The Los Angeles Times reports:
The roadside killings of nine U.S. citizens in northern Mexico has brought renewed attention to the scattered communities of Mormons who settled in the country more than a century ago to escape persecution. The family is perhaps best known for a series of killings perpetrated in the 1970s and 1980s, in both Mexico and the United States, by Ervil LeBaron — once called the “Mormon Manson” — and a group of his followers.
In 1972, two followers of Ervil LeBaron allegedly shot his brother, Joel, to death after the brothers argued over leadership of their religious faction. Ervil was convicted of the crime, but the conviction was later overturned. He later was tried and convicted in the 1977 murder of rival polygamist leader Dr. Rulon Allred. In 1993, his story was turned into a TV drama, “Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story.”
In 1993, a federal jury in Texas convicted three members of an offshoot of the community of LeBarons in the deaths of three former members and an 8-year-old child. One expert estimated that members of the group had killed as many as 30 people over the years.
As I noted in a comments thread a few days ago, the family is so notorious that there are two rather exhaustive Wikipedia pages devoted to their murderous history. In 2012, the family was the subject of an HBO documentary. None of that history excuses this week’s attack, of course, but despite Junior’s wailing it remains unfortunately true.
Are you kidding me with this bullshit?
I mean it’s like you’re competing with the WAPO’s “Baghdadi was an austere religious scholar” for f-ing dumbest take ever! https://t.co/fxFWjgOaRk
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 7, 2019