In Reply to: Re: First Impressions of book "Jesus Freaks" posted by Farmer on October 15, 2007 at 00:37:31:
He takes police reports, autopsy reports, and testimony of various witnesses and victims. He uses the tape. Interviews people like Elixcia who talked for an extended period on the telephone with Ricky as he drove from Tucson to Blythe.
In the end he takes all the data and basically says what ex-members have been saying for years. But, the difference being this is an independent third party with no ax to grind against the Family using evidence to show that none of this is made up, or exaggerated, or some isolated incidents.
I like the autobiographies too. I believe I said on this website that I thought "Not Without my Sister" was the best written ex-member book to date. But, in most cases these books have been memory based, and not always based on hard evidence. That's not to say that I think they are made up, just that this type of work might be harder for the general public to accept.