Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints
"A remarkable man on many levels, Sam Brower is the real deal. Readers are apt to find his firsthand account of bringing Warren Jeffs to justice both extremely disturbing and absolutely riveting."-Jon Krakauer, from the foreword
From the private investigator who cracked open the case that led to the arrest of Warren Jeffs, the maniacal prophet of the polygamous Fundament...more
Sam Brower, a private investigator and Mormon who lives an hour away from Short Creek, started his professional experience with FLDS when a little guy, Ross Chatwin, was excommunicated from FLDS and was required to leave Short Creek, and leave his wife and his children. (His crime: wanting another wife, choosing one on his own with his wife’s input, and being very low in the pecking order.) He didn’t want to ...more
So I really appreciated how Sam Brower, a private investigator and also a practicing LDS ...more
From June 2011:
Look -- I started a polygamy shelf in goodreads.
It was, however, a powerful book, a well-written book, and a book that delved further into the misdeeds of Warren Jeffs (and his father Rulon) than any others I've read. Books written by female survivors of the FLDS, while describing horrible abuses, ...more
I was very impressed with the structure of this story. The explanations and history really helped me understand more how this mess happened and continues on. I give thanks to Sam Brower and other hard working activists who never give up on exposing injustice when they see it. I wish I could say that our government agencies had the guts to ta ...more
Is this book fantastically written? Nope, but the no frills, no nonsense, detailed writing is what I expect of the author, based on the way he describes himself. The book has great insight into the FLDS. He has an in depth big picture view of the cult. Despite having read most of the available books abo ...more
I think the most disturbing part of reading this book was when I realized ju ...more
This is a book by private investigator Sam Brower, a man instrumental in bringing down Warren Jeffs - that sick psychopath leading up something laughably called the Fundamental Church of Latter Day Saints. But this is not a story of religion. This is a story of an evil cult where pedophi ...more
While this book didn't tell me much that I didn't alre ...more
The author’s credibility is unimpeachable. Brower worked as a private investigator for seven years on behalf of FLDS members who were kicked out of the church and on behalf of attorneys filing claims against the FLDS. He became friends with some of the former members, and he recalls past cordial working relationships with church mem ...more
I read a few reviews of this book before reading, Prophet's Prey, the one review that really gave me pause was one that stated that Brower's book was just a rehash of basically other books that had already been written.
I thought of this statement often, as I read. That did not really seem to be true,in my ...more
Before readin ...more
At its conclusion, I cannot help but feel some sort of combination of outrage, disgust, and general hopelessness ...more
This was a very compelling and disturbing look into the physical, emotional and sexual abuses perpetrated by the FLDS community on their children. As someone who was irate at the sympathy generated for the mothers of the children taken at the YFZ Ranch, it was nice to read a book that detailed how wrong it was to just hand these children back to their abusers. While satisfying to follow the steps that helped lead Warren Jeffs to his life sentence, I feel f ...more
Very disturbing. It's sad that some people think this group is associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm glad to be more informed about the practices of this cult, which I can hardly call a church. It is shocking that law enforcement efforts are sometimes so lax or uncoordinated that the practices go on unchecked. Almost nobody in authority really wants to deal with this complex and difficult issue.
Despite the fact that Warren Jeffs is behind bars, almost no ...more
Finished it now:
I loved it. This is a true story about a mind-blowing amount of corruption and criminal activity happening right here in the US of A, under the banner of religious freedom. It reads like a crazy, made-up account of a criminal madman.
The victims of the FLDS are lucky to have folks like Sam Brower on their side. He clearly can't be bullied, which is one of the main tactics of the FLDS thugs.
ALSO - I got cu ...more