Lisa Davis Exposes Molestation, the Mormon Church in The Sins of Brother Curtis

Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis

In 1984, a vicious crime took place in Utah: Two men murdered their brother's wife and infant daughter. The perpetrators confessed, expressed no remorse, said they'd do the same thing again — and claimed to be following orders from God. Jon Krakauer used the crime as a starting point for Under the Banner of Heaven, a wholesale exposé of Mormon fundamentalism that goes back to the church's origins and reveals in painstaking detail the multiple ways the monolithic institution hides and protects its darkest practices.

Investigative journalist and former SF Weekly staff writer Lisa Davis, who appears Tuesday night at Books Inc./Opera Plaza, takes a similar route in her book, The Sins of Brother Curtis: A Story of Betrayal, Conviction, and the Mormon Church.

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