Latter-day Saints who have behaved very badly, notorious criminals
Guilty of murder
Jodi Arias killed her former boyfriend Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008. He was killed at his home in Mesa, Arizona. He had been shot in the face and stabbed some 27 times, his throat slit from ear to ear. the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.
Jodi Ann Arias was born in 1980, in Salinas, California. She and Alexander met in September. On November 26, 2006, Arias was baptized into the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints by Travis. They broke up on June 29, 2007.
In 2009 the TV program “48 Hours” interviewed Jodi about the killing and murder charge.In 2013 she was found guilty of murder. The trial was shown live on national television. Her “fractured believes” of premarital sex in the Mormon Church was a subject covered in the trial.
Photo: America's Most Wanted
First-degree murder, armed robbery and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution
|Robert Keith Palomares was shot five times in the head
on 24 Nov 2004 at 10:00 AM outside the AMC Theater Multi-Plex in
Ahwatukee, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, while picking up the weekend
receipts as part of his job with the Dunbar Armored Car Service. The
armed robber got away on a bicycle with $56,000. When police found the
bicycle, fingerprints came back positive for Jason Derek Brown. His last
know location is the Portland International Airport, where his car was
recovered in long term parking on 16 Jan 2005. Police suspect he may be
in Mexico; western Canada; Salt Lake City; Redding, California or
Source: America's Most Wanted
|He served in the France Paris Mission from 1988-1990.
Source: France Paris Mission Alumni News
||Arthur Gary Bishop
|Served a mission in the Philippines. Excommunicated in
1974. In 1983, when questioned by police regarding the disappearance of
a neighborhood boy he knew, he confessed to having killed him and four
others. Alonzo Daniels was killed in 1979 at the age of four after being
kidnapped from the courtyard of his apartment complex. Kim Peterson was
killed in 1980 at the age of eleven after being lured into Bishop's
house to sell roller skates. Danny Davis was killed in 1981 at the age
of four after being kidnapped from a grocery store. Troy Ward was killed
in 1983 at the age of six. Graeme Cunningham was also killed in 1983 at
the age of thirteen. Arthur Gary Bishop was executed by the State of
Utah by lethal injection.
Source: The Wacky World of Murder
|In prison, Bishop prepared for his death by reading
the Book of Mormon ten times from cover-to-cover. He used TV headphones
to shield himself from the profanity of fellow inmates. He spent his
last hours in fasting and prayer.
|Ted Bundy||He was attractive, smart, and had a future in
politics. He was also one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S.
history. Ted Bundy screamed his innocence until his death in the
electric chair became imminent, then he tried to use his victims one
more time to keep himself alive. His plan failed and the world got a
glimpse of the true evil inside him.
In late 1974 Bundy moved from Seattle to Salt Lake City, where he attended law school and became a Mormon convert. converted to Hinduism on death row.
|Born Robert LeRoy Parker in Beaver, Utah on April 13,
1866, Cassidy was the first of 13 children. His Mormon parents had come
to Utah from England in 1856. His first run-in with the law occurred
after he let himself into a closed shop, took a pair of jeans, and left
a note promising to return later to pay his debt. By 1884, Roy was
rustling cattle from Parowan and his life on the lam had begun. The
first major crime attributed to Cassidy is the robbery of the San Miguel
Valley Bank in Telluride, on June 24, 1889. He and three cowboys got
away with $20,000. His last big job was a hold up of a Rio Grande train
near Folsom, New Mexico, $70,000. As his fame grew, more officers were
after him. He fled to Bolivia, where he briefly lived in peace before
returning to his lawless ways. Source:
Since the start of the Famous Mormons web site I have been searching for proof that Robert Leroy Parker better known as Butch Cassidy was actually baptized a Mormon. He was named after his two grandfathers both were named Robert. Both parents were Mormons and most children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are baptized at eight years of age. So it is likely “Butch” was baptized when he was eight years old. I have not come across any record showing a baptism. So we treat him on the Famous Mormons site or in this case he is on the “infamous” Mormons section, as a probable member of the church. Ron
"The best way to hurt them is through their pocket book. They will Holler louder than if you cut off both legs. I steal their money just to hear them holler. Then I pass it out among those who realy need it."
|He was convicted of robbery, but because
the victim was older than 65, it was classified as a felony, and because
he was classified as a habitual criminal, his sentence was severe. He
has been sentenced to life. His other crimes include possession of
stolen property and burglary. He has appealed to the state supreme court
that his sentence be changed to death stating that it is cruel and
unusual to spend the rest of his life in prison for a non violent crime.
He is eligible for parole in Jan 2007. The court has denied his appeal
stating there is no legal basis to change his sentence. Nevada allows
the death sentence only for those convicted of first-degree murder.
Photo: Fox News
|Mark Hacking reported his wife missing on 19 Jul 2004.
She was five weeks pregnant. Two weeks later, he was arrested when
police found a witness to whom Mark had confessed that he had killed his
wife in her sleep and dumped her body in the trash. Her body was found
three months later (01 Oct 2004) in a Salt Lake landfill. His trial is
set to begin 18 Apr 2005.
Sources: The Mark Hacking Case
|Hacking spent 2 years in Winnepeg as Mormon missionary by Katie Chalmers, Winnepeg Sun, 27 Jul 2004|
||Glenn Taylor Helzer
|He; his brother, Justin;
and their roommate, Dawn Godman, killed five people in the San
Francisco area during the summer of 2003. They conspired to fund a
self-awareness program to bring "joy, peace and love" to the world by
extorting money from Glenn's former clients. Godman plead guilty and
agreed to testify against Justin in exchange for a sentence of 38 years.
Justin claimed it was all his brother's idea, but he was convicted and
sentenced to death in Aug 2004. Glenn pled guilty, and a jury
recommended death on 17 Dec 2004. His defense attorney argued that he
spent his boyhood as a Mormon surrounded by religious influences so
outside the mainstream that acquaintances and family members made him
believe God chose him as a prophet.
Murderer and Forger
|He was raised in a "devout" LDS family. He served a
full-time mission. He married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1979. He has
four children. His most notorious forgery is known as the Salamander
letter. It depicted Joseph Smith as a practitioner of folk magic, and
related a very different account of how he obtained the Gold Plates. In
1985, he planted two bombs which killed Steven Christensen and Kathy
Sheets. He was badly injured while transporting a third bomb. During the
investigation, police discovered Hofmann's studio where he had created
his forgeries and other incriminating evidence. He was arrested for the
murders and forgery in February 1986. He pled guilty to lesser charges
to avoid the death penalty, and was sentenced to life in prison.
|Hofmann fooled some very renowned people with his forgeries. Ironically, two of his most outspoken critics were Jerald and Sandra Tanner, who are sometimes described as "professional anti-Mormons".|
|Richard Floyd McCoy, Jr.
|He was a Vietnam veteran, a
helicopter pilot, and a capable skydiver. He was 29 years old. He was a
police science major at Brigham Young University, and he was having
serious financial problems. On April 7, 1972, he hijacked United
Airlines Flight 855, a Boeing 727 en route from Newark, New Jersey, to
Los Angeles, California, with 85 passengers and a crew of six, after
their stopover in Denver, Colorado. Approximately 20 minutes after
takeoff, at 5:18 p.m., he was observed in his seat holding a hand
grenade. When an off-duty pilot attempted to asses the situation, he
pulled out a handgun and an envelope with instructions. He demanded
$500,000 in cash and four parachutes. The crew complied with his demand
and the passengers were released in San Francisco. He then instructed
the crew to fly to Utah, and he bailed out over Provo. He was arrested
two days later. He was tried, convicted and sentences to 45 years in
Source: FBI Famous Cases
|Bernie Rhodes, the chief U.S. probation and parole
officer for the District of Utah in 1972, believed that Richard McCoy
and D.B. Cooper were the same man. D.B. Cooper hijacked an airplane for
$200,000 and jumped out over the Pacific Northwest in 1971. He was never
apprehended. The money was never recovered.
Source: D.B. Cooper: The Real McCoy, by Bernie Rhodes. Research by Russell Calame. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press (1991)
|Brian David "Emmanuel" Mitchell
|In 2002, Mitchell was a homeless man who worked a few
days for a man named Ed Smart. One night he returned to the Smart home
and kidnapped fourteen-year-old Elizabeth from her bedroom. Elizabeth's
sister witnessed the crime and identified the kidnapper. Still it took
nine months to find Elizabeth and return her to her family. Mitchell was
scheduled to stand trial in Feb 2005, but repeated outbursts in court
have made it impossible. Multiple competency hearings have failed to
resolve the question.
||Mitchell returned to the Church at age 30. He served
as a high councilor and a temple worker. In 2002, he finished writing
his revelations. He was excommunicated in 2003.
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