01x03 - Surrender

Episode transcripts for the TV show "Under the Banner of Heaven". Aired: April 28, 2022.
Mini-series inspired by the true crime bestseller by Jon Krakauer, follows the events that led to the 1984 m*rder of Brenda Wright Lafferty and her baby daughter in a suburb in the Salt Lake Valley.
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01x03 - Surrender

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♪♪ ♪♪

It should be
right near here.

- If there
is an anti-government group

camped out up here...

a police car would be
a heck of a trophy.

Not to mention a detective.

Detective Pyre.
Go ahead.

Salt Lake's
police records arrived.

One for Dan Lafferty,
second for Allen Lafferty.

- Allen has a record.

Unpaid traffic citations.

Enough to get him arrested
the morning after his wedding.

Served time on a related
contempt of court charge.

Well, if he tries
to walk out of there,

charge him.


- There.

♪♪ ♪♪

That's Taba's car.

♪♪ ♪♪

See those?

♪♪ ♪♪


One of those vests.

You both--
you're gonna stay here.

Be a radio chain.
All right?

Stay safe.

- Yes, sir.
- Okay.

♪♪ ♪♪

Get your boots
off of this holy land,

or your blood will spill.

- Backup. Backup.
Call in County for backup.

- 10-4.
- 10-4.

Might take some time for them
to find us up here, sir.


You have no authority here!

We'll defend
our private property.


♪♪ ♪♪

Get your boots
off of this holy land,

or your blood will spill.

♪♪ ♪♪

- Ahh!


- You scared
the crap out of me.

- Tell me you're not alone.

- I got deputies at the--
at the woods' edge.

Calling for backup.

- Good.

- Detective Pyre.
I'm here with Detective Taba.

He's--how you doing?

- Busted my ankle.
Took my--my boot off

to check it out,
and it won't go back on.

- Everyone knows
you don't take your boot off

when you twist your ankle.

- You're such a Boy Scout.

- Eagle Scout,
thank you very much.

Gonna need help getting Taba
back to safety

- when that arrives.
- 10-4.

It'll take 40 minutes.
Hold tight.

- Oh, boy, I'm happy
to see you alive, Bill.

- Never been happier
to see you, Jeb.

You have no authority here!

We will defend
our private property.

- Screaming that for an hour.

- Allen's got a record:
contempt of court.

Seems he shares his brother's
disdain for our kind.

- It's all in the family, huh?

- Really?

- Got a smoke?
I'd prefer it.

- ♪♪ Let me be the one
you come running to ♪♪

♪♪ I'll never be untrue ♪♪

- Okay.

- ♪♪ Let's ♪♪

♪♪ Let's stay together ♪♪

♪♪ ♪♪

- Josie, it's Becca.
I brought you some cake.




♪♪ ♪♪

- You see that?

- I need eyes
on the forest line

due north of our position.

I'm afraid we got company
outside the cabin too.

All right.

Backup's on the way.

- I'm gonna go there.

- Check it.
- Yeah.

Stay safe.

♪♪ ♪♪

♪♪ ♪♪

Stop struggling. It's okay.

It's okay.
I got you. I got you.


- Josie?
- Josie?


She's not there.
I checked.

- The garage
has been checked twice,

and there is no sign
of his mother.

- Okay.
- So I think it is time

that I open my address book

and call the brethren
to service.

- Please, I don't need this

turning into some sort
of news story, okay?

Uh w--um...

Annie, Caroline, Mama's gonna
take a walk around the block

with Sister Dorren, okay?

I'll be right back.
I'll be right back.

- Hi. Hi, honey.

These yours?

You out picking elderberries,

and then you find these out
in someone's campsite, maybe?

I have two daughters of my own.
They love stickers,

but these
are something special.

Honey, if you want them back,
you go right ahead.

Well, my name's Jeb.

And folks call me Pyre

or Officer Pyre
or Brother Pyre.

I like the Brother.

What do they call you?

- Jenny.
Jenny Lafferty.

- Well, that's
a wonderful name.

You mind telling me your mom
and your dad's names,

so I can get you back to them?

Unless you don't want
to go back.

- I want to go back.
- Okay, good.

So what are their names?

- My dad is Sam,
and my mom is Sara.

- Sam and Sara.

Are they--are they
in the cabin waiting for you?

- I don't know.

- Okay.

Daddy sent me,
my sister, and Mom

to go pick for food.

- I see.
So where are they now?

Where's your sister
and your mom?

- I lost them in the forest.

I don't know
who's in the fort now.

- So that's a fort
up there, huh?

Is that a fort?

For--for an army?

♪♪ ♪♪

With--with soldiers inside?

- They come and go.

- Who comes and goes?

- The men.

♪♪ ♪♪

- Hey.
You know what?

I just remembered,
I met a Lafferty once.

You know who?

Allen Lafferty
and his wife Brenda.

- Auntie Brenda
and Uncle Allen.

- Do they ever come
around here?

Do you ever get to see them,

play with them,
maybe on special occasions?

- Special occasions.

- Hey, I mean,
you wouldn't have been invited

to--to their wedding,
would you?

♪♪ ♪♪

You remember anything else
about that day

or the morning after,

maybe something
about your Uncle Allen?

- Jenny!
- Hey, hey, hey.

- Hey! Liar!

She's a liar!

Sister Lafferty.

I'm Brother Pyre.
This is Detective Taba.

You're Jenny's mother?

So first and foremost,

we need to know
who all is in that cabin,

'cause nobody wants anyone
getting hurt today.

- My sons follow
Heavenly Father's commands.

He rewards them
with His protection.

- So they're inside?

Hey, we heard there was an army
forming up here.

Looking to do battle
with the federal government?

Something about taxes?
Is that right?

- There are tares
all around us now,

not just the feds.

- Tares?

- Heavenly Father's army
will separate Earth's wheat

from its tares
in the end of days.

- By tares, you mean sinners,

and by wheat,
you mean the Lord's elect.

- Saints.
- Saints.

Who follow the covenants.

You follow all
of your covenants, brother?

- He probably does, actually.

Me, on the other hand, um--

how much time do I have
till this judgment day, ma'am?

- In the latter days,
the dark skin of the Lamanites

will blossom like the rose
and become white

and delight some again.

This invasion is one
of His final signs, so...

I'd get myself
to a baptismal font quick.

- Why'd you call Jenny a liar?

- She speaks about things
she doesn't understand.

- She was only telling me
about her Uncle Allen

and Aunt Brenda's wedding.
That's all.

Unless there was something

she would have lied about
about that day.

- You should ask Brenda
and Allen, not me.

- Well,
I--I've never met Brenda,

so would she be more
of a wheat or a tare?

Your daughter said
that, um, Brenda fit right in

with the Lafferty family.

I was there.

Heavenly Father's laws
are black or white.


she's an ugly shade of gray.

- So what happened
in the temple?

♪♪ ♪♪

♪♪ ♪♪

- Are you all right?

We know what just happened,
don't we, Matilda?

A woman older
than Jesus' sandals

just put oil very, very close
to my private parts.

- It took me by surprise too.

I thought they kept me
in the dark

because I didn't grow up LDS,

but I guess
they don't tell any of us.

- The temple workers
are listening.

You're not supposed
to be talking

or making light
of sacred things.

- Soon I will surrender
to Allen for time and eternity.

I'll be a Lafferty,
but when we covenant,

we don't give up our own minds.

- Of course not.

It's important
that Brenda knows she doesn't

just earn a husband today,
but sisters, too,


to keep all of our agency

- What do you mean, "agency"?

- As in free agency.

- Nothing holy is free.

♪♪ ♪♪

I mean, I'm flabbergasted

that she would have broken

temple rules
on her own wedding day.

I--I imagine that would have
really upset you.

- She's a pretender.

She's drawn to converts
like Dianna and Matilda

more than real LDS women.

...the most high God,

to rule and reign
in the House of Israel forever.

Sisters, you have been washed
and anointed to become queens

and priestesses
to your husbands.

Names, signs, and penalties,

which you will receive
in the temple this day,

are most sacred,

and are guarded
by solemn covenants

and obligations of secrecy,

to the effect
that under no condition,

even at the peril of your life,
will you ever divulge them.

If I was a man...

with the priesthood...

I'd call her a tare.

- So what happens to tares
in the end of days, Sister?

- According to Prophets Joseph
and Brigham,

there are some sins
beyond repentance.

Some say the only way
to forgive a tare...

is through the doctrine
of blood atonement.

- I'm sorry. I--

I must have missed that lesson.

♪♪ ♪♪

It means...

to cleanse one
of their sins...

by spilling their blood
out onto the ground.


- Hey.
- Any more on who all's inside?

- No, nothing exact,

but she made it sound like
all of her sons are in there,

and they're all
under 12 years old.

I gotta pray for their safety.

We got three or four
pioneer types

holding up inside, we may well

wrap this investigation up
right here.

- Copy that.

Everyone's in place.

Bring your f*re!

The wrath of God
will extinguish it!

We are ready to join
the true saints!

- A flair for the dramatic.

- I worry it's not an act.

- You think
they'd martyr themselves

without the press here
bearing witness?

No, this type wants the glory.

- No, my guess
is that Sam's army--

they consider themselves
totally devout,

willing to give up their lives
for their beliefs,

and their own sons included
in their sacrifice.

- Well, let's get in there now.

- What if that's begging
for bloodshed?

Allen told you that he feels
the key to solving this

is to look to the saints,

I'm pretty sure, to Sam,

this looks exactly
like the Haun's Mill m*ssacre.

Missouri in 1838.

The saints
were working the fields

three days after
the Governor of Missouri

put out an extinction order...

to k*ll all Mormons.

♪♪ ♪♪

♪♪ ♪♪

The mill looked
exactly like this cabin:

made out of logs,
but with spaces in between,

so that light could sneak in.

And then, barrels
come in through those gaps.

Every single one of them

Apart from three Mormon boys,

seven, nine,
and ten years old,

who'd hidden themselves

the blacksmiths' bellows.

♪♪ ♪♪

- They're just boys, sir.

♪♪ ♪♪

- And nits make lice.

- In Sam's mind, with our g*n
all pointing at him,

we are those militiamen.

- What are you doing?

- Proving to those inside that
I'm a Mormon before I'm a cop.

- Jeb, you have a family.

- I know.

I wouldn't be able
to live with myself

if my daughters
came to think about me

as one of those militiamen.

I'm coming out.

I'm unarmed!

Lower your w*apon!

w*apon down.

I'm unarmed, Sam.


♪♪ ♪♪



I'm Jeb. I'm Jeb Pyre.

Can we talk?

Brother to brother,
saint to saint.

Let my girls go.

Turn your men around...

and I'll forgive this.

- Thank you, brother.

Thank you
for your understanding.

Thank you for sparing me.


Get off my land...

right now.

- Now, I understand,
and you have every right...

to feel invaded...

and to feel angry.

I know how the authorities

have treated
our most faithful.

When they slaughtered
our kind at Haun's Mill,

our Prophet Joseph--
did he ever f*re back?

Did he ever resort
to v*olence?

He--he surrendered.

He ensured the future
of our faith.

Brother Lafferty,

you can do the same
as our prophet...

And this can end peacefully,

No one gets hurt.

I won't go down like Joseph!

I am heir to Brigham Young,
Lion of the Lord!

- Get down!
Get down on the ground!

Get down!
- I got two in here!

Your justice isn't Heaven's.

Like you did to Joseph,

you may sentence me to death
without trial,

but it is you
who will suffer come eternity.


Apostate pigs!

- I suggested you disarm
and get your hands in the air

unless you want those
to be your final words.

Pull him out.

- Tyrants. Tyrants.

- Hey! Hey!

Suspect running
in the forest.

Back side of the cabin.

Who was that?

- One of Heavenly Father's

He's got blood on him.

Looks like we got
ourselves a pioneer.

One of four.

♪♪ ♪♪

♪♪ ♪♪

- Mama Pyre?

- Please help us, Sister.
- Josie?

- Please, Heavenly Father.

- Josie! Josie! Oh!

- Oh, sweetheart.

- Oh, you're okay.

- She got on at a stop
ten blocks from here.

A good long walk.
Impressive for her age, really.

I tried explaining
that my route wouldn't take her

all the way up past Sunset,
like she wanted,

to farm country.

That's where she grew up.

- I'm just so pleased

that I recognized her
from church, Sister.

- From the church.

- Thank you so much
for bringing her home.

- You're very welcome.
- Thank you.

- You're very welcome, okay?

See you at church, okay?
You take care.

- Thank you so much.
- You're very welcome.

I'm so happy to see you.

- A wonderful man.

And he belongs to the church,
our church.

- Yes, he does.
- Yeah.

And who are all these people?

- It was the girls' birthday,

- Oh.
- Remember?

It was the girls' birthday.
- Yes.

I-I-I need to go home now.

- Yeah, o-okay. Yeah.

But they're all--
they're all leaving now.


Go home, please.

Thank you.

- Thank heavenly Father

that she has you
and that I have you.

Sister Dorren
offered to watch her.

If you can still make

the girls' baptism meeting

- Yes. Yes.

I will see you at the church,
at the bishop's office.

I love you so much, honey.

I love you too.

Thank you.

- Bye, honey.
- I'll see you soon.


- There you go.

It's gonna be okay.


Well, let me tell you,
your family is A-okay.

Take a few big breaths
for me now, sweetie, okay?

- Yeah.

Sounds to me like your family's
had a real tough time.

Is that right?


I'll bet that it's a lot
of responsibility

having a dad
who's such a big leader.

How did you help him?

- To pick the food,
the berries or vegetables,

and bring it home

without any bad people
seeing me.

Who are the bad people?

- People with uniforms.

My daddy isn't the leader,

Please, please let him go.

- Jenny,
if your daddy isn't the leader,

do you know who is?

- Heavenly Father
chose the leader.

Well, you gotta remember
how to spell "just."

You can't wash it off.

Stand up.

Bit much to almost destroy
our life's work.

I've returned from what
should have been a joyous day

to find I am about
to lose my home

over unpaid taxes
and a license fee.

A license is an agreement
you enter with the government

to let them have control
over you.

- The 12th Article of Faith
tells us to obey, honor,

and sustain the law.

You may be able
to hypnotize your brothers,

but you cannot hypnotize me.

Hands on the rail.

Whilst we live,
we must shame the Devil.

If God spoke to you
and told you

that I was ready to run things,

don't you think you owe me
that chance?

- Hands on the rail.

To be clear,

your grandpa gave Dan lashings
in front of everyone?

Like, real ones?

Or were they just playing

It was real.
I saw the blood.

That's enough.
That's enough.

There's children here.

There's kids here.

- There's only room
for one patriarch

in the family.

You give me back my belt.

Oh, you're a big boy now?

So let's settle this
like Lafferty men.

Come on, Ronnie.

Come on, Ron.

♪♪ ♪♪

- Need any help,
Brother Lafferty?

I think we've got it
covered, Sister Wright.

See you in there.

You want to hurt me?

It's making your ears ring,
just like when you were a boy.

You got anger in your eye.

It's a dangerous defect.

Now, you count to ten,
like I taught you.

- One.
- Eh.


It's okay.
We'll put the--

put the cans on the back
of the truck there, huh?

So is
your grandpa the leader, then?

No, ma'am.
Uncle Dan and Aunt Matilda

had a party
in the room the next morning.

That's when
heavenly Father chose.

I got her! I got her!
I got her! I got her!

I got her. Okay.


- Prayer time, is it?
- Prayer time?

We need our Lord's wisdom.



Our dear heavenly Father,

we ask that Thou would take
away my own personal desires.

Show me Thy path.

I will do anything
and go anywhere...

to be worthy of Thy wisdom.

♪♪ ♪♪

I will do anything
and go anywhere.

I will do anything
and go anywhere.

I will do anything
and go anywhere.

- I will do anything
and go anywhere.

- I will do anything
and go anywhere.

I will do anything
and go anywhere.

I will do anything
and go anywhere!

I will do anything
and go anywhere!

I will do anything
and go anywhere!

I will do anything
and go anywhere!

I will do anything
and go anywhere!

- I feel it, Lord! Yes!

I feel it burning inside of me
to lead us!

I accept Thy will, oh Father!

I accept Thy will,
heavenly Father!

I accept!


Did you see Aunt Brenda
or Uncle Allen that morning?

- The last time I saw her,

she was alone outside her room,
and all in black.

Black what?

- A black robe.

Why was she wearing that?

- I don't know.
- I don't know.

Shh. It's okay.
It's okay.

It's gonna be okay.

I'm so glad
you were able to make it,

Brother and Sister Pyre.

Come in. Come in.

Why don't you two
take the middle seats

between your parents?

Haven't your parents done

a magnificent job
with you both?

And now that you've
turned eight,

the time has come
for your baptism.

When your father baptizes you,

all of your old sins
will be washed away.

But from then on, any new sins
are yours to repent.

Now, that is
a big responsibility,

being so grown up.

But I know you can do it,
can't you?

Yes, sir.

- Now, I need to ask you
a few questions first, okay?

- Yes, sir.
- Okay.

First, have you both paid
your full and complete tithe?

Now, that means you've taken
10% of any allowance or gifts

and given that to the church.

Annie, you first.

- Yes, Bishop.

And how about you, Caroline?

- Yes, Bishop.

and this is very important...

Do you believe
this is the one true church

on the face of our planet,

that Heavenly Father sent
His only son as our savior,

and that Joseph Smith
is a true prophet

here to restore His church?


- How about one
at a time, please?

- Annie?
- Yes, Bishop.

And you, Caroline?

Yes, Bishop.

Good. Good.

Anne and Caroline, I very much
look forward to your baptism.

And I understand your mother

has sewn you
the most beautiful dresses.

Oh. I try my best.

They're wonderful, yeah.

Great job.

- Thanks.
So good to see you.

- So...

how can I help you, Brother?

- Well, there's a couple
of things going on right now.

And, um...

well, one is my mom.

She, um--

so she moved in with us...

almost ten years ago now.

And at that time, Becca and I--

we--we didn't think
we could have kids.

And my brothers already had
eight, ten kids each,

and so I--

we--we gladly, you know,
took her in, and--

even though I was the baby.

But, um, couple years ago,

she--my mom--she started
to show signs, um...

- Of dementia.

Yes, Brother, I know.


She stopped being able
to sleep at night.

And, um...

she doesn't know
the difference

between her nightmares
and what's real,

and, um, she gets--
she gets angry.

She gets very anxious.

- You worry
you can't pass this test.

- No.
No, I don't.

It's more that...

The other night, she had
this really clear moment.


She was right there,
just like the old days.

Like my mom was back, you know?
And she says to me

that she doesn't want
to be here anymore.

She's in so much pain, Bishop.

And all the pain she's in,
what do--what do we...

What do I--what do I do?

- To in any way help...

abbreviate a life...

is to interfere
with Heavenly Father's plan.

- Of course.

- Now, this life is a test,

and the challenges
put before us

are not to be avoided.

They are to be overcome.

- Yes.
- Hmm?

- Yeah.
- But...

medication is not
looked down upon by the Lord.


It's a fact.

Women struggle more
with feelings than men.

Many of the women in this very
congregation take medication

on a daily basis
to help with their feelings.

Heavenly Father created
pharmacology to help us,

and trust me,
I've seen it work.

- Thank you.
Thank you, Bishop.

The second thing is, um...

It's this case
that I'm working on.

This--this will stay
between us.

- Of course.
- Sorry. I don't mean to--

It's a double m*rder case.

And so far, what we've found

isn't pointing outward...

If you know what I mean.

Most--most of the evidence
so far...

points inward,

towards the early days
of our people,

to beliefs that I...

only ever heard whispers of.

- Be frank with me, Brother.

- One of the suspect's wives...

She used a term,
"blood atonement,"

saying that some sins
were so wicked

that the only way one could...

be cleansed of them

is by spilling

the--the sinner's blood
on the ground.

And she said that these ideas

came from the words
of our prophets.

- What are you asking me?

- I guess I'm asking, could
such things be a part of us,

from--from our--our past,
or today?

- Brother Pyre,
I'm not an academic,

nor am I trained
as a historian,

and so I never concern myself
with such deep dives.

Do you understand
what I'm saying?

- No, I'm not sure I do.

- I don't go digging
in the past...

And neither should you.

You place your trust
in today's prophet,

Spencer W. Kimball.

You leave the things
you do not understand

on a shelf.

And you trust that the prophet
will never lead us astray.

♪♪ ♪♪

Are the girls asleep?

What about your mom?

She's fine.

- Hey, um...

What did, uh, the bishop say?

- Same old, antipsychotics.

I just still--I...

I get these moments with her,

these moments of real clarity,

and she's still there

when we go for a walk
or when we talk at night.

And I'm just concerned
that these medications

are just gonna...

take away anything that's left.

- You know it's temporary.

In the Celestial Kingdom,
you'll have her back,


Of course.

I've been thinking, um...

- Warned you about that.

Oh. Oh, no.

I think it's wise if we
postpone the girls' baptisms.

- Wh-why?

- This--this--this case.

I--I need to just get
this case behind me

so I can clear my head

and so that my heart
can--can be fully in it.

But, I mean, my--

my parents are coming
from Arizona.

And our congregation.
It wouldn't go unnoticed.

It's highly unusual.

- You don't think
I'm aware of that?

- People will think
that our girls

failed their interview.

It will be humiliating
for them, for us.

It's not just our congregation,
it's our neighbors,

our friends.

I have waited
my whole life for this.

I have worked so hard
to make it perfect.

- I assure you, I--
- Don't--

- I've prayed on this.
- Just don't do this to me...

- Becca...
- And them.

- The decision's been made.

And as our priesthood holder,

I need you
to back me up on this.

And I am not asking.
- That old chestnut.

- I would rather not have to.

You know what?
You're right.

You're right.

Stop staring at me.


- You know what, Jeb?

- What?

- I acknowledge and accept

that you are indeed
the man of this house,

and as such,
you are our priesthood holder.

But don't you ever forget,

it's me who chooses when

or if I ever hold
your priesthood again.

- Come here.

♪♪ ♪♪

- Whoa.

Honey, honey, honey.
I have to go back to work.

- Don't you dare.

- In the name of Jesus Christ.

♪♪ ♪♪

He will slice
your throats from ear to ear

to cleanse you.

I hear his voice.

He wants this world back!

Hang in there.

♪♪ ♪♪

- Sheesh.

Open to the Lord's

- How much longer?
- 30 minutes.

- Let's--

Open to the Lord's

- Sam?


- Do you think he had--

That he had anything
to do with this?

- I just feel like I should be
asking you that, Allen.

Never again!

Saw your police record.

You were arrested the morning
after your wedding?

And then you earned yourself
a contempt of court charge?

You know, for a second there,
Allen, just for a second,

I really felt
like we were on the same team.

- Uh, I--I didn't think
it was consequential.

It's consequential, Allen.

You disobeyed a judge's orders
by recording his hearing.

And you were put
in jail for it.

So that tells me...

maybe you and Sam
are on the same team.

- No, I--

So what else
are you not telling me?

Who else are you protecting?

- Brenda and I--
we planned our wedding, um,

for the day before she was due
to graduate from BYU

so that her family
could do both in one trip.

I--I was on my way
to buy her some flowers.

I'll have to take you

Get out of the car, please.

But my brothers
had pushed me

into refusing to pay
traffic fines.

They said it went
against separation of powers.

Brenda was angry that I had put
my brothers ahead of her,

ahead of us.

So she confronted Dan.

♪♪ ♪♪

- This country is in shambles,
and it needs our help.

And it starts by resisting
illegal taxes.

That's federal income tax,
traffic fines.

You see, we must start to break
these unlawful rules

in order to challenge them now,

because we cannot get a tax
lawsuit through the court

fast enough in order to save
our businesses and our homes.

- Okay, but they say if Allen
doesn't pay the tickets,

they'll impound his truck.

I mean, your--your dad
helped him get that truck.

- Does it scare you to think
that Allen

might disappoint Father, say,
more than disappoint me?

Or us?

- Are we still talking
about tickets?

- The truth is absolute,

We cannot decide,
for convenience sake,

when we're going to honor it.

- That's right.

- And if a traffic cop

is acting as law enforcement,
judge, and jury,

then Allen's fines
must not be paid.

And if a tax defies
the original U.S. Constitution,

it must not be paid either.

Obeying unholy laws
for Daddy's sake

is not going to make
anybody happy,

not here or in the next life.

- Okay, but, I mean,

there's gotta be a way
to do it

where we won't
all have to go to jail.

- Your husband
made his decision.

Honor your priesthood holder.

♪♪ ♪♪

Brenda, I can assure you

that if Allen gets arrested

he will not go to jail.

- No?
Why not?

- Dan's getting on the ballot.

He'll be more powerful
than any judge.

- Yep.

- For what office?

- For sheriff.
I had a vision about it.

- Sheriff of what?

Before we settled here,

our ancestors sought refuge
in Missouri.

- Yeah, I know.

And did you also know
that one day,

without reason, without cause,

U.S. Government troops
appeared out of the woods,

and they fired
on our ancestors,

and we sought refuge
in a log cabin?

- Yeah, I know.
Everyone knows.

- Joseph Smith loved,

loved, the Constitution
more than he loved revenge.

And so, after heavenly Father
helped him escape from prison,

he was called on
to help protect our people,

to help protect
our Constitution,

by running for the presidency
of the United States.

And that is simply
all that I'm doing.

I'm just following
in his footsteps.

If a sheriff can convene
common law jury,

and court is where we are
ultimately headed,

then imagine how helpful
it will be

when I have become the courts.

- So you just get rid
of the 16th Amendment.

- Yeah.
- No more federal taxes.

- No.
- Okay.

And, um--and what about
the other amendments?

- Well, after the first ten,
yeah, they all go.

The 13th, too?

sl*very's back?

I mean--

It all sounds pretty crazy,
if you ask me.

- But he didn't ask you!

And he wouldn't!

So if I was you,
I would keep my mouth shut

till I'd done my research
if you don't want to sound

like an idiot
in front of your new family.

You know,
a lot of LDS husbands

might have been mad at her
for intervening.

But, you know, Brenda was--

she was trying to protect me
from going astray.

Our wives often see us

much clearer
than we can see ourselves.

Don't you find that
with your wife?

- All the time.

And so did Emma,
Joseph's wife.

- Joseph. Joseph.

Perhaps the Lord provides
a bounty of new saints,

that we may raise up an army.

- Don't be foolish, Brigham.

What Gentile would sell us
armaments in such quantity

that we might win such a fight?

- A r*fle aimed by God

will b*at back 100
of their arms, Sister Smith.

Do we build a Zion on Earth

for our pleasure?

For power?

Revenge? Bloodshed?


But after Joseph
escaped jail

and avoided execution
in Missouri,

he started to sound more
and more like Brigham.

We must strengthen
our army...

That it might prove worthy
of our Heavenly Father.

For if blood must be spilt,

let it be theirs, and not ours.

- And Emma was right,
wasn't she?

- I don't--that's enough, okay?

- I mean, wasn't it Joseph's
turn toward aggression

that gave birth to our
very first destroying angel?

Isn't that how
the Missouri governor

got filled up with lead?

♪♪ ♪♪

- I don't want to hear it.

All right?
I don't want to hear it.

- They got to you, didn't they?

How high up they go?


Stake president?

The office of the president?

Did they tell you to "put
your questions on the shelf"?

- Let's get back on track.

Did you do anything
to try to heal this rift

between your brothers
and your wife?

With Sam, maybe?

- Yes.
- Okay.

- More than anything,
I--I wanted Brenda to be happy.

So I offered her what,
at the time,

I felt was
a significant sacrifice.

Look, if God's plan
for--for this life

is for us to build up
an eternal family,


you want me
to give up most of mine...

then I'm gonna need
something from you.

I'm gonna need to know that you
want us to start a new family,

one of our own.

And so that we'll be able
to do that,

I--I think both of us need
to give up a few things first.

- You don't want me
to take that job, do you?

- I just think it'll take up
too much of your energy.

- It's...

It's Channel 11 News.

- Look, let's--you know,

let's have a bunch of babies.

And then
you can be a newscaster.

You have your degree.

People are always gonna
want to hire you.

Okay? And then--
and then I'll do like Ron.


I'll leave my brothers
to it themselves.

Our sweet wives
all being told that

by having dozens of children,

that would somehow make them
more holy,

more righteous.

Lately, I've started to wonder,

isn't that
just another surrender

that we push them into
in the name of God?

And I certainly didn't see it
like that at the time.

You know, that I was building
Brenda a new cage,

a prison.

♪♪ ♪♪

But I was.

Wasn't I?

- Hey, Sam.
How you doing?

Once again, I'm Detective Pyre.
This is Investigator Taba.

- I am the Lord God of Israel's
chosen servant,

my soul sent to Earth in these
latter days to earn a body,

these hands, this strength,

to separate the wheat
from the tares.

- So we've heard.

Tell me,
what kind of chosen one

cuts the throat
of a 15-month-old?


- Heaven calls
its destroying angels.

I am thee,

sent to spill the blood
of those on His list

onto the ground.
- There's a list?

A holy list,

revealed to Heavenly Father's
destroying angels.

I've heard his voice.
And now, I--

- Wait, wait, wait, Sam.

You're saying there's--
there's an actual list.

Is that right?

Who all's on it?

- The fornicator Brenda,
wicked and defiant.

Her spawn Erica,

the rotten fruit
of fornication.

Heavenly Father demanded

their blood
be spilled to the ground.

It has been done.

- Fornication?

As in sexual relations with
someone other than her husband.

- What?

Did--did she?
- Well, you said it, not me.

- Not that fornication.

She disobeyed her husband...

and me

and God's chosen men.

That's fornication.
That's fornication!

- Ever hear of that definition?

- Mm-mm.

Sam, who else is on this list?

- It's not given
that you should know.

- So apart from you, uh...

who are the other
destroying angels?

- Ask ye of God, not me.

- What about the man

that ran from your cabin
into the forest?

- Ask ye of God, not me.

- All right.
All right, tell me this.

Uh, where are the rest
of your brothers?

Where's Dan?

And Ron and Jacob?

Are they okay?

♪♪ ♪♪

Or were they on your list, too?
Were their wives on your list?

- The list is God's! Idiot!

How should I know
how dang long He wants it?

Yeah, I've done my work.

I feel His love and glory now.

I don't need yours.


Pyre, get in here!

- Be right back, Sam.
Thank you.

Hey, Pyre! Pyre!

♪♪ ♪♪

- I'm sorry, did we wake you?

Is all that true?

Is that true?

Are Brenda and my niece Erica--
are they d*ad?

- You tell us.

♪♪ ♪♪

- You know I'm not an idiot.

I know
what you're doing in there.

I know that you're in there,
trying to--

trying to take advantage
of my little brother,

trying to trick him
into a false confession.

I see you.
I know what you're doing.

- Robin, he's awful eager.

We hardly said a word.

- Yeah, well,
given his current mental state,

none of what he says in there
will ever hold up in court,

and you know that,
so you tell me.

Tell me right now,
are Brenda and Erica okay?

- That's
a masterful performance, Robin.

- You can go to hell.

- Not very LDS, Brother.

We call it outer darkness,
last I checked.


- Hey!

Spilling your blood
on my floor...

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

Won't cleanse you
of anything.

On my life...

On my family's lives,
I had no part in this.

- What about Sam?
- I don't understand.

I don't...

I don't know how things
could have turned to this.

It's not... possible.

- Well, it happened.
- Look at their bodies.

We need to know who
and why and now.

- Sam could not have done this.

- Robin, when you were
with your actual brothers...

did they ever mention
a list of names?

If there was a list...

and if this little girl's name
was on it...

Then there would be
many more names.

- Whose?

Tell me.
- I can't be sure, I--


You want me to extend
my trust to you...

Give me names.

- The Lows.

And--and the Stowes.

Our bishop
and our stake president

and their wives.

- Why them?
- Sam was angry... with them.

They--they tried to intervene
in my brothers' research

into original LDS teachings
and documents,


our past, Brother Pyre.

- Hey. Hey.

Get my car fueled,
vests on seats.

Call in Gray and Peters.

I need them to get to
Stake President Stowe's home,


And get me an address
for a Bishop Low.

♪♪ ♪♪

And I certainly didn't
see it like that at the time.

You know, that I was building
Brenda a new cage...

♪♪ ♪♪

A prison.

♪♪ ♪♪

And after
I had locked her in there,

once she became pregnant,

her heart changed shape.

I know.

I know.

But Dianna...

I heard the whispering
of the Spirit.

And... I felt impressed upon,

that we must do
whatever it takes

to keep all of our family

To fight
for each member's exaltation,

no matter what it takes.

But I--I'm going to need
your help, Dianna,

to get them
off this wicked path.

♪♪ ♪♪
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