Life for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships. Irene’s first book, Shattered Dreams, is the staggering chronicle of her struggle to provide for her children in abject poverty and feelings of abandonment each time her husband left to be with one of his other wives. Irene was raised to believe polygamy was the way of life necessary for her ticket to heaven.

The hard knocks of her environment were just the beginning of Irene’s shocking tale. Insanity ran rampant in her husband’s family and was the source of inconceivable events that unfolded throughout Irene’s adult life. CULT INSANITY takes readers deeper into her story to uncover the outrageous behavior of her brother-in-law Ervil — a self-proclaimed prophet who determined he was called to set the house of God in order — and how he terrorized their colony. Claiming to be God’s avenger and to have a license to kill in the name of God, Ervil ordered the murders of friends and family members, eliminating all those who challenged his authority.

For those who were gripped by Shattered Dreams, the rest of the story will blow them away. CULT INSANITY is a riveting, terrifying memoir of polygamist life under the tyranny of a madman.


It is an interesting story of self-declared prophets, poverty, abuse, and finally freedom. There are photographs, a map, and an interesting chart with the wives and children of Ervil LeBaron showing which ones were murdered, put in prison, or died by their own hands.

 I support Irene, I am sorry for her and her sister wives and the life they had to endure. The things Irene describes are terrible and frightening.  That is no way to live. This book was an intense read. Cult Insanity is an eye-opening account of the evil that lurks in our world and the victims that get caught in the chaos.This book will make you realise what religion has done to hurt humanity in the name of an all loving god , it exposes how gullible people can be.  Somewhat confusing at times due to the polygamist lifestyle they led, but overall a great book!

I would certainly recommend this book as a very fascinating true story of a very courageous women, who led an unthinkable life in a polygamist society and had the bravery to escape along with here children and along with that CULT INSANITY is an incredible  story, that will expose the absurdity of believing in the unknown by faith .

Thanks, Hatchett and Valerie for this wonderful book.


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