The Witness Wore Red
By Rebecca Musser with Bridget Cook
For those of you who enjoy exploring current events beyond what you learn from the newspaper, I suggest “The Witness Wore Red”. The author, Rebecca Musser, was instrumental in convicting several Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints church leaders on charges of polygamy and sexual assault of children. This is a detailed, and compelling, account of one woman’s life in the community, starting with her earliest remembrances. I was hooked, right from the start, as Becky recounted living in the basement because her mother was wife #2 and therefore they all had to be hidden. She goes on to describe a culture where women were taught to be subservient to men, whether they are fathers, husbands or brothers. This attitude and an unfailing belief in their leader, the Prophet, created a society that not only accepted, but institutionalized the abuse of women and young girls. Ms. Musser was the 19th wife of former FDLS prophet Rulon Jeffs. But when she objected to church leadership arranging marriages for girls as young as 13 years old, she had to leave the community. Follow Rebecca on her journey from an isolated community to advocating for women’s rights in the 21st century.