Evil moves among us in a constant search for prey. Jason Shepard must rely on his faith in God to help him fight back and protect all he holds dear.
Introduction About a year after arriving in Texas in 1993 as an attorney, I chanced upon newspaper reports of the 1974 incredibly brutal murders of young Mormon missionaries Gary Darley and Mark Fischer. I recalled hearing about them years earlier in my own LDS congregation when the news first broke, and started investigating the case with an eye toward an article or two. The more I dug, however, the more compelling and heart-rending the story became. Stories, actually, of alleged murderer Bob Kleasen's mental illness and pathetic life, of well-meaning Mormons responding to troubled new converts, of loving families dealing with unimaginable loss, and of a tortuous death penalty case.In the mid-1970s death penalty law in the United States was unsettled. In 1972 the U.S. Supreme Court had invalidated all death penalty statutes because of the gross racism in how they were applied. Nearly every state was then attempting to enact new constitutional statutes which the Court was just beginning to rule on. This was the situation when Kleasen was brought to trial for killing Darley and Fischer.Even though there seems to be little doubt Kleasen was the killer, his conviction was reversed on appeal and he was never retried. As a lawyer who specializes in death row cases, I was particularly interested in how the criminal justice system responded to such a situation. All of this clearly added up, I felt, to a story worth reading.What follows isn't intended to support the death penalty. Personally, I'm opposed to all executions. Nor is it an indictment of the American criminal justice system. In some ways, I realize, justice was frustrated in this case. However, it also illustrates how cases can work out in the real world of criminal law. And while I believe Kleasen was a murderer and, like everyone else, would prefer that he be locked up, I found considerable evidence of the forces that shaped him. I believe that understanding these forces--however much we may want to ignore them or tell ourselves they could never affect us--may help to prevent future Kleasens.As with many religious and cultural communities, Mormons sometimes have a language of their own and concepts peculiar to Latter-day Saint life. I have attempted to explain these terms and beliefs for non-Mormon readers. Mormonism is more than a religious denomination; in many ways, it is close to an ethnic community.Much of this book is drawn from Texas, New York, and federal court transcripts. Additional information comes from extensive newspaper coverage of Kleasen over the years. Quotations from those sources didn't always translate neatly into writing, so I've occasionally taken the liberty of slightly rewording some to make them read more smoothly. In every instance, however, the plain meaning of the quotes has been preserved. Whenever the quotation is ambiguous, or its language is critical, it's used exactly as found.This book would have been impossible without the help of many people, some of whom were kind enough to revisit old, often unpleasant memories. I conducted about fifty interviews of varying lengths. For most, recalling events twenty years in the past in great detail was difficult. In many instances recollections didn't always square with the existing documentary record. Whenever such conflicts were present, I chose to rely on the contemporary written record. Periodically, some of the people I spoke with still feared Kleasen or had other reasons for not wanting to be identified. In other instances I felt that some of the parties who couldn't be located wouldn't have wanted to be identified by their real names. For these reasons I've used several fictional names in the book. Each of these instances is identified.Several Austin Mormons who knew Kleasen offered invaluable insights, along with a few former LDS missionaries who served in Texas and N
United as a family, the Johnson clan is an unstoppable force, capable of overcoming all obstacles and defeating any beasts that stand in their way. Together they slayed the evil wizard and brought peace and harmony to the land of Zenithia. The people of the land have enjoyed their days of serenity and all seems peaceful in the kingdom until the Johnsons are forced into battle with an enemy they have never faced before… one of their own. The land of Zenithia is a fantastical place full of magical creatures, both ill-humored and good natured. This story takes us far and wide from the tiniest of creatures to the largest and most menacing. It is a story of adventure, discovery, and strife. This is a tale of the Johnson family's fight to bring peace back to their kingdom. United they have shown they can accomplish anything, but with the family split and divided the future is unclear. Can they save themselves and their people? Can they unite once again and stand strong for their kingdom? This is the marvelously, astounding story of that family's fight for their people and themselves.
In Evil Among Us, the fifth book in the Alien Species Intervention #6609 series, Lorna, Jennifer and Seth struggle to reach the Hive amid the chaos of Armageddon. Their bodies and minds wasted, will Lorna survive long enough to rat out Seth's psychotic cruelty? And what of the innocent child, Suzy, who has been kidnapped by Doc Benjamin's tribe of female enslaving barbarians? All those in the Hive now live in harmony. And romance is in the air as survivors become mysteriously fit and robust when accepting the new law of the Hive: Protect the animals at all cost.Netty, Wil and Baby now hold ultimate power with the help of the terrifying Kreyven. Shock after shock ensues as the mysteries of the Hive are unraveled, even as the survivors must mourn unexpected deaths. And as Netty’s past finally catches up with her, unanswered questions originating from Baby are solved. Yet one question remains: What fate awaits the beloved planet Earth?Alien Species Intervention #6609, is an alien apocalyptic saga spanning 200 years from the Prohibition to the distant future. It encompasses tender love between divergent species, political downfalls and acts of unspeakable violence. When you think you’ve figured it out . . . WHAM! You won’t see it coming. Thriller, horror, science fiction and fantasy all in one, the series is a gripping psychological exploration of how the inherent greed and evil of man is dooming planet Earth and its inhabitants.Warning: Alien Species Intervention #6609 contains violence that a sensitive reader may find confronting.
The city of Dallas is on the verge of tearing itself apart in the wake of the acquittal of Colton Reynolds, a local attorney on trial for the killing of six-year-old Brayden Pierce while driving drunk. It’s a tragic and emotional story that has captivated the nation—and from behind his barista bar, coffeeshop owner Cord Raven can’t believe what he’s hearing. However, no matter how emotional a topic it is, for Cord it’s a distant one, even in his own city.That all changes the day Colton Reynolds himself walks into his shop for coffee. Face to face with the monster, Cord must figure out how to remove him without drawing unwanted attention and turning his business into a flashpoint of civil unrest.But even if the risk is removed, the encounter could cause Cord to question everything he knows about right and wrong, friend and enemy, and good versus evil. The city of Dallas is on the verge of tearing itself apart in the wake of the acquittal of Colton Reynolds, a local attorney on trial for the killing of six-year-old Brayden Pierce while driving drunk. It’s a tragic and emotional story that has captivated the nation—and from behind his barista bar, coffeeshop owner Cord Raven can’t believe what he’s hearing. However, no matter how emotional a topic it is, for Cord it’s a distant one, even in his own city.That all changes the day Colton Reynolds himself walks into his shop for coffee. Face to face with the monster, Cord must figure out how to remove him without drawing unwanted attention and turning his business into a flashpoint of civil unrest.But even if the risk is removed, the encounter could cause Cord to question everything he knows about right and wrong, friend and enemy, and good versus evil.
Just beneath the dark underbelly of a quiet Texas town, lurks a serial killer who sadistically preys on innocent victims. His debauchery and madness remain hidden behind the façade of "normality" Five women have mysteriously disappeared, their bodies butchered and dumped down an abandoned oil well, a sixth savagely beaten, but alive. Detectives Rick Miller and Dave Alison leave no stone unturned in their quest to find out who's responsible. Meanwhile, death stalks more victims
The members of the Earth Corps team up with the mighty Granite warriors to defeat Tendril, a monstrous inhumanoid responsible for terrorizing the citizens of Los Angeles.
Jesus Among Other Gods:In his most important work to date, apologetics scholar and popular speaker Ravi Zacharias shows how the blueprint for life and death itself is found in a true understanding of Jesus. With a simple yet penetrating style, Zacharias uses rich illustrations to celebrate the power of Jesus Christ to transform lives.Jesus Among Other Godscontrasts the truth of Jesus with founders of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, strengthening believers and compelling them to share their faith with our post-modern world.Deliver Us From Evil:With clarity and insight, Zacharias shows how many of today's most popular ideas, thoughts, and beliefs are vandalizing our culture. He shows how it is there, "in the depths of our innermost being, That the work of God changes what we want to do. This is not an ethical system calling us to civility. This is the transforming work of the grace of God, who calls us His children." He shows how: Secularization has led us to a loss of shame, generating evil even against those we love Pluralization has led us to a loss of reason, generating evil toward those we choose to hate Privatization has led us to loss of meaning, generating evil against ourselves