Polygamist Mormon fundamentalist sects are making nationwide headlines lately with the arrest of Warren Jeffs. For a detailed explanation of them, read
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer.
This is an unsettling book. The central topic is the brutal murder of a Mormon wife and her baby by her husband’s brothers, who claimed God told them to do it. Krakauer explores these bizarre sects in detail, as well as the history of the LDS.
I find it nearly impossible to believe that such lunatic Taliban-like cults could openly exist and thrive in Utah without at least tacit support from mainstream Mormons.