Deadly Vows: The True Story of a Zealous Preacher, A Polygamous Union and a Savage Murder

Deadly Vows: The True Story of a Zealous Preacher, A Polygamous Union and a Savage Murder

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by Leif M. Wright
     
 

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Sean Goff was a dynamic Pentecostal minister who was already running his own church by the age of twenty-two. He had wed a pliable teenager and bent her to his will, eventually convincing her to agree to his secretly taking a second wife named Joy. Although at first the clandestine arrangement worked well, problems soon began to surface.

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Sean Goff was a dynamic Pentecostal minister who was already running his own church by the age of twenty-two. He had wed a pliable teenager and bent her to his will, eventually convincing her to agree to his secretly taking a second wife named Joy. Although at first the clandestine arrangement worked well, problems soon began to surface.

Leif Wright, Sean’s friend and co-worker, confronted Sean about his hidden polygamous lifestyle, which threatened to scandalize their employer, a world-famous televangelist.

Sean’s foray into polygamy led to his association with an online community where he earned respect by dispensing advice to other evangelical polygamists. He derided divorce as the sign of a weak man who didn’t know how to lead his women. It was especially troublesome to Sean when Joy hinted that she wasn’t happy and wanted to have a meaningful career. Then Joy suddenly disappeared, although friends continued to receive her e-mails. The messages seemed strange, and some wondered whether she was really traveling around Europe.

Leif Wright takes his readers into the mind of a ruthless, controlling killer in this straight-from-the-headlines true crime saga, leaving us all to question just how well any of us really knows our neighbors, friends and spouses.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Journalist Wright is far from a dispassionate reporter of this sordid murder story; he was close friends with the killer, Pentecostal minister Sean Goff, and even feels some responsibility for the fatal stabbing of Joy Risker, having had extensive discussions with Goff about how one could plan a perfect crime. Wright and Goff used television shows about forensics as a guide for a movie script about a murderer who could stay ahead of the police by knowing how not to leave incriminating clues, but Goff, who believed in polygamy, used the concept to kill Risker, the woman he married while still married to his first wife. When her friends became suspicious of the e-mails Goff sent under Risker’s name, the scheme fell apart. To an outsider, the story is far less interesting than to Wright, who also offers details of his friendship with Goff that will be tedious to many. The prologue, in which what will prove to be Risker’s corpse is found in the Arizona desert, is repeated, word-for-word, in the 18th chapter. Wright’s decision to thank Goff in the acknowledgments will strike many readers as bizarre. Agent: Sharlene Martin, Martin Literary Management. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882824550
Publisher:
New Horizon Press
Publication date:
01/20/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
525,479
File size:
2 MB

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