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Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in-and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life.

THE WITNESS WORE RED is a gripping account of one woman's struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.

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The Witness Wore Red
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The unselfish wears red
November 10th, 2014
An incredible woman who gave so much to help others. To try and educate any one that would listen that they have the opportunity to make the world a better place.
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Perspective
March 14th, 2014
I have been reading a lot of books written by women who have left the FLDS and this one gives a point of view that comes from the higher levels of the FLDS. Rebecca has a different point of view but seems to come back to the same result...women and children being emotionally, physically and sexually abused by men who seek power or stature in the community that seems to be driven buy one leader. I can only hope that things have gotten better for those still entrenched in the FLDS
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January 24th, 2014
This book is both amazing and disturbing in all the ways you would think. To see an inside view of this kind of life is fascinating to me as an outsider, but the things that occurred are extremely eye opening. Absolutely amazing read, couldn't put the book down once it got going.
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Woman who escaped the FLDS
November 3rd, 2013
A woman born into the fundamentalist latter day saints Church that maintains the practice of polygamy, she was forced into marrying a man who was in his 80s while she was still in her teens. He had 26 wives at that time. Upon his death she managed to escape after learning her husbands son, Warren Jeffs, the self proclaimed new Prophet of the FLDS church, was planning to force her to remarry. She testified against Warren and several others in the Church helping to put these men in prison for bigamy child molestation and underage marriage.
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