Cult Insanity delves deeper into the story of Irene Spencer, focusing on the terrifying acts of Evril LeBaron, her brother-in-law and a self-proclaimed prophet who determined that he had been called to set the house of God in order. The older brother of Irene's husband, Verlan, Evril LeBaron had a zeal for living and teaching that was at first admired but soon took on a sinister tone. Evril's ambitions quickly turned lethal when he uncovered a doctrine concerning blood atonement-the act of saving a sinner's sould by taking his or her life. Irene quickly was enveloped by fear. Survival for herself and her ever growing family turned into a dangerous journey across the harsh badlands of California's Baja desert.
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 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.
For those who were gripped by Shattered Dreams, the rest of the story will blow them away. CULT INSANITY is a riveting, terrifying memoir of polygamist life under the tyranny of a madman.
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