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

by Leif M. Wright
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Deadly Vows: The True Story of a Zealous Preacher, A Polygamous Union and a Savage Murder by Leif M. Wright

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882824543
Publisher: New Horizon Press
Publication date: 01/14/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Leif M. Wright is a winner of numerous Associated Press journalism awards and recipient of the prestigious Best of Gannett Award for the investigative series "Shout at the Devil." A former crime reporter and managing editor of the Muskogee Daily Phoenix (a former Gannett newspaper), he is currently owner and publisher of an online newspaper. He is an accomplished ghostwriter of dozens of books. He lives in Muskogee, Oklahoma, with his wife and two children.

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Deadly Vows: The True Story of a Zealous Preacher, A Polygamous Union and a Savage Murder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads well. It keeps you wanting more information as you delve into the history behind the criminal. No dead real least until you read the hindsight provided by the author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is what true crime books are truly lacking. The author doesn't just tell us about how the crime was committed, he delves into WHY it was committed. It's an amazing journey through the mind of a killer who wraps himself in religion and ultimately allows that religion to lead him to taking multiple wives, killing one and mutilating her so he doesn't get caught. So often, I'm left understanding what happened in an infamous crime, but I'm still not sure what could possibly motivate someone to commit such heinous acts. In this book, however, I got a thorough understanding of what motivated Sean Goff to kill his wife. The facts of the case are still there, including a lot of information from the trial, and a good character study of the victim, but the value of this book is more in understanding how an ostensibly good person could somehow become a calculated, cold-blooded killer and no one around him seem to notice until it's too late. You should read this book with that in mind, because it can provide a tremendous amount of insight in that way.