Brothers Ron Lafferty, left, and Dan Lafferty in 1984. The brothers’ murder of Brenda Lafferty and her 15-month-old daughter, Erica, is the subject of the new Hulu series “Under the Banner of Heaven,” which premiered April 28.
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One of the most tragic criminal cases in Utah history is now the subject of a Hulu streaming series.
“Under the Banner of Heaven,” based on Jon Krakauer’s 2003 book of the same name, hits Hulu on April 28. It tells the story of brothers Dan and Ron Lafferty, once members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were excommunicated from the faith and started a breakaway sect called the School of the Prophets.
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The brothers, who claimed to be prophets, killed their sister-in-law Brenda Lafferty and her 15-month-old daughter, Erica, on July 24, 1984. They claimed to be fulfilling a revelation they had received to keep the two from “obstructing God’s work,” the Deseret News reported.
With information gathered from Deseret News archives and other news outlets, here’s a look back at the events that preceded and followed the tragic murders.
1982: Dan Lafferty is excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for trying to take his 14-year-old stepdaughter as a second wife.
1983: Ron Lafferty is excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for his increasingly extreme religious views, including an embrace …read more
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