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  • The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice
  • Written by: Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Musser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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The Witness Wore Red

Written by: Rebecca Musser,M. Bridget Cook
Narrated by: Rebecca Musser
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Publisher's Summary

You've watched Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, the top 5 true-crime docuseries on Netflix. Now discover the revealing memoir of one woman featured in the series who was forced into polygamous marriage and her brave struggle to protect others from the same fate.

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 19th 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2013 Rebecca Musser (P)2013 Hachette Book Group

What the critics say

"Compelling . . . the book speaks to the ways isolation, fear and secrecy can shelter insidious abuses until someone has the courage to step forward as a witness."—Kirkus Reviews

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Amazing and eye opening

It was such a nice listen and the author was real and honest. Eye opening and compelling. Recommended to everyone to read.

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So much passion

I loved this book. The author had so much passion for her religion, upbringing, elders, fellow sisters and wives. Which later turned into passion for justice, freedom and fairness. Beautiful story and beautiful outcome for many.

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Brave soul with a heartbreaking story.

I am so glad this young woman had the courage to speak out about the abuse she and women like her endured. It's hard to believe that in modern living, women are being forced into marriages and being moved from man to man, and men are losing their families because of the "Prophet's" say so. A mad man. This brave woman finally said NO MORE. I wholly recommend this story.. it was well told by the author.

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Remarkable story told my a strong lady

Amazing audiobook, and even more powerful because it was read by Musser herself. Hard to believe what her and many others from the FLDS community endured and it's inspiring that she was brave enough to tell her story and support others.

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Utterly heart breaking

I can not believe that this type of thing happened so recently. God bless you for speaking up against such a big organization, and doing what was right despite so many close to you telling you you were wrong. I hope one day I would have the courage if I were called do so. Keeping all of you in my prayers.

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