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TRUE CRIME – Nov 4, 2019 ambush of Mormon caravan of women & children in northern Mexico

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On the morning of November 4, 2019, an unassuming caravan of women and children was ambushed by masked gunmen on a desolate stretch of road in northern Mexico controlled by the Sinaloa drug cartel. The attackers killed nine people and gravely injured five more. The victims were members of the LeBarón and La Mora communities—fundamentalist Mormons whose forebears broke from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Church and settled in Mexico when the church outlawed polygamy in the late nineteenth century.

In THE COLONY: Faith and Blood in a Promised Land (Liveright; June 28, 2022) best-selling investigative journalist Sally Denton takes on the still-ongoing case, in a masterful work of history and a chilling, compulsive true crime narrative that begins as the story of a massacre, and unfurls into the strange, violent history of the LeBaron clan in a land much stranger than fiction.

I would love to get you a copy of The Colony and schedule an interview with Sally Denton.  Ms. Denton is available starting Tuesday, June 28, 2022.  If there is interest, please respond with the best mailing address for a hard copy of the book and a date/time for the interview.

Drawing on firsthand interviews with anonymous women from the LeBarón community and historical research, Denton unfolds an epic, disturbing tale that spans from the first polygamist emigrations to Mexico through the LeBaróns’ internal blood feud in the 1970s—started by Ervil LeBaron, known as the “Mormon Manson”—and up to the family’s recent alliance with the NXIVM sex cult, whose now-imprisoned leader, Keith Raniere, may have based his practices on the society he witnessed in Colonia LeBarón.

Some revelations in the book include:

  • The historic violence of the clan
  • The longstanding relationship between Colonia LeBarón and NXIVM—this has not been widely reported, having been mentioned only on an obscure NXIVM blog, and once by the Albany Times Union during Keith Raniere’s criminal trial
  • The complex relationship between the hugely successful LeBarón nut farmers and their neighbors, including the Mexican drug cartels
  • Many first-hand accounts never reported, based on inside sources, about how the massacre happened and the events leading up to it
  • How the LeBaróns are raising rightwing militias amid anti-government claims of sovereignty that parallels, and is interrelated with, such movements in the US (e.g. Ammon Bundy, whose followers believe he is “the One Mighty and Strong” is the leader of an anti-government armed militia in the US and is running for governor of Idaho)
  • The Colony is a cautionary tale about the impending water wars in the US Southwest, with a drying up water supply and armed violence
  • How entwined the LeBarón family became with the Trump administration which they lobbied to designate the cartels as terrorists.  This dovetails with recent revelations about the lengths the Trump administration was willing to go to pursue a military strike against Mexico, using the LeBarón massacre as pretext
  • The water conflict in Baja California between the LeBaróns and their neighbors has not been reported in the US, and only received minor attention in Mexico
  • How the violent reign of Ervil LeBarón in the 1970s is tied to the water conflict in Baja California
  • A firsthand look inside Colonia LeBarón from the women’s viewpoint
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Former Prosecutor’s new action-packed time travel novel inspires friendship and adventure

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 Master storyteller Walter Stephen Geeding.
Walter has launched an Amazon Best-seller award-winning series that takes the reader on exciting journeys and wild adventures. His novels blend time travel across the Old West with fantasy and history, and though they may be classified as fiction, they feel as real to Walter as anything else. Perhaps it is because his books (Endless Times series (Volume One: The Path of Kokopelli; Volume Two: Murphy’s Diggins) are loosely based on his life escapades as a rebellious young man who explored North America with his best friend after he left home at age 17 with little money and no plans.

Walter, who accidentally shot himself on two different occasions and was once kicked out of the state of Wyoming, is one of those guys who has all kinds of things happen to — and all around – him. It is never a dull moment with him – and his books reflect that.

He writes for those who are curious and want to escape their daily life. His books take us back to the 1800s when the west was still being discovered and the nation was developing its pioneering spirit. His real-life friend, with whom Walter experienced many of the book’s activities, died before the age of 30.

“I feel like my buddy is still by my side when I write about our wild times,” says Walter.

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