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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455527847
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 81,188
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Rebecca Musser speaks nationally on behalf of oppressed women and is the founder of Claim Red, a non-profit organization. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Brian-Allard More than 1 year ago
The Witness Wore Red is a stunning look inside organized religion and sexual slavery. I was horrified by what I read and applaud Rebecca Musser for her brave telling of her ordeal. The facts are shocking. The writing is excellent.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice written by Rebecca Musser is a shocking look at her life with the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). The FLDS practice polygamy. I feel it important to point out that the FLDS is no more a representation of the LDS Church (Mormons) than the Westboro Baptist Church represents all Baptists. Rebecca Musser is very respectful of the FLDS. This is an expose of the leaders that allowed the tempting taste of power to corrupt them. The leaders controlled the people through fear of losing their salvation. The women of the FLDS were indoctrinated or brainwashed from birth to be subservient to males. The people of the FLDS look to the Prophet as God incarnate.  Rebecca Musser was only 19 years old when she was forced to marry Roulon Jeffs, a man in his 80s. She was only one of his 60-something wives. Upon his death, his son Warren Jeffs declared himself the Prophet. He changed the rules and allowed men, especially himself, to “marry” children. Rebecca Musser escaped when Warren told her he would break her. Despite threats against her, she assisted the Texas authorities in capturing Warren Jeffs and prosecuting him for sexual crimes and abuse against children. While the author never once called the FLDS a cult, I will. The events that are described in this book are sickening. I admire the author for coming forward with the truth. Even after leaving the FLDS, their brainwashing left her feeling like she was unworthy of respect. As I listened to this book, I was saddened by the depravity of man. Rebecca Musser eventually comes to know her self-worth. This is a good vs evil tale that will stay with readers long after they read the last page. I am reviewing the audio format of The Witness Wore Red; it was read by the author which added depth to the story. At times this book brought tears, at times it brought a smile or a laugh, and it definitely brought a sense of triumph.
KrLaSp More than 1 year ago
I am a little over 200 pages through this book and I am very glad that I decided to read it.  While the polygamist lifestyle has always been interesting to me, I wasn't sure if the book would capture my attention.  I am so glad that I was hooked from the first page!  Rebecca does an excellent job of explaining her upbringing and the duties that were expected of her as a wife to a self-proclaimed prophet.  The writing is lively and very engaging.  I sometimes shy away from reading non-fiction because I find a lot of it dull, but the details and account of her personal experiences of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse are heartbreaking and interesting.  You will be talking about this book to everyone who will listen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I not only had the opportunity to read this book a few weeks ago, but I also have had the opportunity to get to know M. Bridget Cook, who co-authored the book. This is an incredible story of Rebecca Musser's bravery and willingness to stand up against the monster that is Warren Jeffs. The writing is excellent. I felt like I was seeing things through Rebecca's eyes and feeling what she felt and experienced. Human trafficking is evil, and the more people who fight against it, the more lives we can save.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I watched the Warren Jeffs trial covetage on HLN and was immediately drawn into the horror that was taking place among the FLDS. I first read the book by this authors sister Elissa Wall titled Stolen Innocence which is also a great book and is a little different in that her book is more about her horrible forced marriage and her escape ( note in that book Rebecca is referred to as Kassadra) this book is more about the trial and gives alot of information that was not told during the trial or only hinted at so I was really glad to get that new information horrible as it was. I applaud this woman and every other woman who escaped the FLDS and sacfificed so much of themselves to put these men and this so called prophet where they belong in prison and where they now have to live the way they forced these women and little girls to live. I also reccomend reading Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall and Escape by Carolyn Jessop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was astounded at what ms. Musser had to endure in the name of her religion ... And in this country. Easy to see why a theocracy is not a good form of government. Extreme oppression exists in many, many places in this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only way to describe this book is downright excellent! Rebecca's life story is told in a heartfelt and truthful way, and gives great insi ght into the FLDS life. I Applaud her for remaining true to herself, and for expressing that there is a good side to her people too. Readers will not be disappointed.
LF48 More than 1 year ago
Rebecca did the right thing by writing this book and by testifying against Warren Jeffs. So many people "brainwashed" into believing that lifestyle was honorable and was the "only way" that everyone on the outside was against them and trying to do them in. I believe Rebecca saved a lot of very young girls from sexual abuse. Rebecca is very intelligent woman and was a wealth of information to the Texas Rangers and other officials in bring Warren Jeffs to justice. Children denied education and freedom of choice is just not right! Polygamy is just not right. Rebecca tells her story in a respectful and factual way. I learned so much about the FLDS from this book and what their beliefs were. Kudos to Rebecca Musser for being such a strong woman and trying to help others.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Enlightening and shameful. I am so proud of Rebecca Musser for having the courage to come out against multiple child abusers/molesters and for writing this book. It's critical that we raise awareness to this ongoing issue. The book is well-written and well-researched. Good luck to the author always! I would also recommend : Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer as well as The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. You may also enjoy reading: Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse and Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You could never imagine such doings going on inside the FLDS compound. Women and children were just pawns to be used when convenient. It was all a game for the Jess family. Disgusting perverted behavior. This all in the name of God. I could not put the book down and yet I found what I was reading sometimes too much to comprehend such vile actions. To think this is going on right now Brave author Rebecca Musser to share what really happens. Hope this book wakes up many FLDS to run not walk away.
jquilter More than 1 year ago
Many of us hear stories of what goes on in worlds strange to us. This book provides an inside look into the FLDS world which claims to be so kind and loving. This book was difficult to lay down but other times I had to walk away from it just to unwrap myself from the testimony of this strong and dedicated woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice to know the story behind the news. You never get the details from the controlled media. I admire her courage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very readable. Shocking information. Emotional and personal. A story of a woman who became strong and courageous. Highly recommended. Another great book on the Nook is the novel "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. Both books are A++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that this book as well done, It was a great read, that I did not want to put down, and found that I too would have done the same thing as Rebecca did, no matter the end result of her family. She was so amazing and to tell her story should inspire more people to share theirs.
luanaMI More than 1 year ago
This book was inspiring. The tenacity of this woman to stand up to the men who have controlled every aspect of her life since birth, in a world where men ruled a woman’s every move, every breath. She knew, even at a very young age, this was wrong. We look at this bazaar and very secluded world from the outside and see highly obedient women and children; lots of them. Our only question seems to be how they obtain all of this. What we don’t see the mental and physical abuse of the women and children, especially the little girls, every day! Most want out, they dream of it, but are paralyzed by fear. Brain washed. She and few others have and did. Those left behind are still controlled by Jeffs, even after his arrest and incarceration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book teaches many things that have been kept hidden for years . This is a brave lady to come out and put it out for the public to read. I learned a lot about what goes on with those people and feel so sorry for the children . Hope Rebecca can hold up through all the turmoil she's been thru and will be thru in her life .
Lifelong-reader More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible story that the author tells well. It is engrossing to read the details of her life and how she got out of it. It's fascinating to understand how she, and others in this kind of cult are so indoctrinated that they accept polygamy and the entire lifestyle.
InaraePhillips More than 1 year ago
This was a book that was impossible to put down. I didn't find a dull spot in entire book. It made me go through all the emotions; at times I almost wept and at other times I was angry. It is just beyond belief that men who claim to be human would treat women in such a manner. It also made me angry that so many officials turned away without taking action. This woman deserves a medal for bravery and all women should salute her.
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This book left me speechless, but a good book none the less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both myself and husband liked the book!
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