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Evil among us : the Texas Mormon missionary murders
Driggs, Ken, 1948-
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Salt Lake City [Utah] : Signature Books, [2000]

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xi, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
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HV6534.A8 D75 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In the fall of 1974 Robert E. Kleasen invited two young missionaries to his house in Austin, Texas, for deer steaks. Though apprehensive, they felt compelled to go. They should have bolted. Though convicted of homicide, Kleason would later be released from death row on a technicality. Upon hearing of the murders, then-LDS president Spencer W. Kimball was so disturbed that a physician had to be summoned to his home. The reader will mourn with the missionaries' families as details of the crime unfold.

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What happens when good intentions and a need to help and reach out intersect with pure evil? Sometimes disaster. This is what happened when two young Mormon missionaries tried to "fellowship" and bring into the church a man named Bob Kleason in 1974. In retrospect, there were warnings about Kleason and his odd and violent behavior. Even a Mormon Bishop had advised Gary Darley and Mark Fisher not to have further contact with Kleason. Yet they both decided to have one last dinner with the strange man they had befriended. After their murders, the investigations of many law enforcement bodies and the efforts of Mormon Church leaders all led back to Kleason. To be sure, Kleason had a history marked by his odd and violent behavior. Given his background, the murders themselves were not the surprise, but the young men who set out to meet with him in October 1974 had no real knowledge of this. What is at the heart of this true-crime story is the investigation and the eventual outcome for Kleason. Was justice served? When two young men are killed in such a grisly manner, can it ever be? --Marlene Chamberlain