Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement (2020)

Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement Irene Spencer Cult Insanity A Memoir of Polygamy Prophets and Blood Atonement Life for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships Irene s first book Shattered Dreams is the staggering chronicle of her struggle to provide for her children in abject
  • Title: Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement
  • Author: Irene Spencer
  • ISBN: 9780446538190
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement Irene Spencer Life for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships Irene s first book, Shattered Dreams, is the staggering chronicle of her struggle to provide for her children in abject poverty and feelings of abandonment each time her husband left to be with one of his other wives Irene was raised to believe polygamy was the way of life necessary for herLife for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships Irene s first book, Shattered Dreams, is the staggering chronicle of her struggle to provide for her children in abject poverty and feelings of abandonment each time her husband left to be with one of his other wives Irene was raised to believe polygamy was the way of life necessary for her ticket to heaven The hard knocks of her environment were just the beginning of Irene s shocking tale Insanity ran rampant in her husband s family and was the source of inconceivable events that unfolded throughout Irene s adult life CULT INSANITY takes readers deeper into her story to uncover the outrageous behavior of her brother in law Ervil a self proclaimed prophet who determined he was called to set the house of God in order and how he terrorized their colony Claiming to be God s avenger and to have a license to kill in the name of God, Ervil ordered the murders of friends and family members, eliminating all those who challenged his authority.
Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement Irene Spencer

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  1. Mariah

    I am fascinated with cults, so the minute I saw this book I had to read it It definitely lived up to my expectations of craziness This is an autobiography by Irene Spencer She was raised in a polygamist family and was educated that it was her ticket to heaven Irene is living in Mexico in a very abusive, crazy enviroment, where her life is on the line Her brother in law Ervil, a self proclaimed prophet who determined he was called to set the house of God in order, terrorized their whole cult He c [...]

  2. Katrina

    I really like Irene Spencers first book Shattered Dreams but this one was only ok Still very interesting subject, but not written as well My conjecture is that this book is all the stuff that was edited out of the first one It doesn t have a good narrative flow It is much disjointed Also, you HAVE to read the other one first or you will be pretty lost since she jumps around a lot Definitely still worth reading to better understand all the CRAZY crap that went down among this group of polygamist [...]

  3. Linda B

    Cult Insanity is a riveting true story of a woman who lived in a Mormon polygamist cult in the 1970s Unlike the polygamist members you may have seen living a wealthy lifestyle on TV, both in fiction and news shows, this cult lived in abject poverty in Mexico It is an interesting story of the generational hold that this type of cult has on its members There are quite a few people that you have to keep track of, but that is to be expected when the men had 10 or wives and dozens of children It is [...]

  4. Amie's Book Reviews

    CULT INSANITY is the perfect name for this book This book reads almost like fiction, BUT it is NOT FICTION The horrific events outlined in this book actually happened and in various groups, continue to happen to this day THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE Irene Spencer showed great bravery in writing this book in order to bring the public s attention to what is happening in our own country I rate this book as 4 out of 5 Stars and I highly recommend reading this book.

  5. Kellyreaderofbooks

    Cult Insanity is the true life memoir of the author, a woman who for years was married to one of the LeBaron brothers To say that this family was simply crazy is putting it lightly several generations of family members hearing voices, being locked up in insane asylums, running around nude in preparation of UFOs landing, and, oh yeah, all the murders places this family in the realms of the seriously mentally disturbed.I didn t read the first book the author wrote Shattered Dreams , which tells he [...]

  6. Jeannie

    This book got only 3 stars due to the disjointed way it was written, there were too many names thrown around with no explanation of who they really were, it like to drove me nuts reading it Lets put it this wayis is NOT a smooth read The subject matter on the other hand was so interesting I just don t understand the fundamentalists Mormons, the whole time I am readng this I am thinking any normal, sane person would of walked away why anyone would subject their children or themselves to this kind [...]

  7. Rena Sherwood

    Think you re stupid Cheer yourself up by reading this a whole book about dozens of polygamist Mormons that have the combined IQs of lawn furniture The author is not a good storyteller She tells but does not show She also does not explain why she felt trapped in an abusive cult for 28 years.I happen to be a domestic violence survivor I think explaining why you do not leave when you are getting abused regularly is a vital part of a victim s story Anyone can be conned by an abuser It s important to [...]

  8. Kelsey Hanson

    Actual rating 2.5 still waiting for the half star Hint hint This book was good but it seemed a bit repetitive after reading Shattered Dreams This book focuses on the crimes and reign of terror of Ervil LaBarron It s worth mentioning that it s important to read Shattered Dreams first, or this book will not make a whole lot of sense Once again, I can t help question the credibility of a book that has so much dialogue but overall it was an interesting look at Irene s life.

  9. Marian

    This is a truly fascinating account of what it is like to be in a cult If you are interested in cults but have difficulty with the academic works then this is an excellent alternative While it is best to read this with some background understanding of Mormonism and it s modern day fundamentalists, it is by no means required Irene Spencer walks you through her experience like a friend Delivered in a personal first hand account, it reads easily and beautifully I personally listened to the audiobo [...]

  10. Michelle

    A sensational riveting true crime story Cult Insanity A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement 2009 authored by Irene Spencer is her intense impassioned account of her life as the second polygamist wife of 10, bearing 14 of her husbands 58 children living in extreme poverty at The Colony, est in 1944 a ranch in Mexico located 200 miles South of El Paso Irene s brother in law Ervil LeBaron often called the Mormon Manson was sentenced to life in prison for murder, 28 followers, includin [...]

  11. Lenore Webb

    Just looking at the title I wanted to see what this book was all about Yeah, I am one of those people who wonder what goes on in the minds of others And to know that people choose to take some paths that seem skewed to us makes me all the interested Irene Spencer was raised believing polygamy was the only way for a woman to go to heaven So I had to start with that in my mind as I was reading this story of her life As children we follow what our parents and those around them tell us is true So t [...]

  12. Yana

    At the end of Irene Spencer s first book, Shattered Dreams, she mentions that she d written about her evil brother in law Ervil but then ripped those pages out so his story would not overshadow her own This book is basically those ripped pages put together into a book, re following Spencer s own life story but through the experiences of Ervil s horrific reign of power It does feel a bit scattered and sometimes the chronology is confusing because she jumps between time periods, and I really just [...]

  13. Rhonda

    Cult Insanity is a riveting true story of a woman who lived in a Mormon polygamist cult in the 1970s Unlike the polygamist members you may have seen living a wealthy lifestyle on TV both in fiction and news shows, this cult lived in abject poverty in Mexico It is an interesting story of the generational hold that this type of cult has on its members There are quite a few people that you have to keep track of, but that is to be expected when the men had 10 or wives and dozens of children It is a [...]

  14. Heather

    Life was never easy for Irene Spencer She was born into a polygamist family and at a 16 became the second wife of a much older man named Verlan LeBaron She would eventually bear 13 of his 54 children and struggle to provide for all of them Irene put up with it all because she was raised to believe that living in polygamy was the only way to get to heaven However, things got even worse when her brother in law Ervil gained power as a self proclaimed prophet sent by God to put His people in order A [...]

  15. Carrie

    Parts autobiography, parts true crime thriller, Cult Insanity is the story of Ervil LeBaron s rise to power in two fundamentalist Mormon nut job cults First he s the number two man in his brother Joel s Church of the First Born, but he gets kicked out for a long list of screw ups including an increasing thirst for blood atonement Basically, the guy quoted scriptures that said you could put people to death for even petty crimes Most of which he commits himself, but you know, it s cool with God if [...]

  16. Priscilla Herrington

    The late Irene Spencer was a fifth generation polygamist, niece of Rulon C Allred, leader of the Apostolic United Brethren, a breakaway fundamentalist Mormon sect in Utah Contrary to her family s wishes that she have nothing to do with the LeBaron family, she married Verlan LeBaron whose brother Joel was the Prophet of the Church of the Firstborn in the Fulness of Times he had organized Their younger brother Ervil LeBaron who had been President and worked through Joel, founded his own church, th [...]

  17. Katrina

    This book was an intense and powerful look at a life I never knew existed Although the writing was a bit amateurish in some areas, the subject matter and the actual story kept me enthralled with every page It is the story of Evril LeBaron, the leader of a fundamentalist faction of the Mormon faith Irene, the author is Evril s sister in law and lived years in the same compound as Evril, with him being the Patriarch of the group The things Irene describes are terrible and frightening I am still re [...]

  18. dejah_thoris

    Similar to Carolyn Jessop s two books, Escape and Triumph, Irene Spencer s previous memoir, Shattered Dreams, is a much personal account of her struggle living polygamy whereas Cult Insanity documents the religious, political, and criminal behavior of the cult as a whole Each has their purpose and I found Cult Insanity very enlightening because the FLDS is often portrayed as one homogenous sect, which Spencer proves it most certainly isn t In fact, rivalries between purported prophets have spli [...]

  19. Amy Adams

    Wowis book took me a long time to wade through It doesn t have the same zing as other cult books I ve read, but the story is every bit as penetrating The thing that strikes me most about this book is that the author never seems to regret living a polygamist lifestyle, and even though her husband abandoned her and her children repeatedly, she still held him in the highest esteem I went into the book thinking it was going to be about how Spencer and her children escaped polygamy and a cult, but th [...]

  20. Shawna

    I found this book a bit harder to get through than Shattered Dreams I just kept thinking, how did this charlatan manage to dupe so many people for so long Maybe because it was the 1950s and 60s and people were a lot credulous than they are now Let s hope There were a few light moments like when one follower who was told that an angel had revealed something to Ervil asked, Were the angels legs broken And when told no exploded, Then why didn t the angel come into the next room and tell me I ve re [...]

  21. Sarah

    Another horrific first person account of religious fanaticism and the bloody consequences of zealotry Irene Spencer s tale of horror reminds us all that, combined with significant mental instability, cult leaders frequently become mass murderers and tyrants Ervil LeBaron certainly fits this description Insanity in his genes and narcissism at his core, he overthrew and murdered his brother, subsequently terrorizing a splinter group of Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints in Mexico, the Church of the [...]

  22. Anastacia

    This is Spencer s second book, and you definitely have to read her first book to follow this one There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and even her explanations of who characters were didn t really help me much.Spencer seems to write her story without really sharing what she went through she did this already in her first book but the memoir comes across as detached because she s not sharing her memories and feelings so much as sharing dry facts as to what happened when she was a part o [...]

  23. Cassandra

    This was yet another book picked up on a whim from the New Book shelf of my library I kind of wish I had read the author s first book before tackling this one, as I was kind of lost The book concentrates on the cult itself than the relationships between the husband, the wives, and the many children What a heartbreaking story It s a perfect example of what happens when someone gains too much power and starts controlling other people I don t really understand polygamy itself, though I do support [...]

  24. Margaret

    I loved this author s other book Shattered Dreams My Life as a Polygamist s Wife and to me it was the one of the best memoirs This book for some reason turned out to be so so It was so full of details that after a while my mind got tired from trying to decipher them all Don t try reading this book without first reading Shattered Dreams The drama and trauma of dealing with her killer fanatic brother in law was almost completely absent in her other book but thoroughly detailed in this one I wouldn [...]

  25. Maggie

    This is the story of Irene Spencer and the blood atonement that went on in the religious groups she was associated with While reading this book I kept going back to the thought that with so much insanity running thorough the blood line I would be really worried about my children s futures I suppose if you are worried about living through the day it isn t as concerning as it would otherwise be.I read this book because I really enjoyed Shattered Lives by the same author This was also a really good [...]

  26. Cherrybomb

    Not as good as Shattered Dreams My Life as a Polygamist s Wife but still giving it four stars for an interesting read The one thing I didn t like about it was the tendency to skip around in time a bit It was mostly chronological but a little back tracking of events got on my nerves I may be nit picking so not holding it against the book Just the fact that the author was able to remember all these people and their intertwined relationships is pretty impressive.

  27. Cynde Moya

    Men who are convinced that they are priests, or infallible, in a milieu that encourages the nutty to believe that they are the one mighty and strong the resurrected Add the ethic of multiple wives And you get a bunch of assholes who use their daughters as a medium of political exchange, giving 15 year old girls to old men as plural wives Compare to the Islamic multiple wive social structure There s something intrinsic in this polygamous organization that devalues women even as women are the prim [...]

  28. Jessie

    This book was a unique experience It was harrowing, and surprisingly different than the books I had read about the Short Creek Colorado City polygamist colony It offered a look at stunning and almost unfathomable violence through the eyes of a warm hearted and selfless narrator The things Ms Spencer has gone through in her lifetime could be called unspeakable, but I thank her for braving her past and showing us that people can come out on top even in less than ideal circumstances.

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