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.

A young woman clad in the white robes and veil of the Mormon temple sits in sharp focus near the camera, while around her other similarly dressed women sit out of focus in other rows of seating.
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…

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
William Shunn

William Shunn

535 Followers

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