Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

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From the private investigator who cracked open the case that led to the conviction of Warren Jeffs, the maniacal prophet of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), comes the page-turning, horrifying story of how a rogue sect used sex, money, and power disguised under a fa?ade of religion to further criminal activities and a madman's vision.

In Prophet's Prey, Brower implicates Jeffs in his own words, bringing to light the contents of Jeffs's personal ...

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Overview

From the private investigator who cracked open the case that led to the conviction of Warren Jeffs, the maniacal prophet of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), comes the page-turning, horrifying story of how a rogue sect used sex, money, and power disguised under a façade of religion to further criminal activities and a madman's vision.

In Prophet's Prey, Brower implicates Jeffs in his own words, bringing to light the contents of Jeffs's personal priesthood journal, discovered in a hidden underground vault, and revealing to readers the shocking inside world of FLDS members whose trust he earned and who showed him the staggering truth of their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Mormon Brower recounts his seven-year investigation of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) leader Warren Jeffs. This investigation ultimately led to the conviction of Jeffs on felony counts of child sexual assault while the book presents a rare and detailed look into the FLDS. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 9/30/11)
Publishers Weekly
In 2008, most Americans became aware of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS) when authorities in Texas searched the 1,700-acre Yearning for Zion Ranch and discovered alarming evidence of child abuse on a massive scale. As private investigator Brower points out in his often gripping memoir and detective tale, the video clips portrayed a tiny fraction of the real story. An extremist faction of the Mormon Church, the FLDS broke away from the mainstream church when the latter officially renounced polygamy. Under the leadership of Warren Jeffs, the FLDS group that drew the nation’s attention still regards plural marriage as the most holy and important doctrine ever revealed on Earth. Jeffs’s followers believe that they are the only true Mormon Church, and they zealously obey their religious teachings and their leader. As Brower points out, such ardent adherence to their leader’s teachings enabled Jeffs to create a subculture in which his control and decisions were unquestioned and embraced. Brower uncovers many documents exposing cases of extortion, tax fraud, child abuse, and kidnappings, and Brower’s investigations helped lead to Jeffs’s arrest in Texas, where the religious leader was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for child sex abuse this month. While the book often mimics the contrived dialogue and suspense of television drama and is often mind-numbingly repetitious, Brower manages to tell a fascinating tale of one man’s megalomania. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608193240
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 297,450
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Brower

Private detective Sam Brower is the investigator who pushed forward the long and hard legal battles against the radical FLDS and Warren Jeffs. Raised in the Mormon Church (mainstream LDS), he lives in Cedar City, Utah. Visit his website at www.prophetsprey.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface Jon Krakauer vii

Chapter 1 Prey 1

Chapter 2 Ross 13

Chapter 3 "Uncle Warren?" 21

Chapter 4 UEP v. Holm 28

Chapter 5 Big Willie 34

Chapter 6 P.I. 40

Chapter 7 The Father 45

Chapter 8 Lost Boys 55

Chapter 9 Headmaster 61

Chapter 10 Coup 68

Chapter 11 Diversity 75

Chapter 12 Blood Atonement 80

Chapter 13 Death in the Family 87

Chapter 14 Stepmothers and Wives 95

Chapter 15 Predator 102

Chapter 16 The Record 110

Chapter 17 Whirlwind 118

Chapter 18 Twenty-one Men 128

Chapter 19 There to Stay 137

Chapter 20 On the Run 144

Chapter 21 Mancos 152

Chapter 22 Janetta 159

Chapter 23 Wicked 168

Chapter 24 Candi 176

Chapter 25 Twelve Years Old 185

Chapter 26 Grand Jury 190

Chapter 27 On the Road 197

Chapter 28 The Turf War 208

Chapter 29 Arrest 218

Chapter 30 Guilty 227

Chapter 31 Elissa 236

Chapter 32 Sarah 243

Chapter 33 Standoff 249

Chapter 34 Search 255

Chapter 35 Seizure 262

Chapter 36 Backfire 269

Chapter 37 Sinking Ship 276

Chapter 38 Stalker 285

Chapter 39 Town without Pity 294

Chapter 40 The Telephone 299

Afterword 312

Acknowledgments 318

Index 320

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    A Great Companion Read

    I'd advise anyone considering this book to also consider and read first Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven". By all means if you read Krakauer then "Prophet's Prey" is an absolute must-read. Sam Brower gives the reader a guided tour into the insanity of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints' (FLDS) way of life. If you've read some of the other books about polygamy, sexual abuse and the FLDS: Carolyn Jessop's "Escape", Spencer's "Cult of Insanity", Wall's "Stolen Innocence" , (the list goes on) then Sam Brower does a masterful job of bringing all of these disparate but similar characters and themes together. Be assured, this is NOT a rehash of old material you've read elsewhere, this is the story of the investigator who essentially ran Warren Jeffs to ground and got people to pay attention to the crimes Jeffs was committing in the name of religion. This is not Brower's self-serving account of investigation, he simply puts you in the car, taking you with him to shine the light on the madness that was the Warren Jeffs FLDS community.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    I highly recommend this book for those who ask "Why and How" concerning polygamy.

    Living in St. George, UT, I have seen, heard and read much about polygamy and Colorado City/Hilldale. However, Sam Brower's 'Prophet's Prey' is the most comprehensive, straight-forward revelation of the true evil perpetrated against the "willing" followers. His account answers many questions, such as WHY, even today, so many continue to follow Warren Jeffs' madness. While the abuse has always been obvious concerning young girls, women, children and young men, the control and abuse of grown men was shocking. I have read several other books on this subject, but 'Prophet's Prey' digs deepest into the realities of "Living the Principle." Thank you, Sam Brower, for this exceptional read concerning present-day polygamy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    Highly recommend

    Well done timeline of the building crisis and the events leading to downfall of Jeffs. A good exmination of the investigative process that secured convictions from one of the investigators. Friendly casual retelling gives a good feeling of the cult culture.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Amazing details you won't believe!

    Sam has done the legwork here. Sit back and prepare to be captivated by the details of the SICK Warren Jeffs and his clan of predators! You won't want to stop reading! Thank you, Sam, for bsing so instrumental in the takedown of this monster!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Absolutely gripping.

    How anyone could willingly be a part of a community such as Brower describes is beyond me. His dogged and patient investigation, chronicled in this book, would have given me bouts of PTSD! I know, it's probably not the whole story, but it is a real clear look at the FLDS community through the eyes of an investigator who has definitely seen it all.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    OMG

    So disturbing!! So upsetting!! Thank you Sam Brower for writting this book. This is something everybody should now about.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Alot of great information

    This is packed with great facts. Nice to get an insiders point if view.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

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    A Must Read

    Prophet's Prey is not about bigamy. Yes, bigamy is a part of the story but, bigamy in itself is far from the main issue. This is about a cult hiding under the sanctions of religion. This is about one man's journey to ultimate power, the corruption of an entire town, horrendous child abuse, the total absence of women's rights, ingrained fear, warped beliefs, and helplessness. This is also the story of a handful of people who stood up and, no matter the obstacles, did the right thing.

    Before reading this, I was aware of the headline stuff relating to Warren Jeffs and his FDLS religious group. After reading this, I realize the little I knew was twisted or ignored by the media. This book is an incredible read. I had to keep reminding myself that this is real, not fiction. Sam Brower takes us on an unbelievable journey into the heart of the FDLS, a warped offshoot of the Mormon religion. This is a powerful book written by a man I have immense respect for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Disturbing

    It never ceases to amaze me the depths religous goofballs will stoop to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Good book less repeating

    The book just had a little to much repeating in it but gives you a least 10 other books on the subject

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    A must read

    The shows on tv about polg sugar coat it. Untill you read thiss book you have no idea what this religion is really about.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Good read

    Good book, gives you a great inside look. Unfoetunately I had a huge problem with it going back to the page I left off, which was kind of frustrating.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Liked this boook...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2011

    Wonderful!

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Good

    Good details, mentions Jon Krakauer's book several times. Crazy how much the character Albie on Big Love was modeled after warren. Sick dude.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Riveting. Horrifying. Vital

    Those wishing to delve behind the scenes of the dramatic trial of Warren Jeffs in Texas should look no further. This is a clear sighted account of the years of investigation - and denial by various government agencies - that finally put Jeffs in the dock for his crimes. Brower also demonstrates that it will be a long time before all the perpetrators of abuse are brought to justice.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Incredible insight, honest portrayals

    Sam Brower writes a gripping account of his experience as a private investigator of the FLDS and specifically Warren Jeffs. Detailed without being tawdry, his writing conveys a sincerity and honesty that provides the perfect factual background and understanding of the sect and it's prophet; and how it spiraled into a nightmarish reality where evil harvested on powerless vulnerability.
    I spare it the five stars because the organization of the story was quite poor. Overall, a worthwhile purchase and informative read.

    Brilliant timing of release, I may add.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Excellent, informational and a compelling read.

    Outstanding, the author provides a lot of information and tells a great story as well.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    An enlightening and truly shocking expose'!

    Brower gives a 100% firsthand account of a nearly decade long investigation into the FLDS and its megalomaniacal leader Warren Jeffs. The book is at the same time chilling and incredibly compelling! Brower, with his style and real-life experience masterfully relates the gripping story of Jeffs, the false messiah, and the genesis of his lurid religion.

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