Under the Banner of Heaven (Jon Krakauer)

In 1984 a woman (Brenda) and her little girl (Erica) were murdered, because God wanted it done.

Jon Krakauer does an excellent job of exploring the mind of the killers and the reasons behind the murders. The killers were Mormon Fundamentalists who believed that God wanted certain people “removed” so His (God’s) plan could be carried out.

To truly understand the killers Jon Krakauer explains the violent history the Mormon church. Violence that was inflicted by the Mormons and towards the Mormons. He also explains the split, and reasons behind the split, of the LDS (Latter Day Saints) and the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints).

The writing is good, and without bias, but at times it reads a bit like a textbook. But the subject is interesting enough to keep you reading. The book was somewhat reminiscent of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.

In the end the reader is left with insight into the mind of a killer created by religion, and left knowing just how messed up people can be.

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