Infamous Mormons
Latter-day Saints who have behaved very badly, notorious criminals

Jodi Arias

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.     

The mind of a killer: Unraveling the lies of Jodi Arias

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.

Butch Cassidy
Jason Brown
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 Portland, Oregon.
Source: America's Most Wanted

He served in the France Paris Mission from 1988-1990.
Source: France Paris Mission Alumni News

 

Arthur Gary Bishop
Arthur Gary Bishop
(1951-1988)
Serial Killer
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. crime.about.com

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.

 


Butch Cassidy
(1866-1909)
Bank Robber

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: Utah.com

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."

 

Byron Crutcher
Thief
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.
 
Mark Hacking wearing a bullet proof vest, apears in court on 16 Aug 2004
Mark Hacking
Murderer

 

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

Ronald Lee Haskell

Photo Standard.net

On July 9, 2014, a mass shooting occurred in a home located in the town of Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, leaving six family members dead, four of them children, and a 15-year-old girl the sole survivor. The suspected shooter, later identified as 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell, was apprehended after a standoff that lasted several hours. Haskell was related to the victims by former marriage. wiki

The Daily Mail said that Haskell was a Mormon Daily Mail Online Story

Glenn Helzer
Glenn Taylor Helzer
Serial Killer
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.
 

 

Mark Hofmann
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.
Source: Wikipedia

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.
(1943-1975)
Highjack

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 prison.
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 Mitchell, the itinerant preacher who calls himself Emmanuel, is pictured in Salt Lake City, Utah, in spring 2002.
Brian David "Emmanuel" Mitchell
Kidnapper
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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