40 years ago today - May 10, 1977

Fundamentalist leader Rulon C. Allred is murdered in his office by two plural wives ("Lambs of God") from Ervil LeBaron's group. This is the most publicized of several murders which Ervil orders, and his death threats include LDS president Spencer W. Kimball. His actions disenchant all but the most devout LeBaron followers. Allred's death leads to close cooperation between law-enforcement agencies and various groups of the non-violent Fundamentalist mainstream, which ultimately benefits from this greater understanding. For ordering the murder LeBaron is imprisoned in a Utah penitentiary, where he dies of a heart attack in 1981. The women who murder Allred are acquitted by a Utah jury, and in 1990 one of them publicly admits to committing the murder.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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