Episode 58: Ann Gordge- The Mormon Calamity Jane

Written by Lindsay Hansen Park on . Posted in year of polygamy

  Join Lindsay as she discusses the fantastic and gruesome autobiography of the youngest wife of John D. Lee, Ann Gordge.  This episode contains strong themes of violence and listener discretion is advised.     Links mentioned in this podcast:

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    But to quote the absolutely absurd, completely discredited accounts from Ann Gordge is not only gross, but dangerous and offensive. These are the worst kind of lies that have been spun about our church.

    It’s especially troubling that, while qualifying that these stories are “probably not true”, you are allowing that they might be. That’s horrible! These kinds of stories and lies were a major influence to the Missouri expulsion, and the conflict between the Utah saints and the US Government.

    This would be akin to you taking the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which was a major influence in Nazi Germany and has been thoroughly debunked by historians as the gross, fabricated, anti-semetic text it is, and saying “Well, this is probably a work of the writer’s imagination, but there could be a nugget of truth to it.”

    The dead bodies of rape victims being dumped through a non-existent trap door in the Temple? Are you kidding me?

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