Under the Hammer of Heaven

A recent television series brings a grisly Mormon murder case to life, though questionable renditions of history overshadow its more thoughtful aspects.

Daisy Edgar-Jones as Brenda Wright Lafferty, in FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven (Disney+ UK/Getty Images)

In 1998 I was amusingly reminded that Latter-day Saints are, as they like to put it, a “peculiar people.” At the Brooklyn bar I frequented, another regular — a…



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William Shunn

Writer, poet and puzzle maker. Hugo and Nebula Award finalist. Author of The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. He/him/Bill.