Evil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders
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Evil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In the fall of 1974 Robert E. Kleasen invited two young missionaries to his house in Austin, Texas, for deer steaks. Though apprehensive, they felt compelled to go. They should have bolted. Though convicted of homicide, Kleason would later be released from death row on a technicality. Upon hearing of the murders, then-LDS president Spencer W. Kimball was so disturbed that...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Signature Books (first published August 2000)
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Susannah
I feel like it's impossible to give this book a fair rating. I don't normally read true crime books, especially when murder is involved. But I wanted to educate myself a little more on what happened since one of the victims was a family member. It was awful reading about what happened- especially awful to get into the details of the life of the killer and the events that lead up to the murder. It was awful reading how the missionaries expressed to others before the dinner appointment how uneasy...more
Annalisa
Jun 13, 2008 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annalisa by: Laralee
Unless you want to be completely and utterly disturbed do not read this book. My sister who has an unhealthy obsession with serial killers lent it to me. It's the story of two missionaries with a psychotic investigator and when they ignored all promptings to drop by and explain why they would not be coming back. They were never seen again and nothing much was found of them except for their name tags.

I won't go into the gory details of what was presumed to have happened, but what I did find inte...more
Renee
I read this book wanting to know the rest of the story. I knew one of the brothers of the missionaries and thought about this tragic event when my son went on his mission. I had always assumed that justice was served, but I was wrong. The legal technicality that allowed Kleason to be released truly makes no sense to me, but I am not a lawyer.

I cannot say I "enjoyed" the book, and I found the intimate, in depth exposure to this particular case to be frustrating and disturbing, but I needed to kn...more
Cheye-Anne
Unbelievable ending to this truly sad story. In any other world, this man would have been found guilty and been sent to the electric chair for the murder of two innocent young missionary men....but, somehow, even with all the evidence against him, he was set free after his sentence was overturned and the District Attorney refused to retry him. The book also has some interesting insight into the Mormon Church.
Wendy
A very disturbing but interesting book. Can't say that I really enjoyed this read. Having said that, I had to finish it to see what happened. These murders of two Mormon missionaries took place when I was only 10 years old so I have no memory of the events which were surely on the news. What a horrific time it must have been for the the parents, family, mission president etc. of these two young missionaries. Not to mention parents who had missionaries of their own serving around that time. Altho...more
Shirley
I have struggled to write a review of this book as there are so many aspects it leaves you wondering just how this man was able to commit such a crime. It reveals a tragedy that many think could have been avoided. Having been raised in the LDS church I understand, not necessarily agree, how the young men were so easily deceived and became the victims they are. What I do not understand is how this man was lost by our judicial system so many times. What stands out to me is that had anyone made a d...more
JC
Saw this book on the shelf while picking up another book in the same area and decided to pick it up. It retells the story of Bob Kleason and what led to the murder of 2 Mormon missionaries. Kleason was an oddball with a split personality and a wild idea of his background. I found it really fascinating how he did everything to get connected to the LDS church in order to get back with the woman he loved and his friends. Of course, by that time people had already discovered that Kleason wasn't tota...more
Kim
This book was not easy for me to read. The events that it describes are horrific. I usually don't like reading or thinking about mentally ill murderers, but I came in contact with someone closely connected to this case. I wanted to know more about it, and I found this book. I am glad that I read it. I learned a lot about the legal system, and I was amazed at the strength of the families of the missionaries. However, it was also a disturbing booking that left me not being able to sleep at night.
Sarah
Amazing account of a murderer that everyone knows is guilty that escapes his punishment and gets off from serving the time for murdering two missionaries that strove to help him be a better person. It was scary to see into the life of this man and see how demented he was. I don't reccomend this book to mothers of missionaries or those about to serve.
Amy
This book felt very repetitive and wordy to me. I ended up not finishing it, but still feel that I got the main point of the author's message. Bottom line: Two innocent young men were murdered. The killer was manipulative, mentally unstable, and a compulsive liar. (There it is in a nutshell).
Lauren
Apr 18, 2009 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone
Quite interesting -- very fascinated with Mormons, and interesting how the defence created a persona for their client, who was clearly guilty.
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