Pierre Dale Selby and William Andrews, U.S. Airmen working at Hill Air Force Base, took five people inside the shop hostage. To see citations to the critical sources for these claims, click here. On Oct. 30, 1838, a mob from Livingston County attacked a Mormon settlement in Caldwell County, brutally killing at least 17 and injuring nearly as many. They bound their victims, forced them to drink drain cleaner, then shot each in the head. Religion and gunfire—it worked for the Boondock Saints, but one man, Porter Rockwell, made this combination a reality during the 1800s. Smith, Rigdon, and several other Danite leaders were arrested, and spent the next few months in jail awaiting trial on treason and murder charges. The nine women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico on Monday lived in a remote farming community where residents are descendants of former church members who fled U.S. prosecution of polygamy in the late 19th century.. Most of the other murder … Joseph Hancock was found guilty of second degree murder in 1890. 12 Stories circulated among Latter-day Saints regarding the purported fates of those involved in the murders. After Smith's murder, the Mormons regrouped and under the leadership of Brigham Young, selected as Smith's successor as prophet and president, undertook the "great trek" westward to the Utah Territory, where they established a virtual Mormon kingdom, centered in Great Salt Lake City, which they called the State of Deseret. The murders of three people at a Hi-Fi shop in Ogden left Utahns shocked and horrified in April, 1974. Without Mormon witnesses, the prosecuting attorney could present little credible testimony, and he dismissed all the key evidence, leading the jury to acquit all five men. The event occurred after increasing animosity and friction between Mormon and non-Mormon residents of the area. In 1857, at the time of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Brigham Young, was serving as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and as Governor of Utah Territory.He was replaced as governor the following year by Alfred Cumming. Early church members practiced polygamy in the 1800s at the instruction of founder Joseph Smith, but the church disavowed it in 1890. Victorian Murders by Jan Bondeson is published by Amberley and costs £14.99. The Danites comprised most of the 400 or so Mormon men who surrendered along with Smith and Rigdon to state militia forces at Far West. This was the bloodiest event in the 1838 Mormon War in Missouri. This has led some scholars to view it as a sham trial. 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