Under the Banner of Heaven (2022) s01e04 Episode Script

Church and State

Nobody's called in a disturbance?
These houses are an acre apart.
Brenda's neighbors were ten feet away,
and all they heard over the Orioles
was pounding on a wall.
That right?
There it is.
Porch light's off.
- I'll get the front door.
- Okay.
- Charming.
- Sorry.
All right.
- Is it clear?
- Yeah.
And judging by the jewelry I saw
dumped in the toilet,
I wouldn't peg this as a robbery.
- No. Checkbook's right here.
- Kidnapping?
Gotta hope that they got out of here
before anything like that could happen.
And somewhere we can find them first.
Okay. Thanks, Fred.
Well, at least half of Sam's list
is still alive.
Our boys just found
the Lafferty stake president, Mr. Stowe,
and his wife, asleep in bed.
Say they haven't seen anything unusual.
No bearded men.
But also said they haven't heard
from the Lows for a week,
which is unusual.
- Look, hey, Morris.
- Sir?
First light, I need you to track
the last knowns of the Lows.
Sure. Talk to neighbors.
- The Lows' kids.
- Kids.
You know, phone records
and credit cards, that kind of thing.
You and me, we need
to keep pushing Robin.
- That's fine with me.
Sorry, it's a letter from Dianna
asking for help
with the Lafferty brothers'
questionable behavior.
To the president of your church?
To the living prophet.
It's kind of like writing a letter
to Heavenly Father himself.
an LDS wife
doing this to her own family.
It's extreme.
Oh, gosh. Bill, we have to find her.
- You have guys are pros.
- They look great!
- Yeah.
- Yeah?
to hold off and coming
for the girls' baptism.
They're a little anxious to know
when we might be moving the date to.
Girls do not need baptizing.
I mean, look at them. Clean as whistles.
- That's a bath. Not a baptism.
- Bath, Mom. You're thinking of a bath.
You know who should give
a goddamn about baptism?
Hey, Mom, that's a no-no.
Annie drew the rainbow.
You guys did this?
- It's great.
- See this?
of the young mother and daughter.
Detectives are investigating ties
Skates and off and shoes on in 20.
- Hmm?
- Is that true?
- The Jews, they need baptisms.
Hello. Are you still there?
Yes, uh, this is Detective Pyre.
Hi. I'm so sorry, Brother Pyre.
I hope your hair hasn't gone grey
from waiting.
No, it's fine.
So, I got ahold
of the original letter
Sister Lafferty mailed to the prophet.
I see here, he directed the matter
to Bishop Low
and to a member
- That's B-A-S-C-O-M.
You've been a great help, brother.
Thank you so much.
You can call back anytime.
The prophet's praying
for your investigation.
He is?
That's all we're gonna need.
I appreciate that very much, brother.
Thanks. Bye.
- Everything okay?
- Yeah, everything's great, Mom.
That radio reporter knows
as our toaster.
Should we unplug our toaster, too?
in the telestial kingdom with Hitler.
Josie, that kind of talk scares the girls.
- Remember we talked about that?
- Mom.
Don't speak back to me because
I don't speak like that with the girls.
Do you wanna go for a walk?
- Yes.
- Yeah?
- Yes.
- Let's go for a walk.
- I'm sorry.
- She's sorry, Becs.
I'm gonna meet you
in the hallway, all right?
- Okay.
- Be right back.
- Okay.
- Go ahead.
I know she doesn't mean it.
the things she says
around the girls
like you can.
And you're not always here.
can we please
try the medications?
Call her doctor
and ask about side effects, okay?
Brother Pyre.
Leconte Bascom.
I had to shake a leg to meet you
before we opened.
Oh, I appreciate the haste, brother.
Thank you.
Oh, it's nothing.
The prophet's office urged me
to help you any way I can.
- Take one. They're cinnamon.
- Gosh. I can't keep
disappointing my dentist, I can't do it.
Thank you, though. But I was hoping
you could shed some light.
Yes, yes, about Dianna's letter.
The prophet's office filled me in.
Good. Good.
So, let's start with what you did
when you first received the letter.
Well, I had a word with Ron
when he came in
looking to get approved on a loan.
Duplex sales are in the dang gutter
because interest rates are what they are,
I just wish it were less risky.
Risky. You never use that word
with me before.
This is lien, and there's a fourplex
with a heavily vetted client.
You know my word is oath.
You know that.
If it were up to me alone,
I'd give you the dang bank vault,
Who else is it up to?
Maybe I should speak to them.
Ron, it's my file. I'm sorry.
Brother Bascom,
if I don't get this loan,
then I can't afford to keep operating.
And then I lose my business,
and I'm gonna lose my home.
What, my wife is next?
You want me to lose my children?
the church has received a letter
asking for intervention
in your brother's anti-tax organizing.
So, you won't sign because Dan
refuses to pay sales tax in a store.
It's because of his failure
to pay tax on your father's home,
as a part of a scheme
to challenge taxation as a whole.
Filing a lawsuit to say
the 16th Amendment hasn't been ratified?
That's kicking up dust.
Okay. And what's it got to do with me?
Ron, your wife wrote the letter.
She seems real worried about it.
Now, don't you lay the blame
at her feet, all right?
Those ERA types, they smell more variety,
it's a bad influence.
If we could stamp out Bill Donohue.
Who's positively urging our wives
to run wild.
I'm sure it was only out of concern
for the man that she loves. That's you.
But anti-government schemes?
It leaves me in no position
to walk out on a limb with you.
Look at my hands. I'm a builder.
What use would I have
for anti-government schemes?
I don't make it my business to understand
that sort of thing,
but your brother's been very outspoken
about his new political hobbies.
And well, here. He portrays it
Thank you for your time.
Was Ron angry with Dianna?
Oh, heck, no, no. No, no.
It was Dan that was making a mess
of their name.
No, Dan was threatening the reputation
of the church, and as a result,
Ron's own livelihood.
So, Ron was only angry with Dan.
Well, wouldn't you be?
It'd take hours to drive you
around all the homes
that Ron has put up around here.
Dan's a wrecking ball.
Brenda just couldn't let
a thing alone.
You think Brenda helped write that?
If Dianna wrote this letter,
then you can be sure
that Brenda put the pen in her hand.
Did Dan know about this letter?
He didn't pay it much mind.
than any of the wives about our faith.
And at the time that this letter
was written,
bigger than the Fourth of July.
Vote Lafferty.
Don't let the government steal
any more money out of your pocket.
You keep what's yours.
Where did the Founding Fathers say
you needed a Social Security number
to be an American?
They tag us like cattle,
tramp us down,
and then claim
half of what's ours is theirs.
No. They don't own me,
and they don't own you either.
So, vote Lafferty.
And live free under the true,
original laws of the US Constitution.
I suppose enough people tell you
you're the Kennedys of Utah,
you think it's your destiny
to be in charge.
Have you ever heard of Governor Boggs
from Missouri?
He was shot in the head one night.
And he pinned the assassination attempt
on us.
So, what did our prophet do?
He launched a presidential campaign.
Well, correct me if I'm wrong.
But Joe Smith didn't become president.
He could've. He was very popular.
Like your brother Dan?
My brother Dan
has always been very popular.
No, see, the only person
who had a problem
with Dan running was our father.
Yeah. She's a gypsy, huh?
Ooh! Yeah. She's got me under her spell.
hat is she making me do?
- Emma. Oh, no.
Lord, she's bending me to her will.
All right, Dan.
- All right. Hey. Dan.
- Conspirer!
Get hence, serpent.
Get! Get! All of you! Go! Get!
Are you wiser than the word of wisdom?
Ungrateful to a wife who stooped
to marry a deadbeat.
I intend to tell Matilda about this.
We know she does not fear divorce.
The Lord guides my political vision.
The voice you hear is the Devil's.
he answers prayers, too.
They judge what is holy
on what is fashionable.
we cannot return to our mission.
All those souls in Louisiana
need a baptism,
our son now.
Flee from temptation, Daniel.
Walk away from man's laws.
Turn thee back toward
Heavenly Father's designs.
Study them.
His word.
Understanding His law.
His bliss.
Oh, be my good boy again.
Pray with us.
- to guide me.
- How deep into study did Dan go?
Dan just took
our father's words to heart.
Started spending his days
in the BYU library,
he grew frustrated with the fact
that so much of our history
seemed to have been purposefully removed
from every library in Utah,
including BYU's.
So, Dan started seeking out saints
who were living by our original texts.
And that gave Dan an excuse
to drive us down to Colorado City.
We're not supposed to have anything
to do with these people, Dan.
- Dan.
- They study our scriptures, don't they?
Live his commandments better than we do.
I don't know about this, Dan.
And that's what we are here to address,
Robin, our lack of knowledge.
Quiet here, huh?
There's a lot of houses
that need that finishing touch, eh?
That's a joke. I'm joking.
Can't charge property tax
on a building that ain't finished, right?
Yeah, you guys got it figured out.
Yeah, up north,
they charge property tax
on a home that my dad owns outright.
Yeah. It's like the government
who actually owns it.
It's highway robbery.
You finish up here.
Let these men
get on their way, Brother Nichols.
- You guys practice polygamy here?
- Dan.
No. Well, I've been reading about it.
How our church changed
the rules over time.
It started when we abandoned
the doctrine of plural marriage.
That's when it started.
From what I read,
prophet who renounced it,
he just wanted to keep federal troops
from marchin' into Utah. That's all.
Old Woodruff. Had nine wives himself.
You folks,
you just kept on doing it, huh?
We do not pretend to know
more than the founding prophets.
We do not change their beliefs
to suit the fashion of the time.
That's what I'm talking about.
What happens if the cops come around?
"If man's law conflicts with heaven's,
"then the faithful will be ranged
under the banner of heaven against them."
Prophet Taylor, right? I dig it, man.
All right, I think we're
pretty much finished here.
Mr. Nichols, we'll head out now.
You know, hey.
I want to be as good of a saint as I can.
But everybody up north,
they're just so concerned
with being a good American, too.
I just need some guidance.
D and C 132 says that
if a man espoused a virgin
and desired to espouse another
that he is justified.
He cannot commit adultery
where they are given unto him.
- Dan. Dan. It's time to go.
- I gotta know, brother. I gotta know.
I gotta know, is polygamy
a part of salvation, brother?
Joseph Smith calls it the principle,
in "The Peace Maker."
Get on your way.
"Peace Maker."
"Peace Maker."
You know, Bill, doing business
with the FLDS
is kind of like doing it with the mafia.
You don't just walk away
on your own terms.
that Robin
continued to do business
with fundamentalists,
continued to visit fundamentalists
to 70-year-old men
to be raped, and enslaved,
and to be punished if they seek help.
I don't have to tell you
that your ex-communication
would be right around the corner.
I have the right to a phone call, don't I?
Well, I think I'll be utilizing that now.
Right now, Detective.
Okay. So, two days ago,
the Lows charged a hefty bill
at a sporting goods store.
I talked to the clerk there.
He said that they picked up
some fly fishing gear
conditions up at Grandaddy Mountain.
- Grandaddy Mountain.
- Yes, sir.
So, get up there.
If the Lows are still alive,
they may know
how they ended up on this list.
And even better, where Dianna
and Matilda are now.
- You radio us.
- Right.
- All right?
- Yes, sir.
- Use your training.
- Yes, sir.
Send that kid out alone,
he's liable to get pecked
to death by songbirds.
Who else have I got?
Concerned about Dianna?
Any new information
that speaks to her welfare?
No, Lloyd contacted her folks.
Divorced, non-Mormon.
They haven't heard from her
for a long time.
as far as he was concerned.
We'll find her.
- We will.
- Yeah, we've got to.
- Love note?
- Kinda.
You're raising a couple of Picassos.
- Thank you.
- Yeah, no. Thank you.
Detectives, evidence files
for Dan Lafferty
in from Salt Lake City.
On May 7th, 1982,
at 1:30 or 2:30 pm,
- Be back.
- Yeah.
So, you know how I've been studying
at BYU to be the best priesthood holder
and husband that I can.
I couldn't find
all the original teachings there,
so I went to an antiques dealer,
There, take a look at that.
- "The Peace Maker."
Is this from my wedding bouquet?
"Man is under governing power
"of his wife,
and wife is under governing power
"of her husband.
Now, which shall be subservient?
"Certainly, neither
where both have equal power.
"By depriving him of the right
of marrying more than one wife,
"you totally annihilate his power
of peaceable government over a woman,
and deprive the family of its lawful
and necessary head."
What is this?
That is an essential LDS tract
printed by
Joseph Smith himself.
And it also says that a man needs
at least three wives
to achieve full exaltation into heaven.
Do you know Joseph Smith had 33 wives?
His youngest was 14.
But if it's so essential, why have I
never heard of it, like, in church?
Well, because the US government
has been whittling away our doctrines
for over a hundred years.
But our church vowed that if man's laws
ever conflicted with ours,
that we would be ranged
under the banner of heaven
and against the government.
See, this is what my father set me
on track to find.
To understand God's laws and how
we have perverted them with man's.
Perverted them?
perverted to me?
- Is collecting wives.
- Was Abraham a pervert, huh?
- I don't know.
How should I know that?
I didn't marry Moses or Abraham.
Do you wanna have an affair on me, Dan,
Is that what this is about?
Do I not satisfy you anymore?
No, no, no, no! And you will not
speak to me in that manner ever again.
You understand?
How can you possibly see me
as the head the way I see Christ
to go marrying more women.
- I know that you're the head.
- You always say
so I won't be so frustrated anymore
and you won't be so afraid
of falling short of my expectations
because you won't be the one and only.
Dan, you need to pull over.
If you could just get over
your dang jealousy,
then you might see what a blessing
this principle is for you, too.
Could you pull over?
Howdy, officer.
What seems to be the problem?
You were speeding, and you're missing
an inspection sticker.
Can you roll the window
all the way down, please?
You wouldn't happen to have
pulled me over because
for sheriff in the paper, would ya?
Can't say that I did.
would you show the good officer?
Now, see, I know it disappoints you
to hear that I'll be enforcing
strict separation of power,
- I got backup at the ready, Dan.
- I'm sure you do.
I'm sure you've had backup ready
all day.
If you want to arrest me,
you know where I live.
Get a warrant.
Have it signed by a judge,
and bring it by my home.
Okay. Step out of the car, Dan.
What are you doing?
You could've killed him.
They're trying to derail my campaign
and sabotage me.
- I'm not, they are!
God's given me an opportunity.
Tyrants! Tyrants!
Witness! Witness the tyrants!
Witness the tyrants!
Witness! Witness the tyrants! Witness!
Game over, Dan. Game over.
Let's go.
Hey, Pyre.
I'm finished answering
your questions.
My representative is on his way.
So, we think that Dan remained
the family leader
even after your folks came back
from their mission.
constitutional literalism,
we suspect he was also exploring
fundamentalist Mormonism.
lookie-loo to an FLDS compound.
Maybe he let some of those men
in his life.
Could have been the bearded men you saw.
I guess it's possible.
Yeah, you think?
He ever discuss this with you?
than the chiropractic principle.
If you're out of alignment,
then your whole body begins to fail,
and we have been out of alignment
with God's plan.
I mean, is it any wonder
that there's such discord and disorder
How could it be otherwise when men
are beset with lust and frustration?
God could not be any more clear.
We need to assert absolute control
in our married lives.
the absolute control thing,
is the multiple wives
Well, if you want to get
to the celestial kingdom, it is.
It's too far.
It's too far, it's illegal,
and there's too much at stake
- for all of us.
- Ron.
Our forbearers never fretted
about how much they risked
by standing firm in their faith.
My faith.
Arise and awake
Ron, you're gonna break his hand.
If we don't regain our footing,
I will lose my business
- and I'll lose everything.
Mom always said it was true.
She did. And now, I know it.
It's you, Ron.
You are the true leader of us.
We all know that Dad only chose me
to lead things because he's grown weak
and he's afraid of your strength.
And I need to cleanse myself
spiritually now, as you can see.
But it's you, Ron. It's you.
You are the true leader of our family.
I don't know about that.
I do. I do.
Shoulder this responsibility for us.
Fight these criminal tax laws.
Get the government
out of our pockets?
It's up to you now, Ron.
You all feel the same way?
'Cause if you all feel that this
If no one objects, right?
Well, if this is his desire.
Allen, Allen, Allen.
Can you do me a favor, buddy?
Will you pray
on "The Peace Maker" for me?
I know I heard the Heavenly Father's voice
and I just so badly
want to see you and Brenda in heaven.
Can you do that for me?
I fasted.
the Holy Spirit
in the same way my brothers could.
I thought there was something wrong
with me.
Well, you know that the church
has long forbidden polygamy.
Today's prophets still believe
it's practiced in heaven.
Allen, it's unholy here on Earth.
Is it?
I mean, why was Joseph Smith
almost killed in Illinois?
Prophet Joseph Smith,
It wasn't just because
he was unfaithful to Emma.
He was acting upon
his principle here on Earth.
Except now, we have a witness
to your crimes
and whoredoms committed over and again
with an unmarried woman,
defiling your holy marriage vows.
Taking wives,
some of 'em so very, very young.
what Joseph did,
I still put my faith in him.
still love Dan,
despite all of it, too.
But instead,
I was sick about it.
Joseph, your brother Hiram visited.
in an attempt to persuade me
of its purity, I assume.
"If any man espouse a virgin
and desire to espouse another,
he is justified."
Who else follows this revelation, now?
Brigham Young?
Only his anointed men.
Ours is an ever-evolving church, Emma.
And father knew
it would inspire opposition
so fervent that it would cut down
our church ere it grew roots.
and I will not stand
to watch you say it is holy
to marry others
because you've grown bored of me.
To marry mere girls. I refuse.
of falsifying revelations
to suit my own desires?
I was at your side
when you discovered the plates.
I was your scribe as you dictated
their every word,
and I publicly supported
their divine authenticity.
So, are you certain in asking me now
to believe that the Lord in heaven
commands you to take more wives?
Pray on it, Emma.
Go forth, Joseph.
So shall I,
as he must want me
to take more husbands as well.
And I will.
Thus sayeth the Lord,
I command mine handmaid Emma Smith
to abide and cleave unto
my servant Joseph, and to none else,
but if she will not abide
she shall be destroyed.
The Heavenly Father will destroy me?
Are you certain, prophet?
I did what the church
taught us to do.
Put my questions on the shelf.
It's hard to keep 'em up there,
isn't it?
Did Dan keep his questions on the shelf?
If the men I saw were from Colorado City,
then I guess you have your answer, right?
If an LDS man
chooses to take up polygamy again,
then why not blood atonement?
It's a slippery slope, isn't it?
Dan Lafferty is off
the ballot for Sheriff for refusing to pay
a 15 dollar processing fee,
but he emerged from jail today
to find he's not off the minds
of local libertarians.
He doesn't look too cheesed off
about his failed campaign.
What are we missing here, Jeb? Motive.
You all right?
We're chasing our tails.
Mr. Ballard.
What is Robert Wagner doing here?
And why are our guys greeting him
like he's Danny frickin' White?
I'll take care of it.
- Brother Pyre.
- Yeah.
I'm Martin Ballard, president
of Robin's stake.
He phoned me a brief while ago.
President Ballard.
It's a pleasure to meet you.
Well, Robin told me he's badly in need
of spiritual counsel.
And under the circumstances,
he must be carrying
a heavy burden indeed.
I ask if it can wait
for tomorrow.
The case is very active right now.
I know.
Heavenly Father won't let you rest
Robin's a good boy, as are Allen and Sam.
And seeing all three in need
of healing prayer.
I'd like you to release them
into my custody.
Perhaps we can talk in private.
No. There's no need to trouble yourself.
it's prudent to release them just yet.
Is everything all right?
It's a very ghastly, complicated case,
Oh, no, no. I mean, with you.
You're carrying so much here and at home.
Your mother, her suffering.
Your Bishop told me,
after he met with you and your wife
about your daughters' baptism.
provocative questions.
Blood atonement?
This case must weigh heavy on you.
But perhaps some questions
man isn't meant to answer.
Trust the priesthood.
Release the brothers into my custody.
Put my questions on the shelf.
Respectfully, sir, I'm not detaining
the Lafferty brothers
for a questioning mind.
I'm investigating a murder.
We've all made covenants
to protect the Lord's kingdom,
even until laying down our lives.
Now, we wouldn't want anything
to embarrass the church,
would we, brother?
I trust you recall the repercussions
of sharing what is heaven's alone?
It's a pleasure.
Sorry, sir.
What is it?
Couple boys showed up
at Bishop Low's home
and say they know something
about who broke in.
All right, good.
Good. Let's go.
So, you were rolling around
and you stopped, where?
- Right, around here.
- Yeah.
Why'd you stop here?
The car in the driveway.
It wasn't the Lows' and,
and two men in the back.
Did you get a look at the men?
No. Honestly, sir,
we didn't get very close.
- Why'd they worry you?
They were just sittin' there.
They weren't talking to each other
or anything, and they had long hair, sir.
Long like, when you need a haircut?
Yes, sir, long like a woman's.
All right. Good.
Did you get a look at the car?
It was a green station wagon.
An Impala, sir. My parents had one
until Heavenly Father answered my prayer
for a Skyhawk.
- Green station wagon Impala.
- Yes, sir.
This is Ron's car, isn't it?
of the Lows on the day of the murder.
Now the Lows are missing.
or that they stole it?
Or day hunted?
to the prophet.
"Dear President Kimball,
we write, aware of how busy
Heavenly Father keeps you.
"Our husbands have begun
questioning some federal laws
"they believe conflict with LDS teachings.
"Still, our prayers tell us
that a good Mormon abides the law.
Please counsel us
on Heavenly Father's will."
"Is it ever right for a Mormon
to break a law
they feel violates our church beliefs?"
Are we sure about this?
I think so. I think it's really good.
Brenda wrote this.
She ever tell you about this letter?
complaining about my brothers.
she'd just thrown up
her hands about 'em, and about me.
she still loved me.
how I struggled to stand up to them.
So, she did the standing.
Did Ron ever tell you about this letter?
Holy "wow," Robin.
You called your stake president
to get you out of jail.
May be the most saintly act of entitlement
I've ever witnessed.
You know, you should really,
tell your partner here
who we regard as the higher authority,
the church or the police.
I don't have to tell you that
disrespecting church authority
puts your own salvation in the balance.
Well, there's that.
So, if you can answer me
one more question, Robin.
Was Ron at war with Dan's views?
Or was he drawn to his ideas, too?
Well, Ron stayed out of it
until our father,
who was getting sicker and weaker,
finally swallowed his pride,
practically begged Ron to help
bring Dan back in line.
You got to remember,
Article of Faith 12.
"We believe
"in being subject to kings,
presidents, rulers, and magistrates
in obeying, honoring,
and sustaining the law."
If you get yourself thrown in jail,
you're mockin' our prophet.
What brought this to mind, Ron?
This unexpected visit.
- Well, I felt the calling from the Lord.
- Oh.
You sure it wasn't a calling from Dad?
D and C 98, Six and Seven.
"I, the Lord justify you and your brethren
of my church to befriend the law
"which is the constitutional
law of the land,
whatsoever is more or less than this,
cometh of evil."
And the 16th Amendment
It is evil.
- Yeah.
Until the church calls us
- Go on.
with Heavenly Father.
So we should depend upon no person
for borrowed light,
trusting only unto the Holy Spirit,
who is ever the same.
There is no place in the church
for extremes, Dan. Okay?
How about extremely good?
The government keeps changing their rules.
We're simply trying to sustain the rules
that we started with,
- our Heavenly-inspired constitution.
- That's right.
I mean, it's the only way out
of this mess and back to God's plan.
God's plan. What's your plan?
Just to get us thrown in jail?
Is that your plan? Or are you gonna become
Sheriff and stack the juries
and rule how you wish?
Because if you do,
that's an embarrassment.
I can barely support my family.
I wish that we could all be
as successful,
- Watch your tone with me, all right?
I'm sorry. All right, I'm sorry.
I'm curious. Does it help your prophets
to obey these illegal laws?
- What?
- Yes or no?
But you follow them anyhow.
And why?
Because you're scared.
Dad? Dad'll be gone soon,
and what has he left us with?
Lafferty men used to run things
in this state.
And I've had a vision
to set things back in that order.
Now, if you don't want
to be a part of that,
then you should change your name
if all we do is embarrass you.
Because you are either
a part of this family or you are not.
I think it might be time
for you to leave, Ron.
Shut up and let me think, you know.
I do own my own home,
and I do own my own business.
Did someone tell you that
Is that why you're speaking
this way to me?
you wanna cut me down
in front of my own brothers?
- Is that what you want?
- Ron, I did not know that.
- Hey, Ron.
No, no, no. Don't touch me, Dan.
Ron, you suffer because you're persecuted.
And persecution has rolled on our heads
from time to time
like peals of thunder
because of our religion.
Because of our religion, Ron.
So arise and awaken
unto your awful situation.
They changed the rules on us.
But we're gonna put things back in order.
Robin, will you come help me
hold our brother?
Yes. We should pray.
Was this before or after your dad
confronted Dan at the parade?
It was before.
Ron hadn't succeeded with Dan
in the way that our father had hoped.
that Ron
had nothing to do with Dan's ideas.
that Ron followed all of you
until the end?
I didn't follow Dan to the end.
But yes, Dan shifted Ron's mind.
Did Ron come to Dan's side
before or after this date?
Before. Well before. Ron was already
with us when Dianna sent that.
If Robin is telling the truth,
that letter was all about fixing Ron.
First, Dan brought Ron into alignment
with his political views.
So arise and awaken.
Then Dianna sent the letter.
- Then Ron was denied the loan.
Study them.
And when their father
got in Dan's way,
Ron had to take over Dan's efforts.
- Ron. Ron.
His father and his own wife,
standing squarely in Ron's way.
- See what Bascom says.
- Yeah, you ready?
- What line?
- Three.
Good afternoon, Leconte Bascom.
Mr. Bascom, this is Brother Pyre.
We talked this morning.
Oh, hi. Detective.
How's your day?
To be honest with ya,
well, see, I worry you may have
fudged the truth with me this morning
about Ron's reaction to that letter.
Oh, dear.
I remembered as best I could,
brother Pyre.
See, I don't think Ron
was upset with Dan one bit.
Did you misremember that,
or did the prophet's office
set limits on what you could say?
'Cause they'd rather us think of Ron
as some kind of saintly victim
of Dan's extracurriculars
because the last thing they need
is for Utah to find out
its treasured son had gone fundy.
In all honesty, anything I might know,
I entrusted to the authority
of Bishop Low.
I'm only in this bishopric.
Maybe speak with him.
In all honesty, Mr. Bascom,
we can't find the dang Lows.
I'm sorry, who's this?
Bill Taba, detective.
We haven't met yet. But we can.
Because if you don't tell us
what you entrusted to Bishop Low,
then I'll cuff your ass
and bring you in for interrogation.
realize the pertinence
of what I saw until now.
Now, don't you lay
the blame at her feet, all right?
- Ron.
- Thank you for your time.
He was upset when I told him
about the letter his wife wrote.
- Ron!
I honestly thought it was just
a domestic, Brother Pyre.
Thanks so much. Keep me posted.
The Herald and Tribune
are sending reporters.
- You want the national outlets?
- No, we just want useful tips.
- Yes, sir.
- Yeah.
Not publicity.
We got an older model.
- Pause on calling more press.
- Fred, do you mind holding?
- Chief! Welcome back.
- Thanks for coming back early.
Yeah. Where are we with suspects?
We have a station wagon ID'd
at a house targeted by the killers.
Belongs to Ron Lafferty.
Dan Lafferty made contact
with a fundamentalist sect down south.
- We're putting out an APB now.
- Absolutely not.
Unless you're ordering pizza, sunshine,
hang up the phone.
Come on. In my office.
Welcome back, Chief!
Time is of the essence.
with a press conference.
All right, you two know as well as I do.
Outsiders do not understand
the difference
between our church and the fundies,
the polygamists.
We struggle against that perception
every single day.
This is my press conference.
And you two will do as I say.
And of course, a big thank you
to our detectives, Jeb Pyre, Bill Taba.
They have been delivering
solid investigative work
that is gonna bring
this troubling situation to a quick close.
The detectives have a quick update
as to where we're at. Jeb?
Thank you, sir.
At this point, we're not able
but we are asking the public
to help us locate a vehicle
we think may be connected to the crime.
It's a green Chevrolet Impala.
Station wagon, Utah license plate
B as in Benjamin, M as in Mary,
A as in Ada, two, eight, three.
Detective, were the murders ritualistic?
Have you identified a motive?
Are women with young children
being targeted?
At this point, we don't think
that the public
but we are a community that isn't used
to locking its doors.
For the time being, we should all err
on the side of caution, okay?
- Sir?
- Thank you.
Do you suspect fundamentalism
as a motive for these murders?
fundamentalist anti-tax group's proximity
to these events.
But we've found no direct link. Thank you.
How about Mormon fundamentalists?
That's enough. Gentlemen,
thank you so much. Thank you.
Thank you very much.
Detective Pyre, why were you present
at a cabin raid
outside of your jurisdiction?
Was that raid related
and, if so, which is it?
Satanists, FLDS, or neither?
It's quite a simple question.
I wouldn't rule out
fundamentalist Mormonism.
- What? What have you found?
- Thank you, gentlemen. That's it.
No, Detective,
- Hey.
- Yeah.
Yeah, let's get up to Grandaddy Mountain.
Find Morris. I'm ready.
I was gonna say
you should take the night off.
I'm goddamn proud of you.
You did the right thing.
So go, get some sleep.
- You may well need it.
- Thanks, Bill.
Oh, no.
Oh, no!
I'm looking for Fern Lake.
You're lost.
Hey, hey.
Very strange.
Aren't we blessed?
Morning, Sister Dorren.
Yes, of course.
Um, my husband and I have been praying
with Stake President Ballard
to see you through
your current confusion.
To conceive three children
that you will not meet
till you get to heaven.
It's a heavy burden, sister.
But they are waiting for you in heaven.
And we cannot let them down.
And he's given you
these two beautiful girls.
Sometimes, when we wait
a long time for something,
it's hard to accept
when it's finally here.
But it is here.
Your children have reached
the age of accountability,
and it is time for your girls
to be baptized into His one true church.
- We should head in. Thank you. Thank you.
- Bless you. Yes.
Where are you taking me?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Bishop Low!
Bishop Low!
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