EVENING WITH THE EDITORS

We are excited to announce that Richard E. Turley Jr., Janiece Johnson and LaJean Carruth, editors of Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers, 2 vols. (published by the University of Oklahoma Press) will be here Wednesday, June 14, to speak about and sign copies of their book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00 p.m.—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

On September 11, 1857, a group of Mormons aided by Paiute Indians brutally murdered some 120 men, women, and children traveling through a remote region of southwestern Utah. Within weeks, news of the atrocity spread across the United States. But it took until 1874—seventeen years later—before a grand jury finally issued indictments against nine of the perpetrators. Mountain Meadows Massacre chronicles the prolonged legal battle to gain justice for the victims.

The editors of this two-volume collection combed public and private manuscript collections across the United States to reconstruct the complex legal proceedings that occurred in the massacre’s aftermath. The documents they unearthed, transcribed and presented here, cover a nearly forty-year history of investigation and prosecution—from the first reports of the massacre in 1857 to the dismissal of the last indictment against a perpetrator in 1896. Volume 1 tells the first half of the story: the records of the investigations into the massacre and transcriptions of all nine indictments, eight of which never resulted in a trial conviction. Volume 2 details the legal proceedings against the one man indicted to go to trial, John D. Lee. Lee’s trials led to his confession and conviction, and ultimately to his execution on the massacre site in 1877, all documented in Volume 2.

“Richard E. Turley, Janiece L. Johnson, and LaJean Purcell Carruth have done a great service in offering the Mountain Meadows Massacre papers to the general public. The editors present the documents with an even hand, and the introductions carefully analyze each source.”

—Thomas G. Alexanderauthor of Brigham Young, The Quorum of the Twelve, and the Latter-day Saint Investigation of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

Richard E. Turley Jr. is Assistant Church Historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Books he has authored, coauthored, or edited include Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann CaseMassacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy, and Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collections.

Janiece L. Johnson is Visiting Professor of Religion at Brigham Young University, Idaho. She is the author of “Give It All Up and Follow Your Lord”: Mormon Female Religiosity and co-editor of The Witness of Women: Firsthand Experiences and Testimonies from the Restoration.

LaJean Purcell Carruth is a historian for the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a transcriber of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century documents written in Pitman, Taylor, and Pernin shorthands.

 

Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers (2 vols.). University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. 1056 pp. $130/set.

 

Other titles by Richard Turley

Massacre at Mountain Meadows. Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardback. signed by all three authors (1st printing), $29.99/signed by all three editors (2nd printing), reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99/paperback, $17.95

Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection. BYU Studies, 2009. Reg. $44.95, SALE $26.99 (limited quantities)

Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case. University of Illinois Press, 1992. Hardback. Reg. $27.95, SALE $19.99

How We Got the Book of Mormon. Deseret Book, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $34.99, SALE $27.99

How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardback. $34.99

Other titles by Janiece Johnson

“Give It All Up and Follow Your Lord”: Mormon Female Religiosity. BYU Studies, 2008. Paperback. $19.95

The Witness of Women: Firsthand Experiences and Testimonies from the Restoration. Deseret Book, 2016. Paperback. $18.99

 

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