and innocent children. Is there something we can do for them?
    I am glad that I came upon this book and that I have listened to it. I'm not sure if I would've gotten through it if I was reading it myself. I do feel that it was worth the credit that I spent on it.

    I am hoping that Rebecca Musser will give us another book in the future and I applaud her for her courage and determination. Thank you for sharing this book with us.

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    GrammyKate Morgan Hill, CA, United States 07-20-14
    GrammyKate Morgan Hill, CA, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Intriguing"

    So interesting and insightful. She is a survivor and deserves a life of joy and happiness. She saved many indeed.

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