Polygamous Mormon Sect — Coast to Coast AM
Investigative journalist Sally Denton joined George Knapp in the first half of the show to discuss her book, The Colony, which tells the complex story of the LeBaron clan spanning the first polygamist emigrations to Mexico through the LeBarons’ internal blood feud in the 1970s, and an unforgettable account of sisterhood that can flourish in polygamist communities.
In 2019, a caravan of women and children was ambushed by masked gunmen on a stretch of road in northern Mexico controlled by the Sinaloa drug cartel. The attackers killed nine people and gravely injured five more. The victims were members of the LeBaron and La Mora communities – fundamentalist Mormons whose forebears broke from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and settled in Mexico when their religion outlawed polygamy in the late 19th century.